Craig Dixon is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Accelerating Asia. Accelerating Asia is an award-winning startup accelerator VC that invests in and scouts and propels the best founders in the region and provides pre-Series A startups with the resources and investment to facilitate growth.
Previously, Craig was the Entrepreneur in Residence and Program Manager for the muru-D Singapore startup accelerator. He arrived in Singapore in 2013 after his startup, Zumata received funding from Wavemaker Partners, the National Research Foundation and 500 Durians. Craig has been involved in over 50 investment rounds in startups as either a founder, institutional investor or Angel investor, and continues to be a leading speaker and blogger on startup topics today. He has a passion for building a more efficient startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia, focusing on standardisation of investment terms and fairness between startup founders and investors.
Prior to beginning a career in startups Craig lost his way for a time and spent 8 years as a banker and getting his MBA from the University of Maryland and HKUST.
Accelerating Asia encompasses an early-stage venture capital fund, independent startup accelerator and an innovation consultancy. Their 100-day flagship accelerator program is open to startups from any country within the region, and includes private sessions with leading VCs like Sequoia Capital India, Golden Gate Ventures and Monk’s Hill Ventures. Over 50 founders from 25 startups across 10 countries have joined the program.
Additionally, Accelerating Asia works closely with multinationals, governments, development organisations and educational institutions to deliver programs for founders and achieve results for its stakeholders. Recognising the need for virtual upskilling opportunities and avenues for development, especially during the height of the pandemic last year, Accelerating Asia launched new programs like Amplify — a 6-module virtual accelerator program supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) for startups to access resources to grow their business; and Angel360 — to provide angel investors with a step-by-step guide to investing in the region, which also includes deal flow and networking opportunities.
By connecting founders to investors from a regional network through its venture capital fund, flagship accelerator program, Angel360 and Amplify initiatives, Accelerating Asia serves as a bridge— bringing both entrepreneurs and investors together to ensure that everyone is able to meet their respective goals. It also helps to ensure that everyone has a voice on a national and regional stage.
To date, Accelerating Asia’s portfolio companies have raised S$23 million and collectively raised over S$7.5 mil within the 100-day accelerator program. Moreover, 80% of Accelerating Asia's portfolio companies who have graduated from the program have raised follow-on funding from investors. This reinforces the importance of the program in providing startups with not just the capital, but the resources and community needed to help them grow and sustain their businesses in the long-run.