Mr Chou Fang Soong
PIX Vine Capital Pte Ltd
Fang Soong CHOU is the General Partner at Pix Vine Capital (PixVC), a Singapore-based Investment House providing early-stage venture capital to startups aspiring to commercialize innovative solutions in the areas of Info-Tech, Med-Tech and Fin-Tech. PIxVC pursues an investment model with strong collaborative partnerships with other investors, incubators and accelerators. It has to date invested in 40 plus promising, high technology ventures across Israel, Singapore, India, Vietnam, and the region. PixVC is one of the appointed Co-Investor partner of SG Innovate under SG-Equity Scheme for the Services and Digital Economy sector.
He has over 30 years of Technology, Management, Start-up and Investment experiences. He is best known for his pioneering work with Gemplus (now known as Gemalto), a world leader in smart card & secured transactions. He started their Asia operation in Singapore in 1989 when the market for smart card was non-existent. He was instrumental in Gemplus’ phenomenal growth in Asia to become the market leader and innovator, and grew the business from a start-up to an established Multi-National operation with major sales, R&D and manufacturing facilities throughout the region. He was presented with the medal for “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite’’ from the French Government on 27 July 2005 for his contribution and promotion of Smart Card Technologies in Singapore and the Asia Region. He was also recognized by the industry with the D'ucoty Business Leader of the Year 2005 award by Frost & Sullivan.
During this time, he led the creation of a start-up company in Smart Card Loyalty Solution in 1997 funded jointly by Gemplus and a major regional Bank. The company became a major solution provider in Asia, and was subsequently merged with Welcome Realtime of France in 2001. He participated in the set up and management of a US$6M Smart Lab Fund jointly held by Gemplus & EDB (Economic Development Board of Singapore) Investment in 1999. They funded many local technology start-up companies.
His unique experiences in pioneering smart card technologies, start-up of software solution company, investing and nurturing start-ups; has developed his personal passion in funding and mentoring technology start-up companies with innovative solution.