Look East: An Introduction to Asia Markets and Investment

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018

Workshop: 5th & 6th March 2018

The Asia Pacific region is home to the world’s fastest growing economies, with a wealth of opportunities for Scottish companies. In this two-day workshop we’ll explore why your company could consider Asia as a place for partnership, investment and sales and arm you with the knowledge and intelligence necessary to make your business’ ambitions in Asia a reality.

Look East will be led by UK entrepreneur Hugh Mason, Co-founder and CEO of JDFI, Southeast Asia’s first accelerator program for tech startups. Hugh moved to Singapore ten years ago and has since helped over 70 businesses raise tens of millions of dollars.

This practical workshop aims to provide delegates with knowledge of the benefits of doing business in Asia, as well as the risks involved. You’ll learn how your business looks to potential Asian collaborators and work to devise a plan of action for ‘looking East’. The outcome of the two days is to leave participants with a clear map of the next steps for doing business in Asia.

Look East is open to established and startup Scottish companies in the digital and technology sector who are interested in exploring opportunities in Asia.

Training will take place in Glasgow City Centre. Lunch will be provided.

Look East is funded by our partners Scottish Enterprise, Creative Scotland, BBC and Channel 4.  Delegate fee: £150. 

If you would like to reserve a place on the programme please email michelle.conlin@trcmedia.org

 


Hugh Mason is CEO at JFDI.Asia and Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore. Since 2012 he has co-founded, mentored or invested in more than 70 startup companies, achieving 48% IRR. Born a UK citizen, Hugh is now a Permanent Resident of Singapore.

Hugh studied an undergraduate in Physics before training as a TV producer on the BBC’s primetime science show, Tomorrow’s World. Subsequently, Hugh founded a successful independent TV production business. Building on his experience managing creative people and IP, in 2001, Hugh co-founded Pembridge Partners. This London-based investment and advisory firm raised over USD50m working with 300+ technology media and marketing firms. Hugh captured the insights he gained in his first book Brainfruit, co-authored with Mark Chong, and published by McGraw-Hill.

In 2009 Hugh moved to Singapore where he co-founded JFDI.Asia. As the first business accelerator in SE Asia, JFDI proved pivotal in kick-starting Singapore’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, deploying approximately USD3m into a portfolio of 70 international startups. JFDI has also supported thousands of start-up founders through its outreach programs. The second book that Hugh co-edited, Facing Down Failure, captures eight Singapore startup stories.

 

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