A new Make a Difference (MaD) Venture Fellows Program is now inviting applications from innovative and high–‐impact entrepreneurs who are based in Asia or are interested in establishing links with Asia.
The MaD Venture Fellows Program will be of interest to entrepreneurs who are looking for investors, partners, networks and market opportunities to take their businesses to the next level. We are inviting participation from innovative ventures that can bring about economic, social and/or environmental benefits alongside financial returns. The MaD ventures could be from early to growth stage, with at least one year of track record. The founder should be 35 or below at the time the venture was established.
The MaD Venture Fellows will be invited to attend a 4-day programme in Hong Kong to meet potential investors and parnters, identify growth opportunities for their ventures and discover what Hong Kong can offer, learn how to scale from experts, network with other MaD Venture Fellows and the entrepreneur and business communities in Hong Kong.
A highlight of the program is the MaD Ventures Salon on January 25, 2013, where the MaD Venture Fellows will meet and showcase their ventures to potential investors and partners. Six MaD Venture Fellows will be invited to pitch at the MaD Ventures Salon, with their travel expenses fully sponsored. Other eligible fellows can also get a 50% airfare subsidy.
A distinguished panel of judges will select 3 MaD Venture Stars out of the 6 finalists, together with the participants of the Salon. They represent a strong network of capital, contacts and experience in Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and Asia. The judges from Hong Kong will be joined by Victor Hwang, Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital from the US and author of “The Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley”, and Prof Wong Poh Kam, Director of the NUS Centre for Entrepreneurship from Singapore and an angel investor.
The 3 MaD Venture Stars will be awarded with an invitation to be one of the presenters at the 2013 MaD Forum to inspire other aspiring entrepreneurs, a one-year customised mentorship, business matching with partners or service providers in Hong Kong and an opportunity to exhibit at a leading trade fair in Hong Kong.
For more information and registration, please read the press release and visit MaD Asia website.
Apply online before October 28, 2012.