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HHQ Square Table: a Tencent-backed VC venturing into OZ

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Haymarket HQ ( Table is a regular, informal and fun get-together at Australia’s first Asia-focused startup hub located in Chinatown. Listen to entrepreneurs open up about their setbacks, learnings and experiences starting up in Asia.

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This week’s topic: Angel investing & venture capital in China; the development of the Wechat ecosystem; the current startup boom in the Middle Kingdom; and investment by Chinese VCs in Australian startups.

This week's entrepreneur: Prof. XU Hongbo from

Professor XU Hongbo ( is an active angel investor; founder of the Shenzen venture firm (; which is the general partner of the Wechat Growth Fund, which is backed by, among others, Tencent. He is also a professor of computer science, specialising in artificial intelligence, at the South China University of Technology, a Top 25 university.

This week's interviewer: Vicky Lay from Artesian Venture Partners

Vicky Lay ( is a Managing Director at Artesian Venture Partners (, an early-stage venture capital business. Prior to joining Artesian, Vicky was a Co-founder and COO at Zookal, a Silicon Valley venture backed e-learning and textbook rental company.

Vicky will lead a discussion with Hongbo regarding:

• His background as a “sea turtle”, who went out of China to the USA, New Zealand and Australia, returning around 10 years ago

• His activities in the angel investing and venture capital industry during the current startup boom in China

• The general evolution of technology industries in the South of China vs the historical concentration in Northern China

• Chinese investment in Australian startups over the last two years

• The development of the Wechat ecosystem and the types of investments made by Innohubs Wechat Growth Fund

• In particular, Innohub's investment activity in ANZ, via it’s Sydney and Auckland offices

The format: one speaker, one interviewer (or as we like to call them: grillers), a few drinks and a lively discussion where everyone can join in.

Sponsored by Microsoft, Bizspark

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