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Panel Discussion: Raising money in China: failures, lessons & successes


Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (AEDT)

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Hear from investors and founders that have experience raising money in China. They'll share their stories of failures, successes at raising money from the largest market in the world. We'll have a panel discussion with some awesome speakers listed below. 

This event is part of Spark, a week of Sydney startup community events.



Vicky Lay, Director - Artesian Venture Partners


Rayn Ong, Ong Heng Investments

Curt Shi, Partner Imprint Capital and Follow the Seed

Jemma Xu, CEO & Co-Founder - Tripalocal (by Video link)

Daniel Shi, Founder - 23Seed & Investor/Producer from the The Next Unicorn - The first reality TV show about global startups and innovation

Karen Surmon - Trade Commissioner/ Commercial Consul, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Shanghai

+ more will be announced!


Vicky Lay

Vicky Lay is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about business and finding creative ways to help people. At 22, she co-founded - a Silicon Valley venture-backed e-learning and textbook rental company that was named by BRW as one of its top-ten start-ups. As their Chief Operations Officer, Vicky successfully scaled the business 10x year on year. Currently she serves as a Director at Artesian Venture Partners (an early-stage venture capital business with offices in Australia, Singapore, Shanghai, New York and London) and on the Investment Committee of VentureCrowd (Australia's largest multi-asset equity crowdfunding platform). There she is mapping the Australian startup ecosystem, decoding the DNA of entrepreneurial success and helping more entrepreneurs secure funding. She also founded and serves on the boards of non-profit organisations fostering youth empowerment and entrepreneurship including Young Achievement Australia and Junior Achievement Australia.

Being a 26-year-old, Asian, female founder turned VC who grew up in the not-so-polished parts of Western Sydney, she is the epitome of what you would call a ‘minority’ among the founder/board member/investor circles and frankly, she'd like to change that.Specifically, she is committed to:1. Helping more people build companies that change the world.2. Developing the youth into the type of world leaders she would follow.3. Increasing the number of women-led startups, boards and investments.4. Uncapping human potential – in all its forms.


Rayn Ong

Rayn Ong profile

Rayn Ong is an active investor based in Sydney. He works closely with accelerator programs, angel investor groups and venture capital fund managers to co-invest in early stage tech opportunities.


What I look for:

How to pitch:, I was a half stack developer with expertise in high traffic consumer websites, e-commerce shops and content management systems.

Some of my investments:

Exited: Lumific (Startmate 2014, Image Tech) - (Acquired by GoPro Aug 2015)

Funds: Blackbird Ventures (Fund 1 & 2) - + Startmate (Mentor Trust 2015, 2016) - + Our Innovation Fund (OIF ESVCLP) + 500 Startups via MicroVentures (Fund 3, Fund 1 Annex, and 500 Luchadores)

Invested: Instaclustr (BigData NoSQL) - + Propeller Aerobotics (Startmate 2015, Drones) - + BugHerd (Startmate 2011, DevTool) - + Elevio (Startmate 2016, Contextual Support) -


Curt Shi

Curt Shi

Born in south China, and a Founding Partner of Imprint Capital Partners and Follow [the] Seed funds, Curt is an entrepreneurship and skateboarding evangelist & rainmaker with specialty in venture capitalism and cross-border equity placement. Curt has 10 year + start-up and venture investment experience in China, US and Australia. His current portfolios and board responsibilities include Boolaw, Catapult Sports Group (ASX: CAT),Transcendence Technologies Ltd, Deep Experience Sports & Entertainment Tech, VenturEase, Cheduoshao, Qian8ao, LuTrip, among others.Been passionate on skateboarding for over 20 years, Curt is passionate on action sports life-style specializing in reaching the X-Games and trend-setting youth markets.Curt holds a Master's degree in International Communication of Macquarie University, a GD of Translation and Interpreting with University of Western Sydney, as well as a B.S.of International Business from Jiangsu University, China.


Rainmaker, corporate development strategist, and venture investor/mentor of TMT (Telecom, Media and Technology) industry and sports/entertainment sector, with a focus in China/Asia pacific region and cross-border opportunities with China element.

Specialties: corporate development, deal engineering, venture capitalism, action sports lifestyle.

Some of my investments:
- Deep Exp: Boolaw: Catapult Sports: Cheduoshao: LuTrip: True Axis: Globebizwire: P1: - 51766: 80 Days: JiuQ:


Jemma Xu

Jemma Xu

CEO & Co-Founder at Tripalocal, connecting Chinese outbound travellers to customised themed experiences such as education tourism
Ex-investment banking analyst with a focus on M&A and capital raising in the natural resources space. 

Tripalocal is a platform that connects Chinese outbound travellers to customised themed experiences, such as education tourism.Tripalocal recently graduated from the second intake of Telstra-backed startup incubator Muru-D. In May 2015, Tripalocal closed its angel round of funding led by a Chinese VC. Currently, Tripalocal has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Beijing and Shanghai.Tripalocal was a finalist at TechCrunch China 2014.

Daniel Shi

Daniel has qualifications from RMIT, University of Sydney, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Tsuinghua University. He has an IT background and has recently founded 23seed, an organization using a data aggregation & analysis platform focusing on startups and pre-A investment around the world.

Karen Surmon

Trade Commissioner/ Commercial Consul, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Shanghai

Karen leads Austrade’s China Innovation Strategy, working with Australian startups across a range of sectors, as well as advanced manufacturing and high tech exporters, and R&D institutions seeking to commercialise their IP in China.
A fluent Mandarin speaker, Karen has spent ten years living and working in China and Singapore, in a range of roles including – brand management and communications, business consulting and international relations. Karen joined the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in January 2013, and commenced a posting to Shanghai in August 2014.

Karen has extensive experience learning about and working within China’s dynamic innovation ecosystem. She is a passionate supporter of the Australia-China entrepreneur community, and believes that the opportunity for Australian startups in China is enormous.



Event Organiser

AsiaRecon is a platform set up to help foster, develop, and build Australia’s engagement across the technology, innovation and entrepreneurial sector within Asia by promoting the transfer of people, ideas and capital. 


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Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (AEDT)

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