We live in an unprecedented era of technological and business model transformation that can unlock extraordinary value for businesses, people and societies.
We live in an unprecedented era of technological and business model transformation that can unlock extraordinary value for businesses, people and societies.
To create positive impact at scale for corporates, consumers and societies by harnessing the power of technological & business model innovation.
To build and scale digital ventures that reshape entire value spaces, by convening the best entrepreneurial talent, corporate assets & capital.
At FutureLabs Ventures, we partner with large corporations to design and build ecosystem ventures. Equally, we focus on identifying the best-of-breed B2B digital ventures and scale them into regional and global leaders.
We take a hands-on business building approach to our portfolio companies – offering them unparalleled market access, scalable technology and a unique network of entrepreneurial talent.
Developing a portfolio of digital ventures is the most sustainable way for large corporates to innovate. We ideate, build and scale new ventures from scratch in partnership with corporates. We combine our deep expertise with "at scale" assets of our corporate partners to create an unfair advantage in co-creating ventures that have significantly higher chance of success and returns.
Our proprietary venture building methodology, VC mindset and distinctive entrepreneurial talent ensure the launch of best of the breed new ventures. The corporate partner can optimize benefits from strategic fit, higher control and financial returns. Over the past 5 years, we have launched over 30 new digital ventures that have become regional or global players.
A significant majority of corporate innovation initiatives fail to reach its full potential. Many factors contribute to the difficulty to scale up a venture idea in a corporate environment. We take a hands-on entrepreneurial and VC approach with our corporate partners to drive the scale-up of venture initiatives to desired results.
Our scale-up team has deep industry execution expertise in scaling emerging start-up ventures into efficient & scalable businesses that achieve 10X returns, ensuring maximum ROI on corporate’s investment.
Corporates can no longer rely on organic innovation alone. Yet, when they turn to partnering with digital natives, they are often overwhelmed by numerous startups addressing a specific pain point – making it difficult to identify truly best-in-class innovators. On top of that, startup partnerships take a long time to execute and seldom move from proof-of-concept to production.
FutureLabs Ventures’ foundry teams work with corporate partners to ideate, design and formulate a foundry that aligns with corporate vision and innovation strategy. Our foundries identify and vet best-in-class startups and establish partnerships (equity or non-equity) that generate real value at scale.
We create rich startup partnership ecosystems that focus on complementing our corporate partners' product suite (i.e. by generating more revenues), address internal digital transformation challenges (i.e. cost reduction) and/or provide a rich pipeline of investable opportunities for corporate venture capitalists (CVCs).
Ex-Global Head of ING Venture Labs
FutureLabs Ventures really helped us set up shop quickly, ensured that we had the right entrepreneurial talent and guided the early stages of the ventures in the lab. The results were significant in that we already have 3 companies in MVP stage and have established partnerships with 2 companies and a 3rd one is under way.
Established by the former Partners of McKinsey New Ventures and accomplished veteran entrepreneurs, FutureLabs Ventures is a global corporate venture builder & venture capital firm.
Over the past five years, we have built a track record of building, investing, and scaling over 30 tech companies that have become global players in their fields. We apply a global perspective to technology innovation with a granular network in all key local innovation ecosystems – from Silicon Valley and London to Tel Aviv and Singapore.
We focus on mega trends that are reshaping the world, for example:
Mario has 20 years of investment, business building and entrepreneurial experience in big data and advanced analytics. He brings a wealth of experience in digital innovation, fintech, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. As FutureLabs Ventures' Managing Partner, he leverages his expertise to build scalable, next generation digital ventures and tech investments.
Prior to FutureLabs, Mario was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded McKinsey Solutions and McKinsey New Ventures in Asia-Pacific. While leading McKinsey New Ventures, Mario invested, built and scaled a portfolio of 20+ fintech, consumertech, healthtech, and energytech start-ups that have become global players in their fields. During his tenure, he also spearheaded the growth of McKinsey New Ventures' team to over 500 professionals in Asia-Pacific.
Mario was also the Managing Director and board member of risk analytics firm Moody's Analytics in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; where he was instrumental in making a number of transformative acquisitions and internal investments within financial technology and advanced analytics. During his nine years stint at Moody's Analytics, the firm grew into a US$1 billion revenue company.
