- Access to a large pool of investment opportunities that are difficult to reach out on an individual basis
- Choose your own level of time commitment in screening, investing, and managing the investment through a group based structure
- Learn from each other regarding various startup sectors and investment skill-sets
- Interact in a socially friendly environment among accomplished individuals for fellowship and networking
- Likely attain a higher return on investment than investing alone
- Experienced entrepreneurs, investment professionals, business executives, professional service providers, etc.
- Prior experience with angel investment preferred but not essential
- Willingness to share sector knowledge, business and investment experience and contacts
- A commitment to invest a minimum threshold amount in club deals over a two year period
- Currently all new members are being admitted through member referrals
The key focal point of our activities is the monthly members’ gathering, when we conduct pitching sessions and discuss investment issues and club affairs.
Outside the monthly meetings, the board, various committees, and investee company focused groups meet separately for various other purposes.
Members are encouraged to attend the monthly gatherings and otherwise actively participate in club activities to the extent their travel and work commitments allow.
John Y. Lo (Director, Founding Member)
John is a senior level corporate commercial lawyer, qualified in both California and Hong Kong, and has been in private practice in both jurisdictions for over three decades. He started investing as an angel since the late 1990s, and has been a lawyer to startups and investors, as well as startup co-founder and advisor in the two decades. He holds BA, JD, MBA, all from the University of California, Berkeley, among other degrees. He is co-author/contributors to two books: Angel Financing: Principles and Practice for Investors and Entrepreneurs (Chinese, ET Press, 2009), and Angel Financing in Asia Pacific, a Guidebook for Investors and Entrepreneurs (Emerald, 2017). He is also an advisor to the Seraph Group, a US based angel fund.
William Yung (Director, Founding Member)
Financial professional with a solid network in Greater China and North America. Broad experience in fundraising, new market entry strategies and business development of entrepreneurial companies. Extensive experience in incubation, angel investing, venture capital, private equity, real estate, information technology, healthcare and F&B. Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from the University of Alberta.
Howard Lee (Director, Founding Member)
Over 20 years of experience in banking & finance. American with global working experience in New York, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Co-founder of Bridge Bank in Silicon Valley. BA, UC Berkeley. MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Demetrius Yuen (Director, Founding Member)
Over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, acquisitions, disposals, restructuring, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, investor relation, board governance, equity fund raising, startup consulting and accelerator consulting. Worked on numerous transactions globally. BS, Biomedical Engineering, cum laude, Boston University. MBA, University of Southern California. Global Leadership Development Program, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada.
Zachary Leung (Founding Member)
Zachary has 25+ years of experience in technology and innovation, covering (a) entrepreneurship; (b) mentoring and investments in young startups; (c) management in multi-national corporations; and (d) teaching, research, and technology transfer in universities. Zachary was awarded as an Outstanding Young Digi Person in Hong Kong. He received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
James Fok (Founding Member)
James has 10+ years industrial research and 25+ years corporate management experience. He has been involved in angel investment in the past 18 years, and has served as assessors and judges for a number of entrepreneurship competitions. Bsc(Eng) and MPhil from HKU, PhD London and SE, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Ivan Yim (Founding Member)
Mr. Ivan Yim is a director of Centalent CPA Limited, a CPA firm registered in Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a practising member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ivan graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a bachelor degree of social sciences and holds a master degree of corporate finance from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was also awarded with the practising and specialist certificates (corporate finance) by the Hong Kong Securities Institute. Over 30 years of experiences in structuring and setting up financial operations for companies in Asia, Ivan has worked as financial controller, company secretary and chief financial officer for various companies in different industries. He has sound experiences in financial advisory in providing corporate finance and restructuring work for multinational companies. Ivan also actively participates in IPO works in Singapore and Hong Kong and helps fund raising of new setup companies.
Luis Lui (Founding Member)
Advisor / mentor for start-up companies focusing on accelerating growth, with experience running global and Asia Pacific business for high tech companies in the areas of enterprise software , software as a services ( SaaS) , internet services and IOT solutions. Luis graduated with an engineering and a management degree from McGill University, Canada.
Charles Poon (Director, Founding Member)
Charles has over 20 years experience working in electronics manufacturing, telecom and software industry in both legal and business capacity covering China and SE Asia. BEng and LLB from Sydney University, LLM from GWU and Beijing University, MSc from UC Irvine. Attorney New York.
20+ years experience from start ups to large corporations, including e-commerce, biotech, supply chain/logistics & engineering consulting. Lived and worked in various emerging markets. Graduated with a DPhil in Molecular biology from Oxford University.
Over 35 years of experience in the banking and investment management industry. Experienced entrepreneur with solid track records as Head of major Private Banks and Asset Management company in the Asia Pacific region. David received his Bachelors degree in Economics and MBA from the University of Southern California.
Michael (Mike) Paul Grundy has 40 years of experience in the Pulp and Paper Industry in various parts of the world. After attaining his bachelors in Paper Science, he worked in paper manufacturing before moving to provide chemical solutions to pulp and paper industry. For the first 20 years of his career, he worked in England and North Europe before moving to Asia in 1996. In 2000, Mike co-founded Amazon Papyrus Chemicals (Hong Kong) and has been leading the company as a CEO since that date. Under his prudent leadership, innovative vision for chemical solutions, and financial acumen, Amazon Papyrus has established itself as a leading solution provider for process chemicals to the Pulp and Paper Industry in Asia Pacific region. Presently Amazon employs almost 500 people in various countries.
