A creative and strategic
investment partner for innovative startups

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What we do

With our expert team in design, product strategy and marketing, we invest in 2-3 early stage startups in Asia every year with our expertise in digital products, technology and strategy, frequently paired with capital.

With our expert team in design, product strategy and marketing, we invest in 2-3 early stage startups in Asia every year with our expertise in digital products, technology and strategy, frequently paired with capital.

We create the smoothest path to early stage growth.

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Digital product design

We leverage extensive research and the latest design methodologies to provide users with products and experiences that create value through any device.

Branding

We create dynamic hard to ignore brands that communicate your values authentically. From naming and posititoning to creating a scalable design system we are with you every step of the way.

Marketing

Using our expertise in technology and design, our approach to marketing is quite different. We help you find and reach the right customers to speed and facilitate growth.

Strategy

Creating a product is a straight forward task, however creating the right product for the righ people can be the real task. We conduct extensive research and worksshops to find these our with you.

What we do

Firstly, we pick from a startups in the relevant industry who have contacted us and we do a lot a of talking to gey to know eachother. This involves startups pitching us their idea to casual coffees.

Secondly, we create an agreement with the startup to decide how much equity will be exchanged for our services. Typically for Seed stage startups, this is 7% - 20% equity, as for startus past the Seed stage it is around 2% - 5% equity or sales commission. Once that is decided to our Tenten team partner with the startup revamp their prodcut, brand and strategy.

Working with them to create the perfect product for their users and the problems they are solving. Creating a smooth road to growth and future talks with investors.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for ambitious and growth driven startups in the Fintech, SaaS, IOT and E-Commerce industries based in Taiwan that have the potential to benefit the most from design and strategy.

But most importantly we look for founders and teams who have already started creating or have created something they can show us. This means early proof of product/market fit, strong metrics, and compelling unit economics.

Early stage startup that

Is in the Fintech, SaaS,
IOT or E-Commerice industry

Has an early proof of
product/market fit

Is based in Asia

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Early stage startup that

Our partners have raised a total of

US$21.4M

Frequently asked questions

Why should our startup work with Tenten Ventures?

Working with Tenten Ventures greatly decreses the friction for early-stage startups and helps them to find the right product angles to penetrate the market as innovators and disruptors.

When can I apply to work with Tenten ventures?

We are always looking for great early-stage companies. While we do run a formal application process — during which we are actively soliciting applications for our next cohort of companies — feel free to reach out at any time.

How many companies get accepted into the studio?

We make approximately 3-4 new early-stage investments each year out of the fund we manage. Generally speaking, we take two cohorts of 2 companies per cohort, one around February and one around July, which we have found creates the best peer exchange opportunities

What makes a startup ideal for Tenten Studio?

We’re looking for companies or early-stage startups in FinTech, E-Comerce, and SaaS industry who are launching products that have the ability to transform the industry. When during the incubation, we prioritize teams that demonstrate a high degree of execution speed, initial product growth and user engagement. Our program is well suited for highly technical teams that need to learn more about Product design and Marketing.

How long will the partnership last?

There is not definite end to our partnership, unless we make a decision to exit the venture during the later stages. Another scenario would be if the startup is acquired, then we’d also make a decision whether to exit or not.

Do you invest in startups outside Asia?

At moment we are only focusing on startups that are based in Asia, as it is closer to our HQ and we have connections Asia.

What kind of materials should our startup send to Tenten when applying?

To establish the initial contact we only need you to fill out our form which can located on the footer of our website. It is very helpful if you can send a link to your website/app/prototype for us to look at and assess. Further down the line we will ask for more materials in detail.

How much equity do you take?

Typically for Seed stage startups, this is 7% - 20% equity, as for startus past the Seed stage it is around 2% - 5% equity or sales commission.

Will Tenten Ventures take board seats?

Yes, we do in some cases. However after working with your startup for 2 to 3 years we will give it up to a new investor in later rounds.

What is the difference between a VC, Incubator and Venture studio?

In an overly simplified way:

Incubators/accelerators: They attract and support startups, invest little effort and resources for little or no equity, have low influence over the startups, can’t do much after startups fail, and are tough to make financially viable (except the top accelerators).

Venture Studios: A Venture Studio is a hybrid of a creative studio and a venture capital firm, where creative capital (aka expertise) is distributed to early stage technology companies rather than venture capital (money).

VC’s: are usually investors in later-stage startups, with almost always pure financial motivation.

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