We Believe in People before technology.
We invest in Founders before products.

HOW IT STARTED

In 2020, the Z LAB Venture Studio was conceived to address the present gap in the startup ecosystem for early stage startups. The Studio also focusses on products and ideas that can bring impactful changes to the global society and address the current divide regarding access to technology and resources.

The Studio is also committed to provide international and immigrant founders access to pre-see capital and all resources needed to scale up successful startup.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our startups are conceived with the global market in mind from day one. Our process is designed to find the maximum competitive advantage in a global market from the utilization of resources to the viability of products.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

A balanced group of experienced investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, marketing and BD experts

Sunny Zhang, PhD

General Partner

Behavioral scientist with 20+ years of marketing experience and 17 years of business school teaching with a track record of business development and startup growth ... more

Sandip Bordoloi, PhD

General Partner

15+ years of technical and leadership experience in the energy industry, majority in new ventures space. Sandip co-founded Z LAB to help disadvantaged entrepreneurs bring their innovative ideas to the market ... more

Shuang Leng, J.D.

Partner

Attorney and corporate advisor with focuses on corporate governance and transactions, data privacy and security, startup issues, commercial transactions, and blockchain-related matters ... more

Stephen Read

Partner

Founder of HIT Investments and 11+ year angel investor, Stephen writes a blog on behavioral and personal finance and manages the hedge fund HIT Capital ... more

OUR FUND ADVISORS

Highly experienced subject matter experts supporting the leadership team

Davy Wang

Advisor

Davy has been working as the Technical General Manager in Tencent Cloud America focusing on Cloud business. He was Chief Architect and Senior director of Amazon Webservices, the first batch of getting AWS expert certification ... more

Rohit Mahajan

Advisor

Rohit is an experienced entrepreneur and leader with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and software industry. He has been providing innovative Data and Analytics solutions and products to clients ... more

Haoyi Chen, PhD, J.D.

Advisor

Haoyi Chen focuses his practices on helping companies to solve their intellectual property issues from each of their business needs, including but not not limited to domestic and international patent/trademark application and ... more

Why Born Global Ventures?

Our 4P focus.

People

We believe in people before technology. We invest in founders before products.

Process

Our systematic venture building process decreases the risks of startup failure and increases the chance of success.

Place

We focus on emerging venture ecosystems like Texas with a wealth of high caliber and diverse talents targeting the global market.

Partnerships

We engage and nurture founders from the beginning through incubating programs with partnering organizations.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

We are more hands-on than traditional VCs. We not only invest through the Born Global Fund but engage curated experts at ZLAB Global Studio to help ventures avoid common mistakes and be more efficient with capital.

Z LAB Global Studio has curated a network of world-class experts and service providers to help founders with the venture building process so they can concentrate on building their products.

Impact-driven startups are not only motivated by better financial returns but also balances the social impact of their products. Doing well and doing good are never at odds at impact-driven startups. In general, Born Global Ventures supports the UN 2030 SDGs but also focusses on founders from underestimated communities like women, minority and immigrants. We believe in the greater good of the society when we collaborate to innovate.

Immensely talented immigrant founders especially women and minority, need the most help right at the beginning (startups valley of death). Better structured early-stage ventures make for better investments in later stages.

Underestimated founders like immigrants especially women and minority often lack the social network to raise the necessary pre-seed capital to build their products and demonstrate traction to attract seed stage investor capital. Born Global Ventures is aiming to bridge this divide for underestimated founders and provide not only the pre-seed capital to talented entrepreneurs but also provide the necessary infrastructure to build and scale their products at a faster pace with better capital efficiency.

Rohit Mahajan
Advisor
Expertise
  • Serial enterpreneur
  • Tech ventures
  • Big data
  • Tech innovation
  • Tech thought leadership

Rohit is an experienced entrepreneur and leader with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and software industry. He has been providing innovative Data and Analytics solutions and products to clients in Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, Automotive, Manufacturing and other industry segments.

He is skilled in business and IT strategy, M&A, Sales & Marketing and Global Delivery. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, is a Wharton School Fellow and a graduate from the Harvard Business School.

He has completed executive education programs in AI in Business and Healthcare from MIT Sloan, MIT CSAIL and Harvard School of Public Health. He is completing the Global Healthcare Leaders Program from Harvard Medical School.

Rohit is currently the Managing Partner at Bigr.io and Saviance.

Davy Wang
Advisor
Expertise
  • Cloud computing/Architecture
  • Tech ventures
  • Business Development
  • Tech innovation
  • Tech thought leadership
Energy Industry Veteran and Venture Builder

Davy Wang currently works as the senior director at Oracle Cloud, responsible for top-tier customers. He was previously the founding team of AWS China and served as chief architect and solution director of Amazon AWS Greater China, the first batch of getting AWS expert certification. He has helped many of China's top Internet companies, making full use of cloud platforms and taking the advantage of technological innovation, and thus promoting the business model of innovation.

Davy was a senior technical expert at Ali Yun. He has many years of IT consulting and implementation experience. He was a Senior Architect Manager at IBM Global Services, where he was responsible for the promotion and service consulting of solutions such as SOA, enterprise systems integration, and cloud computing platforms in China and the Asia Pacific region.

Key Focused Areas:
  • Published two best-selling books about Cloud Computing and Application Architect (Both books have been sold for more than 100,000 copies)
  • Rich experience in Enterprise Level Application Architecture including strategy, design, implementation, and integration
  • Helped MNC design and implement Digital Transformation
  • Certified PMP for more than 15 years and expert at project management as the head of PMO
  • In-depth knowledge in global scalable infrastructure and helped a lot of multi-national companies design their infrastructure globally
  • More than 20 years experience working in IT Consulting and Cloud Computing Company, including IBM, AWS, Ali Cloud, Tencent Cloud
  • Frequent public speaker about cloud/DevOps/SaaS etc.

