In venture capital circles, one currently hears talk of a significant downturn in the Chinese investment and fundraising environment, a so-called "PE winter". Many domestic Chinese start-ups are finding it difficult to raise funds but what about the case of the foreign entrepreneur? Haven't foreigners always been more challenged to fund their ventures in China? So why is the trend changing, and what dynamics are in play that the tables are turning? Or is it simply a momentary phenomenon?

Come along to hear about the current state of play in the venture capital market, engage with foreign start-up entrepreneurs as they pitch their concepts to you, and ultimately discover what the foreign start-up CEO is doing to create China-business success, turning the tide of investment.


  • 6:30pm-7:00pm Registration and Networking
  • 7.00pm-7.05pm Opening Introduction
  • 7.05pm-8.05pm Presentations and Q&A
  • 8:05pm-8:30pm Networking
  • 8:30pm Event end

TIME: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

VENUE: KPMG Office (Plaza 66, Tower 2), 恒隆广场2期25楼 , 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, 上海市南京西路1266号

PRICE: Participation Fee for this event is 120 RMB.

REGISTRATION: Registration is required to confirm a seat. You may register by replying to fbcs@fbcs.fi until Friday, May 17, 2019 or as long as there are seats available. Please notice, no registration via the homepage.Registration is binding and no-shows will be charged RMB 200 unless cancelled before the end-of-day of the final registration date.


  • John Artman (Moderator) (Editor in Chief at TechNode)

    John Artman (Moderator)

    Editor in Chief at TechNode

    TechNode is the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups. Having lived in Beijing for almost a decade, John was previously Director of Technical Communications at CSOFT and a radio host and Assistant Programs Director at China Radio International.
    He loves talking about innovative products and business models, big ideas that are changing the world, and compelling communication in various mediums. He currently hosts the podcast called China Tech Talk.

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  • Vineet Budki (CEO & Founder of Guiddoo World, Guiddoo World Travels Pte Ltd)

    Vineet Budki

    CEO & Founder of Guiddoo World, Guiddoo World Travels Pte Ltd

    Vineet Budki is the CEO & Founder of Guiddoo World. He founded Guiddoo, initially an audio guide that later pivoted to a marketplace for tours and activities in 2013, with the objective of giving Indian Travellers great In-Destination Experiences, ie. tours and activities, dining, shopping and entertainment.
    Vineet has developed a deep understanding of the travel and leisure sector, having spent the last 15 years immersed in technology, travel and the airline industry, working with like Rocket Internet, Emirates Airlines, Paytronic Networks and Tata Consultancy Services. He started his first company, Butel, in 2009 - an online comparator for destination, travel and hospitality services - which later became the online arm of Videocon d2h.
    Vineet is well-known in the start-up and travel community and is a great orator. Successful stints include speaking at “TravelTechMe – Dubai”, “Travel Tech MENASA – Dubai”, SATTE Conference - India, IITT Conference India, Mekong Tourism Forum - Vietnam, Cambodia, and splits his working life between India, Singapore, UAE and now China.
    He completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering at NIT Calicut, and pursued his MBA at IE Business School & Cornell University.

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  • BarbaraBarbara Ex (Co-Founder & CEO of WhiteSpace)

    BarbaraBarbara Ex

    Co-Founder & CEO of WhiteSpace

    Barbara Ex is the Founder and CEO of WhiteSpace, a sharing economy business that offers flexible, affordable short-term meeting and training room space. WhiteSpace has been profitable since the day it opened its doors and is now scaling to become the complete O2O platform for meeting and training support in China.
    Barbara’s lifelong interest has been the application of cutting-edge technology to open new markets, enable strategy and transform existing business models.
    Before moving to the start-up world, Barbara served as Executive Director of Business Transformation at Lenovo in Beijing, where she led internal transformation teams which included CRM, Industry 4.0, Supply Chain and Marketing Analytics. Earlier, she was a Principle Consultant at IBM, where she led many of the first company-wide e-business projects for European MNCs.
    Barbara moved to China in 2005 and has almost 15 years of experience working in both multinational and Chinese companies. She holds an MBA from London Business School and both Bachelor and Masters’ Degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

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  • Lewis Harding (Founder & CEO of The Coffee Exchange)

    Lewis Harding

    Founder & CEO of The Coffee Exchange

    An Englishman by birth who spent his childhood in Asia, Lewis Harding has over 10 years of career work experience in international business and trade, spanning China, Africa and Latin America. He started life as a banker at Barclays based in London before moving back out to Asia.
    A serial entrepreneur with a deep passion for coffee, Lewis believes in creating businesses that provide real, positive value to their stakeholders and the world in general as the key to long term success.
    Lewis founded The Coffee Exchange to develop technologies that streamline and increase transparency in critical supply chains in the global coffee industry. The Exchange platform utilizes IoT logistics tracking to enable full traceability, blockchain to ensure authentic sales records for farmers, which then provides pre-financing and liquidity, as well as data sets for AI ranging from coffee characteristics to supply chain efficiency. The platform is transforming coffee pricing and the supply chain.
    When not marketing coffee in China, Lewis can be found at the company’s operations in Rwanda and Ecuador. Lewis is a graduate of Queen Mary University London with a M. Science Degree in Business Economics. He is also an avid traveller, having visited over half of the world’s countries.

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KPMG Office

KPMG Office (Plaza 66, Tower 2, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu)
Shanghai, China

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