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Rama Raditya graduated with a master’s in Management Information Systems in 2005 from Strayer University, USA. He returned to Indonesia and joined PwC as an IT auditor for a year. He then worked at Bank Danamon as an IT auditor and advisor before moving on to Ernst & Young. In 2013, he founded TerralogiQ, which later launched Qlue as part of Jakarta’s Smart City initiative. Rama became the CEO of PT Qlue Performa Indonesia when Qlue was incorporated as a standalone company.

NGP Capital was founded in 2005. Its limited partners are Nokia and Bell Labs.NGP Capital has investment teams in Asia (India and China), North America and Europe. It invests mainly in growth-stage companies with typical investments ranging from $8–12m.With more than $1.2bn under management, NGP Capital's portfolio includes Xiaomi, Deliveroo, UCweb and many more. As of July 2019, NGP Capital had invested in more than 90 companies, including 8 IPOs and 33 M&As. It focuses on the enterprise, mobility and digital health sectors.

Jonathan Neman is a co-founder and co-CEO of USA healthy-eating restaurant franchise Sweetgreen. As co-CEO, he has managed the salad chain since opening its first outlet in 2007, raising more than $470m in VC funding in the process. Neman is also an investor in various F&B startups, such as frozen food maker EatPops and Indonesian coffee chain Kopi Kenangan.

Caris LeVert is a professional basketball player in the USA’s National Basketball Association league, playing for the Brooklyn Nets. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he joined the Nets in 2016, after the Indiana Pacers swapped him for Thaddeus Young in that year’s draft. In 2019, the Nets signed a three year-extension for LeVert’s contract, worth $52.5m.LeVert is managed by Roc Nation, the entertainment and sports management firm founded by musician Jay-Z. He took part in Roc Nation’s investment (via venture arm Arrive) in Indonesian coffee brand Kopi Kenangan. LeVert is also the founder of the 22 Initiative, a youth mentorship program in New York.

Arrive is the venture capital arm of Roc Nation, the full-service entertainment management company established by US musician Jay-Z. Aside from managing musicians and producing music under their label, Roc Nation also manages equity distribution for musicians, as well as talents in the sports industry. Arrive has made a number of investments in the Southeast Asia region, including in Singapore-based scooter rental startup Beam and fashion e-commerce Zilingo. In Indonesia, it has invested in Kopi Kenangan, a chain of grab-and-go coffee outlets. It has also invested in Super, a Y Combinator graduate startup enabling social commerce through group-buying.

Serena Ventures is a venture capital investment firm founded by professional tennis player and businesswoman Serena Williams. The company focuses on early-stage companies founded by young, diverse teams. Since it was founded in 2014, it has invested in more than 30 companies with a cumulative market cap of $12b. Coffee brand Kopi Kenangan is its first investment in the Indonesian market. Serena Ventures has invested in notable companies like plant-based meat maker Impossible Foods, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, as well as Serena Williams’ own fashion label, S by Serena.

B Capital Group is best known as the venture capital firm co-founded by Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook. Its investment thesis focuses on connecting highly innovative and agile startups with major corporates that are in need of innovation and have the resources to innovate. As such, B Capital has a special interest in B2B companies that have great potential to disrupt critical industries. This includes startups that are disrupting healthcare and biotechnology, as well as finance and insurance. B Capital has also supported some notable B2C companies, including coffee chain Kopi Kenangan and used car marketplace Carro.

Edward Tirtanata is best known for establishing Kopi Kenangan, the popular grab-and-go coffee chain. Prior to that, however, the finance and accounting graduate from Northeastern University, USA, had established Lewis & Carroll, a premium establishment serving artisanal tea. Unfortunately, the brand struggled to grow among Indonesia's budget-conscious youths, who preferred the cheaper bubble tea. Learning from the experience, he decided to eschew the Starbucks-style “third home” retail concept and opted for grab-and-go stalls that are cheaper to establish, but without abandoning the quality of the coffee served. The concept proved to be a hit, and Tirtanata's new venture became a nationwide sensation.Aside from his role as CEO of Kopi Kenangan, Tirtanata is getting more deeply involved in the F&B startup ecosystem. In February 2020, he joined Gojek and startup ecosystem builder Digitaraya in establishing Digitarasa, a new accelerator program for F&B businesses.

