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Debneel

Founder & Managing Partner

Co-founded a seed stage sector agnostic venture capital initiative approved for nearly 6x co-funding from Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) under the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS).

Notable early stage startup investments in the venture incubator included Luxola (www.luxola.com), ArtofClick (www.artofclick.com), Tradegecko ( www.tradegecko.com), Zumata (www.zumata.com) and GushCloud (www.gushcloud.com).

In 2015, Luxola was acquired by Sephora (a Louis Vuitton Company), and GushCloud by Yello Mobile of Korea. Both deals are counted among the top multibagger exits in the Singaporean start-up ecosystem. Later that year, Debneel exited the venture incubator by selling his founding shares to a Los Angeles based VC.

Prior to this, Debneel setup a Fintech company out of Singapore in 2001 that served banks and insurers across East Asia and Australia and exited it about a decade later this garnering most of his proprietary capital. Debneel is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in Investment Banking, Technology and start-ups.

In 2016 he founded Decacorn Capital as a true cross border VC investment platform that invests in best in class tech startups from around the world especially USA Israel and Europe. The initiative has made one and half dozen of stage agnostic startup investments across a wide industry segment with two comendable exits in only 20 months. The Singapore government investment arm has recently selected Decacorn as their co-investment partner in a 3:7 with a follow-on of 1:1. This enhances the reach and runway for Decacorn significantly whilst taking the risk out of early stage investments.

 
 
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Abhijit

Managing director

Abhijit has over 25 years of experience in building successful business strategies and go-to-market models across Asia-Pacific. His core strength is in marketing and sales both direct and through channels and alliances.

Abhijit was one of the early adopters of digital marketing as a key area of specialization. This resulted in exponential growth of the technology businesses he ran in the economically and culturally diverse regions of South East Asia, North Asia and Australia, creating sales channels that rapidly on-boarded customers across 12 countries.

Abhijit brings with him an ability to identify and build lasting alliances as a critical strategy for businesses looking to scale rapidly in unfamiliar markets.

He has been an angel investor in his own merit for past several years. Being part of Decacorn core team he formalises his journey in the exciting world of technology led start-ups. He is based in Singapore for the past two decades.

 
 
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Richard

General Counsel

A lawyer and entrepreneur, Richard runs The Legal Partners in London - a business law and HR law firm focussing on technology clients over the last 12 years. In business, Richard’s experience as an in house lawyer extends across directorships in telecommunications, IT, mobile, media and film production networks in the UK.

He has previously worked as Legal Director at Neos Networks and Sohonet. He was part of the management team who successfully raised £50m of Private Equity money and then grew and sold Neos Networks to London listed FTSE 100 utility group Scottish and Southern Energy plc in 2003.

Richard qualified with Slaughter and May in 1994 and spent 6 years advising blue chip clients, working on joint ventures and telecoms and IT company IPOs.

He lives in London. He follows the England cricket team and plays cricket with his deadly medium pace swing bowling gracing the Surrey village cricket grounds in the Summer.

 
 
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Diana

Venture Partner

Diana is the brand ambassador for Decacorn in China and is an active angel investor who invests in compelling early stage start-ups globally. She is also a member of the leadership team & steering committee of AngelVest group, Shanghai’s largest international angel investor network.

With over 15 years of experience in corporate and management consulting, predominantly in USA and China, with global majors, United Technologies, Intel, TNT and Korn Ferry HayGroup, Diana has an all-rounded strategic human resources design and hands-on operational & implementation experience with specialities in ramping up new businesses, mergers & acquisitions, and is widely recognized for her ability to spot talents.

Diana lived in Australia, United States and has been residing in Shanghai now, for more than a decade. She holds a graduate degree in Economics from National University of Singapore, a Masters in Commerce from University of Melbourne and attended an Executive Program with Darden Business School.

 
 
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Tom

Venture partner

Tom has over 30 years of experience in America and Asia in the insurance, education, automotive manufacturing, retail, F&B and power industries.  He is a resident of Vietnam for over 17 years where he started two businesses (insurance and education) deploying technology and a disruptive business strategy to differentiate and successfully grow those businesses.

A successful entrepreneur, has been the CEO and CFO of fortune 500 American Insurer, and is the Vietnam Chair of a large Asian Insurance Broker. Passionate about innovative use of disruptive technology, he is leading the way for Decacorn in the frontier market of Vietnam to curate best in class businesses as well as likeminded investors through his vast network of Vietnamese and foreign high net worth individuals, family offices and business owners.

Tom hails from the United States, a great source of innovative ideas and new start-ups, where he earned his Master Degree in Financial Management (MBA) from Drexel University.

 
 
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Sylwia

Analyst

Sylwia works on building Decacorn’s understanding of the digital ecosystem across industry segments and establishing investment cases, as well as helping the team and portfolio companies engage with business partners and investors from Europe and UK to reinforce our core philosophy of creating true cross border play.

