• A London-based investment boutique focused on building leading tech businesses in frontier markets

    Sturgeon focus on technology-enabled businesses that offer a product or service which solves an unserved, acute pain point for a large addressable market.

About us

Sturgeon is a leading frontier markets investment boutique. Since the establishment of Fund 1 in 2016, we have made nine investments. Sturgeon focus on technology-enabled businesses that offer a product or service which solves an unserved, acute pain point for a large addressable market. We seek to be meaningful equity partners alongside entrepreneurs, helping businesses reach their full potential.

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Our team

Kiyan Zandiyeh

Chief Investment Officer

Kiyan has over 10 years of investment experience and has worked intimately with early-stage frontier businesses for the last 5 years. He has successfully led numerous seed round investments, working with management to develop the companies such that each today are the leaders in their respective verticals.

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Alijon Ravshanov

Managing Director (Tashkent)

Alijon has 20 years of investment experience, with a proven record of success in frontier investing. He deployed over $200m as CEO of UzOman, working closely with the portfolio companies to support our ambitious growth targets.

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Rustam Mursalimov

Managing Director

Rustam has over 10 years of experience investing in Global Emerging Markets. Before Sturgeon, he worked as a lead portfolio manager at Gazprombank AM in Moscow. Prior to this, he co-managed more than US$1bn across Russia, Turkey, CIS and Emerging Asia.

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Alex Branton

Investment Director

Alex has 8 years of investment industry experience. Before Sturgeon, Alex worked at Columbus Point and Cambridge Associates. He has experience as both an LP and a GP and brings with him an international network of strategic partners that adds significant value to our portfolio companies.

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Lanna Grigoryan

Head of Operations

Head of Operations at Sturgeon, Lanna joined the firm in February 2013, having previously worked at the IFC (part of the World Bank Group) in Washington DC. Lanna holds a BA in Literature and Languages from Yerevan University and an MBA from Imperial College Business School, majoring in Investment Management.

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Robin Butler

Investment Director

Before Sturgeon Robin worked as an analyst at Arjan Capital, a frontier M&A boutique. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with early-stage digital startups. Robin has also spearheaded the integration of Sturgeon’s impact framework.

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Clemente Cappello

Chairman

Clemente established Sturgeon to tap into Central Asia: a vast area of enormous potential and extreme complexity. Despite having now stepped away from direct frontier investing he remains an invaluable advisor to the team in his role as Chairman.

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An Unparralled Local Network

Sturgeon has an extensive network of corporate partners, financial co-investors, technical experts and operational leaders.

Are you a founder looking to accelerate the growth of your frontier business?

Please get in touch if you are a founder of a ‘frontier’ business with the following characteristics:
1) You offer a product or service which solves an unserved, acute pain point in a frontier economy
2) You provide a solution for a large addressable market
3) You have a track record of successful implementation

 

 

 

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