Mr. James Chan
Founder & CEO, ION Mobility Pte. Ltd., Singapore
James is founder and CEO of ION Mobility, a hard-tech electric mobility technology and automotive brand company focused on Indonesia and Southeast Asia. ION’s products combine advanced hardware and software technology with human-centred design to deliver smart electric motorcycles and charging and energy storage solutions. The company raised over US$25.5 million in funding from angels, venture funds and strategics since 2020, launched its inaugural ION Mobius electric motorbike in Indonesia in Nov 2022, and is in the midst of scaling its retail operations and production capacity with deliveries slated for Q4-2023.
James has sat across all 3 sides of the table over the past 16 years; first as a public servant with the Singapore Government, then subsequently as a venture capitalist and angel investor; noteworthy investments include Viki, HelloSign, Formlabs, Animoca Brands, PlayCo, Carro, Parcel Perform and GetGo. James then switched hats to become a venture builder and serial entrepreneur at Silicon Straits, GreyOrange and Wecash before founding ION Mobility amidst the pandemic. James has invested and operated in diverse industries spanning the likes of B2B and B2C internet, gaming, 3D printing, robotics, fintech and lending, blockchain and most recently electric mobility – in and about the start-up ecosystems of Southeast and East Asia.
As a recipient of the EDB Singapore Inc. scholarship, James holds a Double Major of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, and a Masters of Science in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University