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


Founded in 2018, Garden District Ventures is a thematic investment fund focused on discovering, investing in, and supporting remarkable entrepreneurs and high-growth potential companies in emerging and frontier markets across Southeast Asia and beyond.

Principally speaking, Garden District Ventures is committed to backing mission-driven startups led by diverse founding teams who are disrupting the status quo, delighting their customers, and solving real-world problems.

With partners, strategic advisory services, and engineering teams based in the U.S., Germany, Singapore, and Vietnam, we believe that Garden District Ventures and our portfolio companies are well-positioned to capitalize on fast-growing economies, talent pools, and innovation hubs around the globe.


Garden District Ventures is a collaborative team of entrepreneurs, operators, and investors with decades of experience in startup formation, management consulting, technology, investment banking, corporate law, global trade, and public accounting. Our focus is on creating mutual value and strong partnerships across the ASEAN region and beyond. We support our portfolio companies through actionable market intelligence, deep domain expertise, strong international contacts, mentorship opportunities, and flexible capital.

Jason M. Cronen

Managing Partner

Trey Fayard

Partner and General Counsel

Samuel Tapping

Fund Controller

James Hou

Fund Advisor

Michael Waitze

Fund Advisor

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Garden District Ventures is generally industry agnostic, although we prefer some spaces over others.
Our primary areas of interest include health & wellness, digital payments, B2B SaaS, hospitality, supply chain & logistics, 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. We are looking for entrepreneurs and founding teams that can demonstrate product-market fit, positive community value, and early traction.

Our initial ticket sizes average $50K to $250K with the expectation of participating in follow-on rounds.

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With more than 675 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. The startup ecosystems across our target markets have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years due to digital adaptation, cross-border investment and trade agreements, and market-oriented economic reforms. The ASEAN region added more than 40 million new internet users in 2020 alone.







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