Garden District Ventures invests in fearless founders and impactful ideas across Asia’s rising economies…


Founded in 2020, Garden District Ventures is a consumer-focused thematic investment fund that discovers, invests in, and supports remarkable entrepreneurs and high-growth potential companies in emerging, middle-income markets across Southeast Asia and beyond.

Our fund thesis is centered on identifying interconnected market dynamics and demographic shifts where we believe growth opportunities lie over the next 2- to 20+ years. Fundamental changes in global consumption patterns, value-driven purchasing behavior, the rebalancing of supply chains, the rise of online learning and entertainment, and a renewed focus on personal care and wellbeing underpin our high-conviction investment strategies.

Principally speaking, our Garden District Ventures team is committed to backing those mission-driven startups that are disrupting the status quo, delighting their customers, and solving real-world problems.


Garden District Ventures is a collaborative team of entrepreneurs, operators, investors, and analysts with decades of experience in startup formation, talent development, management consulting, and go-to-market strategy. Collectively, we share an in-depth knowledge of emerging market trends across the ASEAN region and a deep understanding of each country’s unique business climate, cultural norms, and fast-growing industries.

We take an active, “boots on the ground” approach, and our talented group of professionals are based in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the U.S., and the U.K. We are committed to continuing to build an inclusive, diverse team that reflects the changing face of venture capital.

Jason M. Cronen

Managing Partner

Trey Fayard

Partner and General Counsel

Samuel Tapping

Fund Controller

Muieen Cader

Venture Partner

Richard Armstrong

Senior Associate

Jayadeep Apte

Fund Advisor

We cannot drive people; we must direct their development. Teach and lead.


Garden District Ventures’ primary areas of interest include health & wellness, food tech, digital payments, supply chain & logistics, prop-tech, and sustainability, although we often review and consider other investment opportunities and complementary deal flow.

We prefer to get involved with companies early on, typically at the pre-seed or seed stage, as first money in, or in some cases before a cap table even exists. Our initial ticket sizes range from $250K to $500K with the expectation of participating in follow-on rounds.

Our portfolio company founders all embody creativity, empathy, and curiosity—human factors that we believe drive breakout success and will shape the best possible future world.

To be equitable, economic growth has to be sustainable.


With more than 680 million residents spread amongst ten nations, an aggregate GDP of nearly $3 trillion, and a median population age of 30 years old, Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic and culturally diverse regions on Earth. Regional startup ecosystems have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years due to digital adaptation, cross-border investment and trade agreements, and market-oriented economic reforms.

Projections are that more than 140 million new consumers will come online across the ASEAN region over the next decade, amounting to 16% of the world’s new consumer class.







Energy is necessary for economic growth, for a better quality of life, and for human progress.

Garden District Ventures believes in doing well by doing good and we’re always on the hunt for new opportunities. Interested in sharing your startup story with us?

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