What is SPARQ Capital
Investing in Technology
SPARQ Capital is an investment partner for global family offices providing venture and growth stage capital to founders and entrepreneurs of technology based companies. Through its global network, SPARQ offers access to highly compelling and well- curated investment opportunities. Whenever required, SPARQ provides thorough due-diligence, structuring and management of the investments as well as operational support for the portfolio companies.
SPARQ Capital Management Team
Based in Hong Kong, Donna is a prolific, well-respected investor and entrepreneur who has invested in and established successful enterprises across a diversified range of asset classes, including technology, art, real-estate, and luxury lifestyle.
Before establishing and managing SPARQ Capital, Donna was the founder of independent art space Damina Gallery and fashion brand Damina. Her entrepreneurial journey into technology began at 19 when she founded her first company to trade high-precision test and measurement equipment.
Donna has been actively involved in technology investments since 2011, and her experience since then has seen her develop into a known figure on the subject. She is a strategist who has helped various growth stage startups develop, refine and execute their business plans. Her passion lies with using her global professional and social network to connect people and enable them to maximise their potentials.
Donna has also organised numerous important and exclusive events, both in Hong Kong and beyond. She was responsible for arranging a series of high profile functions involving the first ever visit of Sumo Champions from Japan to Hong Kong. The occasion was one of great cultural exchange and attracted much media and public attention.
Donna is a supporter and benefactor of several charity organisations, primarily those that focus on children’s and animal welfare.
At the age of 4, Michael’s fascination with all things electric had already started when he would experiment with various “don’t do this at home” activities resulting in blowing out the fuse boxes in their home in Israel. Having miraculously escaped many accidents, his curiosity only expanded to all things electric which often involved taking apart radios. As a teenager, Michael built miniature radio transmitters, high power amplifiers, and strobe lights, and succeeded to annoy his parents as much as possible in the process. Naturally, he ended up channeling that energy and curiosity into an advanced degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Manchester. Already as a student, Michael began dabbling in Personal Computers and microprocessors (while occasionally creating some high-voltage fireworks in the lab) which landed him a dream job with Intel Corporation.
Michael’s first job at Intel was to work on designing chips and developing software tools to help create ever more powerful computer chips. His growing obsession with software (while working for a hardware company) led him to build a lasting relationship between Intel and Microsoft resulting in the birth of the “Wintel” alliance. Consequently, he got on Andy Grove’s radar, who then hired him as his Chief of Staff to help guide Intel’s strategic direction and alliances with the software industry.
As a reward for a job well done, Michael was appointed to head up Intel’s rapidly emerging business in China where he successfully grew Intel’s business and grow the computer industry to become Intel’s second-largest global market. Upon returning to the US, he focused on entertainment and video games, and built strategic alliances with media companies, culminating with the creation of high-tech toys with Mattel. After almost two decades of corporate life, Michael turned his attention to startups as an investor and advisor, first in New York, and then followed by Hong Kong, which has been his base for the past 12 years. Currently, Michael has actively invested in technology, partnering up with Asian family offices to invest and support the next generation of entrepreneurs building global technology companies.
SPARQ Capital's Investor Events
Mettā, Hong Kong
As we all have have noticed, the technology transformation of one industry after another is accelerating exponentially. However, none has greater impact on our lives and wellness as the changes taking place the healthcare industry. Hence we all have keen interest in understanding the latest healthtech trends, and as to how these innovations are going to affect our lives and business.
SPARQ put together a one-day summit presented by leading healthtech specialists from around the world. This assembly of highly qualified and experienced experts shared their in-depth knowledge and gave a glimpse of where healthtech is heading in the future, and how it creates unparalleled investment opportunities.
Key Topics that were covered:
The New Age of Artificial Intelligence
KPMG Conference Centre, Hong Kong
What are the transformative technologies that will next change our world, systems and ways of doing things? As the oracles of Silicon Valley talk about what will drive the industry’s next growth surge, Artificial Intelligence is becoming one of the most discussed topics.
With over 2 billion smartphones and other IT systems being used with increasing addiction every day data assets are being created, the raw material for AI, which has become one of the most exciting transformation and opportunities.
SPARQ brought in world-leading experts to explore the upcoming challenges and investment opportunities provided by AI technology as well as its impact on the current social, economic and political order.
SPARQ Capital around the world and SPARQ's investors events
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