TUZ Ventures is an early-stage tech VC fund focused on Central Asia and Caucasus. TUZ is founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with a track record of successfully penetrating untapped frontier markets deemed risky at some point, such as Indonesia and Nigeria. As a world-class and diverse team of seasoned VCs and local experts, TUZ works closely with founders to unleash their potential and leverage the massive tailwind to create truly global companies.
The firm mainly targets fin-tech, logistics, AI, e-gov, and blockchain-related globally scalable startups.
The people behind TUZ Ventures
Founding Partner of 7 funds, Partner at Golden Gate, 3 time entrepreneur, Invested in 100+ companies including Uber, Unity, and Zappos. Adventurist, hacked his way to the Olympics.
Active Founder and Community Builder, Director of Techstars, advisor to many startups and leader in creating startup ecosystems in frontier markets. Finance and MBA, multi-lingual and native to the region. National Squash champion.
Strategist advising large and small companies on frontier markets like Africa and Central Asia, a true People person, formerly C-level talent hunter. 4 languages. National Fencing champion.
Investment promotion, community development
specialist, MBA Candidate. Based in Kyrgyzstan. 4 languages. Lived in USA, China, and Russia. National Taekwon-do champion.
Technologist and Financer, 15 years of tech investing experience, advisor to many startups, entrepreneur himself, 5 languages, Master in Economics and in Interactive Media. Pilot and political entrepreneur.
Campaigner. Innovator. Embraces big ideas and actions. BA in Political Science. Worked in a Netherland-based startup. Ex-project lead in the Kazakstan Finance Student Association and an EY Brand Ambassador.
Inventor. Producer. Jack-of-all-trades MEng graduate. Worked at the Large Hadron Collider and co-founded VBF, a novel opera experience. British-Russian. Lived in UK, Switzerland, and Canada. Skier, mountaineer, and Racket sports enthusiast.
Designer, brand strategist, TEDx speaker. Heavily involved in the startup environment. MDes from one of the top 10 universities in the world. Digital nomad, currently based in Helsinki.
Central Asia is one of the last tech frontiers. Boosted by the Chinese Belt & Road Initiative, the region broadly defined as the area east of the Caspian Sea including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, is staging massive transformation. Central Asia remains generally overlooked, compared to other developing economies. However, strategic location, macroeconomic stability, and significant reforms make Central Asia an attractive investment destination.
TUZ is set to foster the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, create incentives for good talents to stay in the region, leveraging new ventures on a virtuous cycle.