Virtually in the Know with CBE | Venture Capital During a Pandemic: An Asia Pacific Perspective

Presented by ANU College of Business & Economics

COVID-19 has reshaped global commerce, requiring companies to re-prioritise the strategic directions of their businesses in the coming years. While some are concerned by the extent to which the global economic downturn might have an impact on the boom of venture capital (VC), others have expressed their resilience and optimism for the start-up financing landscape. In this session, three venture capitalists with investment experience and portfolios in Australia, Asia and the United States will discuss their perspectives on the key VC trends, opportunities and challenges associated with the survival and thriving of different market sectors.

About our speakers

Rachel Lau, BComm '07
Since graduating from the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2007, majoring in Accounting and Finance, Rachel Lau has travelled the world in various capacities and led diverse teams. She is currently the Co-founder and Managing Partner of RHL Ventures, a multi-family private investment firm that focuses on ASEAN-linked start-ups, as well as small and medium sized companies across Southeast Asia.

Victor Jiang, BComm '99
Victor Jiang graduated from CBE with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1999. He is a serial entrepreneur who has lived in 12 countries and worked with many Fortune 50 companies as well as countless start-ups. Victor founded Sapien Ventures in 2015, a VC firm dedicated to the fintech, blockchain and online marketplace sectors in the Australian, US and China markets. Today Victor sits on the Board of eight tech companies across 3 continents and is also the Australasian Chapter President of Keiretsu Forum, the Silicon Valley-founded private investors network that is rated by as the largest in the world. 

Creel Price, BComm '92
Creel graduated from CBE with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992. Creel whet his appetite for entrepreneurship during his formative years, launching his first business at age 11 selling strawberries in rural New South Wales, then launched another seven ventures before finishing high school and a further two at university. At 25 he went on to co-found Blueprint Management Group where with drive, ambition and dogged enthusiasm (and only $10,000 in capital) he built a