Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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 strategic initiatives across the group. Under his leadership, the company has achieved over USD6 billion in mandated transactions and raised over USD540 million for private companies and funds to-date. Fundnel has also since expanded its footprint out of Singapore to Malaysia, Indonesia and India. In 2021, Fundnel was recognised by The Financial Times as the 107th fastest-growing company in Asia Pacific, FinTech of the Year by The Asset, and 21st fastest-growing company in Singapore by The Straits Times. Kelvin was integral in Fundnel’s founding membership of and serves as an advisory board member of Hg Exchange, Asia’s first member-driven licensed private exchange to support the issuance and trading of both digital and non-digital capital market products, and is currently a member of the Singapore Business Federation's Young Business Leaders Network (YBLN) and Young Entrepreneurs Network (YEN). Prior to co-founding Fundnel, Kelvin was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan, covering clients in North and Southeast Asia, and had raised over USD20 billion for clients during his tenure. 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.