ABOUT CONSILIENCE VENTURES
The story of Consilience Ventures begins with acknowledging one of the biggest challenges facing the venture capital industry. While working at Microsoft Ventures, Kevin Monserrat began noticing how time-consuming (and frustrating) it was for start-up founders to raise capital – on average almost two-thirds of founder’s time was being taken up trying to obtain funding for their business. At the same time, these founders were handing over equity in their business in exchange for much-needed services and professional expertise.
We’ve created a market network that brings together a business community of equals, with the aim of giving outstanding entrepreneurs and start-ups the professional resources and expertise they need to accelerate their growth.
Kevin was surprised at how many business professionals accepted “sweat equity” in exchange for their services, which made him question whether start-ups truly needed capital, or – more likely – access to talent and business know-how. At the same time, business professionals Kevin spoke to were unanimous in their view that the sweat equity model really didn’t work for them either, as it has offered them no liquidity while they shouldered all the risk.
The solution: a start-up market network that values talent over capital.
Together with Pierre Martin, Kevin realised that if they could align stakeholder interests, they could eliminate the obsession with fundraising that puts excessive pressure on start-ups and their founders, and instead giving them access to the vital skills, talent and business tools that would help accelerate their growth.
Realising their vision would require exceptional skills and expertise, they teamed up with Doctor Radouane Oudrhiri. “Dr Rad” was developing his own start-up micro-financing model called ‘Sprint Financing’, but still lacked the financial and legal expertise to create the operational and regulatory framework to make this a reality. Fortunately, they happened to meet Martin and Paul, who both immediately grasped the concept and its potential. Consilience Ventures is the result.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN PORTFOLIO COMPANIES
DIVERSITY OF LEADERSHIP
We look for management teams comprising two or three founders, and you should have at least one technical founder who can clearly demonstrate the clear path to how to grow the business.
We choose management teams that show they care about their customers and be genuinely interested in making their lives easier.
CLARITY OF THOUGHT
You should be able to articulate the business opportunity, and give an assessment of the market you’re pursuing. We’ll expect you to explain – with passion and precision – the motives of your customers and how your product or service removes barriers or solves their problems
PLUG & PLAY
We usually want to see a working prototype, or where management can show us intellectual property and at least one proof of concept.
HOW WE INVEST
SECTORS & TECHNOLOGY
- Deep Tech
- Frontier Tech
- DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
- Series A, B, C
- Blend of cash & professional services
OUR SECTOR FOCUS
Consilience Ventures Fintech Committee spearheads our Fintech investment strategy and has oversight and responsibility for the entire Fintech ecosystem.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FINTECH COMMITTEE
OUR SECTOR FOCUS
Consilience Ventures Medtech Committee spearheads our Fintech investment strategy and has oversight and responsibility for the entire Fintech ecosystem.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MEDTECH COMMITTEE
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
KEVIN MONSERRATChief Executive Officer Kevin is the driving force behind our investment strategy and venture capital ecosystem and is passionate about unleashing the power of start-ups, investors and business experts.
Before co-founding Consilience Ventures, Kevin was the Head of Ecosystem for Microsoft Scale Up Europe. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship from INSEEC Business School, France.
PIERRE MARTINChief Technical Officer Pierre is a three-time company founder, blockchain, smart-contract and AI expert, and an open-source advocate. He has built strong relationships with worldwide open-source leaders and made over 1,900 GitHub contributions in the last year.
Pierre likes to bootstrap ideas from scratch, and to carry projects to success. His programming languages and OS expertise includes ML, Elixir, Ruby, Go, C++, PHP, Java, Linux and Solaris SmartOS.
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Dr RADOUANE OUDRHIRIChief Data Scientist Radouane (Rad) is our Chief Data Scientist and one of the co-founders of Consilience Ventures. He oversees our quantitative/economic modelling and data science/AI solutions, and has a background in formal logic, software engineering and data science.
Rad is a serial entrepreneur – having built ten start-ups from scratch – and specializes in shaping the technological vision of deep tech start-ups.
PAUL GRIFFITHSChief Financial Officer Paul is an experienced Executive / NonExecutive Director with a background of supporting fast-growth companies.
Paul began his career in finance before moving into operations and executive management, and has worked for several blue chip firms as well as successful entrepreneurs including Sir Stelios HajiIoannou (EasyJet). He has been involved in numerous successful IPOs as well as helping companies fundraise via venture capital and private equity.
MARTIN CORNISHGeneral Council Martin is a leading fund management and financial services regulatory lawyer, with more than 25 years experience of providing legal counsel to a broad range of alternative investment businesses. .
Martin is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England, Managing Director of The Hedge Funds Association, and Member of the Alternative Investment Management Association, the International Bar Association, and the Law Society.
KIT MURPHYChief Platform Officer Kit is our Chief Platform Officer and has extensive international technology operational experience gained in high growth start-ups and large public companies.
Kit brings a number of specialist skills to her role, including strategic development, business analysis and planning, technical sales and marketing and change management.
LED BY OUR VALUE
We’re a community.
We look out for each other and believe in working towards a common goal to achieve collective success.
We have a relentless drive to learn, question and engage, because we want to make a valuable contribution to our ecosystem.
We’re not afraid to take intelligent risks and will gladly step out of our comfort zone to find innovative solutions to difficult challenges.
We are inherently flexible in our approach.
We move quickly to identify issues and adapt to suit the needs of portfolio companies and our ecosystem.
We have a ‘test and learn’ mindset, we’re
comfortable with change and we never lose our focus.
We deliver on our promises and take full accountability for our actions, both professionally and personally.