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 expert

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 Z LAB?

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 Z LAB Fund but engage curated experts at Z LAB Studio to help ventures avoid common mistakes and be more efficient with capital.

Z LAB 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, Z LAB 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. Z LAB 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.

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