Vishal Harnal of 500 Startups: Investing in education and technology in Southeast Asia

by Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Speaker Entrepreneurship Education

Tue, 05 Mar 2019

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

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Tang Center, Cambridge, MA 02142, United States




Curious about education and technology trends in Southeast Asia? Want insider information on what startup qualities attract investors? Eager to get involved with the education technology space in Southeast Asia?
Sloan Education Club and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship are proud to bring Vishal Harnal, General Partner at 500 Startups, to campus to share his extensive experience of investing in the Southeast Asia market, specifically around the education space.
Lunch will be served and there is an opportunity for Q&A and mingling afterwards.

About Vishal:
Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups, the most active venture capital firm in the world. He is based in Singapore and leads 500’s team and investments across Southeast Asia.
Vishal has invested in over 150 companies in the region and his fund’s portfolio includes Grab, Carousell, Bukalapak and Revolution Precrafted.
Vishal believes strongly in building entrepreneurial ecosystems across emerging markets and in nascent verticals. While sector agnostic, he is particularly passionate about deep technology and bio-medical innovation.

About 500 Startups:
500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. Since its inception in 2010, 500 has provided hundreds of millions of investment dollars, acceleration programs, and support services to thousands of entrepreneurs in over 60 countries.
Notable portfolio companies include Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), SendGrid (NASDAQ: SEND), Credit Karma, Grab, Carousell, Udemy, Kudo (acquired by Grab), Talkdesk, Makerbot (acquired by SSYS), Wildfire (acquired by GOOG), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten).

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