1 May 2020
30 March 2020
We focus on exponential growth opportunities derived from the chain reaction of rapid technological progression by directly backing the founders of visionary growth-stage ventures in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech and esports.
We also practice impact investment by seeking to back commercial ventures that have the potential to substantially improve human life. Our investment calculus gives equal weighting to human impact and investment growth across long time horizons.
We invest in growth stage ventures that have a clear and credible roadmap for exponential growth. We also invest in commercial venture that have a visible route to substantially improving human lives. We typically seek to be the sole or lead investor and to take a majority stake in the ventures that we back, and to provide enough funding to eliminate the need for multiple funding rounds. Our objective is for founders to focus on business growth rather than fundraising with the support of our financial and intellectual capital.
We typically invest between £5m and £50m to back ventures that have already proven the potential in their business model and who need support to quickly scale worldwide. We only back ventures that are aligned with our ethos of making a large investment in return for a majority stake and an active role in their growth. We do not invest alongside others or into ventures that expect to dilute our investment during future fundraising rounds.
The Kohli Ventures investment philosophy is derived from the precepts of the Six D’s of exponential growth. We only back ventures with a proven business model and which can credibly map their prospects against the Six D’s of exponential growth.
A Kohli Ventures impact investment is any venture that has the clear and visible potential to achieve substantial human impact on a global scale. Our investment calculus gives equal weight to human impact and investment growth. Unlike investment funds who invest using clients’ funds, Kohli Ventures only invests the liquid capital of our principals, and so we are able to take a very long-term view on the expected human impact of an investment.
We prefer impact investments that can have a substantial and measurable impact within poor and underserved communities, and impact investments that can significantly improve human life of a worldwide scale. For impact investments with no commercial model, please visit the Tej Kohli Foundation and Tej Kohli Cornea Institute for donation and grant funding.
Kohli Ventures invests in artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech and esports. We also invest in ventures operating within the interconnected ecosystems that enable these sectors. We are particularly fascinated by the technologies required to enable an omnipresent artificial intelligence and which will power the future AI economy. We are also enthusiastic about new applications of technology that have a clear and credible route to exponential growth.
Kohli Ventures invests in deep tech through the Rewired investment fund. We also invest in esports through the Rewired.GG Esports Venture Fund. Kohli Ventures is not presently seeking to make any further investments through managed third-party investment funds.
We receive many speculative investment decks that fail to grab our attention because they arrive without the context of the ‘vision’ of their founders. The best way to grab our attention is to first send us a video of no more than five minutes in duration, that provides the vision for your venture and frames its prospects around the 5 D’s of exponential growth.
We like to back entrepreneurs who have big dreams, but it is vital that you are able to demonstrate to us the hard fundamentals of your venture that support your goals. We encourage you to be specific. Making theoretical and esoteric assertions about market size and the value of obtaining a market share are rarely credible. We like to back ventures that have already proven what they can do and need funding to scale it exponentially.
Unrealistic valuations are the main barrier to most investment opportunities. Think about whether your valuation represents an attractive investment proposal right now. We highly recommend that your proposed pre-money valuation is grounded in a tangible reality.
Kohli Ventures seeks to be the sole or majority investor in the ventures that we back, and to then provide the capital required for the venture to achieve its potential without multiple new rounds of fundraising. When we back a venture, we seek to sweat our investment return by providing the resources and intellectual capital to achieve rapid global growth.
Kohli Ventures invests worldwide with a preference for the international hubs where we have existing operations or investments. We seek to invest in ventures with a credible plan for international growth, led by teams with a strong track record for operating worldwide.
Due to the volume of investment proposals received, we regret that Kohli Ventures cannot respond to every enquiry. If you have taken the time to tailor your proposal for Kohli Ventures, then we are more likely to acknowledge your proposal and to provide feedback.
We do not respond to unsolicited calls or meeting invites. The best way to connect with Kohli Ventures is by sending an email that clearly demonstrates you have read our FAQ.
Kohli Ventures is the investment vehicle of entrepreneur and investor Tej Kohli, and you can follow Tej Kohli on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as @MrTejKohli.
The Kohli Ventures portfolio is privately held and very few of the investments that we control and manage are disclosed within the public domain. The privacy of investing using only our private capital enables Kohli Ventures to act and transact with acute agility.
Kohli Ventures is the investment vehicle of entrepreneur and investor Tej Kohli. We invest using the highly liquid cash resources of our principal and without using debt. Our long-term commitments are underwritten by a sustainable asset base in global real estate.
Kohli Ventures is always interested in the recruitment of talented individuals. Please send us your resume with a covering email.
Tej Kohli is an investor and philanthropist who is best known for his mission to eliminate poverty-driven corneal blindness worldwide by 2035. He is an evangelist of the promise of technology to improve human life and since 2006 has been investing in a global portfolio of AI, robotics and genomics ventures using income derived from a sizeable global real estate portfolio. You can learn about Tej Kohli on his website at www.TejKohli.com
Kohli Ventures is wholly managed by Cascade Global, a multi-family office specialising in investment management and wealth management. Cascade Global is based in Hong Kong and has representative offices in London.