Simone Chao worked for Ogilvy Public Relations, Sotheby’s and a US healthcare start-up in China, Promed Cancer Clinic. With experiences from New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, Simone now works with CoCoon Ignite Ventures and her family office, The Novel Group, whose businesses span several industries across China. Simone is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and a director of the Shanghai Chinese Overseas Friendship Association.

Erica Ma started her working career in Silicon Valley at Macy’s and eBay before returning to Hong Kong to manage and operate CoCoon. Her depth of experience in entrepreneurship and technology from the United States helps her build a community in Hong Kong that is not only truly homegrown, but also focuses on international collaboration. Erica is the Technology Advisory Council Member at The Women’s Foundation. 


Theodore Ma has spent the last ten years working with business leaders, in particular leaders in Hong Kong.  He designed and built an online fulfillment infrastructure and successfully integrated it into the MaBelle group's 100+ stores in Hong Kong and China. The e-commerce platforms now reach customers in over 71 countries and 400 cities internationally. Considered as a thought leader in entrepreneurship, Theodore has been appointed as a director of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, a member of the HKUST Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board and an advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation. 

Roland Yau worked in one of the top international law firms prior to joining CoCoon Ignite Ventures. As a lawyer, Roland focused on fundraising for large conglomerates and worked on the largest mergers and acquisitions in Hong Kong including Cheung Kong, Hutchison, HKT and HKBN. One of his key focuses at CoCoon Ignite Ventures is to oversee deal execution and growth opportunities for Hong Kong. 

Investment Profile 

Includes: Automation/AI, Gig Economy, Retail Technology

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