April 27, 2017

Bridge 2017 Berkeley Asia Business Conference is Back on Campus

For those who seek to gain a competitive edge in the US-Asia connected markets, the 2017 Bridge Berkeley Asia Business Conference will offer a strategic look at the region, open dialogue with world-class executives, and an intimate opportunity to network.

The 17th annual conference, themed “Unlocking Value and Impact,” will take place on Friday, April 14 from 1 to 7pm on the Berkeley-Haas campus.

“We chose the theme because we will have specific examples and success stories from our speakers, as well as a special section on impact investing this year,” said Tumy Nguyen, MBA 17, who is co-chairing the conference with Warot Wainiya, MBA 17. “Despite the call for protectionism and de-globalization, there are plenty of opportunities to be unlocked for business, growth and impact between the two most dynamic regions in the world: the US and Asia.”

A scene from the Bridge 2016 conferenceAbove: A scene from the Bridge 2016 conference

In his keynote address, Peter Goodson—a Haas finance lecturer and private equity innovator who over the past 50 years has invested in 65 companies worth $100 billion throughout the world—will share a real-life case of an Asian business he helped build into the largest of its kind.

“What we’ve learned is that Asia is a better opportunity than what we’re presented with in the United States,” said Goodson. “The wonderful thing is that what we’ve learned over the years is so applicable: How do you build a great business? How do you scale a business? How do you help local entrepreneurs—who are frankly smarter than we are but just don’t have the experience—grow those businesses?”

The conference also includes:

  • A panel on Asian Markets 2.0, featuring Helen Wang, a strategic consultant, author, and entrepreneur who is an expert on China’s middle class
  • A panel on investment and exit strategies between Silicon Valley and China featuring Kyle Lui, a principal at DCM Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in more than 300 technology companies across the US and Asia, and Binh Tran, managing partner for seed-stage investment fund 500 Startups Vietnam.
  • A closing keynote on impact investing in Asia by TedX speaker Beau Seil, co-founder and managing partner of Unitus Impact, a venture capital firm focused on scalable companies that increase incomes for the working poor in Southeast Asia and India. He'll speak on how underserved markets can become the next mass-market opportunities.

Early-bird tickets are available through March 27: $15 for students, $30 for alumni, and $45 for professionals.


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