Previously, Mario was a financial analyst at Lehman Brothers in London, focusing on high-tech and high-growth sectors.
Mario obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Finance at Milan's Bocconi University summa cum laude, before obtaining his MBA at University of Chicago Booth, Graduate School of Business in 1999.
A seasoned intra/entrepreneur and start-up investor with over 25 years of innovation & corporate venture building experience, spanning from consulting, to building ventures, and investing in tech start-ups especially in the B2B tech space.
Philippe was a McKinsey Partner and co-founder of McKinsey Solutions, a new part of McKinsey that focused on building and launching a portfolio of 30+ digital ventures, and that he grew to more than 1,500 dedicated professionals globally
Philippe is a Founding Partner of FutureLabs Ventures which he launched in Europe with fellow McKinsey Venture Partners in 2018.
He is also a Marketing Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, and a founder of Teach for Belgium. He holds a Master in Commercial Engineering from Solvay, and an MBA from INSEAD. Philippe is currently a board member of various start/scale ups.
Ex-FoodPanda, ex-Rocket Internet, seasoned professional and serial intra/entrepreneur with 15+ years’ experience in digital consumer, telecommunications, software and infrastructure sectors in Europe and Asia.
Business leader and entrepreneur with 15+ years experience in digital consumer, telecommunications, software and infrastructure sectors in Europe and Asia.
More than 10 years leadership experience in establishing and growing new digital businesses (in corporate and start-up settings) across South-East Asia, leveraging technology, ground-breaking strategic partnerships and data-driven execution.
|•||SVP & Group Head of Indosat’s Digital Strategy & Investments, launching corporate ventures like PayPro and Eureka.ai (raised US$ 20M Series B in Feb 2020)|
|•||Director & Venture Partner.of an Indonesia-based award-winning tech-accelerator, IdeaBox|
|•||Managing Director of FoodPanda Indonesia (Rocket Internet, SEA)|
|•||Co-founder & Managing Director of a EasyTaxi Indonesia|
Experienced Strategist, Venture Builder, Investor. Based in Silicon Valley.
Gautam is a seasoned investment, strategy, and corporate venture building entrepreneur and adviser, committed to addressing the world's most pressing needs.
Over his 20+ year long career, Gautam has amassed a track-record of building businesses, driving growth through organic & inorganic initiatives, and leading new business creation from planning to launch & go-to-market. A specific area of Gautam’s interest and focus has been identifying and pursuing new business opportunities in ESG and decarbonization, healthcare, and technology.
His successes stem from a combination of cross-functional capabilities - Product Management, venture financing, and team building – that he developed in roles at several of the world's most pioneering organizations.
His career profile include:
|•||Leadership roles at Noble.ai and Zymergen, respectively a Silicon Valley Start-up pioneering the creation of science-based AI tools for research & innovation; and a Pre-IPO synthetic biology firm, which secured $800M+ in funding.|
|•||Co-Founder and Member of the Board, California BioEnergy.|
|•||Advisor to McKinsey Ventures, with a focus on establishing a strong network of VC and start-up relationships in Silicon Valley – as well as help grow the expanding group of McKinsey Ventures’ portfolio companies.|
|•||Principal at Medley Capital, a firm Gautam helped scale to $1.2 billion in senior lending to middle-market private companies. Focused on cleantech and sustainability investment opportunities.|
|•||Senior Manager & Product Lead at AOL and Zyng Networks|
|•||Management Consultant at McKinsey|
Gautam is a Harvard Business School grad (1997) with distinction.
Giuseppe has over fifteen years of experience and is skilled in executing big data strategies in start-ups, governments and corporations. As a Venture Founder at FutureLabs Ventures, he is driven by a passion to create businesses underpinned by social values, which he does by seeking the confluence between science and products.
He is also one of the co-founders of the ACM SIGKDD chapter in Singapore. A strong advocate in providing professional advice to tech teams who are driven to excel, Giuseppe focuses on building products that leverage techniques such as optimisation, time series analysis and forecasting, trajectory data mining, anomaly detection, network analytics, collaborative filtering, supervised and unsupervised learning, nonlinear dynamics, chaos theory and numerical simulations.
