Technological development is disrupting businesses across sectors, and opening up a plethora of opportunities for tech investors to make financial returns. Many of today’s disruptive technologies are driven by data that powers artificial intelligence from customer service bots, virtual assistants, smart home assistants, to robo-advisers and self-driving vehicles. Alongside AI, IoT, blockchain, robotics and hardware innovation continue to dominate the conversation across startups and enterprises in a range of industries. At the same time, startups and investors are becoming more verticalized, with increasing activity in fintech, adtech, healthtech and across other sectors, and demanding more specialized skill sets and knowledge. This panel gathers international investors to share their insights on what’s hype and what’s here to stay, the hottest startups they’re investing in today, and the trends they expect to see in the near future. The panel will also give tips for startups in emerging markets on how to attract the interests of global investors and capture global opportunities.
Charmaine Hayden, Partner, Good Soil VC
Marcel Dridje, President, Sophia Business Angels
Hussein Kanji, Partner, Hoxton Ventures
Moderator: John Sharp, Managing Partner, Hatcher+