About Us

Empire Tech Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing across America and Asia. Since 2003, the firm has invested in over 80 companies across more than 10 countries. The firm invests in internet & mobile startups across many sectors, including e-commerce, payments, marketplaces, mobile applications, and SaaS platforms.

OUR VALUES

Where do we invest?

We focus on Asia and are looking for invest in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam, we’re looking for companies interested in expanding in Southeast Asia. 70% of our portfolio are invested in companies from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. that have an interest in Asia.

How much do we invest?

We invest at the Seed, Series A, and Bridge rounds. We typically look at companies raising from USD$200,000 to USD$5M. We like working with co-investors that add value and are open to both leading and following other investors.

What do we invest in?

Startups in Asia that leverage technology and the internet to scale rapidly and disrupt existing industries - from e-commerce to payments, marketplaces to content portals, mobile apps to B2B, IoT to SaaS platforms.

OUR APPROACH

We have a long-term vision of helping you build your company. We’re here to help you achieve your goals and build a massively successful company. We trust the founders we invest in and take an approach that is as hands-on as you want us to be. For seed investments, this is usually early product development; for later stage companies it might be market expansion. We’ve even helped our companies make successful pivots - driven by the founders, but supported by us.

HOW WE HELP

Alumni Network

We’re very selective on the founders we invest in (we have a lower acceptance rate than Harvard). Once a founder is in the portfolio, we plug them into other great founders through online dashboards and offline private events such as portfolio dinners, yearly investor summits, and business development trips to foreign countries.

Regional Expansion

With investments across more than seven countries we have a local partner in each country. We co-invest with local investors to tap local expertise and help open new networks. We helped the Founder Institute expand across Asia, plugging our founders in to hundreds of entrepreneurs and successful mentors.

Recruiting

We know you’re raising money to hire great talent and we try to help source that talent for you. Our events plug us into great developers, our brand helps senior executives confide in us that they’re looking to make a jump, and our newsletters help us promote your needs to thousands of potential hires.

Expertise

All of the founding partners have spent time in Silicon Valley and have built startups. Early on, we can help with everything from product development, to technical strategy, to growth hacking techniques. We’re constantly learning from our portfolio and look to share lessons learned and best practices with all our founders.

Network

We have 30+ mentors across the globe, from Facebook developers to senior VPs of global corporates. These mentors support and connect you with the people you need in order to grow your business. We partner with regional institutions, from telcos, to governments, to large tech firms such as Google and Twitter to open opportunities for business development.