Ikigai Ventures

We are
Ikigai Ventures.

A seed-stage venture fund of industry insiders investing in the most promising founders in gaming, esports, blockchain, fintech, and psychedelics.

Mission

Iki: Life
Gai: Purpose

At the centre of your talents and passions, your vocations and your value, is Ikigai. The purpose of life. The place where the world and the individual are in perfect balance.
We built Ikigai Ventures to focus our skills and passions, as well as those of our founders and partners, towards generating wealth and a better world, through the balance of ikigai.

Who we are

curious about our culture?

We’re an agile group of industry insiders, builders and operators.
We’re here to help others create and scale transformative companies.

general partner

eman pulis

Eman brings with him a wealth of experience in igaming and blockchain, having founded SiGMA and AIBC conferences. His business network exceeds 10,000 related companies and C level executives.

general partner

irina heaver

Irina is an active investor into Web3 economy supporting crypto and DeFi projects. She is a leading cryptocurrency and blockchain lawyer based in Dubai and Switzerland, she also serves as a Board and Council Member.

partner-in-residence

tugce ergul

A Silicon Valley veteran with 10 years of VC experience, Tugce is supporting Ikigai as a venture partner for direct and fund investments.

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investment partner

Daniele Calzolari

Daniele is a seasoned and passionate VC investor. He covers and leads end-to-end investment cycles and focuses on strategic support to portfolio entrepreneurs. Daniele is also an experienced startups mentor and business school professor. Daniele holds an MBA from Instituto de Empresa and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

 

investment partner

Vinícius Moraes de Carvalho

Vinícius has over ten years of experience working as an investor and operator at the intersection of finance and tech. He has been an active venture capital investor at leading funds in Europe and Latin America and holds an MBA from ESADE (Spain).

head of finance

Konstantinos Konstantinou

Konstantinos is a professional accountant with six years of demonstrated experience in the Financial industry supporting Ikigai as the Head of Finance.

general partner

eman pulis

Eman brings with him a wealth of experience in igaming and blockchain, having founded SiGMA and AIBC conferences. His business network exceeds 10,000 related companies and C level executives.

general partner​

irina heaver

Irina is an active investor into Web3 economy supporting crypto and DeFi projects. She is a leading cryptocurrency and blockchain lawyer based in Dubai and Switzerland, she also serves as a Board and Council Member.

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partner-in-residence

tugce ergul

A Silicon Valley veteran with 10 years of VC experience, Tugce is supporting Ikigai as a venture partner for direct and fund investments.

investment partner

Daniele Calzolari

Daniele is a seasoned and passionate VC investor. He covers and leads end-to-end investment cycles and focuses on strategic support to portfolio entrepreneurs. Daniele is also an experienced startups mentor and business school professor. Daniele holds an MBA from Instituto de Empresa and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

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investment partner

Vinícius Moraes de Carvalho

Vinícius has over ten years of experience working as an investor and operator at the intersection of finance and tech. He has been an active venture capital investor at leading funds in Europe and Latin America and holds an MBA from ESADE (Spain).

head of finance

Konstantinos Konstantinou

Konstantinos is a professional accountant with six years of demonstrated experience in the Financial industry supporting Ikigai as the Head of Finance.

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How we help

Ikigai brings operating experience, a diversified network and strong relationship to every investment.

 

Capital
We lead early. Ikigai Ventures is often first institutional check that a startup or a founding team sees. However it’s what we deliver once the capital is deployed that makes us unique.

Operating Experience
We are a team of industry insiders, founders and builders. We want to leverage our experiences and perspectives to help founder at the earliest stage.

Community & Events
Ikigai hosts both small and large events bringing together people from our portfolio and community. We also have regular founder dinners and happy hours to build camaraderie in the portfolio so that our family of entrepreneurs can easily turn to each other for advice.

Advising
Partners meet with portfolio founders regularly to give advice. The highest leverage advice is usually making sure that the founders are focused on the right things that can provide great growth. We also help them figure our their capital situation, how much money to spend, and on what.

Sectors

Gaming

eSports

Blockchain

Fintech

Frontier Tech

Psychedelics

gaming

Gaming

eSports

Blockchain

Fintech

Frontier Tech

Psychedelics

Portfolio

We're just getting started,
here's who we've partnered with so far

Track Record

Our successful investing and founding story started with these
extraordinary companies

Our Collective

Blockchain Collective

marwan alzarouni

Marwan Alzarouni CISSP is a Crypto Pioneer and the CEO of Dubai’s Blockchain Center. Marwan has extensive experience in the areas of information security management, network security and computer forensics.

gordon einstein

Gordon Einstein is a hybrid Crypto-Attorney, Technologist, and Enterprise Strategist. As an avid computer and programming hobbyist, in 2012 Gordon was intrigued by Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the related technologies.

eSports Collective

emil christensen

CEO & founder of Granit Gaming and OY Drinks serial entrepreneur. Emil endeavours to revolutionize esports and build a community to last.

victor martyn

As a veteran of the eSports industry, Victor Martyn has unique experience of one of the fastest-growing sectors on the planet. Today, he is owner of the largest esports media outlet in the world and managing director of Gamon Solutions, a company based in the gaming sector.

Our Collective

Blockchain Collective

eSports Collective

marwan alzarouni

Marwan Alzarouni CISSP is a Crypto Pioneer and the CEO of Dubai’s Blockchain Center. Marwan has extensive experience in the areas of information security management, network security and computer forensics.

emil christensen

CEO & founder of Granit Gaming and OY Drinks serial entrepreneur. Emil endeavours to revolutionize esports and build a community to last.

gordon einstein

Gordon Einstein is a hybrid Crypto-Attorney, Technologist, and Enterprise Strategist. As an avid computer and programming hobbyist, in 2012 Gordon was intrigued by Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the related technologies.

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victor martyn

As a veteran of the eSports industry, Victor Martyn has unique experience of one of the fastest-growing sectors on the planet. Today, he is owner of the largest esports media outlet in the world and managing director of Gamon Solutions, a company based in the gaming sector.

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Juliet Su

Juliet is the CEO of Eurasian Centre of Innovation and Digital Economy/ Co-organizer of Digitalweek.online and a known face in the crypto space.

Strategic Partners

We rely on these strategic partners to accelerate the startups we invest in.

Ikigai Retreat Agenda

Monday 14th November 2022

8:30hrs – 9:30hrs

Coffee & Breakfast

9:30hrs – 10:00hrs 

Ikigai Annual Report

10:00hrs – 11:30hrs

Startup pitch 1of2

11:30hrs – 12:00hrs

Coffee

12:00hrs – 13:30hrs

Startup pitch 2of2

13:30hrs

Networking Lunch

Contact us

Are you a startup seeking seed investment and support accelerating? Are you a seasoned investor or advisor from within those verticals? We’d love to hear from you.