Prior to joining FutureLabs, Giuseppe was the Data Science and Product Director at Dataspark, a spin-off of Singaporean telco firm Singtel that focuses on mobility intelligence and other telco products. He also worked at various data science roles at organisations such as SAS and the Irish Revenue Authority.
Giuseppe holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin. There, he specialised in experimental and numerical studies in nanotechnology and material science, working on low temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy.
Equipped with years of experience in management consulting and the start-up world, Simas has served as an advisor to large enterprises and has established a track record of scaling start-ups. As a Venture Associate at FutureLabs Ventures, Simas is dedicated to helping start-ups transform into established companies.
Prior to FutureLabs, Simas served as an advisor to major corporates, scaled start-ups and founded and sold his own company. He has experienced both the corporate and the start-up world and today finds himself most effective somewhere in the middle, at the juncture of where entrepreneurial talent and vigour meet the structure and scale of an established corporate powerhouse. Simas has spent the better part of his career trying to arrange these “shotgun weddings” to build new companies and subsequently acting as the marriage counselor to see them blossom.
With citizenship in the United States, European Union, and Australia, and having lived in seven countries, Simas views himself as a global citizen. He has a deep appreciation for the perspectives that different cultures bring and looks for the best ideas globally to build new ventures.
Outside of his career, Simas is an avid student of philosophy and finds deep relaxation in the readings of Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu and their teachings applicable to his daily work. He encourages corporates and entrepreneurs to see that “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.
Simas holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Master in Finance from ESADE and a Master in International Management from the CEMS Global Graduate School Alliance.
A highly motivated innovation and change leader, Tamanna possesses over 15 years of experience in innovation, strategy and talent management with corporates and start-ups. As the Venture Director at FutureLabs Ventures, she provides hands-on experience and coaching in building corporate ventures and startups, effectively bridging the best of both worlds together.
Before FutureLabs Ventures, Tamanna was the Director of DHL’s Asia Pacific Innovation Center. There, she was instrumental in setting up the Innovation Center platform and defining its customer-centric innovation approach. She led customer engagements and trends research projects on topics of relevance to future of logistics including robotics, augmented reality, omni-channel and blockchain with close collaboration of business units and start-up partners. Over a period of three years, this center engaged with more than two hundred customers from across industries on innovation relevant to their business operations.
Growing up representing her state in five different sports, Tamanna instinctively relates to the game-changing potential of high performing teams. She started her career with a talent management start-up in India that got acquired by Manpower Inc. She then moved on to join a Fortune 500 company where she was involved in different areas ranging from internal consulting on operations and strategy to new product development. Among other things, she developed and launched a new global product focused on warehousing services that has since grown into one of the most profitable products for the business world-wide. She has lived and worked in the United States, Europe and Asia and is well-versed with the innovation ecosystems and work-cultures across these continents.
Tamanna holds an MBA from Emory University, Atlanta and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Relations from the Management Development Institute in Gurgaon, India.
Comes with an engineering background, Ananda has had an entrepreneurial journey holding CPO, CTO and CEO roles in semiconductors, fintech, physical commodity trading and logistics, edtech and influencer commerce.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD
Selma comes with experience in both startups and the venture capital sector across South East Asia. She joined FLV in 2020 as a Venture Analyst and she focuses on creating and scaling multiple ventures. She worked and supported in multiple departments from HR, Business Development, Legal/Compliance and sourced and nurtured strategic platform-wide partnerships across synergistic industries.
Before FutureLabs Ventures, Selma worked both in the startups and venture capital. She also like to volunteer her time in NGO’s and Impact focused projects. She focuses in fintech, healthtech which allowed her to develop an extensive network in the startup industries. Selma holds a Law Degree from the University of Indonesia majoring in Private Law. With extensive research on both legal tech and also public private partnership.
Amrita joined FutureLabs as a Venture Architect in 2020. Amrita is passionate about innovation and enabling positive change and she supports founders and early stage ventures in their efforts to create, validate and scale their ideas.
Prior to joining FutureLabs, Amrita spent three years as an Associate, and subsequently Senior Associate, at EY Parthenon strategy consulting group in Singapore. During this time, Amrita executed projects focused on growth strategy, transformational strategy, digital strategy, and operational efficiency.
Amrita graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics (with associated minor in Political Science) from Middlebury College, USA.
