Investment focus

Teja Ventures aims to provide its investors and portfolio companies access to market opportunities in China and South East Asia, leveraging synergies across the two geographies.

Teja Ventures sees significant opportunities in the following verticals:

FinTech and Financial Inclusion

In South East Asia alone only 27% of its population have a bank account – 438 million unbanked. Mobile enabled solutions for payments, remittances, P2P transfers, savings, insurances and lending can expand access to financial services for this demographic, allowing them to build financial assets. Technologies such as blockchain are also poised to further facilitate the digitalization of cash and use of digital identity – which are crucial tools for the unbanked.

Female Focused Consumption


The female consumer market in China is worth 2.5 trillion RMB in China in 2018 and is estimated to grow to 4.5 trillion RMB by 2019. With the changes in age and life stages, the consumption patterns of female consumers change accordingly and present an overall trend of “consumption upgrade”. With the introduction of the second-child policy in China, the mother and baby market alone is expected to be worth 30 billion RMB and grow at a rate of 13% annually.


Content and Education

Content is increasingly driving consumption and an example is reflected in the education industry where the need for continuous, on demand and practical learning is reflected in digital platforms featuring paid content, mass customization and direct engagement between experts and users. Female users in China make up 58.7% of the entire online education market, 66% of K12 education, 76.8% of early education and 58.8% of professional education.

Gender Lens
Gender Lens
Gender Lens
Case Study

MAPAN (INDONESIA) is digital microfinance platform based on the traditional savings group model and enables users to access funds and purchase goods through a mobile app. Has 900,000 members and 90,000 agents. Users are 95% women. Acquired by Indonesia ride-hailing giant Go-Jek in 2017.

Case Study

XIAOHONGSHU (CHINA) is a e-commerce mobile app which stocks crowdsourced inventory and leverages users as online influencers. Valued at more than USD 1 billion and 17 million users as of 2017. More than 90 percent of users are female.

Case Study

VIPKID (CHINA) – Online K12 edtech platform for teaching English to Chinese students using overseas teachers. Currently has 500,000 users and 50,000 teachers, with majority of teachers female. Previous investors include leading VCs Sinovation Works, Matrix Partners and Sequoia Capital China. Currently raising USD 500 million at a valuation of USD 3 billion