Stephen Read
Partner
Expertise
  • Family & Adventures
  • Investment Analysis
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Computer Programming
  • Creating and Compounding
Languages
  • English
  • Python

Mr. Stephen Read is happily married to his wife Sarah with whom he has 3 children (Nora, Isaac andMarcus). Stephen founded HIT Investments, the General Partner of the Hedge fund HIT Capital in 2011.

Mr. Stephen Read has spent the majority of his life researching, investing and learning how to compoundwealth. His personal expertise lies in strategy, programming, behavioral finance, and investment analysis.

Stephen is a life long learner who believes the best way to learn is by doing. Since graduating from MissouriS&T with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering he has:


Worked 14 years at ConocoPhillips as a Drilling Engineer, Rig Supervisor, Development Team Lead,Exploration Project Manager, A&D Lead, Strategic Planning, Reserves Coordinator, Commercial Leadand Water Manager
Played professional baseball which was capped off with a Continental League Championship
Founded the investment firm HIT Investments and oversees +$10 million in AUM
Manages the hedge fund HIT Capital which has +14% CAGR since its 2013 launch
Saved and compounded enough $ for his family to reach financial independence by age 37
Built a website and writes a blog on personal and behavioral finance
Invested in startups since 2011, which includes one unicorn (and counting)
Developed and lead a Python programming program, producing more than 100 translators and coders

Stephen’s investment expertise lies in the markets available to the hard working middle class: public equities, real estate, and early stage startups. He is passionate about helping others save, invest, and follow theircalling. Stephen is a registered Investment Adviser in the state of Texas.

One of Stephen’s favorite quotes is from 2 Corinthians 9:6 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will alsoreap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

Shuang Leng, JD
Partner
Expertise
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Data Privacy and Security
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Blockchain
Languages
  • English
  • Chinese

Shuang Leng is an attorney licensed in Illinois and Texas. She works with both startups and establishedcompanies and assists them with their ongoing business and legal needs. Her practice mainly focuses oncorporate governance and transactions, commercial transactions, data privacy and security, and blockchain-related matters. Shuang is also a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US/E) with experience in boththe US and European data protection laws. The CIPP is the global standard in privacy certification, developedand issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Shuang is adept in contract review, analysis, and drafting, and has a deep understanding of corporatestructures and business entities. She is well-versed in corporate transaction deal structures (deal steps, equitystructures, fund flow, due diligence, and M&A taxation). She developed all essential algorithms for a taxcalculator, which compares and ranks tax liabilities and benefits resulting from all available deal structures(stock sales, assets sales, mergers, 338(h)(10) elections, etc.) for sales or acquisitions of C corporations, Scorporations, LLCs and partnerships.

Shuang works with tech companies on a regular basis. In addition to transactional work, she advisescompanies on securities regulations, capital raising activities, legal issues surrounding the Internet of Thingsand related legislative activities, and other compliance matters.

Education
J.D., University of Kansas, School of Law, USA
LL.B. Renmin University of China, Law School, China

Other Qualifications
CIPP/US (Certified Information PrivacyProfessional/US)
CIPP/E (Certified Information PrivacyProfessional/Europe)

Bar and Court Admissions
Texas
Illinois
China (Legal Professional Qualification Certificate)
Southern District Court of Texas

Sunny Zhang, PhD
General Partner
Researcher, Educator, and Practitioner
  • 20+ years focus on innovation, marketing, and psychology
  • 17+ years of business school teaching and consulting
  • Pioneering research on e-commerce since 2000 and social networks since 2005
  • Published in premium journals and spoke at international conferences
  • Tenured marketing professor at Cameron School of Business, Univ. of St. Thomas
Entrepreneur, Venture Builder, and Investor
  • Co-founded Z LAB Global in 2017, a global innovation studio
  • Full-spectrum integrated service provider to tech startups for the last 5 years
  • Investor and builder of TrueLeap, myEnergyBudy, and GeoChemPro
Community Advocate and Ecosystem and Builder
  • Founder of the Born Global Community for immigrant entrepreneurs and investors
  • Program Advisor of Women in AI USA leading startup development programs
  • Board of Advisor at George H. W. Bush Foundation of US.-China Relations
  • Established strategic partnerships with hundreds of organizations
Sandip Bordoloi, PhD
General Partner
Energy Industry Veteran and Venture Builder
  • 14 years in the largest Independent Energy Company in the world (both technical and leadership roles)
  • 10 years developing new ventures in the energy industry
  • Eagle Ford Shale Asset (US L48): Considered to be one of the biggest success stories for ConocoPhillips (Day zero technical team member)
  • European Shale Ventures: Led COP's first international Shale venture
  • Led venture projects with $1B+ in assets (Deepwater Gulf of Mexico)
  • Managed venture portfolio's with $100M+ in yearly budgets (Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Poland Shales)
  • Managed major project exits (Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Poland Shales)
Entrepreneur, Investor, and Builder
  • Co-founded Z LAB Global in 2017, a digital innovation studio
  • Full spectrum service provider to technology startups for the last 5 years
  • Full spectrum service provider to technology startups for the last 5 years
Pre-seed in 2020
TAM $17B
Pre-seed in 2020
TAM $80B
Pre-seed in 2021
TAM $50B

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