A sector-agnostic Southeast Asia-focused venture capital firm based in Singapore
As a thesis-led, high-conviction venture capital firm, we use data-driven methodologies to identify and invest in select companies that are primed for the future and ready to change the very face of their categories.
At TNB Aura, we are investing in and helping to build the future of Southeast Asia.
As a thesis-led, high-conviction venture capital firm,
We believe uncommon results are borne from uncommon inputs.
We believe that bigger bets on fewer investments allow for impact that
And it requires a curious mix of dreamers, scientists and contrarians.
At TNB Aura, we call it Uncommon Chemistry.
We look for founders who want to be part of a new era of future-defining growth in Southeast Asia. They are the visionaries who want to tackle our region’s biggest challenges and make a difference in the lives of The Next Billion.
Great ideas are a synthesis of science and passion. Our methodology is thesis-led and data-driven, allowing us to take an outbound approach. We utilise pattern recognition and deep local expertise to uncover winning business models tailored for our region.
We believe that opportunities in SEA are wide but shallow. This allows us to pick the winning models and canvass the market to back the best of the best. So when we’re in, we’re all in.
More than investors, we’re partners in it for the long haul. We want to make every startup institutional-ready, and we are prepared to equip them with the right tools to become iconic businesses. Our goal? To be the best 'second' cheque in the region.
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Vicknesh R Pillay is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of TNB Aura, where he heads up the group’s sell-side and buy-side initiatives.
An Extension of the Investment Case ForEdTech in Southeast Asia
Singapore-based venture capital firm TNB Aura (TNBA) is in talks to raise capital for its third fund, with a corpus expected to be bigger than the predecessors, a top executive said.
Eratani, an Indonesia-based AgriTech startup, has bumped up its seed funding to US $5.8 million after raising an additional US $2 million.
In partnership with SVCA and the National University of Singapore, NUS Business School, #TNBAura presents the #StartupWars2023: Venture Capital Case Competition. Through a series of 2 rounds, students will tackle real-world challenges and gain first-hand mentorship from leading industry experts. Finalists will stand a chance to win up to S$10,000 in cash, coveted internship opportunities, exclusive office visits and special access to SVCA Annual Christmas Cocktail Reception with top investors in the region. Form teams of 2-3 and sign up now: https://lnkd.in/g-FCu46n
TNB Aura is proud to support the team in delivering access to high-quality and affordable education to students across Vietnam.
Singapore-based Zuzu Hospitality, which provides a revenue platform for independent hotels, has raised US$9 million in a series B round led by SoftBank Ventures Asia.
With New Partner on Board, TNB Aura Seeks to Deepen Presence in Indonesia
ORA Raises $10 Million As Demand For Tele-health In Asia Soars
In their investment philosophy, TNB Aura is taking a top-down approach when it comes to assessing a potential investment
Startup fundraising in SEA dipped to two-year low in Q1 this year
Despite #telehealth expenditures in #SoutheastAsia rising significantly faster than GDP, the telehealth landscape remains highly fragmented to date with physicians and consumers ready to embrace change. Read more about what we believe is the right model to win the market.
At least seven regional VCs made their first investment in the Philippines in 2022
As weaker sentiment for technology risk cools venture capital markets globally, Southeast Asia is lagging in limbo. Investors remain bullish but continue to hold their fire amidst questions around valuations
Did you know that in Southeast Asia, the unbanked and underbanked population amounts to ~200M and ~100M respectively? #Vietnam ranks 2nd among the top 10 unbanked nations globally, with ~70% of the population remaining unbanked and underbanked. Our recent investment shows that GIMO (YC W22) is one of the first movers in Vietnam, adopting and promoting earned wage access model (“EWA”) or on-demand pay.
TNB AURA's latest investments into the D2C space have demonstrated our strong conviction that #SoutheastAsia is primed for D2C House-of-Brands champions to emerge. Read more on the Why and How in TNB Aura's latest Perspectives edition.
Indonesia, renowned as a traditional agrarian nation, has seen a large digital transformation in recent years as the sector continues to play a critical role in the country's economy. TNB AURA's latest AgriTech investments in AgriAku and Eratani demonstrate the key success factors establishing a gateway to the fragmented market in Indonesia - Read more in our latest Perspectives edition.
Singapore-based consumer electronics brand, PRISM+, today announced its plans for expansion, following the success of its first institutional funding round by TNB Aura.