Renata George (Akhunova) is the Managing Director of Zenmen venture fund, with head quarters in Singapore. Prior to that she worked for Life.SREDA and co-founded Formula VC venture fund.
An entrepreneur - turned angel investor - turned VC. Co-author of a study course on venture capital and entrepreneurship (2014). Author of “The Manual For Finding A Perfect Mentor For Entrepreneur” (2013). Advisory Board Member at 500 Startups Fund (2013). Seen on Forbes USA "The Top Women in Venture Capital and Angel Investing" (2012).
Invited as an Expert of Analytic Center under The Government of Russian on issues: National innovation system design, Integration of the Eurasian economic system, Russian international financial center, Development of competitive markets (2011). Advisor to The Federal Agency on Youth Affairs of Russia (2010-2012). USAID invited keynote speaker and program participant (2011-2012).
Innovation background began from the position of the counselor to the Head of The Innovation and Development Agency (Russia, 2009). The Agency had to work out the Concept of Regional Innovation Policy, to build the pool of innovation infrastructure objects and improve their performance. During operation, Renata was helping early-stage startups with execution, including their incubation and raising funds. She was invited to join the foreground program of the federal executive authority The Agency of Youth Affairs, where Renata scouted, oversaw and developed innovation projects at all stages (~12K projects in 2 years).
Many activities were related to the Center of Research and Commercializing of New Technologies Skolkovo. More than 20 technology early stage companies mentored by Renata received more than $30M of external funding from such state institution as Russian Venture Company, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE), Skolkovo, Regional Government Funding Programs etc. as well as fundraised private $20M in addition to that.
Having personal experience in entrepreneurship, Renata built one of the most successful franchise networks.
Specialties: Venture Capital, Venture Fund Formation, Startups, Finance
Fund's investment verticals: FinTech related mobile, internet projects and software.