Ben Lim is the Managing Partner at NEXEA, an early Startup Accelerator, Angel Network and Venture Capital. NEXEA has invested in more than 40 Startups across Southeast Asia and is known for creating value in their investments. NEXEA is backed by experienced entrepreneurs who have done their M&As and IPOs or are CEOs of publicly listed companies. More importantly, they want to give back to the next wave of entrepreneurs. Today, NEXEA is a market leader in the Startup Accelerator space, the Angel Investment space, and has the largest deal flow in Malaysia.
Ben founded NEXEA with a few partners, and has since grown the deal flow and Startup investments in multiples. He also grew the startup accelerator programme called the Corporate Accelerator, bringing in over 20 corporates as well as world-class investor-mentors to help Startups grow at a minimum of 2-3X on a yearly basis. Partners of the programme include AWS, Huawei Cloud, Google Cloud, IBM, Microsoft Azure, and many more.
Over the years, Ben has gone through thousands of Startups and has a deep emphasis on Startup validation and investments for Startups. Revenues of Startups under his portfolio amount to hundreds of millions. Valuations of Startups under NEXEAs programmes amount to over a billion in total.
His qualifications include a Masters in Business Administration and he has been investing in Startups since 2015. He has seen his fair share of successful Startup exits, high growth Startups and Startup failures as well. He is responsible for programmes involving over 80 Startups, and sees more than 1500 Startup applications on a yearly basis from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines.