Reach your full potential

With Silicon Valley know how and local experience

Helping entrepreneurs and investors succeed in the Australian fintech and online marketplace ventures
Client

Sapien Ventures brings the largest angel investor network to Australia and New Zealand.

Keiretsu Forum’s Inaugural Launch event is on August 2nd.

Visit Keiretsuforum.io to find out more.

 

 

Recent Posts

 

 

About Us

Part of a new wave of active management VC’s in the APAC fintech environment, the Sapien Ventures team comes with decades of entrepreneurial and investment experiences across Silicon Valley, Europe, Asia and Australia.

What we offer entrepreneurs and investors:

Go to Silicon Valley < - > Australia

Silicon Valley < - > Australia

Leveraging top Silicon Valley expertise to curate, mentor, and grow our investee companies, potentially for eventual US expansion

Go to By entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs

By entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs

Partners and advisors that are all serial entrepreneurs or professional investors (some with billion dollar exits)

Go to Tax Free Investment Profits

Tax Free Investment Profits

AusIndustry-regulated ESVCLP status means tax-free treatment on all investment profits

Go to Maximising returns via market validation

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 big things can happen from small places

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

Executive Chairman

Victor Jiang | Exec Chairman
Serial entrepreneur; consulting executive; worked with many Fortune 50 companies and countless startups; founder & CEO of Skillsapien.com

Silicon Valley VC

Bernard Slede | Managing Partner – Silicon Valley
Serial entrepreneur and corporate VC; founding MD of HP’s venture capital division; “Best startup advisor of Northern California” by StartupAmerica; helped many startups launch internationally and raising tens of millions in capital

30+ year Tech Investor

Robert Blair | Silicon Valley Partner
Globally experienced business, technology and financial executive with over 30 years of sales, marketing, management roles on public/private Boards. Prior founder, CEO and investor in early stage tech companies.

Growth Hacking Coach

Steve Austin | Silicon Valley Partner
Serial entrepreneur; corporate veteran; startup growth coach and investment coach (Founder Space, Idea-to-IPO), international keynote speaker on growth strategies and digital marketing; 25+ corporate VP of Sales & CMO at many international high-tech companies

Wealth CEO

Helen Lorigan | Venture Partner
Previously CEO of Elders Financial Planning; Head of Channel Marketing & Wealth Strategy at ANZ; Head of Managed Funds at CBA; GM Superannuation at MLC and Evangelist for “Super Disruption”

Venture Partner

Robin Bisarya | Venture Partner
CoPresident, Keiretsu Forum Bangalore

Global influencer | UN advisor

Sein-Way Tan | Venture Partner
Attendee to APEC CEO Summit, B20 Summit, Forbes Global CEO Summit; World Cities Summit Young Leader; UN World Urban Campaign Steering Committee Member; founding Chairman of Green World City;

Senior lawyer | IP expert

Jim Fitzsimons | Venture Partner
Seasoned IP and corporate lawyer, formerly Partner at Clayton Utz for 22 years; serial tech investor; sits on multiple tech company Boards and Advisory Boards

Tech Hedge Fund Founder

Henry Li | EIR Advisor
Software engineer. Savvy in Finance. Seasoned investor/entrepreneur. Managing technology focus hedge fund.

Fin Services CIO

David Gee | Venture Partner
ITNews 2014 “CIO of the Year”; 18 year career CIO; experienced in +$80m tech transformations in financial services; advisor to multiple fintech startups; mentor at several fintech incubators

Fin Services CIO

Nagib Kassis | EIR Advisor
14 year insurance exec; Head of Digital & GM & Strategy Transformation at Allianz Australia; formerly Global Chief Procurement Officer at Allianz Global HQ; serial entrepreneur

Serial entrepreneur & angel investor

Mike Loftus | Silicon Valley Partner
Serial entrepreneur; Venture Partner at F50 Fund (Silicon Valley); ex-EIR at SV Angels Forum, exited 7 startups over 15 years with combined value > $1.1 billion

Govt tech veteran

Grantly Mailes | Venture Partner
Ex two-time State CIO at VIC and SA, seasoned consulting exec and tech investor

Blockchain Cofounder

Katrina Donaghy | EIR Advisor
Cofounder of CivicLedger and “Woman in Blockchain”, influencer in the regional blockchain community

Blockchain CTO

Lucas Cullen | EIR Advisor
Cofounder of CivicLedger, global hackathon-winning blockchain software engineer, founder of Bitcoin Brisbane

Serial entrepreneur

Christian Oey | Venture Partner
Serial entrepreneur; founder & CEO of Nobankruptcy.com.au ($0 – $1.5M revenue within 18 months); Founder & MD PaperCup Media (acquired within 12months from inception); founder & MD of Ocorp Media (acquired; $0 – $5M revenue within 2 years)

Capital Markets COO

Michael Go | Venture Partner
Equity capital markets veteran; ex-COO at NAB Capital; ex-COO at ABN Amro (Sydney, London, Hong Kong); CFETS & China-oriented investments expert; advisor to many emerging companies as well as financial regulators

PE and Investment Banking

Nathan Chadwick | Venture Partner
Career investment banker from Royal Bank of Scotland; ABN Amro, Credit Suisse; now private equity investor and corporate advisor; experienced in IPO’s.

Fin. Services CTO

Daniel Biondi | EIR Advisor
HPE Fellow (one of 33 in the world) and CTO for APAC Financial Services; led billion-dollar-plus tech transformations; cofounder of Crimson Investors (a Harvard alum angel investment network)

Fintech Cofounder

Atul Narang | EIR Advisor
Cofounder of HashChing | Fintech CTO of the Year 2017

China VC

Serena Zhang | China VC Partner
Founder of Yudao Ventures (Shanghai) and former corporate exec at multinationals including Diaz/Carrefour, Unilever and PepsiCo

Venture Connector

Lance Li | Greater China Liaison Partner
Entrepreneur since 15; experienced in venture capital in both China and Australia; facilitator of cross-border investments and deal-maker

Senior Analyst

Daniel Laurence | Senior Investment Analyst
Serial entrepreneur, influencer in the ASEAN tech investor community

Investment Associate

Todd Chen | Investment Associate
Cryto & FX trader, Master of Finance from UNSW

Investment Associate

Christina Zhang | Investment Associate
Serial founder, background in Asian investment banking and investments, Master of Finance from UNSW

Investment Associate

Mike Ni | Investment Associate
Tech engineer / project manager, MBA from UNSW

Operations Assistant

Liv You | Operations
4 years in operations and executive assistance at CITIC, China’s largest investment bank

Sapien Ventures hosts its inaugural Aussie Fintech Showcase in Shanghai - Sept 8th, 2017!

Latest news