With Silicon Valley knowhow and local experience
To help entrepreneurs and investors succceed in Australian early stage technology ventures
Although a new player in the Australian early stage tech investment scene, our team comes with decades of investment experience across Silicon Valley, Europe, Asia and Australia.
What we offer entrepreneurs and investors:
Silicon Valley < - > Australia
Leveraging top Silicon Valley expertise to curate, mentor, and grow our investee companies, potentially for eventual US expansion
By entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs
Partners and advisors that are all serial entrepreneurs or professional investors (some with billion dollar exits)
Tax Free Investment Profits
AusIndustry-regulated ESVCLP status means tax-free treatment on all investment profits
Maximising returns via market validation
Investment criteria focused on market-proven, revenue-generating, highly scalable ventures only
What we look for
The entrepreneurs we partner with
We believe entrepreneurship is THE solution to the greatest challenges of our time. We see great entrepreneurs as visionary, committed, resourceful, prepared to take risks and willing to make personal sacrifices. They have immense self belief and create their own futures. And in the process, they push societies forward. They often come from humble beginnings and typically don't start with much. It is nothing short of inspiring to see how the best of them make it through the arduous entrepreneurial journey through sheer determination, conviction, energy, creativity, and adaptability. When we come across such entrepreneurs we feel honoured to support them and share in their journey. If you feel that we have just described you, then we'd love to hear from you!
We like web, mobile, enterprise-software, marketplace or other scalable ventures that are solving massive problems
We love supporting passionate and knowledgeable founders who are "all in"!
Market validation through early revenue and customers
Demonstrated resourcefulness & convincing strategies to get your offerings to your massive target market
Our Team - Your Resources
Experienced across startups to enterprises, from Silicon Valley to Australia and China
Silicon Valley VC
30+ year Tech Investor
Serial entrepreneur & angel investor
Growth Hacking Coach
Fin Services CIO
Investment Banking CTO
Fin. Services CTO
Capital Markets COO
PE and Investment Banking
NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello to open Sapien Ventures' inaugural NSW Fintech Showcase - July 14th, 2017!
Sapien Ventures is very pleased to have NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello opening our inaugural NSW Fintech Showcase! Date: July 14th, 2017 Time: 1pm – 5:30pm (with networking afterwards) Venue: Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House (6 Macquarie St, Sydney 2000) Speakers: Victor Dominello, NSW Finance Minister Ian Pollari, Partner & APAC Head of Fintech[…]
Sapien Ventures venture partner and CivicLedger CEO, Grantly Mailes, hosted a full-house at the inaugural Brisbane Blockchain Symposium. Every one of the 150 seat was filled. Brisbane is definitely now on the Blockchain map!
At the invitation of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia), Sapien Ventures members Victor Jiang, Helen Lorigan and John Baird embarked on a 6-city road tour across Australia & New Zealand to talk about the “Future of Finance”, focused around emerging global trends, fintech disruption and cyber-security.
Less than 3 months after breaking through A$1 billion of mortgages applied through the platform, HashChing (a Sapien Ventures portfolio company) announces on 19th Oct, 2016 that it had just broke through A$2 billion of mortgages applied:
Our investment in SalesPreso, carried in the AFR on 19th Sept: And even in the Chinese tech media – 36kr!
The AFR ran a story on Blockchain’s disruptive power spreading outwards from banking, and mentioned our co-hosted Australian Blockchain Summit, to be held on June 28th-30th in Melbourne:
A LinkedIn article on why we invested into HashChing:
Sapien Ventures featured on AFR / SMH / The Age for our first ever investment – into the mortgage brokerage online marketplace, HashChing.
Sapien Ventures featured on WSJ and The Australian for being among a handful of investment managers that have persuaded wealthy Chinese SIV investors to invest in Australian startups – and the ONLY so far to have invested this capital into Australian fin-tech companies. Read the full story here.
Victor Jiang of Sapien Ventures featured on CCTV (China Central Television) in an evening news segment broadcast to 1.4 billion viewers in China, as part of a story on the #AWIC2016 financial services delegation to Shanghai.