We build and invest
in companies that
reshape finance

Nova Founders Capital builds and supports sustainable, large-scale internet businesses in the financial services sector.
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Our latest success stories

We have been providing companies with the continuous financial and operational support they need to be successful since 2012.
“Nova strikes the right balance between providing guidance and encouraging management teams to shape their ventures – and Nova’s network of companies has proven valuable in sharing best practices and know-how”
- Sam Allen, CEO
http://www.compareasiagroup.com/
"Having worked with many VCs, I have to applaud Nova Founders for their professionalism and culture that they have set in their businesses. All moving parts in the company are designed to work together and head towards the same goals" - Prem Doowa, MD
https://www.frank.co.th
“I'm immensely proud and excited to look at what we've built in such a short time. Nova Founders helped us develop the expertise, provide the challenge and ensure we had the space we needed to grow and shape our business into what it is today!” 
- Hugh Batley, Managing Partner
http://www.lionandlion.com

What we do

We are a Global internet investment company that builds and supports sustainable, large-scale businesses in the financial services sector.
  • Build
  • Invest
  • Expand

We build.

We have successfully started more than 30 online businesses in various parts of the world. Having years of experience in rapidly growing internet markets, we have built several successful multinational businesses.
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We invest.

We work with outstanding entrepreneurs and provide them with the support they need to build a market leading and successful company.
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We expand.

We have a team of experts who enable us to grow already successful businesses into new geographical regions and evolving markets. We seek for businesses that have the potential to revive the financial services sector.
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Our Principles

Our Business principles, goals and beliefs drive our execution and culture, and it is the backbone for all we do.
Our assets are our trusted people, partners, network, capital and reputation.
Our goal is to provide superior returns to our shareholders.
We pursue excellence in all we do and take great pride in the professional quality of our work.
We stress creativity and imagination in everything we do.
We make an unusual effort to identify and find the very best person for every job.
We work as one firm and stress teamwork across all companies.
We offer our people the opportunity to grow, learn and move ahead more rapidly than it is possible at most other places.
Integrity and honesty are at the heart of our driven people and our business.
We walk ahead and our leaders apply showmanship in all imaginable situations.
We would rather be the best and most profitable company, than the biggest.
We put our companies and our shareholders interest ahead of our own.
Our people treat funding as if it is their own and leverage cost control as a competitive edge.
We must remain agile, fast, detailed and entrepreneurial, while being big enough to explore the biggest opportunities.
Our business is highly competitive, and we aggressively seek to expand it.
Our decisions are based on merit and our Business Principles.
We must be fair to our competitors and must never denigrate other companies.
We communicate internally before external.
We make fast but informed decisions and take full accountability for everything that we do.
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Team

We are a team of experienced and highly passionate entrepreneurs that have founded and operated over 30 market leading internet companies globally.
  • Management

    • Mads Faurholt-Jorgensen

      Mads Faurholt-Jorgensen

      Managing Partner

      Before founding Nova Founders Capital, Mads worked as a Global Partner and Managing Director at Rocket Internet and Managing Director at Groupon in Asia. Prior to this, Mads was a Consultant to CEO and Board at ProSiebenSat1, a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an Analyst with the Private Equity Fund DanKap.

      Mads holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BSc in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.

      Mads has been named one of the top talents in Denmark and is an Expert Advisor on Web Entrepreneurship to the EU Commission. As of today, he has started over 30 companies globally.

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    • Raphael Strauch

      Raphael Strauch

      Managing Partner

      Before founding Nova Founders Capital, Raphael worked as a Global Partner and Managing Director at Rocket Internet and as Managing Director at Groupon in Asia. Prior to this, Raphael was in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and Lazard in London and Frankfurt where he was involved in major European IPOs and equity transactions.

      Raphael holds a Master in Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business, and as of today has started over 30 companies globally.

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    • Stefan Bruun

      Stefan Bruun

      Managing Partner

      Before joining Nova Founders Capital, Stefan has worked as Marketing Managing Director for South East Asia at Rocket Internet and as Vice President at Groupon Asia. Stefan has been also involved in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in London and private equity with the Nordic Real Estate Partners across Scandinavia respectively. He is on the Forbes 30 under 30 lists.

