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.

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 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).

Investment Associate

Max Jones

Max is our Web3 enthusiast. A self-taught programmer turned business developer, Max has built an extensive network with industry leaders in the Web3 space. He often dedicates his time connecting to top players through different initiatives and helping clients form partnerships.

Tugce Ergul
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.

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 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).

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Tugce Ergul
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.

Investment Associate

Max Jones

Max is our Web3 enthusiast. A self-taught programmer turned business developer, Max has built an extensive network with industry leaders in the Web3 space. He often dedicates his time connecting to top players through different initiatives and helping clients form partnerships.

Investment Associate

Max Jones

Max is our Web3 enthusiast. A self-taught programmer turned business developer, Max has built an extensive network with industry leaders in the Web3 space. He often dedicates his time connecting to top players through different initiatives and helping clients form partnerships.

konstantinos
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.

konstantinos
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

Track Record

Our successful investing and founding story started with these
extraordinary companies

Our Collective

Blockchain Collective

Blockchain

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.

Blockchain

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

eSports

emil christensen

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

eSports

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.

eSports Collective

Blockchain

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.

Blockchain

Nodira Sadikova

Nodira is a Web 3.0 specialist with experience in Blockchain Gaming, FinTech, MENA-centric digital infrastructure, and a strong passion for women’s leadership in tech. Bootstrapped and advised 20+ tech-savvy startups to raise 55 million USD. Some of Nodira’s proudest projects include Mercuryo, Everscale, Nodamatics, Grapherex and Karma.

Our Collective

Blockchain Collective

eSports Collective

Blockchain

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.

eSports

emil christensen

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

Blockchain

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.

Gordon-Einstein
eSports

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.

Victor-Martyn
Blockchain

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.

Blockchain

Nodira Sadikova

Nodira is a Web 3.0 specialist with experience in Blockchain Gaming, FinTech, MENA-centric digital infrastructure, and a strong passion for women’s leadership in tech. Bootstrapped and advised 20+ tech-savvy startups to raise 55 million USD. Some of Nodira’s proudest projects include Mercuryo, Everscale, Nodamatics, Grapherex and Karma.

Strategic Partners

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

Ikigai Retreat

Ikigai Retreat is an exclusive event connecting the best investors in the iGaming and Web3 industries. Join us for an afternoon to learn about upcoming trends and meet inspiring entrepreneurs.

By invitation only – If you have not received an invitation but would like to be considered, please contact us.

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

From literally hundreds of start-ups that we screen all year round, eight very promising founders are also invited to pitch and share their growth strategies. These eight 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 14th November 2022 – Valletta, Malta

12:00hr

Welcome Drinks

13:00hr

Lunch

13:45hr

Presentation

14:00hr

Pitch

15:00hr

Networking

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

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.