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About Elise Tan

I'm Elise Tan, founder of Asia Startup Network and co-founder of Makan for Hope and Mentor for Hope initiatives.


My North Star


“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed.”

Psalm 82:3 (NIV)


My Strengths

  • Attracting awesome people to change the world together :)

  • Breaking down a problem and solving it fast
  • Connecting the dots to create positive impact quickly and successfully

My Passions

  • Empowering the disadvantaged as well as women with financial management skills

  • Helping promising startup founders to gain access to resources and networks to quickly yet sustainably grow and expand outside of Asia
  • Influencing investors to maximise positive outcomes of their investment

  • Leveling the playing field for children from low income families or with special needs

I advocate for

  • Fair women's rights, particularly working or single mums

  • Fair startup investment terms

  • Support for children and youths from low income families

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