MONEY HAS NO GENDER!

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
To increase the number of active women in investing and entrepreneurship and to transform this resource into an opportunity, Arya VC, established in partnership with Arya Women Investment Platform and Türkiye İş Bankası, aims to fund gender-balanced early-stage ventures operating in Turkiye. Drawing strength from its predominantly female investor base, Arya VC strives to encourage gender-balanced early-stage initiatives in the country.

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A society, a nation is composed of two genders commonly referred to as men and women.

Can a society, where half is bound to soil's embrace, While the other half ascends, unrestricted, through heavenly grace?

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Investment in Female Leadership
In the last 30 years, only 2.4% of investments in startups have been allocated to ventures founded by women. . This figure remained in the same range at 2.3% in the year 2022.
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Female Leadership in Investment
Gender-balanced investment teams are very few in number! In Venture Capital and Private Equity firms, only 10% of decision-makers are women.
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Increase in Valuation
Yet, investing in gender-balanced management teams provides a 25% higher valuation compared to all-male teams.
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Turkiye's Gender-Lens Investment Fund

Arya VC, with its distinctive approach, harnesses strength and position from a predominantly female investor base,

gender-balanced Investment Committee and Advisory Board, and an unparalleled flow of entrepreneurial initiatives!

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Fund Summary

Arya VC as Turkey’s pioneering venture capital with a focus on gender, not only promises significant returns but also carries the potential for substantial impact in the domain of gender-balanced investments. Arya VC Gender-Balanced Fund aims to create value over the medium and long term by investing in venture companies, particularly those led by active women entrepreneurs, engaged in venture capital investments within the framework of capital market regulations. Our fund focuses on innovative and technology-focused startups with high scalability potential, have differentiation leverage to compete globally with lucrative exit opportunities.

Targeted Stage

Early Stage & Series A

Geographical Focus

%90 Turkiye

Industrial Focus

Agnostic

Gender-Lens

The first and foremost investment criterion of Arya Ventures is suitability for investment through a gender lens.

Innovation

The ventures selected for investment must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and be firmly rooted in technology-driven solutions.

Scalability

Investees should possess business models conducive to easy and rapid scalability.

Competitive Edge

The ability to differentiate in competition and foresee exit opportunities are among our primary criteria.

In 2013, founded as a social initiative under the leadership of Ahu Serter and Münteha Adalı, with the goal of achieving gender balance in investments and transforming the world through creating social and economic value with women leadership. Arya Women Investment Platform, with over 300 female leaders, is an ecosystem of collective intelligence that supports women to become angel investors, providing mentorship, education, and access to stakeholders and capital for women entrepreneurs and ventures promoting gender balance in the business world.

Türkiye İş Bankası is the largest private bank providing individual and commercial banking services in Turkey. Established in 1924 under the orders of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, it is the first national bank of the Republic era. With an asset size reaching 926.6 billion Turkish liras in 2021, the bank is ranked as the 181st largest bank in the world based on primary capital, according to The Banker magazine.

Maxis is a venture capital portfolio management company that establishes and manages venture capital investment funds bringing together venture companies with qualified investors interested in venture capital investments with a long-term perspective, under the regulations of the Capital Markets Board related to Venture Capital Investment Funds.

Portfolio Companies

Empowering Tomorrow: Where Innovation Knows No Gender Bounds!

Investment Commitee

Gender-Balanced Committee for Gender-Balanced Investments
AHU BÜYÜKKUŞOĞLU SERTER, GP
ÖZLEM TÜMER EKE, GP
SANEM TATLIDİL ÖZAL, GP
RIZA KUTLUSOY
MURAT ÖZGEN
SELAMİ DÜZ
BARIŞ KARAKULLUKÇU

Advisory Board

Gender-balanced advisory board by leading players in investment and entrepreneurship, shaping Turkiye's global vision.
AHMET YOZGATLIGİL
AYDIN ERSÖZ
AYTÜL ERÇİL
BANU KISAKÜREK
CENGİZ ULTAV
İLHAMİ KOÇ
İLKNUR İLKYAZ GÜL
MURAT YEŞİLDERE
MÜNTEHA ADALI
NEŞE GÖK
ÖZGE BULUT MARAŞLI
UMUR ÖZAL
ÜMİT BOYNER
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