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Check out topics that will be talked about during BaseConf 2020
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Day 1 – Wednesday | 15th Jan 2020

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9:00am – 10:00am

Registration & Morning Coffee

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10:00am – 10:20am

Opening Remarks

Speaker : Lim Feng, Co-founder & CEO, START Malaysia 

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10:20aM – 11:00am

[Keynote] The Art of Investing In Emerging Markets : Why The Time To Invest Is Now

Emerging markets in developing countries are fast becoming the driver of global growth. Why the need to invest in them? To cash in where today’s growth is and for the foreseeable future. These economies are expected to grow several times faster than developed nations, as corporate profits tend to grow faster when economic growth is higher.

Learn from our panel and realise that the time is now, emerging markets have ‘emerged’ and they are leading the economic growth while generating high GDP as well being diversified as well as providing you with opportunities to access global leaders in technology and innovation while giving you exposure to all levels of the market.

Speaker : Riddhiman Das, Builder / Investor, Ant Financial Alibaba

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11:00am - 11:30am

[Keynote] To Be Announced

Speaker : To Be Announced

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11:30aM – 12:15pm

[Panel Discussion] Preparing Beyond The Next Round : What Startups & Investors Should Know Before An Exit / IPO

You’ve put in all your time and effort into building something of value. You wake up one day to get a random offer. You get excited, you’re worried, due diligence happens and you’re in a mess. The buyer wants to haggle, what do you do?


Exits, mergers & acquisitions and going IPO are the goals of many founders, some would hold on and try to make it into the next unicorn while others would cash out, but are you actually read for the big E? Have you spent enough time understanding the exit plan? Have you maximise your options? Do you understand how M&As and going IPO works? If you don’t, you need to join this discussion to find out more.

Panelist 1 : Paul Ark, Managing Director, Corporate Venture Capital

Panelist 2 : Sai Kit Ng, Chief Executive, Captii Ventures Pte Ltd

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12:15PM – 01:00pm

[Panel Discussion] The Reality & Truth of Fundraising In Malaysia : What Founders, Investors & Ecosystem Builders Need To Do Before Helping Companies Scale & Exit

Every business begins with high hopes and investor confidence, but we know that one decision can either make or break any business startup. Learn what kind of local companies should raise money while unlocking more venture capital into the local startup ecosystem. Find out what founders, investors and ecosystem builders need to fix before helping local companies scale up and exit.  We will share with you how to make the right market decisions to obtain the required funding and scale your business for your exit plan.

Panelist 1 : Jeffrey Paine, Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Panelist 2: Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity

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01:00pm - 02:00PM

Networking Lunch

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02:00PM – 02:30pm

[Panel Discussion] China's Investment In Southeast Asia : An Opportunity / Crisis For Founders & VCs?

Due to Southeast Asia’s diversity and population, it is becoming a focal point for China tech conglomerate who are looking to expand outside their domestic market. Alibaba Group Holding is bought Lazada Group and signed deals with both Thailand and Malaysia while gaming and social media giant Tencent Holdings invested in Singapore-Based Sea, the people behind Garena gaming and Shopee. 

With China’s investors eyeing this region, how do we capitalize on this opportunity? How do we make the best of it? Look into the bigger picture with our panel as they share with you their insights, so don’t be left out.

Panelist 1 : Dr Lu Gang, Founder & CEO, TechNode

Panelist 2 : Jan Smejkal, Founder & CEO, YCG Ventures

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02:30PM – 03:20pm

[Keynote] To Be Announced

Speaker : To Be Announced

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03:20PM – 04:00pm

[Panel Discussion] Should We Expand Now? Knowing When & Where To Grow Your Startup

Growth is key in a business, we see it every day. But at times growing your own startup does not seem easy. It can be many things, from hard to read data, it’s something people don’t want or simply a mistake in marketing and execution. What’s the trick that unicorn founders do to flip a fortune? The truth is there’s none. 

It might seem easy to talk about building something big, but do you have all your bases covered? Our panel will share with you how and when to grow your business by not chasing the silver bullet. It’s time to focus and get directions on how to be the next big thing. 

Panelist 1:  Ben Richardson, Founder & CEO , Onstage

Panelist 2: Bobby Liu, Senior Director, Topica Founder Institute

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04:00PM – 04:40pm

[Panel Discussion] Rise of The Rest : A Real Case Study From Succesful Entrepreneur Out Of A Capital City

We in Malaysia have seen a number of successful startups, such as iFlix, Groupon just to name a few. It’s a known fact that some of the largest and most successful tech companies of South-East Asia comes from Malaysia, are either started by a local or is a Malaysian listed company. Being next to Singapore, we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of talent, mobility and funding, something that the local government has actively recognised. But what does it take to build a successful startup? What are the truths that founders must understand before their goals are realised? Join our panel as we break down real case studies from some of Malaysia’s unicorns in order to make our own.

Panelist 1 : Ian Chua, Co-founder & ex-CEO, Hermo

Panelist 2 : Arif Tukiman, Co-founder & CEO, RunCloud 

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04:40PM – 05:20pm

[Keynote] Make Your Startup Thrive While You Sleep : Investing In Startup Operations & Growth Automation

The reality is that financial success is a probability formula, that 95% of startups fail. You need to solve many problems before a solution can become a growing company.  When taking this approach, one must be efficient with your time. Validation, sales, growth and even accounting needs to be commoditized and automated as much as possible. Learn the methodologies, tactics and case studies for how to rapidly find product-market-fit for your startup to accelerate your progress towards scaling up or shutting down. 

