Entrepreneurs are one of

humanity’s greatest catalysts

for

positive change.

OUR WHY

It's our guiding belief that entrepreneurs are catalysts for positive change that drives the team to support and invest in startups from across the region. For us it’s not just about financial returns. At Accelerating Asia we focus on profitability, growth and impact.

Licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Accelerating Asia’s early-stage VC fund focuses on pre-Series A startups with untapped potential that are 6-18 months away from institutional funding.  

While most angel investors and startup programs in the region focused on ideation-minimum viable product stage startups, and venture funds focused on solid product-market fit, startups with a robust product at early stages of customer traction are often overlooked. That is where Accelerating Asia comes in. Our accelerator and venture capital model are designed to support pre-Series A startups to fast-track growth and drive success, unlocking the potential in them so startups and us can grow together.

Our Mission
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Invest in the region's best pre-Series A startups.
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Give Founders access to investor networks, funding, resources, opportunities and the resources they need to scale.
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Partner with governments, development organisations, MNCs and impact investors to implement programs and build the ecosystem.
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Have a positive impact on the world by investing in startups contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.
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Building next gen unicorns

Finding themselves unemployed, after the successful corporate accelerator they ran closed down in Singapore, Craig and Amra realised there was a need for an independent, homegrown VC accelerator for Asia run by Founders for Founders out of Singapore. Since Craig and Amra had that first Accelerating Asia meeting in a random room at a coworking space, we've grown to a core team of over 10 that has invested in 50+ startups and to have our very own office HQ in Singapore.

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Our dedicated team

Meet the people behind the magic, our core team and advisors. Our diversity is our strenght with a team of  Investors, Entrepreneurs in Residences, Program, Operations and Marketing staff designed to assist our Limited Partners, support our startups growth and deliver high-quality programs.

Craig Bristol DixonCraig Bristol Dixon

Craig Bristol Dixon

Co-Founder and General Partner

Craig Bristol DixonCraig Bristol Dixon

Craig Bristol Dixon

Co-Founder and General Partner

Amra NaidooAmra Naidoo

Amra Naidoo

Co-Founder and General Partner

Amra NaidooAmra Naidoo

Amra Naidoo

Co-Founder and General Partner

Alex MillerAlex Miller

Alex Miller

Entrepreneur in Residence

Alex MillerAlex Miller

Alex Miller

Entrepreneur in Residence

Rohana WoodRohana Wood

Rohana Wood

Partnerships and Marketing Manager

Rohana WoodRohana Wood

Rohana Wood

Partnerships and Marketing Manager

Chalinda AbeykoonChalinda Abeykoon

Chalinda Abeykoon

Venture Partner

Chalinda AbeykoonChalinda Abeykoon

Chalinda Abeykoon

Venture Partner

Amar BediAmar Bedi

Amar Bedi

Venture Partner

Amar BediAmar Bedi

Amar Bedi

Venture Partner

Swami SekarSwami Sekar

Swami Sekar

Venture Partner

Swami SekarSwami Sekar

Swami Sekar

Venture Partner

Pulkit BaidPulkit Baid

Pulkit Baid

Venture Associate

Pulkit BaidPulkit Baid

Pulkit Baid

Venture Associate

Winnie TohWinnie Toh

Winnie Toh

Program Manager

Winnie TohWinnie Toh

Winnie Toh

Program Manager

Nikki TorresNikki Torres

Nikki Torres

Multimedia Designer

Nikki TorresNikki Torres

Nikki Torres

Multimedia Designer

Marvin HifeMarvin Hife

Marvin Hife

Marketing Automations Specialist

Marvin HifeMarvin Hife

Marvin Hife

Marketing Automations Specialist

Yolanda Lee

Yolanda Lee

Serial Entrepreneur
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Nurul Jihadah Hussain

Nurul Jihadah Hussain

Founder The Codette Project
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Liza Noonan

Liza Noonan

ASEAN Director CSIRO
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Jenn Villalobos

Jenn Villalobos

Chief Digital & Technology Officer Prudential Life Assurance Thailand
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Jamie Hodgson

Jamie Hodgson

Business Standards Analyst B-Corp
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Christine Amour-Levar

Christine Amour-Levar

Philanthropist, Adventurer, Entrepreneur & Author
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Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Director Primal Video
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Krish Sridhar

Krish Sridhar

Founder & CEO KNOW
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Jamie Camidge

Jamie Camidge

Co-Founder Empat Kali
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Jenn Villalobos

Jenn Villalobos

Chief Digital & Technology Officer Prudential Life Assurance Thailand
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David Ng

David Ng

Partner - Consultant CFO & Executive Coach Authentic Solutions
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Marvin Hife

Marvin Hife

Marketing Automations Specialist
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Marvin is our marketing automations, website, database and dev specialist. He’s an experienced operator who has worked with international and national organisations across APAC.

A curious individual, Marvin always looks to learn and develop new marketing technologies to create more efficient processes and effective marketing.

Nikki Torres

Nikki Torres

Multimedia Designer
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Nikki is our go-to creator and multimedia designer for all things video, content and graphic design related. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and is a Dean’s List recipient.  Nikki is flexible and meticulous in developing and producing quality videos, animation, and design. She has also worked with multiple national and international clients, from content to branding.

Besides graphic designing, she’s a fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Winnie Toh

Winnie Toh

Program Manager
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Winnie is a tenacious problem solver who thrives on supporting the growth of startups. At Accelerating Asia, she executes its flagship accelerator program, among other partnership offerings which run in tandem within the startup ecosystem. Constantly venturing out, piecing insights together and seeing it through, she strives to produce winning solutions for all. Winnie also acts as a bridge for stakeholders to develop unique connections. While X marks the spot, W is the axis you should look for.

