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Taking advantage of that today is Sturgeon Capital, a London-based VC, which plans to invest in early-stage startups in the emerging markets of Central Asia and South Asia (excluding India). Sturgeon’s latest VC fund, Sturgeon Emerging Opportunities II (SEO II), will deploy its $35m fund, building on its previous fund (SEO I), a 2020 vintage fund that has made 18 investments focused at Seed up till Series A. SEO II will continue to invest in FinTech, B2B Software and Marketplace business models. Kiyan Zandiyeh, Sturgeon’s Managing Partner, said in a statement: “Sturgeon’s on-the-ground presence in each market allows us to see all deal flow, due diligence it effectively, and provide true value add support post investment.” Commenting on the new fund, Alex Branton, a partner at Sturgeon added: “SEO II is investing in the rapid digitalisation of some of the world’s least developed countries that are following the emerging markets’ technology playbook, proven in multiple comparable markets over the last decade. Sturgeon is a for profit and for-impact investor, with an impact strategy built on three pillars of employment, financial inclusion, and gender.” Since launching in February 2023, the new fund has made investments in Shikho (Bangladeshi EdTech) and Oasis MFI (Central Asia FinTech). London’s Sturgeon Capital launches $35M fund aimed at emerging startups in Central Asia by Mike Butcher originally published on TechCrunch


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