Entrepreneurs are easily misunderstood. They have a vision of the world which is in conflict with the status quo. Change is hard – and many boulders must be pushed before that vision can be realised. We’ve been there too.
Our founders, Eric Chan and Calvin Ng, founded Aura in 2009 in the depths of the Global Financial Crisis. They were 26 and 27. They started Aura at a hot desk in Bondi Junction, as a corporate advisory for young startups. With hustle, determination and elbow grease, Aura Ventures now has $160M in funds under management and a long track record of strong performance.
None of this would have been possible were it not for the founders that we serve. While a lot has changed since then, our mission hasn’t. We exist to be the first believers in the companies of tomorrow.
We know the road is bumpy, but we're partners for life
Riad Chikhani founded Gamurs when he was just 19 years old. As soon as he walked into our office, we understood his vision to disrupt the media industry, and we wanted a front row seat.
There were many bumps along the way, but no path to success is linear.
That’s why we believe great partnerships are defined in the hard times, when cash is tight, sales are slow and the boulder is rolling against you.
We’re here to push with you.
Aura Ventures is always there to support our founders and we pride ourselves on being the first port of call during both good times and bad.
This is the sign of true partnership.
Our network is your network
We are one of the most active Australian VCs in the South East Asia region. There are more than 400 million internet users and it is one of the fasting growing economic regions in the world.
Through our network we have boots on the ground in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand and we can help founders enter this frontier. Our network is our founder’s network.
We have $100M FUM in TNB Aura, our South East Asia fund, and have worked with the region's best investors and founders.
Whether it's market research for a new sector, helping make a key C-suite hire or facilitating an intro to an enterprise client - we’re willing to roll up our sleeves and get pushing.