SALTAGEN TECHATTER - Fundraising and Financing during COVID-19 | Event – HSBC VisionGo

Saltagen Ventures
Saltagen Ventures
12 May 2020, Tue
10:30 - 11:15 (HKT)
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Fundrasing and Financing during COVID-19

Apart from cutting costs and relying on government grants, how to increase your runway and survive through COVID-19? Are VCs still investing? Is loan a viable option? How does investors think about it? Let’s hear from VCs and bankers in two of the Asian’s largest capital markets - Hong Kong and Singapore.  

Language: English

Join us at:
10:30 AM HKT, Tuesday, May 12, 2020
10:30 PM EDT, Monday, May 11, 2020
7:30 PM PDT/ MDT, Monday, May 11, 2020

Link to join will be sent out 24 hours prior to the start time.

Register and submit your question to speakers, or submit afterwards at this link.


Grace Shao
Former Business Journalist

Grace is the Creative Director for PayPal’s podcast series focusing on business innovation in APAC. Formerly a business journalist, she’s reported extensively on tech, trade and geopolitics throughout the region. Prior to advising brands on building audiences through storytelling, she was a business reporter for CNBC, based in Singapore.

She’s also reported for CGTN, based in Beijing, where she covered business, trade and tech in Greater China. Her work has also appeared in S&P Global Market Intelligence, South China Morning Post, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, NBC News, Asia Times, and RealClearPolitics.

Grace holds a B. Comm. in Finance from the University of Alberta, an M.A. in Business Communications from Tsinghua University, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.


Jaff Lau
Head of Innovative Business & Growt, HSBC Commercial Banking

Jaff has more than 17 years of commercial banking experience in various areas including strategy implementation, product development, cross-border collaboration and client coverage. Currently Head of Innovative Business & Growth, his team drives the Commercial Banking’s ecosystem strategy. One of his key objectives is to drive the bank’s proactive engagement with the innovation & technology ecosystem builders, with an ultimate goal to help aspiring entrepreneurs and startups to realize their hopes and dreams by offering them with the right banking and beyond banking solutions at the right time. 

Jaff is currently a committee member of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. He graduated from Imperial College of London with a MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. 

Joseph Fung
Managing Partner, Saltagen Ventures

Joseph, based in Hong Kong and Canada, works at the crossroads of business execution and strategic development both as an investor and operator since 2002. He is the Managing Partner of Saltagen Ventures (a corporate partner of CDL-West), an early stage VC investing on science and technology-based startups as a strategic investor to assist startups scale globally via Canada and Hong Kong. A notable responsibility includes the role of Special Advisor of Hong Kong (ABLAC) for the Asia Pacific Foundation, a think tank that directly advises Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prior to leading Saltagen Ventures, Joseph served at Citigroup Alternative Investments and at Morgan Stanley in the buy-side divisions. Thereafter, he drove the expansion of Hong Kong’s largest quad-play media company, PCCW Media, in developing their overseas content acquisition and broadcasting departments.

Shiyan Koh
Managing Partner, Hustle Fund

Shiyan is an experienced operator and investor. Currently a Managing Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed/seed-stage fund based in San Francisco and Singapore. Our investment process is designed to identify and  invest in teams who demonstrate relentless speed.

She was most recently VP of Business Operations & Corp Dev at NerdWallet (employee #10), growing annual revenue from $1M to $150M+. Prior to NerdWallet, she was an investor at Institutional Venture Partners, a growth stage venture capital fund with $7 billion of committed capital and a 38-year IRR of 43.1%. and Bridgewater Associates, a global macro hedge fund with $160B under management. Shiyan holds a BS in Biomechanical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Stanford University as well as an Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


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About Saltagen Ventures

Saltagen Ventures, based in Hong Kong, is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in science and technology based startups and focuses on the synergies of global expansion, particularly in North America and Asia. Startups can benefit from Saltagen’s deep networks in specific verticals and expertise of both sides of the Pacific provided from our experienced investment team and ecosystem partners. Saltagen empowers startups to grow their business and develop efficiencies across the border via its strategic network base. Visit for more information about Saltagen Ventures!