#ABAF15NZ Speakers – David Chen
Meet the speakers #ABAF15NZ – David Chen
The 2015 Asian Business Angel Forum takes place in Queenstown, New Zealand, 14 – 16 October 2015.
Hosted by the Angel Association of New Zealand, the 2015 Forum brings together leading investors from around the world to share their knowledge and join together in celebrating this small country’s big contribution to early stage investment.
The AANZ is pleased to be able to bring David Chen – Co-founder, AngelVest to ABAF to share his insights and experience at ABAF.
Mr. David Chen is a seasoned business leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience focusing on investments, operations, and business development in China and the United States. He has led and participated in M&A transactions valued at over US $7 billion and has deep investment experience in China and the US.
A co-founder of AngelVest, an investment interest group helping individual angel investors identify and invest in compelling early stage companies in China, he has grown the group to be one of the largest angel groups in China. With over 80 members in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong they have funded over 35 companies.
Entrepreneurs typically seek to raise from $US100-$500K from AngelVest and enjoy the benefits of continued interaction and mentorship by its strong group of angel investors. They provide hands-on execution support to help companies achieve their strategic and operating goals.
Unlike the United States and other developed countries, there are few, if any institutionalised angel groups in China today. AngelVest is the leading the industry in China with presences mainly in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Increasingly, AngelVest is actively pursuing middle-market cross-border investment opportunities between China and Europe/USA while capturing the growth opportunities in China.
Mr. Chen is originally from New York and has been living in Shanghai for the last eight years. He started as an Engineer with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as studying Chinese at Peking University.
He came to Angel investing through his experience as a founder and manager of technology start-ups (as lead on strategy, operations, finance), his work with large institutions (including Salomon Brothers, Advanced Micro Devices, Honda Motor) and specialty boutique investment banks, where he helped a number of clients pursue and complete cross-border M&A (particularly China inbound) and financing transactions.
Mr Chen is a highly sort after thought-leader, particularly on the subject of cross-border investments. He has presented at the APEC Accelerator leadership summit, is a member of the Harvard Business School Business Angels alumni dedicating time and commitment to providing investor expertise as a judge in the HBS New Ventures Competition for the “best investment” category.
You can follow Mr Chen’s activities on twitter @
To meet and hear from Mr Chen in person, along with a host of angels from New Zealand’s angel investment community and the world make your New Zealand connection and secure your seat now at one the southern hemisphere’s largest international exclusive investor events Asian Business Angels Forum, Queenstown, New Zealand, October 14-15 2015.