So who is Christopher Quek? I consider myself as an evangelist in the Singapore startup community, with a vision of creating a vibrant startup ecosystem by investing, nurturing and mentoring a group of Singapore-based entrepreneurs to expand themselves regionally and internationally.
Being entrepreneurial runs in my blood. I am a fourth generation businessman in Singapore, from my great-grandmother who operated a bus company in the 1950s to now being a VC for early stage tech startups.
I now run TRIVE, an early-stage VC that invests in B2B Sustainable Deep Technologies that serve SEA businesses, resulting in sustainable outcomes. It holds a VCFM licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
I have gained 24 years of entrepreneurial and investing experience, from as young as 15, working for my father's conglomerate, from marketing and managing F&B outlets, to investing in dot.coms, a journalist in a publishing firm, commercialising IP from Russian tech and even advising plastic tooling manufacturing plants in China.
I was a pioneer in the 2000 dot.com era, running my very own eCommerce store in Malaysia and Singapore. And it wasn't enough. Being serial entrepreneur in nature, I further dabbled into education centers, investing in properties in Singapore, and ran a government appointed incubator, supporting 38 startups to get US$5.3m in follow-on funding, and providing over 700 1-to-1 free advisories to startups
With VCs turning cautious, government's extra S$285m to catalyse startup funding timely
Abstract on my commentary: On the other hand, making loans more accessible to startups comes with its own risks as well. Credit-assessment criteria are commercial decisions by banks that take into account the high failure rate of startups. But “VCs are sophisticated investors trained to accept high forms of risks. So equity fund-raising, though an
Start-ups labour for funding as investment shrinks
Abstract: “While there have been a few announcements of late-stage investments across Southeast Asia in the past few weeks, investors will become even more cautious in the midst of Covid-19,” says Quek. “Investors will not be deploying capital so quickly and at a lesser quantum. Anecdotal sharing among the VCs shows there [are more] start-ups
TRIVE spots a blue ocean in S-E Asia for NeuroTrend's grey matter
Abstract from Business Times interview: IN November 2018, South-east Asia-focused venture firm TRIVE led a US$1.5 million seed funding round into NeuroTrend, a market research startup that taps on neuroscience. Full article here.
This entrepreneur-turned-VC wants to get Singapore start-ups to pay it forward
Abstract from Channelnewsasia: SINGAPORE: Over the past seven years, Christopher Quek has clocked almost 1,000 hours of mentoring for nearly 500 local start-ups. The 39-year-old, who was an entrepreneur before becoming a venture capitalist in 2011, did that all for free. Besides wanting to groom more entrepreneurs and help their ideas take flight, Mr Quek, the managing
Asia still lacks Silicon Valley’s ‘pay it forward’ culture, says this VC
Abstract: Christopher Quek is the managing partner at Trive, an early-stage VC in Singapore that focuses on Southeast Asia. Having invested in over 13 startups, Quek is a fourth-generation serial entrepreneur-turned-VC. He has been regarded as a thought leader in the startup community, helping build communities and writing over 100 articles on Tech in Asia, e27, and Beam. In my
A deep look into Singapore’s startup ecosystem with TRIVE
Fresh off the recent rebrand from Tri5 to TRIVE, we sat down with Christopher Quek, Managing Partner, to find discuss the startup scene in Singapore and more broadly Southeast Asia. There are always healthy discussions around this topic, especially with the amount of money currently being invested in the region. Christopher had a lot to share, especially
Grooming the next generation of start-ups
27 Sep 2017 Exclusive interview with the Straits Times. Abstract below: Mr Quek believes start-ups should “do deep technology”, especially in areas such as healthcare, finance or transport. “It is my hope to support start-ups in these fields to capitalise on what Singapore is already strong in,” he said. “Don’t do marketplaces, which other people