27 & 28 September 2022
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
In our 7th year now, the annual summit has drawn over 4,000 attendees from 50+ countries.
Among these were 200+
LPs and GPs, the biggest names in SE Asia and India.
HOW IS PRIVATE EQUITY IN ASIA RIDING THE DOWNCYCLE?
2021 was a record fundraising year for private equity (PE) firms globally and Asia was no exception. But global market volatility, rising geopolitical risks, and growth and inflation concerns have characterised much of 2022 so far.
THE LP VIEW: BACKING EMERGING MARKET AND FIRST-TIME MANAGERS IN ADVERSE TIMES
The global economic uncertainty and a shift in focus towards sustainable growth are widely expected to impact the fundraising prospects for new vehicles, especially those focused on emerging markets or launched by first-time managers.
There were 79 SE Asia-focused venture capital funds in the market to raise $7.6 billion as of December 2021, per DealStreetAsia data. In terms of PE fundraising, a total of 34 SE Asia-focused funds were raising $6.87 billion at the same time.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BALANCING VALUE VS VALUE IN IMPACT INVESTING
Investing with the intent of combining profit with purpose is no longer only the domain of development finance institutions or philanthropic organisations.
While the global market for impact investments was estimated at around $2.3 trillion in 2020, East and Southeast Asia have emerged among the fastest-growing regions for such investments. With major global institutional LPs pushing for ESG and impact mandates and larger PE players raising dedicated ESG vehicles, the market is ripe for impact investing moving beyond token investments.
THE RISE OF FAMILY OFFICES IN ASIA'S ALT ASSET LANDSCAPE
The private markets are seeing the rise of a serious investor class – the family office.
With the emerging macroeconomic concerns around high inflation, central bank liquidity and rising interest rates, family offices are re-assessing their allocations towards private equity. Alternatives represent about 35% of all asset allocations by APAC family offices, with PE remaining a core focus.
DEMOCRATISING ACCESS TO PRIVATE MARKETS
Private markets are looking at widening their investor base and tapping a new pool of capital by allowing access to accredited individual investors. Several private exchanges have sprung up to facilitate these transactions, and provide a liquidity option for investors.
Tokenisation – the digitisation of an asset using blockchain and smart contract technology – too is becoming a fast-growing avenue for PE majors to secure capital from the hitherto untapped market. This panel will explore threads such as:-
FUNDRAISING GAINS MOMENTUM IN INDIA DESPITE SLOWDOWN FEARS
LPs committed a whopping $6.25 billion across 41 India-dedicated funds in the first six months of 2022.
While this is the highest in the last four years, the key question is how long will it take for them to actually deploy the amount as the startup ecosystem signals a slowdown in dealmaking.
A part of the capital committed is reflective of sentiments in 2021 and maybe earlier this year. However, things have suddenly changed now.
SPECIALIST HEALTHCARE-FOCUSED FUNDS COME INTO SPOTLIGHT
As India gradually limps out of the COVID crisis, investors are getting ready with dedicated healthcare funds to cash in on the huge unmet demand for healthcare services.
The sector saw total funding of over $7 billion as of last year. Currently, there are over 8,500 healthcare startups, of which more than 900 are funded. Going forward, the number is only expected to go up with opportunities emerging in all spheres like hospitals, delivery services, pharma and life sciences, med tech, associated healthcare services, consumer healthcare and health tech.
TIME FOR PRIVATE CREDIT TO SHINE IN ASIA
While the private debt market currently in Asia is currently minuscule compared to global markets, and largely untapped, there is an anticipated demand for such non-bank, long-term financing for growth enterprises. Global PE majors have readied billions of dollars of private credit capital to deploy in the region. This panel will explore:
EARLY-STAGE DEALS ARE STILL HOT AMID FUNDING WINTER
The market for early-stage funding in Asia continues to hold strong at a time when broad economic gloom has taken the shine off IPOs and prolonged exit timelines for investors in mature startups.
Seed to Series A startups are still securing substantial funds from global and regional tech investors, who are doubling down on Asia as they seek to deploy in fast-growing markets and niches.
How will this continue to play out? Will the challenges at the later stages impact the younger startups? And, as more capital comes into the market, how do investors secure quality deals?
