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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