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VC and Impact Investing in China: Investing in a Time of Uncertainty
U.S.-China relations are more challenging than they have been in decades, affecting everything from trade relations, policy to technology.
Where are venture capitalists investing their money in this time of geopolitical uncertainty? How are VCs navigating unprecedented U.S.-China tensions? And is there still room for investors to do well and do good, as the political and social fabric continues to deteriorate?
Join Christopher Marquis, Cornell professor and host of the China Corner Office Podcast, for a live recording featuring guest Virginia Tan, Founding Partner and CEO of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia. On October 27th, they will sit down to discuss venture capital and impact investing in China; the global $18 trillion market of female consumers; and how Asia investors are grappling with today’s challenging geopolitical and policy environment.
This event is brought to you by SupChina and the Serica Initiative. It is part of Serica’s “Doing Well x Doing Good” series, which examines the intersection of business and social impact in the U.S.-China space.”
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Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, Asia’s first gender lens venture capital fund, which targets early-stage technology companies relating to the She Economy. She co-founded She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology and the Wonder School, a leadership academy for women professionals and entrepreneurs together with Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip and one of Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world. Virginia Tan is also the co-founder and president of Lean In China, one of China’s leading nonprofit platforms for women with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women.
Virginia was the recipient of the 2020 SupChina Rising Star Award and was named by Fast Company as one of China’s 100 most innovative people in business in 2019.
Chris Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at the Cornell University Johnson College of Business. Prior to joining Cornell, he worked for 10 years at Harvard Business School and has held visiting professorships at Harvard Kennedy School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, Fudan University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Marquis’ current teaching and research examines how the interaction between corporations, governments and civil society lead to socially and environmentally beneficial outcomes, with a particular focus on China. He received a PhD in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan.