42 episodes

Impact Investing conversations in South-East Asia. 1-to-1 interviews with technology startup founders, impact investors, impact experts and businesses in South-East Asia. In Season 2, It is hosted by 5 moderators: Christopher Quek, Managing Partner of TRIVE VC, a seasoned veteran in moderating startup conversations. And others joining him are Dylan Patt, Kevin Bennett, Akhil Alder and Theodore Pang. Get insights on how Impact-style investing and what startups are working on to make a change for SEA.

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Impact Investing conversations in South-East Asia. 1-to-1 interviews with technology startup founders, impact investors, impact experts and businesses in South-East Asia. In Season 2, It is hosted by 5 moderators: Christopher Quek, Managing Partner of TRIVE VC, a seasoned veteran in moderating startup conversations. And others joining him are Dylan Patt, Kevin Bennett, Akhil Alder and Theodore Pang. Get insights on how Impact-style investing and what startups are working on to make a change for SEA.

    Impact Debt Investing in Southeast Asia w/ Amy Wang, Head of Private Debt at Blue Earth Capital

    Impact Debt Investing in Southeast Asia w/ Amy Wang, Head of Private Debt at Blue Earth Capital

    According to the Global Impact Investing Network, close to US$500mil that was deployed by private impact investors into Southeast Asia between 2007 to 2017 was in the form of debt, compared to US$408mil in the form of equity. Average debt quantum has been higher too, at US$5.8mil per deal, compared to US$3mil for an average equity investment. 

    With the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development citing a multi-trillion dollar financing gap to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, can impact debt investors play a part in closing this gap? 
    What impact frameworks can such investors use? 
    For companies, what trade-offs are there when trying to raise debt? 
    In this episode of the Investor Series, join me, Theodore Pang, Senior Investment Manager of SEEDS Capital, as I speak with Amy Wang, Head of Private Debt at Blue Earth Capital. Headquartered in Switzerland, Blue Earth Capital invests in debt, equity and funds, with the aim of providing access to basic needs, promoting inclusive growth and fighting climate change.
    Stay tuned, as Amy shares her personal journey into impact debt, how Blue Earth Capital helps its portfolio companies navigate the trade-offs to debt, and hear an example of how impact debt can be used to create economic opportunities while reducing the incidence of forest fires in Indonesia.
     *Post recording, the speaker has clarified that the case study applies to Bukit Tigapuluh. We apologize for the mispronunciation.

    • 30 min
    Plant-based Meat and Lab-grown Burgers… But Have You Heard of Cell-grown Milk? w/Fengru Lin, CEO of TurtleTree Labs

    Plant-based Meat and Lab-grown Burgers… But Have You Heard of Cell-grown Milk? w/Fengru Lin, CEO of TurtleTree Labs

    The dairy industry is one of the largest food segments in the world valuing over US$700 billion. However, while it is one of the biggest, it is also one of the greatest polluters of our planet. The shear amount of resources it takes, as well as the amount of methane that cows produce is highly detrimental to our environment.
    One company, TurtleTree Labs, is looking to revolutionise the industry with their ground breaking cell-based dairy products. 
    How do they plan on bringing their new products to the world? What difficulties have they faced so far? How do we measure impact in this industry?
    To answer these questions, I speak to Fengru Lin, CEO of TurtleTree Labs, for her insights.

    • 19 min
    Smart Cities & Sustainability in Southeast Asia w/Sau Sheong, CEO of SP (Singapore Power) Digital

    Smart Cities & Sustainability in Southeast Asia w/Sau Sheong, CEO of SP (Singapore Power) Digital

    Take a second to imagine what our cities could look like in the future…
    Will our cities be thriving and sustainable places to live? Or will our environmental problems continue to escalate? Will our citizens freely and seamlessly commute and travel?  Or will our streets be chaotic and congested?
    We have arrived at a crucial turning point for the Southeast Asian region. If growth is well managed, Southeast Asia can be a proper force for economic and social prosperity. But if it isn’t, our societies could seriously suffer, severely diminishing our quality of life and our environment.
    Southeast Asia has a tremendous opportunity to sow the seeds for its future.
    To talk more about how to build a smarter and more sustainable future, I speak with Sau
    Sheong, CEO of SP (Singapore Power) Digital, for his insights.

    • 37 min
    How can Embedded Finance benefit Developing Nations in SEA? w/ Chris Sirisereepaph, Partner at Saison Capital

    How can Embedded Finance benefit Developing Nations in SEA? w/ Chris Sirisereepaph, Partner at Saison Capital

    Collectively, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia have a GDP of close to $US3 trillion and that was growing by between 5 and 6 per cent a year until the COVID-19 pandemic led to movement restrictions and a dip in global trade.


    But according to figures from Euromonitor and The World Bank, 50% the adult population in the SEA Region remain unbanked with no access to financial products, and a further 18%  are underbanked – lacking access to anything other than a bank account. 


    With 70 percent of the population using smart phones there’s an opportunity for Fintech companies to step in and deliver digital financial services such as lending and wealth management to consumers who previously did not have access due to a lack of credit history.


    So should we be optimistic about the concept of embedded finance? How does it help a businesses grow? Does financial inclusion and access to credit deliver impact to developing nations?


    To answer these questions, I speak to Chris Sirisereepaph, Partner at Saison Capital for his insights.

    • 21 min
    Providing Access to Credit for All w/ Abhijay Sethia, Head of Strategy, FinAccel

    Providing Access to Credit for All w/ Abhijay Sethia, Head of Strategy, FinAccel

    Have you ever bought something first and paid for it later?
    This form of financing - called 'Buy Now Pay Later'  is expected to grow rapidly, in fact a report by McKinsey estimated that this form of point-of-sale financing is forecast to generate $7 billion of annual US revenue come 2024.
    FinAccel is an example of a company that is trying to bring such concepts to the world. Their flagship product - Kredivo “Buy now, Pay later”, enables e-commerce buyers to apply and qualify for instant credit and pay back over time, with the aim of increasing access to credit to countries like Indonesia.
    What are the various benefits of the “Buy now, Pay later” solution to a developing market like Indonesia? What are some of the risks associated to this sort of financing?


    To answer these questions and more, I speak to Abhijay Sethia,
    Head of Strategy, FinAccel, for his expert insights.

    • 22 min
    Transforming A Traditional Business via Venture Capital Allocation w/James Ong, Director, M&A and Business Development at IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group

    Transforming A Traditional Business via Venture Capital Allocation w/James Ong, Director, M&A and Business Development at IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group

    According to a 2018 report from the Cambridge Institute of Family Enterprise, businesses dominate Southeast Asia and form a critical part of its economy. More than half of the region’s largest companies, and nearly all of its conglomerates both private and listed are family-controlled. These businesses account for a significant percentage of employment and economic development in the region.
    Unfortunately, a large number of the family businesses in Southeast Asia have neglected to take the necessary steps to transform their businesses, putting themselves and the SEA region in jeopardy.
    This is particularly predominant in traditional industries with established oligopolistic-like market structures that discourages innovation.


    How then does an incumbent take the courage and vision to embrace innovation in traditional industries and be willing to step into new unfamiliar ways of doing business?


    To answer this question, I speak to James Ong, Director, M&A and Business Development at IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group, a traditional shipping company that looks to Venture Capital as its next source of engine growth.

    • 28 min

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