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About the Event
The Series will aim to cover different aspects of the path from "idea to IPO" from the entrepreneur and the corporate's points of view, among many other things. This Fourth Part of the "From Seed to Exit Series is a panel discussion on crowdfunding focusing on three emerging financial models.
Each panellist will explain their model, the advantages and disadvantages of existing financial models.The discussions will discuss the specific application of each model to Hong Kong, potential for broad adoption and implications for regulation.
1. Colony88 - An introduction to disruptive finance models
This part discusses crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding, peer to peer lending, bitcoin (and other digital currencies), how they fit with traditional finance models and where/when and why they will be successful.
2.Big Colors will focus on the "Concept Stage Funding for Businesses”
3.Welab will focus on the "Peer to Peer Business Lending” model
The talk will be followed by an interactive Q & A session chaired by a moderator.
About the Speaker
Jono Lilley and Fiona Atkinson are the co-founders of Colony88, an investment platform based in Hong Kong which seeks to support and match investors with early stage companies.
Colony88 offers a number of investment tools, including equity crowdfunding, to make early stage investing an accessible and exciting addition to a diversified portfolio. Colony88 also offers companies a suite of support services, including strategic and financial planning, due diligence and valuation support.
Jono’s previous experience lies within investment banking in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Jono held the position of a Pan Asian Equity Sales Trader at Credit Suisse, advising Hedge Funds and Institutional clients on their stock portfolios, investment and trading strategies. Fiona is a financial analyst by training, with experience in hedge fund investing at Dalton Strategic Partnership, corporate venturing at Carbon Trust and financial management at Enecore.
Simon Loong is the founder and CEO of WeLab Limited, which aims to reinvent the financial industry by providing cheaper and more efficient online access to financial products to Asian markets.
As a first opportunity, WeLab launched www.WeLend.hk, Hong Kong’s first peer-to-peer lending platform, leveraging the opportunity to eliminate inefficiencies in Hong Kong’s US$41 billion consumer loan market. Since its launch over the summer, the platform has already generated around US$13 million in loan applications and has been mentioned in TechCrunch, CNBC, and major local publications in Hong Kong. Simon launched the company after 15 years of commercial banking experience in Hong Kong,Singapore, and Taiwan. Most recently, he ran the unsecured lending business for Standard Chartered for North East Asia.
James Giancottiis the co-founder and CEO of Big Colors.
A law graduate and a former management consultant, James has previously worked for Deloitte, JP Morgan, Capgemini and EDS managing large IT business development projects. Big Colors is an equity crowdfunding platform that enables investors to trade startups before they start. Ordinarily, an investor buying stock is unable to exit and realise value for 24-48 months after the initial investment. With Big Colors, investors can sell their purchase within 60 days and realise value. Investors will have access to thousands of startups to invest in.
Introduction: "From Seed to Exit" New Series 2013-2014
#This Series brings current and aspiring entrepreneurs, small/micro business owners and start-ups, including young professionals who are on the learning path to becoming entrepreneurs together to share experiences about the challenges they face in establishing and operating a business in Hong Kong and in the Asia Pacific Region.
In summary the Series will be helpful to those who are looking for new ideas, different business strategies, solutions to business problems, or more profitable ways of doing things in general.
Schedule of the Series:
1. October 23, 2013 - The Funding Road-map for Start-ups by Alain V Fontaine. Partner, Ocean Equity Partners
2. November 13, 2013 -Angel Fundraising - What Should You be Looking for? by Tytus Michalski, Managing Director, Fresco Capital Advisors
3. November 26, 2013 - The Perils of Partnership by Pádraig Walsh, Partner of Bird & Bird (China and Hong Kong)
4.January 22, 2014: Crowd-funding Platforms for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses and Why does Hong Kong need Equity Crowd-funding by Jono Lilley and Fiona Atkinson, Co-founders, Colony88; Simon Loong, founder and CEO of WeLab Limited; James Giancotti,co-founder and CEO of Big Colors
5.1stquarter, 2014: A Case Study: How Did I Successfully Raise Seed/ Angel money?
6. 1st Quarter, 2014: Planning Strategies
7. 2nd Quarter, 2014: Marketing Strategies
8. 2nd Quarter, 2014: Exit Strategy: How do I manage an exit of the business I created? What are the different options? Private Equity Sale/ IPO Trade Sale?