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Lifelong entrepreneur, board advisor and non-executive director with international experience across numerous industries including property, manufacturing, retail, automotive and deep technology. Board Director at Fountech.ai, leading AI think-tank, Founder at Prospex.ai, AI-powered sales leads intelligently, board advisor to numerous deep tech start-ups.

Salvatore Minetti

Founder & CEO
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Nikolas brings 4 decades of hands-on experience in the field of artificial intelligence innovation, as an entrepreneur, investor, developer, writer and advisor. He bridges the divide that usually exists between entrepreneurs and scientists; this leads to the creation of novel, practical and impactful AI-centric solutions.

Nikolas Kairinos

Founder & Chairman
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Joseph H. McCall has a lifetime of investment experience. A President's Scholar merit recipient at Texas A&M University, he occasionally enjoyed an early career as an oil-field insurance surveyor during the boom of the latter 70's. He found his calling as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities for over 20 years. He acted as a conduit between the firm's analysts and investment bankers and the Austin tech community. During that time he helped found and was Program Chair for the two longest lived technology networking organizations in Austin, TX - Austin Technology Council and Technology Advisors Group. He held a position as Executive Director for the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, a statewide trade group for the industry. He is an investor in a boutique investment bank in NYC. He is also an investor in International Accelerator in Austin, has been judge and MC at IA pitch events, as well as participating in the investment committee to select candidates to join IA.

He still mows his own lawn and doesn't forget the milk when his wife sends him to the grocery store.

Joseph H. McCall

Founder
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Ms. Taylor is a senior level executive with 35 years’ experience inventing new technologies, forming startups, building committed teams and raising funds. She has led advanced development and strategy efforts at organizations from very small start-up companies to multinationals and senior advisory roles at the U.S. Department of State. She has done numerous deals involving licensing, venture capital investing, sales negotiations, identifying market opportunities.  She’s an inventor and multiple patent holder of technology that, among other things, makes your phone smarter.  Ms Taylor has advised dozens of startups in the course of her professional career, helping them with funding strategies, technology planning, and negotiations.

Rebecca Taylor

Director
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Petros works at the interface of mathematics, statistics and AI. He specialises in the development of mathematical and statistical models, especially in the context of Big Data. He understands and deconstructs the complexities of leading-edge technologies to create solutions to contemporary problems.

Dr. Petros Mina

Chief Scientific Officer
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I have the normal degrees from the normal universities, and have published and presented an amazingly large number of extraordinarily boring papers on arcane topics. I sometimes suspect that I am bestowed this dubious pleasure because I have yet to learn when to say "no". On the other hand, it has given me innumerable opportunities to meet and mix with great numbers of similarly opinionated and zealous folks. After too many years in dull corporate IP practice, I ventured out into the cold world of private practice, struggling to keep my ears above snow level. Unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy, so I must work in order to finance my true vocation -- climbing frozen waterfalls with small bits of sharp metal.

Jeff Van Myers

IP Counsel
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Jennifer is a versatile executive with 30 years of accounting and finance experience leading technology companies through start-up, turnaround, and continuous profitable growth situations. A hands-on problem solver with an extensive background in accounting, auditing, financial modeling, M&A, systems implementations, international business and related.  Jennifer has held financial and operational leadership roles in multiple privately held, private equity backed and public organizations. Jennifer has been instrumental in completing numerous capital transactions from $1 million to over $100 million in the form of venture capital, private equity and IPO’s as well as exit transactions.

When not working Jennifer can be found teaching scuba diving in Roatan, Honduras or traveling the world by motorcycle.

Jennifer Lennarz

CFO
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An attorney on the cutting edge of technology law. He has experience throughout the technology space having counselled numerous companies from start-up through acquisition. Brian has many years of experience negotiating a variety of agreements and deal structures, including licensing, consulting, and outsourcing arrangements. In addition, he provides services around entity formation and early stage funding including convertible debt financing and Series A investments. Brian acts as an outsourced general counsel for many of his clients.

Brian Spross

Legal Counsel
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AI Venture Builders

 

A home for your
deep tech AI startup

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To lovingly house, intelligently invest and rapidly grow the deep tech AI startups of the future.

You are a founder with a fully formed idea using deep tech AI. You are going to solve a really gnarly problem with global market potential. Nothing stands in your way. Nothing, except bridging the huge divide between a great idea and commercial success.

This is why we created Fountech Ventures - to act as Deep Tech AI Venture Builders.