Before he became the COO of grab-and-go coffee chain Kopi Kenangan, James Prananto had built a career as an executive in Media Nusantara Citra (MNC), one of Indonesia's biggest media conglomerates. Prananto, who holds an MBA from the Loyola Marymount University, USA, started his career at Bakrie Brothers as an investment analyst. The stint only lasted for a few months before he joined MNC. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked his way up to become assistant head of investor relations and corporate finance. In 2015, he became the head of marketing for MNC's e-commerce branch, Mister Aladin, and held the role until 2018, a year after he established Kopi Kenangan with Edward Tirtanata.

Rothenberg Ventures is a Silicon Valley VC, also previously known as Frontier Technology Venture Capital. Based in San Francisco, the VC was also a spin-off from River Ecosystem. Founded with seed capital of $5m raised by Mike Rothenberg in 2012, the firm has invested in more than 100 startups in VR/AR, AI, machine learning, drones, robotics and space. In 2016, the VC and its founder were investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2018, Rothenberg himself and the VC were charged with fraud. Rothenberg has resigned from the firm and agreed to be barred from the brokerage and investment advisory business for five years. The SEC is seeking $18.8m disgorgement penalties and $9m civil penalty plus $3.7m pre-judgement interest.

Portuguese-born Nuno Sebastião is best known as the CEO and co-founder of risk management platform Feedzai where he has worked since 2010. Based in San Francisco, he is also a senior advisor at Oak VC and as an individual investor, he has participated in the €1.15 seed round of fintech StudentFinance.

Established in 1995 by Sean O'Sullivan, SOSV is a venture capital firm with six attached accelerator programs. Upon receiving investment from SOSV, portfolio companies join one of the accelerator programs that best suits their products. The accelerators are: Chinaccelerator, focused on the Chinese market; Indie Bio, supporting biotechnology and life sciences companies; Food-X, for food-tech and agriculture-focused companies; dlab, which supports startups exploring blockchain and decentralized tech; HAX, for IoT, robotics and other hardware-focused startups; and MOX, an accelerator specializing in mobile platforms and technologies. SOSV, along with the O'Sullivan Foundation, has also provided support for education initiatives such as Khan Academy and CoderDojo (which teaches coding skills to youth).

Headquartered in Washington DC, IDB Lab is the innovation arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) Group . Its investment vehicle, IDB Invest, aims to finance projects that foster innovation and inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean area. .  IDB Invest provides many types of financial support. It operates through blended finance to mobilize capital flows into emerging markets or provides loans to test new business models or injects equity into business ventures.

Vincent Kurniawan has worked as an industrial engineer since 2011 after graduating from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, USA. He joined aerospace company C&D Zodiac in Ontario and worked as a Lean Manager for almost two years.In 2013, he returned to Indonesia to work at sugar refinery PT Andalan Furnindo, as head of operations for the Samora Group's subsidiary. In February 2020, he left the company to work fulltime as COO of Life Innovation Source startup Nusantics which he co-founded with another Samora executive Sharlini Eriza Putri in 2019.

Formerly a financial analyst, Ioann Fainsilber graduated from the University of Bath in UK, with a bachelor's in business administration in 2012. He also has a master's in Finance and Private Equity from the London School of Economics. While at university, he worked briefly as an analyst at Essilor's USA and Lloyd's Banking Group. He also acted as financial advisor for a student advertising company for over two years in Bristol while studying for his degree.In 2014, Fainsilber joined Morgan Stanley as a tech analyst. In 2016, he worked as a private equity associate at American VC Silver Lake. He left UK for Indonesia in 2017 and became the CFO of Ayopop, an android developer for e-commerce platforms and payment apps. Pintek, with Ayopop as shareholder, was established by Fainsilber and Ayopop co-founder Tommy Yuwono in March 2018. Fainsilber remained as CFO at Ayopop until January 2019.

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