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Alicorn’s Investment Universe: Post Series C Global Unicorns

The focus of Alicorn will be growth/late stage unicorn companies to achieve a favourable risk/return profile

Key Investment Highlights

Unicorn Exposure

Exposure to a diversified portfolio of the leading VC-backed, unicorn companies who are at the forefront of global innovation

Unique Access

Global, proprietary network provides access to opportunities that are otherwise unavailable to all but large, marquee investors

Secondary Discounts

Potential for entry prices at a discount to prior funding rounds in return for providing liquidity to existing shareholders

High Return Potential

Systemic shift in value creation from public to private markets as companies defer IPOs and stay private longer

Diversification Benefits

Global asset class with a different risk-return profile, which assists in providing diversification benefits for investor portfolios

Track Record

Investment team with a strong track record of delivering returns for investors across market cycles

Meet The Team

Our Investment Committee & Advisory Committee

Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss

Chairman of the Investment Committee
  • Founding Managing Partner of the CE Ventures and iVenturesAsia funds that managed $100 million in AUM
  • The fund has received Most Active VC Fund Award in Israel for past 3 Consecutive Years (2016, 2017, 2018) with 30 new investments
  • Venture Partner for Softbank Ventures Asia since 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in 7 countries Led 4 portfolio exits including to Google, Facebook, Snapchat and Samsung Electronics
  • Held a diverse range of roles in Asia, including with Salomon Smith Barney, Macquarie Bank, ShinseiBank, AXA, CLSA and Baker and McKenzie
Kevin Chin

Kevin Chin

Investment Committee
  • Founder of Arowana & Co and has been primarily responsible for delivering Arowana’s returns since its inception
  • Successfully led 5 IPOs in the last decade across NASDAQ, ASX and NZX exchanges and originated 4 fund vehicles (listed and unlisted)
  • Previously led the investment, turnaround and global scale up of enterprise AI software company RuleBurst Haley, which was later acquired by Oracle
  • Career includes positions at Arowana & Co., ERMG, RuleBurst Haley, J.P. Morgan, Lowy Family Group, Deloitte, Ord Minnett and PwC
Shimi Shah

Shimi Shah

Investment Committee
  • Track record as a successful entrepreneur and venture capital investor in building high growth start-ups and SMEs across EMEA and the UK
  • Established FORSA LLC, a $100m investment company for women in the Middle East under Dubai World ownership
  • Established a £50m public-to-private commercialisation fund for Partnerships UK PLC before taking it private and building it to a $250m defence technologies fund with several successful portfolio exits
  • Previously CIO of Hanson Capital and Hanson Internet Partners in Palo Alto and London, prior to being an Investment Executive at 3i PLC
Paul Gardi

Paul Gardi

Investment Committee
  • Entrepreneur and investor who has built, operated and exited multiple companies across all stages of the value stack and invested in many more
  • Previously EVP of Ask Jeeves, where as head of strategy and operations worldwide he was a key contributor to the company being awarded the most successful turnaround in 2004, when it was the top performing stock on the Nasdaq and was later acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp Advertising Solutions with Paul being appointed CEO
  • Now heads the AIM accelerator and investment vehicle with initiatives including CNET Networks (activist investor – acquired by CBS), AdChina (seed investor and adviser – acquired by Alibaba), Zynga Game Networks (co-authored the original business plan – public exit), UBER and Canva
Ed Fernandez

Ed Fernandez

Advisory Committee
  • Early Stage & Start-up Venture Capital practitioner, Board Advisor, Entrepreneur and Investor based in Palo Alto
  • Mentor and Advisor at Singularity University Ventures and Berkeley’s SCET Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
  • Co-founder & partner at, a Venture Capital & Technology advisory boutique. Formerly, corporate executive at BlackBerry and Nokia.
Peter Huynh

Peter Huynh

Advisory Committee
  • Singapore based venture capital investor focused on SaaS, Data, FinTech and AI across Asia Pacific
  • Co-founder and partner of Qualgro, a Singapore-based venture capital firm whose first fund has completed 16 investments since August 2015
  • Led and designed Singtel Group and Optus’ corporate venture fund, and investor and mentor at Startmate, Australia’s premier accelerator program
Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson

Advisory Committee
  • Veteran technology and entertainment executive and current CEO of KEYPR
  • Former executive at GAIKAI (acquired by Sony), CPO/executive head of PlayStation Now & Head of Content Strategy for Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook)
  • Multiple start-ups and exits, as well as work on turnarounds and high growth corporate ventures
Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Advisory Committee
  • Expert in the field of robotics, automation, machine and deep learning as well as data science
  • Led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation helping implement the use of autonomous mining trucks
  • Currently Chief Scientific Advisor for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, previously CEO of NICTA, Australia’s ICT Research Centre of Excellence

Our team have advised, operated and invested in some the world’s leading companies


Latest News

2018 IPO window is open for tech

It’s not often you see all 5 of the same week’s IPOs experience material uplifts on their public market debuts.

What’s happened to the US IPO?

Since the dot-com bubble came to an end in 2001, the number of US initial public offerings (IPOs) has decreased significantly.

A strong start for 2018 with AI and mega-deals dominating

The release of the PwC | CB Insights MoneyTree™ Report for Q1 2018 saw a continuation of the trend for larger deals

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