Having spun-out from Fountech.ai, where theoretical research and the commercialization of artificial intelligence ideas has been our thing for longer than most, we embrace startups that deploy artificial intelligence at its core.

Our model is surprisingly simple and enormously effective. From thousands of applications every year we select the most impressive six. We directly invest in these select few and immerse ourselves as corporate co-founders for the long-haul; providing ongoing investment, technical development and commercial knowledge transfer from our in-house scientists, IP lawyers, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Thinking incubator? Don't! We are far more than an incubator or an accelerator or an investor. We are all three, and then some.

We are Fountech Ventures, Deep Tech AI Venture Builders.  

Portfolio companies

11Insurance
AI delivered insurance

Using AI to revitalise the world of insurance.

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Soffos
Learning from the future, today
SaaS AI-powered one-to-one learning


SaaS AI-powered one-to-one learning

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Prospex
Sales leads Intelligently
SaaS AI-powered lead generation


SaaS AI-powered lead generation

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Dinabite
Restaurant Marketing Automation
SaaS AI-powered marketing and analytics


SaaS AI-powered marketing and analytics

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veresai
Pandemic research robo-assistant
SaaS AI-powered one-to-one learning


SaaS AI-powered one-to-one learning

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Spryt
Taking the hassle out of organising sport
AI powered virtual teammate.


SaaS AI-powered one-to-one learning

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TIRA
Creative design engine for fashion & apparel
AI powered virtual teammate.


SaaS AI-powered one-to-one learning

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These are the portfolio companies we are launching with. Each is a deep tech AI startup with a strong proposition, ready to take on the world!

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In-Cubed Program

In-Cubed™ is our unique, AI founder-specific program delivered over a 12, 24 or 36 month period. In-Cubed™ is designed to carefully blend all the key ingredients for startup success; investment, maximizing of technology, commercial and financial modeling, IP management, marketing and sales training, founder one-to-one development and access to early adopter corporate partners.

As we are technologists at heart, we also plan to launch an AI-powered solution that will further support our people-to-people intervention. This solution will provide one-to-one tutoring of founders via three minute micro-lessons delivered by our own knowledge-bot. More on this soon.

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Location

Austin, Texas with a satellite office in London.

As the US launchpad, Austin is already home to tech giants like Dell, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Oracle, alongside a fast-growing number of tech startups and scaleups. With a Metro population of 2.1 million, a rapidly growing tech workforce and a world class flagship research institution in the University of Texas at Austin, access to talent is not the challenge faced by other tech hubs.

We are in the process of securing a co-working space to provide a focused yet relaxed environment of collaborative working for all of our founders. It will enable us to host events and training workshops to enhance and grow the capabilities of all startups.

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For Investors

Similar to both angels and VCs, we like to have skin in the game at every stage starting at pre-seed and all the way through to Series B. This gives our portfolio companies the space and freedom to focus on growing their businesses rather than making endless pitches.

Our model enables us to invest strategically from startup through to Series B. We also work with early and later stage investors like VCs, corporate strategic investors, HNWIs and PE firms.

If investing in the innovators of tomorrow is your space, we would love to hear from you.

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Is this you?

You are looking to address huge problems by using deep tech AI solutions in radical, yet pragmatic ways

Your deep tech AI is centered in Artificial Intelligence applied to any industry

You are early stage, with a fully formed idea and possibly an early build of the tech

You are determined to have an impact and drive significant change

You want to make a positive difference and build a better future

If this is you, you'll need to find a creative way to get our attention as we don't take direct approaches...

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In-Cubed Program and how we deliver

In-Cubed™ is designed by us and specifically aimed at the founders of deep tech AI startups. It carefully blends all the key ingredients for startup success; technical and commercial know-how, connections, guidance and strategic investment.

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Commercials & Legals

Not fun, but essential

In-Cubed on-boarding

Ongoing learning & development / Building-out commercial model / Exploring partnerships / Mentoring & Guidance

Pre-Seed Investment

Our faith in you realized

PoC Launch

Test ideas & assumptions

Seed Investment

You're on your way

MVP Launch

Test the market, unit metrics secured

Series A Investment

It's getting really serious now

V1.0 Launch

It works, the market loves you

Series B Investment

Time for global domination

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Our Team

Our team is a rare beast. We are scientists, we are software engineers, we are academics and we are tech entrepreneurs.

We are a passionate bunch that are keen to see the next generation of innovators and game-changers come to life. Being founders from various backgrounds ourselves, we also know having a world-view, an open-mind and being inclusive builds better teams, so think of us as your team.

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