Cornel Chiriac | Managing Partner | London
Cornel is the founding partner of London Venture Factory, syndicate lead and early stage venture investor. Cornel focuses on deep tech enterprise software and biotech. Among other deals, Cornel led the seed investment rounds in AMFG (3D printing and digital factory software), Grakn (knowledge graph database), and Origin Sciences (cancer diagnostic based on DNA analysis). Cornel sits on several boards and advisory committees.
Complementary to LVF, Cornel heads the Chicago Booth Angels London chapter and is involved with various University of Chicago venture initiatives.
In his earlier career, Cornel built and scaled two entrepreneurship ventures in the USA to exits of over $25m, was a strategy and deal consultant with L.E.K. in London, and a corporate VC with the World Gold Council. Cornel remains involved with Fieldstone Capital as head of energy technology ventures. Prior to settling in London, Cornel lived and worked in the USA for over a decade and in South-East Asia for four years.
Cornel holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Fernand Lendoye | Partner | Singapore
Fernand is an active angel investor and a partner at London Venture Factory. He focuses on fintech and insuretech.
Professionally, Fernand is the Co-Founder & Managing Director at Brightriver Capital – a private equity fund investing in a variety of sectors across Southeast Asia. Prior to founding Brightriver, Fernand was the MD of Aviva Ventures, where he focused on fintech / insure tech, mobility, and healthcare.
Fernand is a seasoned financial services executive. He has worked in Asia, Europe and North America. Before Aviva Ventures, he gained global transactional and operating experience in shaping growth strategies and business development, opening new markets and driving business turnaround. His broad transactional experience ranges from a £5 billion+ transformative acquisition in the UK to a $20 billion+ IPO in Asia.
Fernand holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Brian Sohn | Partner | Korea
Brian is an active angel investor and a partner at London Venture Factory. He focuses on LVF’s activities in South Korea and neighbouring areas.
Brian’s early stage investment experience includes venture capital investments for Korean-based Gisson Capital and leading venture syndicates with Startup Research. Brian is an experienced CFO and often provides financial expertise to portfolio companies.
In his earlier career, Brian led investor relations for LG Electronics, was an equity research analyst with HSBC, and led the global business division for GCCEI (focused on IoT, 5G, ICT, gaming).
Brian holds a MBA and Finance degree from the University of Akron.