Karena Belin is Founder and CEO of HK’s biggest startup platform and community builder WHub (whub.io) and Founder and COO/CFO of AngelHub (angelhub.io), Hong Kong’s first (approval in principle) SFC licensed startup investment platform for professional investors and global startups raising growth capital. Since 2013, she has been passionate about entrepreneurship and a leader in the startup scene. She acts currently as speaker, mentor, and judge at events and organizations such as the APK (Asia Pacific Conference of the German Industry), Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, RISE Conference and Web Summit, Jeju Peace and Prosperity Conference, FinTech Valley Vizag India, Techsauce Thailande, Tech Open Air Berlin, IFLR, Nexchange, Techstar’s StartupWeekendHK, global YPO YNG+ and more. She is a member of the Global FinTech Core Group at the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Vice President and Ex-Com member of The Indus Entrepreneurs Network (TiE) HK, member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK), President of the board of the parent organization (PFO) at Hong Kong International School, as well as driving diversity and inclusion as board member of WOW at the American Women’s Association.
Karena Belin holds a double diploma in business and administration from the University of Mannheim and the MBA business school ESSEC in Paris. She has worked 15 years for Procter & Gamble in various roles including Finance, Sales and Strategy across Europe, North East Asia, and Greater China before co-founding W Hub. She has an extensive background in business and financial planning, business acquisition and integration (leading Gillette integration in Japan).
WHub in short:
WHub (whub.io), Hong Kong’s startup community platform (over 22,000 members), community builder and power connector, showcases startups to accelerate their business through making meaningful connections to the resources they need and fosters the growth of the entire ecosystem.
W stands for Why. Everything starts with “Why”: The Mission, Passion, and sense of Purpose. WHub is based on 3 pillars:
● Connect Key Players and the Community
● Empower Recruitment, Startup-Corporate Co-Innovation and expansion into other ecosystems
● Educate through insights, news, white-papers (HK Startup Ecosystem Toolbox) and events.
AngelHub in short:
AngelHub is Hong Kong’s first regulated equity crowdfunding platform, allowing Professional Investors to directly invest in vetted startups that are expanding in Asia. AngelHub democratizes startup investment by providing Professional Investors direct access to a new asset class while streamlining the investment and fundraising process.