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.
We cannot drive people; we must direct their development. Teach and lead.
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.
To be equitable, economic growth has to be sustainable.
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.
A city’s environment is shaped not only by people who have an important influence, but by everyone who lives or works there.
The economic importance of the RCEP is massive for Southeast Asia as a region and stands to add $500 billion annually to global trade within a decade.
In building Garden District Ventures, we have elevated diversity, gender equality, and ESG to the forefront of our screening process when considering prospective investments and their founding teams.
The significance of U.S. Vice President Harris' trip to Singapore and Vietnam should not be understated—as it is an incredibly complex regional dynamic with many moving parts—an example of three-dimensional chess on a geopolitical scale.
“With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, we can see that some startup ecosystems are growing almost twice as fast as before, including Houston, Sydney and Hyderabad.”
Do or do not: Southeast Asia is at a fork in the road when it comes to rebalancing its energy mix according to a new report from the Deloitte Economics Institute and very few places on Earth face a greater threat from climate change than here.
As a firm, Garden District Ventures champions the importance of stakeholder capitalism. A vital relationship exists between companies, employees, shareholders, and society at large, and creating long-term value is at the heart of what we do.
With more than $10 billion in new investments including an electric vehicle manufacturer and renewable energy projects in Vietnam and India, Thailand’s PTT Group—a state-controlled oil giant—appears to be betting big on sustainability.
Digital payments in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines reached a record of US$620 billion in 2020. That number is expected to hit US$1.2 trillion annually by 2025 and yet women appear to be being left behind.
The technology talent base here in Southeast Asia continues to deepen as regional startups grow and mature, and Singapore-based NewCampus sees a tremendous opportunity to train the next generation of managers.
With more than $6 billion in fresh capital invested in ASEAN startups in just the first 3 months of 2021, investors are eyeing the region in a big way, and IPO momentum continues at a record-breaking pace.
Unprecedented wealth creation in Asia over the past two decades has elevated an important conversation on gender lens investing, leadership diversity, and female empowerment across the region.
The contrast of economic performances varies widely across SE Asia in 2021 thus far, with Singapore and Vietnam seeing significant GDP growth driven by technology and trade, domestic consumption, and infrastructure spending. However, other nations have not fared as well.
Here’s the true story of the Ever Given, the mammoth shipping vessel en route from Malaysia to the Netherlands with a billion dollars worth of goods on board when it ran aground in the Suez Canal and nearly brought the global supply chain to an immediate halt.
“An estimated 1.7 billion people around the world remain “unbanked” and do not have access to basic financial services, such as a bank account, according to The World Bank's latest figures.”
Agriculture technology (Ag-Tech) startups are benefitting from shifting consumer trends and increasing investor appetite across Southeast Asia according to Silicon Valley-based AgFunder, a leading VC firm propelling sustainable companies forward.
As the pandemic shut down day-to-day life around the world, more than 40 million new users came online for the first time across Southeast Asia’s six largest economies in 2020. Sectors including e-commerce, cross-border payments, and insurtech boomed as a result.
Lots of merger and IPO activity is heating up in Southeast Asia: The eye-popping $40B Grab SPAC listing, the Gojek/ Tokopedia super-app tie-up, and Traveloka eyeing public markets in the U.S.
Despite early predictions that cities were on the decline and that residents were fleeing in droves, the COVID-19 pandemic might very well stimulate a rebirth and a reshaping of global cities in exciting new ways.
‘RICH Food, Smart City’ is a new book from The World Bank that offers solutions and policy changes for Asian cities seeking to boost the resiliency of local food systems while addressing widespread food insecurity around the region.
With its 109 million citizens spread out over 2,000+ islands, the Philippines offers massive opportunities for logistics companies, whose operations have also been challenged historically by poor infrastructure and unpredictable weather.
Multinational companies in industries ranging from telecommunications to beer brewing to hospitality are waiting with bated breath as the military coup in Myanmar plays out. Given the unpredictability, investors have begun to seek safe havens elsewhere.
The 2021 South by Southwest x PitchBook Data report has been released and it offers a great perspective on the current state of early-stage venture investing in the United States and beyond while delivering some good tidbits on the venture capital industry as a whole.
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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