Meet The VCs Series - Cocoon Capital

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29a Cuppage Road

#02-01 (Beside Five Tapas Bar)

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Meet The VCs Series is Found8's fireside chats series with leading VCs (Venture Capitalists), in Singapore. The event would be held in the evening from 7.00pm to around 8.30pm with networking after. The format is a fireside chat with Q&A by a moderator from the Found8 team before we open it to the floor for questions

The main topics for discussion are:

  • What Cocoon looks for when making an investment into a startup
  • Investment thesis of your new fund and how that differs from the previous fund
  • A startup's journey from early-stage to growth stage in Singapore
  • Lessons learnt from startups that have failed
  • Tips and tricks for the startups looking to raise from Cocoon and more


About Cocoon Capital

Founded in Singapore by Michael Blakey and Will Klippgen in 2016, Cocoon Capital invests in early stage, digital companies across Southeast Asia. Leveraging the founders'​ combined 34 years of experience in guiding tech entrepreneurs to build successful businesses, Cocoon Capital funds, and mentors companies from seed through to Series A with its global group of investors and advisors. Specifically focusing on B2B e-commerce, fintech & SaaS, the fund typically invests up to SGD1m per deal. Cocoon Capital prefers to act as a lead investor and normally takes a board seat.

Find out more about Cocoon Capital here:
http://www.cocooncap.com

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Michael Blakey
Managing Partner at Cocoon Capital
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mblakey/

Michael’s entrepreneurial journey started when he was young. He supported his way through college in the US by running some of the best music events in the city. Michael loves building things – including companies.

Michael isn’t your typical investor – he’s been in the trenches. He has hustled and has succeeded. Michael attributes his atypical journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur-turned-investor to having struggled for years in school, owing to his dyslexia. As a result, he was always on the lookout for ways to succeed outside of school. In turn, it is exactly this kind of differentiation and drives that he looks for in Founders as an investor today.

Since becoming an angel investor in 2000 through Avonmore Developments which he co-founded with his brother, Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 7 successful exits. He's also invested in 8 start-ups in Southeast Asia including Anchanto, PlusMargin and Nugit under the name of Cub Capital since 2013. Most recently, Michael has co-founded Cocoon Capital, an early stage fund, which is looking to invest in companies throughout SE Asia. As is his want the structure of Cocoon is very different than your typical fund, as his entrepreneurial spirit always wants him to challenge the status quo.

During Michael’s career he’s been named ‘UK Angel Investor of the Year 2015’ by the UK Business Angel Association, selected as one of the ‘Maserati 100’ and voted by AngelsNews into the list of ‘Business Angels You Should Know’. These accolades were not attributed to Michael only in recognition of his successful investments, but for the relentless support, he gives to the founding and management teams of the companies he invests in as well as his generous contributions over the years towards building the startup and investor ecosystem in the UK.

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