Speaker : Ben Richardson, Founder & CEO, Onstage

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05:20PM – 06:00pm

[Panel Discussion] Mental Health & Self Care : What Founders Can Learn From The Best Coach & Athletes To Maintain Peak Performance

Both athletes and entrepreneurs utilise a similar set of skills in order to achieve the same goals, a cohesive, peak-performing team. After years of studies, physiologists and coaches have realised that what athletes accomplish on the field has more to do with their mindset than their bodies. Business leaders need to help develop focus, mentally sharpen their staff and able to read the signs before any problem comes up. They need to paint a picture that inspires unity and motivate them to achieve it together. Athletes and coaches understand they are there to win, businesses needs to know that everybody on board is heading towards a unifying goal. Come and learn how to adopt these mentalities and apply it to your business to achieve and maintain peak performance.

Panelist 1 : Oko Davaasuren, Director of Ecosystem Development, Techstars

Panelist 2 : Amarit Charoenphan, Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Hubba Thailand & Techsauce Media

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06:00pm – 06:15pm

Closing Remarks

Speaker : To Be Announced

Day 2 – Thursday | 16th Jan 2020

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9:00am – 10:00am

Registration & Morning Coffee

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10:00am – 10:20am

Opening Remarks

Speaker : To Be Announced

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10:20aM – 10:50am

[Keynote] Corporate Innovation & Startup Ecosystem Building: Best Kept Secrets Of The Most Successful Global Companies

 Due to the rise of several billion dollar unicorns such as Facebook, Google and Uber over the recent years, the Startup movement has gained popularity and has triggered the call that established companies should be acting like startups.

Instead of viewing a business as a single monolithic organisation, any established company must take an ecosystem approach to their business. It is the combination of new ideas and profitable business models that defines successful innovation. An innovative ecosystem will take a company on an innovative journey and you will learn some of the best kept secrets of some of the worlds most successful companies with Amarit at BaseConf2020.

Speaker : Amarit Charoenphan, Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Hubba Thailand & Techsauce Media

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10:50am - 11:35am

[Panel Discussion] Culture, Frameworks, and Technologies for Transformation: Best Practices from Corporate Innovation

Many agree that digital transformation is the next big leap in business success, but with it comes the need for the business to be agile and mobile to adapt with the changing trends. Startups and companies must learn to create a safe space for innovation, and enable organisational agility and broaden the team’s perspective.

Staff validation is also important, from promotions to rewards and most importantly to learn from setbacks. Find out more about the tools and technologies for Transformation and the best practises from corporate innovators at BaseConf2020. 

Speaker : To Be Announced

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11:35aM – 12:20pm

[Panel Discussion] The myth and reality when the corporate go through the digital transformation

Panelist 1 : Aldrich Huang, CEO, UXTesting

Moderator : Howie Chang, Founder &CEO, Forward School

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12:20PM – 01:00pm

[Keynote] From Palm Trees To Cosmopolitan City : How Iskandar Malaysia Transformed The Economy Of This City

Speaker : Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)

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01:00pm - 02:00PM

Networking Lunch

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02:00PM – 02:40pm

[Panel Discussion] To be Announced

Panelist : To Be Announced

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02:40PM – 03:20pm

[Panel Discussion] E-commerce Landscape In SEA : How To Survive & Thrive Between The Battles of US & China Titans

Despite the misconception that China and Western nations are monopolising the eCommerce industry, SEA has shown a healthy growth trend over the years. Being the third largest population and still growing internet connectivity, we need to accept that we are an upcoming market of interest for eCommerce, with many saying that its still in its infancy and presents many growth opportunities for business who are ready to face its challenges. It’s time to ride the wave and learn how to survive and thrive between the two titans with our panel of speakers. 

Speaker : Hendrik Susanto, Chief Investment Officer, Traveloka

Moderator : To Be Announced

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03:20PM – 04:00pm

[Fireside Chat] E-commerce Heroes : Defying All Odds To Build A Regional Platform

South East Asia has become the new battlefield for e-commerce platforms as more of them are taking a hold in the region, with Lazada and 11street being the two biggest. Many believe that the competition would not slow down, but only heighten in the coming years. It is because the number of Asian Internet users are still rapidly growing, this includes mobile users. These online platforms will be able to reach more customers while the SMEs who are also online merchants benefit by getting the much needed support for their own businesses. By seeing the potential of e-commerce, more players can join the industry and help grow a regional platform for all.

Speaker : To Be Announced

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04:00PM – 04:30pm

[Keynote] To Be Announced

Panelist : To Be Announced

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04:30PM – 05:10pm

[Panel Discussion] Leveraging Platform & Super Apps

Asia has given birth to a new breed of tech giants known as Super Apps. These are essentially a single portal that provides a wide range of virtual products and services with examples such as WeChat and Alipay in China. These apps bundle together features like online messaging, social media (similar to Facebook), marketplaces like eBay and other services like Uber, allowing users to utilise one app, one sign in and one user experience for all their needs. Due to its versatility, these super apps have become ingrained into our daily lives, and we need to learn how to leverage on these platforms in order to stand out from the crowd.

Panelist 1 : Yaw Yeo, Managing Director for International Business, CPaaS | CDN | Video Products, Alibaba Cloud

Panelist 2 : Nyha Shree, Co-founder & CMO, Jumper.ai

Moderator : To Be Announced

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05:10PM – 06:15pm

[Pitching Competition] Startup Fight Club @ BaseConf 2020

Witness 8 rising Startup stars, from across 15 APAC cities battle it out for investments on our conference stage. These Startups range from seed to pre-series A stage players and will be grilled, poked and prod by some of the regions best mentors and investors.

Judges : To Be Announced

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06:15pm – 06:35pm

Closing Remarks & Special Annoucement

Speaker : YB Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, Chairman, Johor International Trade, Investment and Utility Committee

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