Business in Asia is as diversed as its people. These four Angels come from all over Asia to invest in any entrepreneur who manages to stir their interest.
Judge 1: William Klippgen, internet investor & entrepreneur whose company (Kelkoo.com) was acquired by Yahoo! in one of Europe's largest internet transactions. He heads Tigris Capital which invests in early-stage, digital media companies across Europe & Asia. He believes in helping entrepreneurs succeed as a part of giving back to the community.
Judge 2: Patrick Grove, ranked as one of Asia's best young entrepreneurs is a successful Eurasian media entrepreneur and Group CEO of Catcha Group. With his company once facing bankruptcy after the 2001 dot com crash, Grove managed to turn his company around and is credited with being one of the rare Dot Com Survivors. Catcha Group is now one of Southeast Asia's most dynamic online investment groups.
Judge 3: Ken Mandel - An industry veteran in the digital advertising & technology arena holding C-level regional roles with Yahoo and Ogilvy & Mather in addition to serving as Chairman of Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Chairman of Digital Advertising Alliance. Ken recently founded Jam Ventures a boutique accelerator that works with promising Asian start-ups in the media and technology space as well as larger US based organizations wanting to enter Asia Pacific. Previously at Yahoo! as Regional Vice President & Managing Director Ken opened four new markets for the Internet giant in less than two years.
Judge 4: Karan Singh - A born entrepreneur, Karan Singh Thakral started from the shop floor as a young teenager in spite of being born into a successful business family. 7 years later, he was turning in 60 million from his 600 sq ft shop. With a sharp knack for business, he now chairs several organisations including South Asia Business Group and TiE Singapore Chapter.