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Finovate Edge: Asia
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Yinglan Tan
CEO & Founding Managing Partner at Insignia Ventures Partners


Tan Yinglan founded Insignia Ventures Partners in late 2017 and is the Founding Managing Partner. Insignia Ventures Partners is an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia started in 2017 and manages more than US$450 million from premier institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, foundations, university endowments and renowned family offices from Asia, Europe and North America. Portfolio companies include Goto (IDX: GOTO), Appier (TSE: 4180), Carro, Ajaib, Shipper, Tonik, Flip, Payfazz, Super and many other technology market leaders. Insignia Ventures Partners is the recipient of “Deal of the Year (Small Cap / VC)” for Ajaib (2021) by AVCJ, “Best Early-Stage Technology Venture Capital Fund - Southeast Asia” (2020) from APAC Insider, "Most Innovative Early-Stage Tech Partner - Southeast Asia" (2020, 2021) from Capital Finance International, "Investor of the Year" (2019) from New Entrepreneurs Foundation, two back-to-back “VC Deal of Year” awards for Payfazz (2019) and Carro (2018) from the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and its portfolio include many other technology leaders in Southeast Asia. See more at

Prior to founding Insignia Venture Partners, Yinglan was Sequoia Capital’s first hire and Venture Partner in Southeast Asia. He sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Traveloka, Carousell and Appier. Yinglan had also been a member of the Singapore Administrative Service, where he served in a variety of positions in the Prime Minister’s Office (where he was part of a team that managed a S$360 million fund for innovation and enterprise), Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Defence. Yinglan was also the founding Director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD.

He also serves on the International Board of Stars – Leaders of the Next Generation, the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel and the Committee on the Future Economy's Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation. He is also a Board Member at Hwa Chong Institution and Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore. He also co-hosts the On Call with Insignia Ventures podcast, where he chats with portfolio founders and regional investors.

Yinglan has been named as an Eisenhower Fellow (2018), World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012 – 2017), a WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige Magazine (2015), Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle (2016), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow (2012). Yinglan is a Forbes columnist and author / co-author of 4 books - The Way Of the VC (Wiley, 2009), Chinnovation (Wiley 2010) and textbook New Venture Creation - An Asian Perspective (Mcgraw Hill 2011) and Navigating ASEANnovation (World Scientific, 2020).. Yinglan was educated at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon and completed executive programs at Harvard and Oxford.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel Discussion: The Rise & Fall of Asia’s Digital Banks