Ikigai Ventures

Have you found
your Ikigai?

A seed-stage venture fund of industry insiders investing in the most promising founders in gaming and frontier tech.

What Makes Us Unique


What makes Ikigai Ventures different? We don’t just write cheques and hope for the best. We’re smart money. Backed by the SiGMA Group, you will benefit from significant introductions and worldwide exposure. We will support you tremendously in both obvious and subtle ways.

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.

Investment Partner

Vinícius de Carvalho

Vinícius boasts 20+ years merging finance and tech, serving as both investor and operator. With notable ventures across Europe and Latin America, he holds an MBA from ESADE, Spain.

Legal Counsel

Marianna Tavella

A first-class Cambridge graduate, Marianna passed the bar in both UK and Cyprus, and has extensive experience in corporate and commercial transactions.

CFO

Christian Steusloff

Christian is bringing a wealth of experience in corporate banking, M&A and management consulting merged into a recent focus on setting up and growing finance business partners in startups.

Dylan
Venture Partner

Dylan Attard, M.D.

A dynamic physician with a surgical background. Currently leading SiGMA’s healthcare conference verticals. Interested in digital health and entrepreneurship. Firmly believe that innovation and entrepreneurship will help solve any of the world’s next crises.

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.

Investment Partner

Vinícius de Carvalho

Vinícius boasts 20+ years merging finance and tech, serving as both investor and operator. With notable ventures across Europe and Latin America, he holds an MBA from ESADE, Spain.

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Legal Counsel

Marianna Tavella

A first-class Cambridge graduate, Marianna passed the bar in both UK and Cyprus, and has extensive experience in corporate and commercial transactions.

CFO

Christian Steusloff

Christian is bringing a wealth of experience in corporate banking, M&A and management consulting merged into a recent focus on setting up and growing finance business partners in startups.

Want to have a chat?

How we help

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

 

Tech
With a “tech-first” mindset, we have preemptively set up a tech hub in Noida, India, home to 100+ developers, to support all our projects with our “plug-and-play” approach.

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.

Ikigai Retreat
Twice a year, investors, the management teams of incubated projects as well as C-level execs from startups we invest in, gather for a full day workshop. These mentorship retreats are conveniently organized a day before SiGMA Asia in June and SiGMA Europe in November. ​

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.

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

Frontier Tech

Gaming

Frontier Tech

Portfolio

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

Incubated Projects

Invested Projects

Portfolio

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

Incubated Projects

Invested Projects

Track Record

Our successful investing and founding story started with these
extraordinary companies

Our Collective

Soft2Bet

Uri Poliavich

Smartsoft

Guga Gotsadze

Spribe

David Natroshvili

BetConstruct

Vigen Badalyan

Matching Visions

Denis Dyhr Hansen

Gamomat

Andreas Kaufmann

TigerPay

Mitsuya Fujimoto

Alternar

Stanislav Silin

Our Collective

Soft2Bet

Uri Poliavich

Smartsoft

Guga Gotsadze

Guram Gotsadze
Spribe

David Natroshvili

BetConstruct

Vigen Badalya

Vigen-Bada-Betconstruct
Matching Visions

Denis Dyhr Hansen

Gamomat

Andreas Kaufmann

andreas
TigerPay

Mitsuya Fujimoto

Alternar

Stanislav Silin

Stanislav Silin

Strategic Partners

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

Ikigai Retreat

Ikigai Retreat Dubai – Sponsored by ImobCoin

Ikigai Retreat is an ultra-exclusive networking event that connects investors in iGaming with fellow investors in Web3.

From literally hundreds of start-ups that we screen all year round, six very promising founders are also invited to pitch and share their growth strategy. These six founders are backed by Ikigai Ventures and investors will have the opportunity to co-invest.

Ikigai Retreat is by invitation only and restricted to qualified investors only.

Monday 13th March 2023 – Al Noor Lounge – InterContinental Hotel Festival City Dubai, UAE

 

17:00 — Pre Registration

17:20 — Speech by Eman Pulis

17:25 — Sponsor, ImobCoin

17:40 — Startup Pitch Starts

18:50 — Startup Pitch Closes

19:00 — Networking Drinks

20:00 — AIBC Awards Dinner

 

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.