As various industries continue to gain traction from family offices, we continue to shine a light on the alternative wealth space by providing detailed analysis regarding the past investment history of these private wealth groups. In utilizing the FINTRX Buy-Side platform, which provides intel into thousands of direct deal transactions made by nearly 3,000 family offices around the world, we have uncovered three family offices investing in the artificial intelligence industry.
1. Kohli Ventures
Founded in 2010, Kohli Ventures is a London, United Kingdom-based single family office managing the wealth of and acting as the direct investment arm for Tej Kohli. Tej Kohli is an England-based entrepreneur and philanthropist who created his wealth via a series of ventures in the technology and real estate spaces. With a passion for artificial intelligence, biotechnology and e-sports, the group focuses on exponential growth opportunities created by rapid technological improvements. Kohli Ventures is also an active participant in impactful and ESG investments, referring to ventures that have the potential to substantially improve communities and human life. In July of 2019, the firm directly invested in The Tej Kohli Cornea Program, a $2M program geared towards accelerating collaborative research to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs in corneal disease. The Tej Kohli Cornea Program includes molecular technology for the rapid diagnosis of corneal infection, and also GelCORE, an adhesive biomaterial for replacing corneal tissue. In August of 2019, the group made a direct investment in Detraxi, a Jupiter, FL-based leader in the research, development and commercialization of proprietary biotech solutions. Kohli Ventures is geographically agnostic and has invested in countries including Canada, United Kingdom, France, United States, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Czech Republic and Argentina.
2. Celeres Investments
Established in 2012, Celeres Investments is a Kowloon, Hong Kong-based single family office with an additional office in London, UK. Celeres serves as the investment vehicle for an undisclosed high net-worth individual. With over $250M+ in assets under management, the firm employs a multi-disciplinary investment strategy and seeks long-term capital appreciation. Celeres allocates to a number of asset classes with a core focus on real estate, private equity, venture capital, direct investments and debt finance. For venture capital investments, Celeres targets startups and scale-up businesses across a number of sectors including artificial intelligence, internet marketplaces, FinTech, SaaS, Cybersecurity, AdTech, Cannabis and AgTech. In March of 2020, the group directly invested in Deep North Inc., a private computer software company that allows enterprises to understand consumer behavior in physical environments using AI-based video analytics. Its technology lets shopping malls, retail stores and transportation hubs reclaim consumer traffic to enhance consumer experiences. In April of 2020, the firm made a direct investment in Phantom AI, a well-funded autonomous vehicle startup founded by Hyunggi Cho and Chan Kyu Lee from Tesla and Hyundai. Celeres targets investments in scalable and progressive business opportunities specifically in the United Kingdom.
3. Perwyn Family Investors
Founded in 2013, Perwyn Family Investors is a unique private equity focused multi-family office based in London, UK. The firm's enduring funding structure allows them to be quite flexible with regard to investment and transaction style. Perwyn seeks private equity and private debt investments, with a focus on private, owner-managed companies seeking growth capital. The firm is generally industry agnostic and has invested in a number of industries including artificial intelligence, technology, manufacturing, water and sewage, insurance, and consumer services. In May of 2020, Perwyn made a direct investment in Decibel Insight Ltd, a digital experience analytics solution - the Digital Experience Score (DXS) - that identifies poor user experiences to improve online engagement and customer loyalty. Perwyn seeks investments in established, cash flow positive businesses in Western Europe and the UK, and strives to be the lead investor.
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