Investing in Sustainable Technologies
In the next 10 years, from 2020, I am shifting my season's calling to Positive Impact Technologies, where I believe the urgent call to address unsustainable practices of businesses in South-East Asia.
I aim to invest and groom impact tech startups that will capitalise on the growing Gen Z markets of South-East Asia.
This will be done through my Venture Capital entity, TRIVE.
TRIVE is an early-stage VC that invests in B2B Data Driven Technologies that serve SEA businesses, resulting in sustainable outcomes.
It holds a VCFM licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Pro-Singapore Tech Startup Evangelist
People know me best as a pro-Singaporean tech startup evangelist, where I work, support and encourage Singaporeans to become tech entrepreneurs and build a lively startup ecosystem.
This site is where entrepreneurs can find my thought leadership on the South-East Asia ecosystem, startup advisories, interviews with successful founders and the startup ecosystem scene in Singapore.
My experiences as an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, VC, incubator, thought leader and mentor have built over the last 20 years and I hope to always contribute to the country that I love. It has been 10 years since I supported the Singapore ecosystem.
As part of giving back to the startup ecosystem, I regularly guest write for various tech and mainstream publications. To date, there are over 120 articles since 2015.
I have also provided my comments on the startup ecosystem to various media publications.
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
Govt's S$300 million injection into deep-tech scheme will benefit Singapore. But some concerns remain
Among the many announcements in Budget 2020, one which slipped under the radar was the S$300 million injection by the Government into Startup SG Equity for deep-technology startups. Under the scheme, the Government will co-invest up to S$4 million with qualified third-party investors into eligible Singapore-based deep technology startups. As a deep-tech venture capitalist in Singapore’s
Sustainability is about collaboration and multiplying the effect to create an impact
This article first appeared on Medium. In kuehs and putu mayam (traditional Singaporean local cake desserts), the red jaggery sugar is a key ingredient used for its texture and celebratory color. But these desserts are more familiar with the boomer generation than it is with millennials or the Gen Zs. This poses a challenge for Cheng Yew Heng, Singapore’s oldest
How innovation in production created a sustainable usage of marble
This article first appeared on Medium. Corporation Road in Singapore is best described as a place filled with factories and industrial-like buildings. Design and aesthetics are the last thing on anyone’s mind. So it was a stark contrast to the office I was visiting in this area. My jaw was just left wide-open and dangling
Discipline is the name of the game as startup valuations soar
The wave of exuberance in South-east Asia has cast the spotlight on startup valuations, with some industry players predicting a correction in 2020. Christopher Quek, managing partner of VC firm TRIVE, called valuations “over-rated”. “It’s no celebration for those who raised another round of funding, unless there is a clear growth in earnings,” said Mr
Here's how the Singapore startup scene will look like in 2020
Written by: Christopher Quek 2019 was a significant year for the Singapore startup scene for several reasons. On a positive note, Carousell’s merger with classified firm 701Search lifted its value to S$1.2 billion, showing that born-and-bred Singaporeans can grow unicorns – companies with a valuation of over S$1 billion – and can compete in the
How Killiney Kopitiam is evolving their heritage brand with foodtech
It was like walking into the past of Singapore as I entered into Lorong Telok, a group of restored shophouses nestled within the financial district, next to iconic Boat Quay attraction. Yet this area is filled with modern eateries, cafes and entertainment spots that seeks to attract the business crowd for their daily meals and
Commentary: Shame is still prevalent among failed Singaporean startup founders
PM Lee spoke about startup founders are able to fail with no shame in Singapore’s culture. He has good intentions in encouraging aspiring Singaporeans to try new businesses and succeed. I, for one, am eager too to promote this culture of entrepreneurship. However, it is a stark difference in reality. For ten years, I have been
Foodtech in Singapore through the eyes of startups
Consuming food is a daily affair for every person. But with increasing global population growth, there is a huge pressing need to provide more solutions in food production. But what is Singapore working on in the area of technologies on food? To understand the state of food tech in Singapore, I speak to three Singapore
Mentoring Young Singaporeans
Need guidance in your entrepreneurial journey, or just advice on life choices in your career? Life's pretty tough as a Gen Z and in these turbulent times.
Sometimes, you just want someone to hear you out, respect you and guide you.
To me, the greatest PASSION is to be part of the lives of the next generation.
I have been blessed and enriched by the experiences, joys and trials of my over 60 young mentees, some of them moving to become mentors themselves.
If you are Singaporean and below 35, connect with me with a kopi chat.