Pulkit Baid

Pulkit Baid

Venture Associate
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Pulkit is passionate about finance and the startup ecosystem. Through his undergraduate days, he has interned at several finance companies both in Singapore and India. It is at these internships where he honed his skills and developed an interest in the world of startups.

Pulkit graduated in 2021 and is building a career in the VC industry. Apart from startups, Pulkit is also intrigued by public equities and runs his own website on the topic

Swami Sekar

Swami Sekar

Venture Partner
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Swami Sekar is a Technologist, Investor and Serial Entrepreneur. He co-founded Winimy AI, a multi-award winning Voice and Conversational AI company to build the future of Brand-Customer Engagement.

Swami Sekar has worked as a Venture Capital Investor at Intel Capital and held leadership roles in Sales and Business Development at Intel and VMWare. He was recognised as one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by St. Gallen Symposium in 2010. Swami Sekar has been recognised as a Young Leader at World Cities Summit (Global initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of National Development, Singapore), joining a network of global leaders & change-makers from diverse sectors who shape the global urban agenda. Swami Sekar holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Amar Bedi

Amar Bedi

Venture Partner
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Entrepreneur, certified yoga teacher and coach. Driven by curiosity and his passion to unlock potential, he is constantly seeking ways to find the best version of himself and others.

He has held senior leadership roles in various tech companies and was previously Head of Enterprise Partnerships at Grab.

He specialises in scaling startups across regions and implementing growth strategies. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he honed his skills by working in Consulting and Investment Banking at KPMG and Alpen Capital respectively.

Chalinda Abeykoon

Chalinda Abeykoon

Venture Partner
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Chalinda has spent 10 years building startup, ecosystems and fundraising investment. He is the CEO of the Lankan Angel Network and raised the first Angel Fund dedicated to early-stage startups in Sri Lanka. The Angel Fund brings together 100 Limited Partners from over 20 industries & disciplines and are from Asia, APAC, Europe & North America.

He obtained a Bachelors from the University of London in 2009 and began my entrepreneurial crusade. In 2020, I received the Chevening Fellowship(CRISP), hosted by the University of Oxford.

Rohana Wood

Rohana Wood

Partnerships and Marketing Manager
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Rohana is an experienced stakeholder engagement, communications, media and partnership manager with 10+ years experience across APAC. From working with social entrepreneurs in Indonesia to facilitating cross-country financing opportunities for creative projects, Rohana’s stakeholder engagement experience spans the government, corporate, private and tech sectors. 

Rohana has managed high-profile national and international programs and public relations campaigns which have featured in Tech in Asia, Deal Street Asia, BBC, Sky News and the Business Times.

Alex Miller

Alex Miller

Entrepreneur in Residence
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Alex Miller is an entrepreneur and former CTO of GetCraft.com, South East Asia's Premium Creator Network.  Originally from New York City, Alex got his start in NYC's Silicon Alley in 1999. Later, he spent 10 years in Beijing where, as Product Manager for Advertising, he helped Renren.com go from $5m to $50m in annual advertising revenue and achieve an IPO on the NYSE.

Since then Alex has cofounded 4 startups in video, marketing technology and chat.  He has worked as an Entrepreneur In Residence at 500 Startups in San Francisco as well as Head of Product at creadits.com in Singapore.

Amra Naidoo

Amra Naidoo

Co-Founder and General Partner
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For close to a decade, Amra has spearheaded high-impact partnerships and programs including the award-winning UN Women global social entrepreneurship program, Project Inspire and was a key contributor to muru-D’s startup selections including investing into Shop Up. It is this outlook and depth of experience that has fostered a unique perspective and market understanding of the early stage ecosystem helping to establish Accelerating Asia as one of the top startup accelerators in Asia. 

She is the Southeast Asia Lead for Impact Capital and Outgoing Curator for the Global Shapers Singapore Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is the host and creator of the Doing Good Podcast.

Craig Bristol Dixon

Craig Bristol Dixon

Co-Founder and General Partner
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Craig has founded several startups, including Zumata, a B2B travel tech company which exited its travel business to Rakuten in 2019. As Co-Founder of Zumata, Craig raised funding from Wavemaker Partners, The National Research Foundation of Singapore, 500 Durians, and Siemer Ventures.

Prior to co-founding Accelerating Asia, Craig was the Entrepreneur in Residence and Program Manager for the muru-D accelerator in Singapore which included startups that received follow-on investment from investors including Sequoia, Omidyar Network and Delta airlines. With his extensive startup investment experience, including over 100 startup investment rounds, Craig has oversight of the Accelerating Asia’s Venture Capital fund which invests in pre-Series A startups.

Prior to his startup career, Craig was a high net-worth wealth manager at global investment firms including Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Craig holds an MBA from the University of Maryland/HKUST.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Director Primal Video

Krish Sridhar

Krish Sridhar

Founder & CEO KNOW

Jamie Camidge

Jamie Camidge

Co-Founder Empat Kali

Jenn Villalobos

Jenn Villalobos

Chief Digital & Technology Officer Prudential Life Assurance Thailand

David Ng

David Ng

Partner - Consultant CFO & Executive Coach Authentic Solutions

Yolanda Lee

Yolanda Lee

Serial Entrepreneur

Nurul Jihadah Hussain

Nurul Jihadah Hussain

Founder The Codette Project

Liza Noonan

Liza Noonan

ASEAN Director CSIRO

Jenn Villalobos

Jenn Villalobos

Chief Digital & Technology Officer Prudential Life Assurance Thailand

Jamie Hodgson

Jamie Hodgson

Business Standards Analyst B-Corp

Christine Amour-Levar

Christine Amour-Levar

Philanthropist, Adventurer, Entrepreneur & Author

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