The Road To Success

Forbes Asia recently published its second edition of the 100 to Watch list, which spotlights notable small companies and startups on the rise across the Asia-Pacific region. Under the theme ‘The Road To Success’, the Forbes Asia 100 to Watch Webinar will convene founders, CEOs and senior executives from the 100 to Watch companies. Prominent founders and venture capitalists discuss various measures of success, lessons based on their journey and share advice on how to avoid common pitfalls for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.



Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Singapore time)


Welcome Remarks


Session I: Lessons Learned

Building a successful business is no walk in the park and those who’ve been on that journey know it best. Startup founders who’ve experienced highs and lows on their way to success convene on this panel to discuss the challenges they faced and lessons they learned along the way. How and when do they know it’s time to pivot, change direction or even call it quits? What are some of the hardest decisions they had to make? What advice do they have for up-and-coming entrepreneurs at crossroads? A candid discussion demonstrating the power of being agile and nimble in the fast-moving and competitive startup landscape.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Eric Gnock Fah, COO and Cofounder, Klook
Patrick Grove, Chairman and CEO, Catcha Group
Lucy Liu, Cofounder and President, Airwallex


Session II: To Fund Or Not To Fund

Running out of cash and failing to raise new capital are the top reasons why startups fail, with failure being most common during the first two to five years of operation. Where do existing investors draw the line when it comes to further rounds of funding? How do they pick the companies to invest and keep investing in? Is there a deadline for achieving profitability? What’s their advice for founders on making the most out of the funds they raise? Some of Asia’s most prominent and active venture capitalists weigh in and share insights based on their experiences.

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Shane Chesson, Founding Partner, Openspace Ventures
Tan Yinglan, Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners
Helen Wong, Managing Partner, AC Ventures


FedEx Small Business Grant Session

In Conversation with Salil Chari, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Customer Experience, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, FedEx Express

Moderated by Rana Wehbe Watson, Special Projects Director, Forbes Asia


FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Unveiling the 4 finalists from the 100 to Watch list:

Tiger Fang, Cofounder and CEO, Kargo Technologies
Hsu Po-Lin, Founder and CEO, magAssist
Chirag Taneja, Cofounder and CEO, GoKwik
Gillian Tee, Founder and CEO, Homage

Announcement of Contest Results
Presented by Nick Swift, Vice President, Sales, North Pacific, Southeast Asia and Australasia, FedEx Express


Closing Remarks



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