According to EU Startup Monitor’s latest study, recently, there has been a noticeable interest in internationalisation from Europe to Asia: one fourth (25.8%) of participating startups are looking to internationalise to Asia. New free trade deal between EU and Japan will definitely assist startups scaling to Japan from 2019 onwards. In addition, several of the biggest exits in Europe have been sold in Japan and to China to companies such as Tencents, Softbank and Alibaba. Also, more and more Asian capital is actively sourcing deals in Europe, for example Korelya Capital, originated from South Korea, and Nordic Ninja VC which is packed by Japanese keiretsus Panasonic and Omron.
Soft-landing programs are a great assist for startups, but how could local investors, besides funding, help startups in East Asia? What is there to gain for European investors? How can you get funding from East Asia based VCs? These and many more questions will be tackled in panels and workshop discussions during EBAN Helsinki 2019 to really dig deep into the opportunities from East Asia. Here’re some of the great speakers to give insights on the multiple possibilities East Asia has to offer.
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