Media Interviews and Commentaries

With VCs turning cautious, government’s extra S$285m to catalyse startup funding timely

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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 […]

Engineering in Singapore

Govt’s S$300 million injection into deep-tech scheme will benefit Singapore. But some concerns remain

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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 […]

Entrepreneurial Stories

Sustainability is about collaboration and multiplying the effect to create an impact

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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 […]

HeartWare Singapore

Discipline is the name of the game as startup valuations soar

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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 […]

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Beyond the Valley: Why tech entrepreneurs should look east

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This article first appeared on EDB. Christopher Quek, Managing Partner of TRIVE Ventures, an early-stage startup venture fund that invests in deep technology startups targeting Southeast Asia, shares about the growing tech scene in Southeast Asia and why Singapore is the place to be to tap these opportunities.    Silicon Valley is the headquarters and birthplace […]

Asian Tech Ecosystems

Here are 8 areas of deep tech that Singapore startups are working on

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The Singapore government has committed S$19 billion (US$14 billion) in deep tech commercialisation in its RIE2020 plan, and with friendly Smart Nation policies, Singapore is becoming a haven for the development of deep tech startups. But what exactly is deep science or deep technology? Startup Business defines deep tech as a “set of cutting-edge and disruptive technologies based on […]

Media Interviews and Commentaries

This entrepreneur-turned-VC wants to get Singapore start-ups to pay it forward

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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 […]

Media Interviews and Commentaries

Asia still lacks Silicon Valley’s ‘pay it forward’ culture, says this VC

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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 […]