Reach your full potential

Global network, Silicon Valley know how, local experience

Helping entrepreneurs and investors succeed in fintech, online marketplaces and blockchain ventures across Asia Pacific

Sapien Ventures brings the world’s largest private investors community to Australia and New Zealand!

Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel and private investors network founded in Silicon Valley in 2000, launched in Australia in 2018.

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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

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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 to China

Executive Chairman

Victor Jiang | Exec Chairman
Serial entrepreneur; worked with many of the Fortune 50 and countless startups across 12 countries; sits on the Board of 8 tech companies across AU / CN / US

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”

VC Pioneer

Roger Buckeridge | Venture Partner
Pioneering VC of Australia since 1980’s; Cofounder of Allen & Buckeridge; Cofounder of a pan-Asian multi-family-office

Tech Hedge Fund Founder

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

Head of VIC, Indonesia

Daniel Laurence | Venture Partner
Serial entrepreneur, specialist in the Indonesian and ASEAN investor community

International Banker

Jean-Michel Floch | Venture Partner
Former senior banker at BNP Paribas, Indosuez Bank and Credit Agricole, with over 46 years’ experience across Asia. Experienced in cross-border investment deals.

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

Head of SA

Mario Pegoli | Venture Partner
Experienced equity capital markets veteran and former Director of Capital Markets at South Australia State Government

Cross-border Deal Maker

Jai Anderson | EIR Advisor
Deal-maker; investment banker; debt capital markets specialist; ex UBS, Goldman Sachs, Rabobank

Legal | 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

Beijing, China VC

Ken Cao | Venture Partner
Founder of Austra Capital; President of the Australian Zhongguanchun Private Equity Association; seasoned China-based VC and PE investor

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

Family Offices Director

David Louie | EIR
Seasoned wealth management and capital markets executive; Advisor to many Australian Family Offices

Blockchain Cofounder

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

South Asia VC

Robin Bisarya | EIR
CoPresident, Keiretsu Forum Bangalore

Blockchain CTO

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

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