William Bao Bean has joined SOS Ventures as an Investment Partner, Asia and takes over as Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first and longest running startup accelerator program in China based out of Shanghai and run by SOS Ventures.
In a previous life William was managing director a Singtel Innov8, partner at Softbank China&India Holdings and financial analyst at the Deutsche Bank.
His focus will remain direct investment in early stage startups, angel through Series A, and will now also be driving the three month Chinaccelerator program with two batches of 10 companies per year. The goal is to provide international entrepreneurs a gateway into China and asia while giving China startups a US style experience and the boost they need to go global.
SOS Ventures (www.sosventures.com) is a US$200m evergreen fund investing in over 100 companies per year with a strong track record based on a mentorship focused accelerator investment model. SOS runs 6 accelerators globally including software focused Chinaccelerator in Shanghai (www.chinacclerator.com), hardware focused HAXLR8R in Shenzhen (www.haxlr8r.com), sales focused SELR8R in Birmingham, UK (www.selr8r.com), biotech focused Indie.Bio in San Francisco and Cork (www.indie.bio), human interaction focused LEAP Axlr8r (www.leapaxlr8r.com) in San Francisco, and food focused Food-X in New York (www.food-x.com).
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