Cherry has extensive experience in corporate finance, venture investments, telecoms and manufacturing. Since 2013, she has been active as an M&A advisor working with SFC- and MAS- licensed firms and also an angel investor in a number of startups. She was previously CEO of Tsing-Tech Innovations, a Hong Kong based venture and incubation fund. Before that, she worked in major Telco’s and MNC’s in Hong Kong and Singapore. Cherry has served on the board of numerous start-ups and investee companies in clean-tech and TMT. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida, a EMBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a P.C. in Chinese Civil & Commercial Law from Tsinghua University.
Bernard is the Honorary Chairman - Hong Kong Federation of Innovative Technologies and Manufacturing Industries Ltd., the Honorary President - Hong Kong Metal Merchants Association, the President Emeritus - Professional Validation Council of Hong Kong
Industries and the Vice President - Hong Kong Brands Protection Alliance.
Bruce Von Cannon
Bruce is former CEO of Bank Privee Edmond de Rothschild- Hong Kong and has 27 years of experience in wealth management and finance with assignments in New York, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Geneva.
He is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an M.B.A. and Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics. He speaks fluent English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.
Jimmy Chen is Managing Partner and Chief Enabling Officer of Amrop China, a talent and leadership success solution firm. Before that, Jimmy held executive positions at Aleris, Noveon, and Dow Chemical, among others. Jimmy shares with his local and foreign clients what it takes to succeed in cross-cultural and globalization management – from greenfield, JV, M&A, restructuring to major stakeholder relationship – covering various sectors including chemicals, energies, agriculture, transportation, consumer, retail, electronic and private equity; and spanning across both private and public sectors. Jimmy holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Manchester and the University of Stirling. He also attended leadership programs at IMD, INSEAD and the Kelley School of Business.
Charles K. Cheng
Charles K. Cheng is Vice Chairman and Past President of AAMA PRD Chapter after spending 20 years in various marketing and business development roles in Silicon Valley and Asia. Charles has led and launched products and businesses with record-breaking revenues of >US$500 million, drove M&A deals and founded entrepreneurial ventures. Charles is an active angel investor with current investments in China and Silicon Valley. His target investment areas include multimedia, internet infrastructure, robotics, software and storage. Charles received BA in Engineering Science from Oxford University and MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Pang has 11 years of experience in the corporate finance advisory field and he was approved as responsible officer and registered under SFC. Prior to joining the firm for new listings, he actively participated in New Media Group Holdings Limited (Main Board) (708.HK), Emperor Watch & Jewellery Limited (Main Board) (887.HK), GreaterChina Professional Services Limited (GEM Board) (8193.HK) and Synertone Communication Corporation (Main Board) (1613.HK). He also has strong experience in corporate finance advisory in other transactions including unconditional mandatory cash offer, rights issue, open offer, capital reorganization, whitewash wavier application, major transactions, continuing connected transactions and connected transactions.
In his 25 year career in the financial industry, Steve gained experience in a range of businesses, ranging from corporate finance, credit analysis, derivatives trading and structuring, in Sydney, London, and Hong Kong. He was the Managing Director for the relevant activity in Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Standard Chartered. He holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from ENSAE (France) and and MBA from the University of Chicago. He is also a health, flying and heliskiing enthusiast.
Charles Luchangco is the Principal at Arete Capital Asia Limited (ACAL), and has 25 years in Hong Kong Financial Services sector. Charles is actively involved in direct investments in to both early stage and later stage companies, with a particular focus on the Information Technology and Agricultural Technology fields. Charles received a degree in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr Felix Fu Keung Li
30 years of experience in medical practice with specialization in kidney disease. Trained in laboratory research and clinical science, Dr Li is an honorary consultant at the Hong Kong Sanatorium; Hospital and the Canossa Hospital (Caritas) Hong Kong. Graduated from the Medical School of the University of Hong Kong and accredited as a specialist in nephrology.
Simon has been a real estate practitioner for more than 25 years focusing on market research and project advisory. He served a board range of companies from stockbrokers, banks to real estate consultancy firms. Based in Hong Kong, he has launched his real estate consulting firm since February 2016 and operated an on-line real estate intelligence platform namely, www.realtythinktanks.com. He is also a licensed real estate agent (E-395442) in Hong Kong. Apart from investment sales advisory, he has been providing independent real estate consultancy services to financiers, private equities and investment managers. He holds BSc (Estate Management) from University of Reading, UK and MSc (Real Estate) from University of Hong Kong.
Alex Chen is an experienced strategy and market research consultant with deep experience in analyzing markets and designing sustainable business ICT solutions for technology companies including Amazon, Qualcomm and Microsoft through leveraging his diverse background in financial planning, reporting, business control, and strategic business analysis with responsibilities for global business units and functions.
Previously Controller for NSP at Hewlett Packard then Director of Strategy for Education at Microsoft, Alex has a BSc in Psychology from University of Alberta, MBA from Columbia Business School and Certification from Harvard Business School Executive Education.