Introduction & Conference Chair: IJK Capital

Digital technologies have played a crucial role in keeping society functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether by enabling remote working, automating processes or facilitating contactless transactions. How can businesses prepare and adapt for the future?

China's economy will probably grow this year and surpass 100 trillion RMB despite "great difficulties" in keeping it running smoothly. With the economy shifting from a stage of rapid growth to one of high-quality development. China will focus on stabilizing its economy in order to hedge against global uncertainties. That requires a focus on employment, basic livelihoods, market entities, food and energy safety, stable industrial chains and supply chains, and grassroots operations. How is the government ensuring that organisations are surviving through this pandemic?

How have the social justice movements and uncertainties of 2020 provided a catalyst for change amongst the diversity & inclusion engagement? What are some specific actions behaviour to hold organisations accountable, such as pushing for boardroom diversity in private equity & venture capital-backed companies? What are some lessons that Asian investors can learn from their Western counterparts when making diversity efforts?

In 2020, most of the new businesses struggled and were forced to adapt to changes under the impact of COVID-19 and the escalating trade war between US and China. How are investors helping these unicorns to raise capital? How will trade war affect Chinese tech startups who are looking expand beyond China?

This showcase will allow five start-ups from the different industries where they will present a 10-minute business pitch to a panel of well-known Venture Capital investors. For more information to join, please reach out to jeslynlau@ijkcapital.com

The pandemic has widened the gap between top performers and other companies. To thrive today, leaders and their organizations must become better at change. But how do one improve, if historically there has been no clear way to measure progress?

New technologies have constantly emerged and penetrated into the education industry. With the advancements in big data, AI and stereoscopic technologies, imbalanced allocation of resources and other issues in the education industry may be addressed. Will online education take over the traditional ways of learning?

Global medical aesthetics market leaders are investing heavily in China. The Chinese medical aesthetics market is estimated to grow significantly to 500 Billion RMB by 2022. Due to the development of the economy, the increase of Chinese people's disposable income and the innate desire for beauty, the Chinese aesthetic medicine industry is growing rapidly.

Smart buildings and self-driving vehicles are playing a large role in the development of smart infrastructures across the globe, leading cities to a greener future. Technology has played a critical role in the evolution of cities.

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IPOs in Asia-Pacific saw their best start to a year in nearly a decade, with proceeds up 93 percent year-on-year to US$16 billion, almost two-thirds of which came from China.

There were some mega deals, such as the $4.4 billion flotation of Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway in January, the biggest IPO globally for the first quarter of 2020. And there was also an increase of 16 percent in the number of IPOs.

Through the progress of economic structural reform, more government guidelines and policies have been developed to help the China private business grow. What are the changes in the industrial regulation, finance and administration? How are the private companies benefitting from it? What are the difficulties along the progress?

Investor demand and stricter regulation are driving an acceleration of ESG awareness and reporting in China, however Chinese companies are facing several challenges that are slowing the process. What are the latest ESG trends in China? What are the existing market gaps and pain points?

Millennials & Gen-Z consumers have shown great change in their daily consumption habits, thus when 2c business who are looking for sustainable sales channels, the companies have to think of new strategy to attract and retain the next generation consumers. What are the changes in distribution channels? How are the online community, live streaming performing filling the gap of changes? What is the future of the retail business? How is big data playing its role in all this?

Closing Note

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