by: Vinay Dora K
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Join us this June 19th at Singapore’s most spectacular hotel Marina Bay Sands, for a thought-provoking knowledge-sharing event on mobile startups and funding innovations. The event jointly hosted by the Grow VC Group and Mobile Monday, will bring together mobile investors, startups, and experts to discuss latest insights as well as get to know each other better.

Lights, Camera, Action

The stage is set for a panel discussion between globally-renowned regional players like Meng Weng Wong, social engineer at accelerator JFDI.Asia; serial entrepreneur Milinda Kotelawele; Mohan Belani, founder of web innovation & media company e27; and telecommunications expert Alex Tan, to speak on topics ranging from startups and their current state of funding to mobile businesses in Asia and other new business opportunities.

Joining them and the other expert speakers will be Mobile Monday CEO Jari Tammisto and Grow VC Group chairman Jouko Ahvenainen, the brains behind this global event series (Read: Recap ‘Where the Money Meets the Talent’ Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona). These founding members will bring to the table their rich experience with the changing paradigms of international investments over the last five years, including the open approaches to startup funding, those like crowdfunding, open market places and how best to get various investors to work together.

The event co-hosts, Mobile Monday or MoMo as they are called, further plans to be more active with mobile startup funding solutions, and these events are a part of that activity. The Soho Loft led by David Drake, who has been organizing capital creation events and advancing equity crowdfunding efforts globally, are an official partner too.

Need for such an Event

Since 2008 it has become difficult to raise money to VC funds, and there has been an increasing demand for startups to realize some significant results (e.g. earning revenue, acquiring users, etc) in order to validate their product demand. A big challenge for investors has also been how to explore new ways to raise money for their existing portfolio companies.

On the other hand countries and economies are looking for the kind of growth that traditional industry and investments aren’t providing, hence the need to encourage more innovative startups and investments to spur growth and help in job creation. This has brought together the private sector to work with governments keen on supporting and funding startups.

Looking Forward

Capital efficiency has been made easier, courtesy latest developments like free and low costs ICT solutions (cloud serves, email services, open source tools, etc) and low cost global distribution channels offering SaaS services and global mobile apps distribution. The future may well be of those who realize the optimal use and best practices of capital efficiency.

Future startup ecosystem players are also expected to witness an increasing integration of values such as co-creation, networked economics and creating communities of interest, in order realize powerful platforms and processes to stimulate innovation and commerce. Latest knowledge on investment models like crowdfunding, P2P investments and other emerging investment models will be crucial, looking ahead.

Reach out to us to know more about crowdfunding, P2P investments and how various innovative investment models can be integrated into businesses and work for you.

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Vinay Dora K A digital native, Vinay has seen web technology and its business development from close quarters through his experience with startups and corporations like Yahoo! Inc. A learner for life, Vinay is active in the student community circles with recent stints at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics, Peking University China and as a media panel delegate at Harvard University's HPAIR conference. Follow Vinay on Google, Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn

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