QEM- F&B Connects Networking Forum Session #2


Who should Attend: Start Ups, Business Owner, SME's, Entrepreneurs and soon to be Entrepreneur

How To Raise Capital Or Funds In A Tough Economic Environment?

It has been a challenging fundraising environment for startups and SMEs in 2016 - 2017. Many people believe in starting a business or advancing their business but failed eventually due to lack of funding. They know they want to start a business or bringing the business to the next level, but they don't know the first steps to take. In this networking forum, you're going to find out how to get an idea for a business, how you figure out exactly what it is you want to do and then how to take action on it.

Followed by the success of QEM first networking forum on The Power of Branding, we are organizing second networking forum: RAISING FUNDS IN A TOUGH ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT


1. How To Fund Your Innovation?

2. How To Capitalize & Securitize Your Business By Raising Smart Capital?

3. How To Determine The Type Of Funding For Your Business


1. LC Tham - Group Managing Partner of Rhombus Connexion

Tham's strong business acumen and eagle-eye for investment opportunities stem from his extensive corporate finance, investment banking and accounting experience, having worked at some of the industry's powerhouses including KPMG, RHB Investment Bank and MMC Corporation Berhad, an infrastructure and utilities conglomerate listed on Bursa Malaysia. Tham is also a FCCA (Fellow member of ACCA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (™CFA∫) member. Tham had also led and involved in various businesses which include advisory, event management, branding, design & architecture, exhibition organization and construction before he found his calling in food and beverage industry.

A focused leader and an expert in driving business success, Tham has taken executive roles in helping businesses drive vitality and momentum ± leading them to achieve their full potential. To date, Tham has worked with a family-owned construction company, where he laid the foundation for the business to grow to order book of RM 700 million (from RM 100 million in 2013), as well as a Malaysian, home-grown F&B group, where he was instrumental in increasing the group's credibility and visibility, leading the group to impressive growth (brand portfolio and business stature). He transformed the previously entertainment-focused group (primarily focusing on clubs and pubs businesses) into a comprehensive F&B lifestyle group. The F&B group now has outlets in excess of 50 locations across 7 brands (including coffee chains, American diners, restaurants and sandwich chain shops). He divested his shares in the F&B group to a listed company in October 2014.

Rhombus Connexion*, a F&B ecosystem business leader, is Tham's brainchild and he cofounded the group together with like-minded entrepreneurs with the intention of elevating the F&B industry to the next level.

*Formerly known as Rhombus Food Holding Sdn Bhd

2. Vincent Kok - Chief Eventgalist of VMO

Vincent Kok graduated with a BSC in Microelectronics & Computer Science from Campbell University. He was a pioneer of the digital industry in Malaysia. Since 1994, he had been involved in digital media developments of information kiosks, CD-ROMs to the earliest Asian websites. Vincent Kok was one of the earliest certified Google Advertising Professional in Malaysia, achieving that distinction in 2007, before Google even had a Malaysian office.

Prior to starting VMO, Vincent was instrumental in the development & deployment of a travel e-commerce platform for the travel industry, which grew to over 1400 industry users in 40 counties, starting a Google advertising services business and securing a Google Premier SME Partner status for a public listed company in under a 10 months.

VMO, Malaysia’s leading instant booking platform for event venues & services, has grown into from just 20 listings at inception at the end of 2014 to over 960 listings currently. In 2016, VMO booked over RM1 million worth of events through the platform

Other than being an entrepreneur, Vincent Kok is a self confirmed and peer acknowledged foodie. You can find him at facebook.com/chiefeater

3. Dr. Viraj Perera - CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures

Dr. Viraj is the Chief Executive Officer of PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd. His expertise lies in technology transfer and innovation. Dr. Viraj has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field through working for elite organisations such as the University of Oxford and University of Warwick as well as private companies. Prior to being appointed as the CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures, Dr. Viraj held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation Business Opportunities (IBO) at Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), the parent organisation of PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd

4. KH Leong - QUEST Finance Director, Consultant and Corporate Advisor

5. Sam Shafie - Co- Founder of Watchtower And Friends

Sam Shafie is the CEO pitchIN and WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator. pitchIN is a registered market operator by the Securities Commission to offer Equity Crowdfunding. pitchIN is Malaysia’s homegrown premier crowdfunding platform having pioneered crowdfunding in Malaysia. pitchIN is best described as Malaysia’s national crowdfunding platform, having championed crowdfunding since 2012 and offering both Reward and Equity crowdfunding services. It is a registered equity crowdfunding operator with the Securities Commission. pitchIN Equity went live in March 2016 and to date it has successfully funded 7 deals. It has raised over RM4 million to date, making it the number one ECF platform in Malaysia. WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator, is an accelerator program that is focused on investing in early stage tech startups. To date, WTF Accelerator has invested in 29 tech startups in Malaysia since January 2015. Prior to setting up pitchIN and WTF Accelerator, Sam spent 16 years in public service, serving the AG Chambers as a Deputy Public Prosecutor as well as stints in the Securities Commission and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

This is your opportunity to ask and to learn from the speakers/panelists. Grab your tickets now as we have very limited seats available!

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Sat Jul 8, 2017
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM MYT
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Lot G362, Ground floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. 47800 Petaling Jaya. Selangor. ( New Wing Behind HSBC)
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