With over a decade of deep operational experience spanning across healthcare, F&B and retail in Poland, Ireland and UK, Sylwia has helped several early stage startups build their operational stability in their critical growth years.

She moved base from London to Singapore in 2015 to broaden her horizon with exposure to the rapidly expanding startup footprint in South East Asia and India. She is proficient in Polish, German and English and is making efforts in learning Hindi

 
 
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Elan

Venture Partner

Elan Zivotofsky is a General Partner with Ibex Investors (Formerly Lazarus Investment Partners) and has over 20 years of  on-the-ground experience researching, raising capital for, and investing in Israeli companies. Elan has deep knowledge of the Israeli investment landscape, startup ecosystem and the overall Israeli capital markets.

Before joining Ibex, Elan spent 5 years as the Head of Investments at OurCrowd where he was one of the founding partners.  Prior to that, Elan was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Prelude Israel Fund, a hedge fund focused on Israeli companies.

Before Prelude, Elan was a Senior Vice President and the Head of Technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers in Israel from 2004-2008.  Elan was a portfolio manager at Oasis Capital, a multi-billion hedge fund with a focus on long/short, catalyst driven and special situation investing from 2002-2004. Between 1997-2002, Elan was a top-ranked Israeli technology research analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Elan started his career as a technology research analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York (1994-1997). Elan received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude).

 
 
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Louis

Analyst

Louis has developed stock market knowledge and started investing since his military days. After building a profitable portfolio, he realised that most of the value creation is hidden in the private markets. Disruptive technology companies like Grab and Palantir are growing at tremendous rates before reaching IPO. His interest in the private market slowly led him into venture capital ecosystem. Upon graduation, Louis joined Decacorn Capital as an analyst. Louis combines stock research methods to new start-ups to portrait a fresh and comprehensive analysis.

Prior to joining Decacorn capital, Louis was an operations analyst with Standard Chartered Singapore, where he was involved in performance management in both front and back office of the bank to improve customer experience.

Louis currently holds a Business Management degree from the University of Birmingham. He is from Singapore and is a native speaker of English and Mandarin

 
 
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Fredrik

Venture Partner

Based in London, Fredrik brings over a decade of consulting and entrepreneurial experience across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has worked as a Corporate Strategy Consultant with Deloitte, where he completed more than 40 strategy and commercial due diligence projects for corporate and private equity clients before co-founding Energy Aspects, a leading oil and gas research house headquartered in London.

As a partner Fredrik anchors Decacorn’s forays into Europe with focus in the UK and Nordic region.

Educated in Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom, Fredrik holds a degree in Economics with Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK.

 
 
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Donna

Entrepreneur-in-residence

Donna Kivirauma, is a serial entrepreneur, having started companies in the U.S. and Finland. She is highly experienced in company leadership, sales and marketing, and what she calls, “The Art of Creating Opportunities.” Startups are her passion and she has developed over the years an uncanny knack to engineer a big impact in them, when it is needed most, especially in their nascent stage. She is a valuable resource for every startups that is seeking product market fit and access to new markets.

As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence She is the brand ambassador for Decacorn in the Nordic and Baltic region, besides mentoring Decacorn funded startups with her time tested entrepreneurial skills. Donna is an Ameri-Finn, born and raised in the U.S but has been living in Finland for over a decade now and considers herself a Finn.

She is also the CEO of VirtualTraveller, a Finland based AR/VR deep tech startup that endeavours to revolutionise the ways and means we entertain ourselves. She studied Mathematics in first at Louisiana State University and Houston University and has worked in cross section of Industry at senior levels including Board positions in the past.

 
 
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Manon

Analyst

Manon Lecuyer brings with her an interesting blend of social consciousness and passion for technology which helps her to empathetically analyse the impact of emerging technologies and disruptive business models on our society. As an Analyst in Decacorn, Manon helps in assimilating relevant datapoints to support the team in making investment decisions besides engaging with business partners and investors from Europe and Asia to reinforce our core philosophy of creating true cross border play.

Manon has over half a decade of experience in working with founders, building digital models in social and education space and is now looking at expanding her horizon with exposure in the diverse and rapidly expanding startup space in Asia

Manon holds a bachelor degree in social studies from the Institut Regional du Travail Social, Paris and a management degree from CNED Paris. She is a French native and is equally conversant with English.

 
 
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Gaurav

Venture Partner

Gaurav is the Chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, a holding company for business and financial assets. It invests in private equity, real estate, public markets, structured debt and fixed income.

He is an early investor in and a Board member of True North (formerly India Value Fund), a leading Indian private equity fund, which manages approximately $3.5billion. He is also the founder and Chairman of Landmark Holdings, a real estate investment firm, which has invested in more than 40 housing projects. He co founded GTI, a long term investment vehicle for India focused investments.

He is a Board member of Brookings India. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. Gaurav received an MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Columbia Business School.