Frequently asked questions
Early-stage startups see a lot of friction — we’re here to reduce that. We support your goals of innovation and disruption while grounding you research-backed expertise.
We are always looking for promising early-stage companies. While we do run a formal application process in February and in July during which we actively solicit applications for our next cohort of companies, feel free to reach out at any time.
We typically invest in three to four early-stage startups each year. We take on two cohorts with two companies each to encourage peer exchange opportunities.
We’re looking for companies or early-stage startups in the FinTech, E-Commerce, and SaaS industry launching transformative products.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 want to learn more about product design and marketing.
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 or not to exit.
At moment we are only focusing on startups that are based in Asia, as it is closer to our HQ and would benefit from our local network.
Fill out the contact form on our main agency website. Include any materials or links to websites/apps/prototypes that you want us to review. Further down the line we will ask for more detailed materials.
Typically for Seed stage startups, we take 7% to 20% equity. Startups past the Seed stage, we agree upon 2% to 5% equity or a sales commission.
Yes, we do in some cases. However, after working with your startup for two to three years we will give up our seat to new investor in later rounds.
In simple terms:
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 (a.k.a expertise) is distributed to early stage technology companies rather than venture capital (money).
VC’s: Venture capitalists are usually investors in later-stage startups, almost always with pure financial motivation.