Founding Partner

Jeffrey Paine

As one of the most active and respected startup ecosystem leaders in all of Asia, Jeff accelerated the development of the regional startup ecosystem with entrepreneurial experience from Silicon Valley, Dubai and Asia.

Jeff's beginnings were humble. A local Singaporean, he completed his studies in the US and returned to Singapore as a consultant in KPMG. His first dip into investments was with MPH Ventures.

In 2010, with considerable entrepreneurial and global experience in places such as the US, Dubai, and Asia, Jeffrey launched Founder Institute programme in Singapore. Under his leadership, numerous Founder Institute chapters have launched across Southeast Asia, China and Australia. This brought a little of the Silicon Valley spirit to entrepreneurs in these cities around the world and accelerated the development of the Singapore startup ecosystem.

Jeffrey uses his strong connections and unique perspective that he developed while leading his FI chapter to launch other startups throughout Southeast Asia. He believes that successful companies are not formed in isolation. Entrepreneurs need seed funding, experienced mentors, and a strong network of seasoned professionals and peers.