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An INSEAD and 500 Startups Executive Education Programme


November 6-10, 2017
INSEAD Asia Campus



Venture Capital in Asia is booming.

Asia has become a hotbed of VC activity, with $39 billion invested in startups and technology deals in 2016 - a positive trend compared to declining investments in many other parts of the world.


About half of unicorns worldwide are outside the US, and one-quarter of the global total resides in China including the world's second and third largest: Didi Chuxing and Xiaomi. It's not just China. Global investors are increasingly looking to deploy VC funding in Southeast Asia, where investments in startups have grown 8-fold over the last 5 years, from $275 million in 2011 to north of $2.2 billion in 2016. In India, government demonetization has driven gains in ecommerce and electronic payment platforms, leading to large investments in Flipkart and Paytm. Japan's 'Line' debut on the NYSE marked the largest tech IPO for 2016, while domestic funds raised 60% more capital than in the previous year to back local startups.


With more investors interested in Asia-based startups and the traditional skew of the VC asset class towards the US, fund managers in the region need to prove to their LPs that they can identify strong winners and provide consistently strong returns.


Silicon Valley experience combined with a global academic institution


500 Startups, the most active VC firm in the world, has partnered with INSEAD, the leading global business school, to offer current and aspiring investors in the region a unique opportunity to develop and refine their investment skill set.

500 Startups

As a seed fund based in Silicon Valley with $350M in committed capital invested across 4 main funds and 13 micro-funds, 500 Startups has invested in 1800+ companies in 60+ countries (including Southeast Asian success stories Grab and Viki, which was acquired by Rakuten in 2012).

500 Startups has been creating an unrivaled network of investors - nearly 200 have graduated from their highly sought after "VC Unlocked" executive education programs in Silicon Valley. For the first time, 500 Startups is taking VC Unlocked to a new geography.




As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD offers participants a truly global educational experience. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. Our 145 renowned faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 students in our degree and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

The Financial Times has placed INSEAD #1 for the second consecutive year under its "Global MBA Ranking 2017". In 2016, INSEAD became the first school with a one-year MBA programme to take the #1 spot in the history of the FT rankings.



In the programme, participants will work with partners from 500 Startups and INSEAD faculty to explore transferable patterns from Silicon Valley to Asia. The group will compare the startup investing landscape and trends across different countries in Asia.


The programme uses a hands-on learning methodology and draws on real world experiences. Participants interact with the faculty and each other through a combination of real case studies, discussions, lectures, and simulation exercises. Guest lecturers include top VCs and startup founders from China, India and Southeast Asia.


Participants will get critical qualified feedback on how to improve every aspect of their investment practice. They will get to put their skills into practice by evaluating real startups from the 500 Startups portfolio. Most importantly, they will become part of an active and vibrant global investor network.


Programme Agenda


Learn how to:

  • Grow your deal flow
  • Hone your investment thesis and framework
  • Evaluate startup investment opportunities
  • Structure early stage tech investments
  • Add value to startups
  • Scale and divest
  • Raise your next fund

Key Benefits:

  • Connect with other Asia-focused startup investors as well as INSEAD alumni
  • Get feedback on your investment thesis from world-renowned INSEAD faculty specialized in VC and entrepreneurship and 500 Startups Managing Partners
  • Get fundraising tips and tools for structuring a fund from top VCs in the region
  • Improve your ability to identify and evaluate top startups for your portfolio
  • Build your deal flow

Participant Profile:

  • Current and Aspiring VCs
  • Corporate VCs
  • Fund Managers
  • Family Office Managers
  • Angel Investors
  • Investors & other professionals looking to break into VC


Claudia Zeisberger
Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise

Academic Director, GPEI



Claudia Zeisberger is an INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise. Professor Zeisberger founded INSEAD's Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) in 2008. As the Academic Director, she is responsible for research, outreach & teaching in both Private Equity & Venture Capital. Through the centre's work, INSEAD has established itself as the go-to source for insights on PE in emerging markets and as an incubator for talent and professionals.

Her links to alumni in the venture space were instrumental in the 2015 formation of "INSEAD Alum Ventures", the school's first dedicated seed fund, by Alumni - for Alumni. More

Vikas Aggarwal
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise


Vikas Aggarwal is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. His research centers around strategy issues in entrepreneurial settings, focusing on venture-backed start-ups as well as larger firms experiencing significant environmental change.


Prior to beginning his academic career Vikas was an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, where he worked with the founding team of to develop the start-up's core revenue streams and grow the company through multiple rounds of venture financing. He also held positions in strategy consulting and investment banking, and served as an independent consultant to a range of firms in the technology and transportation industries. More

Virginia Cha
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship


Virginia Cha is an active researcher, educator, mentor, and angel investor in Singapore's entrepreneur ecosystem after 32 years of executive management in technology companies. In her multi-faceted industry career which spanned multiple countries, Virginia was the chief technology geek at a U.S. multinational technology company, the first technology transfer officer (infocomm) for the Republic of Singapore, co-founder and CEO of multiple venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China with successful exits on NASDAQ and HKSE, chief representative of private equity fund with holdings in China-based technology ventures and science park property interests, founder and serial entrepreneur in multiple ventures in China and in Singapore. More

Bedy Yang
Managing Partner
500 Startups


Bedy is Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Bedy has invested in over 50 startups. Many of the companies have seen its value increase by 50 times.

In addition to 500 Startups, Bedy founded Brazil Innovators, an organization that became the epicenter and resource for Brazilian tech founders. Through her leadership, her work has been featured in leading media such as Exame, Veja, Folha de Sao Paulo, Estadao, Techcrunch, TNW, Washington Post and Globo. She was selected as America Quarterly Innovator and featured as women leader on Forbes. Bedy has been an active speaker in conferences including Berkeley, Bloomberg Link, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network, Endeavor, Instituto de Empresas, FGV and Startup Chile. More

Khailee Ng
Managing Partner
500 Startups


Khailee Ng loves creating tech startups. As an entrepreneur he has founded an ecommerce site Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and media company (acquired by Catcha Group). Khailee is managing partner of Silicon Valley's most active seed venture capital firm. The firm has done over 1,800 investments in 60 countries, of which he has led 120+ investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grabtaxi, Carousell, Bukalapak and other regional champions. As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer behaviour, Khailee and 500 Startups specialize in looking for patterns of business opportunity and investing in entrepreneurs who will realize them. His investment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal and Fortune. More

Vishal Harnal
General Partner, SEA
500 Startups


Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups. Based in Singapore, Vishal leads and scales 500's investments and operations across South-East Asia through the regional-focused 500 Durians family of funds.

Vishal is also no stranger to entrepreneurship, having built an education training and communications consulting company while still in university. More

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