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Business personalities join venture capital firm’s $20M PH startup fund

/ 07:46 PM November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Prominent Filipino businessmen have joined Foxmont Capital Partner’s ongoing efforts to raise $20 million or P1 billion to bankroll local startups.

Foxmont said its Venture Fund II was “significantly backed” by Filipinos, including Monde Nissin CEO Henry Soesanto, JG Summit Holdings chief finance and risk officer Brian Go, and Rajan Uttamchandani of Esquire Financial, among other unnamed institutional investors.

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Foxmont announced the initial close of the fund with $12 million in committed capital. A final close for the $20 million was expected in the future, it added.

“With Fund II, Foxmont Capital Partners will continue investing in Philippine-focused and Filipino-founded early-stage startups that have proven that they can scale effectively and lead the Philippine digital evolution,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

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The firm has made 25 investments, with recent additions being social commerce platform SariSuki, export enabler 1Export, tech talent platform StackTrek, and digital ledger and point-of-sales app Peddlr.

Foxmont Capital Partners was established in 2018 and positions itself as a Philippine-focused venture capital firm that invests in “scalable startups in rapidly digitizing areas.”

One of its best-known bets is Kumu, the popular live-streaming app co-founded by Rexy Josh Dorado and Roland Ros.

Foxmont said its first fund that invested in Kumu, cloud kitchen Kraver’s Canteen, e-commerce firm Etaily and “mother-centric community-driven marketplace” Edamama has tripled returns to investors.

The recent fundraising included Kumu’s Series C raise.

This was the largest equity financing of an independent Filipino startup to date and validates “that the Philippines is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for venture capital.”

“The country’s growing young tech-savvy population, English-proficient talent pool, and emerging sources of early-stage funding have created a fertile environment for startups to thrive,” Foxmont said in the statement.

“Foxmont Capital Partners recognizes this opportunity and with Venture Fund II, the firm will continue to pave the way for the country’s young venture capital industry,” it added.

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