“To me, financial inclusion accounts for the needs of the unbanked and under-banked alike. Inclusion should extend to help realise the ambitions of regular investors looking to improve returns in their portfolio via the opportunity to co-invest alongside professional investors”
Kelvin is responsible for driving growth and initiatives in every facet of the business. A former investment banker turned entrepreneur, Kelvin was previously in J.P. Morgan covering clients in North and Southeast Asia and has raised over US$20billion for clients to date. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was with Standard Chartered working on leveraged and acquisition finance, balance sheet & capital structure optimisation, and other alternative structured capital raising solutions such as the securitisation of receivables and the provision of sale and leaseback structures.
I got off the JP Morgan express to start Fundnel with a whiteboard, a Razer laptop and a group of people with an ambition to build a new industry in Singapore. The greatest lesson I ever learned was never to lose sight of your long-term goal, but always keep an eye out for peripheral opportunities that can help you along the way.
What I've Learnt
If you’re looking to raise your next round of capital on Fundnel, describe what your business does in the best way possible. Remember that you’re no longer selling what the product does. You are unlocking the next stage of growth by getting investors to be a part of your company. Online-based private investing is going to be a fairly new concept to most people, and we’re evolving what we do everyday to help create a fairer and more transparent private marketplace for businesses and investors of all stripes. I remain fascinated with how technology can transform people’s lives, and I think Fundnel plays an intrinsic nation-building role by getting people involved in the economy again at their level.