In addition, Amrita has taken a personal interest and has been actively involved in fighting human trafficking through a variety of non-profit organisations.
Joanne has over 15 years of experience in both corporate sector and startup, As an Office Manager in FutureLabs Ventures, she is responsible for overseeing the administration and operations initiatives, including streamline areas of Finance, Marketing and Human Resource.
She has an avid interest in culture, mixed media art and loves music.
Joanne graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor's degree in Business (Banking & Finance).
Alessandro has a deep interest in startup investing and joined FutureLabs in 2021 to develop new strategic initiatives and support the venture building activity.
He was an investment analyst in Italian Angels for Growth, the main seed phase investor and biggest Business Angel Network in Italy, carrying out all the investment process: from scouting to investing.
Alessandro graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University in Milan and is currently attending a MSc in Finance at ESSEC Business School in Singapore.
He looks to further understand and contribute to the SEA startup market by being active in several associations, gathering both entrepreneurs and investors to improve the startup ecosystem in Italy.
A veteran of Southeast Asia’s innovation and entrepreneurial scene, Kit is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive who built and scaled unicorn ventures (OVO, Lu-Global), and led fast-growth of notable tech players in the region (Google). Among others, Kit brings a unique set of capabilities -- from deep Product expertise, to Strategy & Scale-up experience. He has also deep knowledge of Fintech, Fin Services and Asset Management sector and innovation landscape.Kit’s career include being:
|•||CEO & Board advisor of Lu-global.com (based in Singapore), the Asia ex-China wealth management platform of Lufax.com (PingAn Group), one of the largest internet finance, investment marketplace in China and currently valued at US$ 18.5 billion with over 30 million registered customers.|
|•||Chief Product Officer of OVO (based in Indonesia), the leading digital payments and smart financial services platform in Indonesia, co-created with the Lippo Group and valued at $2.9B+ as of Oct 2019 --- where Kit led it from the early idea-conception & incubation stages in 2015 up till the fast-growing scaling of 2017.|
|•||Director at Google where he was responsible for the development and execution of strategies for Google’s commercial business.|
|•||Advisory Board member, Untapt, a start-up focused on solutions to hire technologists into financial services.|
|•||Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company (based in Malaysia)|
Serial Entrepreneur who built and continues to build businesses and lead teams from start-up to IPO (AirAsiaX, iFlix, Naluri). Azran passionately believes that corporations, like start-ups, can deploy similar structures, focus and creativity to create break-through business models, innovative products and services and new engines of growth.
|•||Co-founder & CEO, Naluri, a healthtech company providing a cost-effective, accessible digital solution to provide mental health and wellness support.|
|•||Co-founder, CEO and Group COO of iflix Malaysia – a disruptive internet television video-on-demand service that was launched in 2015, and now operates across over 30 markets across Asia, Middle East and Africa.|
|•||Founding CEO of AirAsia X, the world’s pioneer low-cost longhaul airline. He led the start-up team that developed the business plan, raised capital, secured relevant licenses, and launched AirAsia X’s first flight in November 2007. AirAsia X since expanded from one aircraft to 26, employing over 2,500 staff, and approximately US$1 billion in annual revenue in 2014.|
|•||Co-founder and investor in iflix, MoneyMatch, Cognifyx, and YellowPorter.|
|•||Management consultant at McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen & Hamilton.|
Azran is a sought-after advisor, and often time is found sharing real-life experiences in revolutionizing traditional ‘old economy’ industries and developing ‘new economy’ technology businesses.
Stanford University alumnus. Azran is an Ironman triathlete and loves adventure travel.
Tito is a consummate VC investor(Global Founders Capital) and experienced entrepreneur (Zalora, Rocket Internet) in the global and Asian tech scene.
|•||Partner, Global Founders Capital, the $1B+ tech global Venture Capital firm.|
|•||Managing Director, Zalora Group, where he led the build-out of the leading South-East-Asian fashion e-commerce Unicorn for ~6 years.|
|•||Managing Director, Rocket Internet, where he helped start several internet businesses in Europe and Asia.|
|•||Investment Manager, Synergo, where he sourced, conducted due diligence, and execution a number of mid-market private equity transactions.|
|•||Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company|
Tito has an MBA from MIT and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering.
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