REINVESTING IN THE ECOSYSTEM: THE PLAY FOR FOUNDER SECONDARIES
As startup ecosystems in Southeast Asia mature, founders are turning to secondary markets for liquidity, even as investor demand for stakes in valuable late-stage companies grows.
Amid the volatility in public markets and uncertainties in IPO prospects, how is the market for founder secondaries shaping up? What is driving demand for such share sales? How is it spurring the continuous development of the startup sector in Southeast Asia?
BUILD LOCAL, THINK GLOBAL: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CROSS-BORDER SAAS IN SOUTH ASIA
Risk capital investors are seizing on the big promise in the SaaS space as predictable revenue streams, service-led business models and rapid digitalisation make the companies among the most stable investments in the current environment.
At the same time, after establishing themselves abroad, SaaS companies on the continent are now seeing traction at home. The overall funding for Indian SaaS startups is expected to touch $6.5 billion this year, an increase of 62.5% from $4 billion in 2021.
How will this play out in the post-pandemic world? What does it take to build globally-competitive SaaS giants? How can both investors and the businesses find their niche?
CRYPTO'S BEEN ON A ROLLER COASTER BUT VCs REMAIN BULLISH
Risk capital investors continue to bet on the long-term prospects of crypto and the broader Web3 industry, albeit cautiously, and amid growing regulatory scrutiny.
A growing tribe of VCs armed with substantial war chests are eyeing opportunities in the blockchain-based, decentralised ecosystem, as entrepreneurs in the sector in Southeast Asia are emerging as champions of the sector.
What are the fundamental trends that will see the sector ride out the volatility? What impact does increasing regulator attention have? Who will be the winners?
DRIVING DECARBONISATION: HOW THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM CAN TAKE THE LEAD
The climate crisis is upon us, and there is little doubt that policymakers, entrepreneurs, and investors need to work toward Net Zero. So far, the lack of progress and concrete action has been disappointing. But it also means a meaningful opportunity for innovators and risk capital to step into the fray.What are the key innovations underway? What are the areas that are in most need of risk capital, and how do investors assess them? How else can the ecosystem prioritise sustainability?
THE FUTURE OF 'KIRANA TECH' IN INDIA AND SE ASIA
Kirana tech, the digitalisation of small brick-and-mortar retailers and corner shops, has transformed the retail landscape in emerging markets. B2B tech startups that have built their business models around digitising the retail supply chain have secured big-ticket funding as investors bet heavily on this space.
What’s next for the ‘kirana tech’ play in India and Southeast Asia? Are there opportunities left uncovered? How is the path to profitability shaping up for these B2B startups? As the scene matures, is consolidation ahead?
POST-PANDEMIC, HAS EDTECH IN INDIA FALLEN OUT OF FAVOUR?
After amassing hordes of capital in the wake of the pandemic in 2020, edtech startups are now staring at a funding winter and valuation correction. Those that have been impacted the most are the ones operating in the K-12 segment.
Edtech fell to eighth place in terms of fundraising in April-June 2022. It was the second most-funded vertical in Jan-March 2022. India's edtech startups raised $290.4 million in Q2, 80% lower than the $1.4 billion amassed in the preceding quarter, DealStreetAsia's proprietary data shows.
STAY IN SOFITEL
As the Official Venue for the summit, Sofitel Singapore City Centre is extending exclusive accommodation rates to all our summit participants. Only limited rooms available.
The Summit ticket cost does not include accommodation, except for the Hotel Bundle ticket. Participants of the summit will be required to make their own accommodation and logistic arrangements.
1) TRAIN / MRT
Take the green line and alight at Tanjong Pagar Station. Upon exit at the ticket gantry, proceed to Tanjong Pagar Centre’s glass elevators for direct access to the hotel on Level 5 or proceed to Exit A to arrive at the hotel’s arrival lobby located at Peck Seah Street.
2) PRIVATE VEHICLES / TAXI
Enter by the hotel driveway, situated near the entrance of Peck Seah Street.
3) LIMOUSINE SERVICE
Airport limousine transfers can be arranged from $150+/way. A $15 surcharge is applicable for bookings between 11pm and 7am. Advance bookings are encouraged.
4) PARKING FACILITY
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