Our Journey

For over a decade, East Ventures’ journey has been brimmed with exceptional milestones coming from both its internal and external ecosystem.

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2022
Titling Sponsor of East Ventures Indonesia Open 2022

This marked East Ventures first involvement in the country’s most prestigious badminton tournament since 1982, to support the enthusiasm and development of badminton sports achievements in Indonesia.

Multi-stage Funds Raised

The funds raised were allocated for Seed and Growth-stage investments in startups focusing on the Indonesian market.

Inaugural East Ventures Sustainability Report Launched

East Ventures released its first Sustainability Report which lines out robust progress and a range of initiatives among the firm and its ecosystem in engaging the ESG Frameworks.

Signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment

East Ventures became the first VC firm in Indonesia to become an official signatory of the PRI supported by the UN, as part of its commitment to responsible and sustainable investment.

East Ventures – Digital Competitiveness Index 2022 Launched

The third EV-DCI dissected the nation’s ability to overcome the pandemic crisis combined with high digital adoption that brings Indonesia towards its golden digital era.

2021
Unicorns

Carro, Singapore-based online automotive marketplace, became unicorn in June 2021, followed by Xendit, Indonesia-based payment gateway company as the first B2B payment unicorn.

IDPB Safeguards Oxygen

The soaring number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has resulted in the oxygen supply shortage. East Ventures successfully raised US$ 1,213,354 from 790 individual and corporate donors to bring in 1,450 oxygen concentrators to hospitals in Indonesia. It exceeded the donation target (121.34% of US$ 1 million target) within 10 days.

East Ventures – Digital Competitiveness Index 2021 Launched

The second EV-DCI identified the rapid increase of digital adoption accelerated by the pandemic across Indonesia’s 34 provinces and 25 major cities.

East Ventures takes leadership on EV Growth Fund

The change of leadership results in restructuring the co-GP structure of EV Growth. Roderick Purwana is appointed as a Managing Partner of East Ventures. The EV Growth team members and part of the SMDV team will join East Ventures.

2020
IDPB Safeguards PPE

East Ventures and its partners distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to Indonesian health workers. Using e-commerce technology, we made the procurement of PPE units easier and more seamless. Health-workers could request PPEs from anywhere, while donors could provide PPEs to where it is most needed.

IDPB Test Kit

East Ventures raised funds from players in Indonesia’s digital ecosystem for the development and production of 100,020 local test kits from Nusantics and the state pharmaceutical firm, Bio Farma.

Indonesia PASTI BISA (IDPB) was Launched

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, East Ventures formed IDPB: a platform to mobilize all the strengths of the firm’s digital ecosystem to support government and the private sectors’ efforts in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia. By repurposing our capabilities, we joined together to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

First East Ventures – Digital Competitiveness Index Launched

East Ventures launched its inaugural EV-DCI, a report that maps out the digital economic growth of the 34 provinces and 24 big cities across Indonesia.

Fund 8 Raised

The new seed fund is designed for digital companies emerging in the post-lockdown aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019
Fund Recognition

East Ventures was named as one of the “Most Consistent Top Performing Venture Capital Fund Managers” in the world by Preqin.

10th Anniversary

East Ventures celebrated its 10th Anniversary with our LP and founders, sharing the milestones achieved in the past decade.

2018
EV Growth was Launched

East Ventures, SMDV, and Yahoo! Japan Capital launched a growth fund, namely EV Growth, for investment in Series B and above in Southeast Asia. EV Growth hit the hard cap of its first fund at US$250 Million, exceeding the firm’s initial US$150 Million target.

2017
Exits and Unicorn

Redmart is acquired by Lazada, Loket is acquired by Gojek, and Kudo is acquired by Grab. Tokopedia and Traveloka became a unicorn.

Fund 6 Raised

We started to take agnostic approaches based on the maturity of the ecosystem in Indonesia.

2015
EV Hive

We launched a coworking space called EV Hive, to provide the founders a space to work and share their knowledge.

Fund 5 Raised

East Ventures raised its fifth fund, with seed investments in companies like IDN Media and Sociolla.

2014
Fund 3 Raised

East Ventures raised its third fund and changed hypotheses. E-commerce could be accelerated by the rural areas. Started to invest in SME Solution, O2O, E-Commerce Services, and education startup: Ruangguru.

2012
Investment: Traveloka

Willson met the founders, Ferry Unardi and Derianto Kusuma, when Ferry planned to drop out of Harvard Business School.

2011
Accelerator Program

East Ventures held a 100-day startup accelerator program.

First Exit: Disdus

East Ventures got its first exit after selling a company called Disdus to Groupon.

2010
First Investment: Tokopedia

The partners met with William Tanuwijaya and shared the same vision of economic inclusion by digital technology in Indonesia. The deal for Tokopedia was closed after 3 meetings, in under 28 hours.

2009
East Ventures was founded

The founding partners decided to build East Ventures in Indonesia as they see the potential in the country. At that time, the internet users in Indonesia was only 30 million, 13% of the total population.