Nicholas Chan spent over half his life on the battlefields of business, having co-founded his first tech startup in 1996 when he was 16, co-founded a consultancy practice and performed his first 7 M&As in 2005, launched a mobile Location Based Service startup in 2006, acquired a marine technology company in 2007 and co-founded another 2 tech startups in 2008 and 2013. In 2018, he was brought into the management team for a Singapore multi-label fashion company. He spent the past 10 years running Azione Capital, an Asia-focused early stage investment firm and startup accelerator run by an all-entrepreneur management team which has achieved 9 successful exits to date.
He serves as an expert judge for the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge, Start-Up Chile, Verizon Powerful Answers, Pitching Across America, Microsoft Imagine Cup Singapore, NUS Startup@SG, NTU Ideas.INC, Singapore International Foundation Young Social Entrepreneurs, InnoTech Malaysia, among others.
Since 2003, he mentored and worked alongside enthusiastic, ethical and driven individuals in their entrepreneurial ventures. He advises universities across Asia on IP commercialization and productization and consults companies on incorporating Innovation and Enterprise as strategic leverage.
As at 2018, Nicholas is a co-founder and investor in a Private Security Company operating within Asia made up of former Singapore Armed Forces commandos and Police Security Command personnel.