Edy Tan serves as a Special Advisor to the TwinFocus research team. Based in Indonesia, he provides economic intelligence on Asia as well as unique access to private equity investment offerings. Edy was part of the founding team at TwinFocus at its inception in Boston in 2006.
Edy is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of MIB (Medan Inovasi Bersama), a digital startup incubator in Indonesia and the official partner of the 1000 Digital Startup National Movement Program that was co-initiated with the country’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics. The Program takes progressive steps to fulfill President Joko Widodo’s vision of making Indonesia the Digital Energy of Asia by taking the leadership to spearhead the digital economy revolution in Indonesia through systematic approach in digital entrepreneurial skills and training, mentoring, incubation and funding.
Edy co-founded and co-chairs Medan Tech Valley, the first collaborative digital startup community of its kind in Medan, Indonesia, by bringing prominent business leaders, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and budding tech entrepreneurs together in creating a conducive digital tech startup ecosystem in the city. He is also the Co-Founder and President of AVA (Angels Ventures Alliance), an alliance of angel investors and venture capitalists based in Medan, that sources for deals across the border with a preference for digital startups at angel and seed rounds. Additionally, Edy is an angel Investor in ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia), the largest network of high-net-worth individuals in Indonesia that pools resources together to engage in early stage investment and mentoring.
Edy holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration from Boston University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, was the Engineering School Student Speaker and the winner of the PT Hsu Memorial Award for the most outstanding engineering senior design project. Edy was awarded numerous merit-based scholarships, and as a lifetime member of multiple engineering and academic honor societies in the USA, of which he had served as the President and Executive Board Member. Edy relishes Muay Thai, tennis and downhill skiing.
Edy is a frequent guest speaker at digital startup events and has served as a jury member and panelist for startup competitions hosted and organized by BEKRAF (Indonesian Government Agency for Creative Economy), and other reputable organizations including universities and local startup communities.