The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing businesses around the world to count its mounting costs and damages. With this crisis, the startups are in a hustle mode to deal with the situation. Every start-up is thinking, "what should I be doing right now?"

VCCircle’s upcoming Digital Training on ‘Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from APAC for Startups’ will help startups find answers to many such questions that the entrepreneurs are currently grappling with.

The training that will be conducted by leading experts and thought leaders would provide insights into how startups can do more with the current resources; the new revenue models that can be looked at; fundraising in these uncertain times, investor sentiment globally and some valuation techniques. The training will also bring a rich learning experience for our startups straight from China, who have gone through the pandemic situation, to share insights on how to survive in this situation.

Key takeaways

  • Learn how to make your current round of funding last longer in the current pandemic situation
  • Understand the business strategy to adapt to the new requirements
  • Learn from the experience of the APAC startups    
  • Fundraising from global investors under COVID-19 situation
  • Understanding the guidance on the impact of COVID-19
  • Learn some of the valuation methods and techniques

Who should attend?

  • Entrepreneurs, Founders, Co-Founders, CEOs of startups
  • Individual, Private and Institutional Investors
  • I-Bankers, Professional Advisers, Law Firms & Consultants
  • Investment/Fund Managers


9:00 AM onwards
  • 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

    Delegate Registration

  • 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM


  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    Session 1: Extending the Current Runway

    • Growth vs. Economics Pendulum: Swinging to the latter
    • Do more with same: How to ramp up employee productivity?
    • Zero based costing: No assumptions, all bets off  
    • Peace-making with competition: Time to call it truce, work towards strengthening industry
    • Explore new revenue avenues: Anti-fragility

    By Tejeshwi Sharma, Principal, Sequoia Capital India LLP

  • 10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

    Short Break

  • 10:40 AM – 12:10 PM

    Global Perspective: The APAC Experience

    • Historically and globally, what ’s the impact of the outbreaks of epidemics on macro economy? - Including SARS (2003, China), H1N1(2009, US), MERS (2014-15, the middle east), Ebora (2014, West Africa), Zika (2015-2016, Brazil), H7N9(2016-2017, China), Ebora (2018, Gango)
    • Capital perspectives: Global capital changes (volumes and deals number) and investor’s confidence. Post investment management from global investment firms. Any changes and supporting activities they can do to support start-ups?
    • The impact of COVID-19 on different sectors, some of which may be benefited from it. Chinese start-ups experiences and cases.
    • Golden/ life saver rules for Indian start-ups: What Indian start-ups should do to deal with it? What can they learn from Chinese start-ups? How to fundraise? Without fundraise, how to survive in such a difficult time? Including advices, learnings and lessons (traps to avoid) taken from Chinese start-ups.

    By Wallace Guo, Managing Partner, Taihecap (TH Capital)

  • 12:10 PM – 12:20 PM

    Short Break

  • 12:20 PM – 12:50 PM

    The Valuation Game

    • Why traditional valuation methods of multiples and discounted cash flows are not popular for early stage companies?
    • Methods prescribed by IPEVC and AICPA (scenario analysis and milestone-based working)
    • Some techniques like calibration
    • Guidance provided by some bodies on impact of COVID.

    By Amish Mehta, Partner–Valuation, Modeling & Economics, EY



Wallace Guo

Managing Partner, Taihecap (TH Capital)

Tejeshwi Sharma

Principal, Sequoia Capital India LLP

Amish Mehta

Partner-Valuation, Modeling & Economics, EY

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