      Stefan holds a BSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and has so far started over 24 companies globally.

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  • Advisors

    • Philip Lynch

      Philip Lynch

      Philip is the Managing Partner of Stem Capital Partners, a private equity and advisory firm focusing on South East Asia and the Middle East.

      Philip has been an investment banker in Asia, the Middle East and Europe for the past 25 years. Upon graduation from Yale in 1987, he joined Lehman Brothers in New York. In a 21-year career at Lehman, Philip served in numerous senior roles including Head of Asia Pacific Investment Banking, Head of International Capital Markets and Head of European Equities. He advised major companies and governments on numerous capital markets and advisory transactions.

      Following the bankruptcy of Lehman, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nomura Asia Pacific and Middle East. In 2012, Philip left Nomura to form Stem Capital Partners.

      He lives in Hong Kong and is married with four sons under the age of 6. He is active in rugby both coaching children in Hong Kong as well as leading the development of the Yale Rugby Association worldwide. He has numerous philanthropic interests including Help for Heroes and the UK veterans charity.

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    • Tim Macready

      Tim Macready

      Tim is Skillcapital’s Chief Executive Officer and has led the development of the company since its inception in 1998 backed by Soros Private Equity Partners.

      Additionally, Tim is an investor director in a number of privately owned companies such as Ellas Kitchen (www.ellaskitchen.com) a baby food company recently sold to Hain Celestial, Joinin (www.joinin.com) a social media company, ScribeStar (www.scribestar.co.uk) a legal software company, and an investor at OPTO International (www.Optosystem.com) a US based retail display company along with a number of other private equity backed companies.

      Prior to starting Skillcapital Tim had studied Law at Leeds University where he graduated with LLB Hons.

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    • Jonathan Paul

      Jonathan Paul

      Jonathan Paul has more than 25 years of experience in a broad variety of financial markets globally, including having founded and run an event driven hedge fund, Ardmore Park Capital.

      Prior to this, Jonathan worked at Deutsche Bank, where he held a variety of roles, including Global Co-Head of Client Coverage for Global Markets and Head of Corporate Finance in Asia. Previously he worked in the fixed income divisions of Goldman Sachs and Solomon Brothers. He was also a consultant to Decura, a fiduciary based fund in the UK.

      Jonathan has a degree in mechanical engineering from Bath University. He lives in Singapore with his family.

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    • Waldemar Schmidt

      Waldemar Schmidt

      Waldemar Schmidt is a global businessman with considerable CEO and Chairman experience.

      His past experiences include roles such as CEO of ISS, a global facility services group, which employs 500,000 people; Chairman of Navision, Thrane&Thrane, Superfos, Deputy-Chairman of Majid al Futtaim; Non-Executive Director of G4S, Alfa Laval, etc; Advisor to APAX and IK Partners; Member of the first Corporate Governance Committee in Denmark, The Norby Committee.

      Waldemar is presently Chairman of the Norbreeze Group Pty, Singapore, investor in 4 start-ups, etc.

      Waldemar is an Adjunct Professor at CBS-Copenhagen Business School, Goodwill Ambassador for Copenhagen and author of 4 books: “Winning at Service”, “Denmark Limited-Global by design”, “From MBA to CEO” and "The job of the CEO".

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Become part of our network

Join us in building the next global company and success story.

Partners

We are supported by leading investment firms

Pacific Century Group

Pacific Century Group (PCG) is an Asia-based private investment group, founded in 1993, with interests in infrastructure, property and other investments mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. PCG has a strong track record of holding and developing assets over the long term, and has a network of well-established connections in Asia. PCG has more than a 10-year track record in the financial services industry.

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

Jardines

Founded as a trading company in China in 1832, Jardine Matheson is today a diversified business group focused principally on Asia. Its businesses comprise a combination of cash generating activities and long-term property assets. Jardine Pacific Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, construction, transport, shipping, and IT services. Additionally, the company owns and operates restaurants and hotels.

PCCW

PCCW is a Hong Kong-based conglomerate which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investments. The Company holds a majority interest in HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider.

Pinebridge

Pinebridge is a global asset manager with over USD70bn in assets under management. PineBridge’s legacy in investment management dates back to the early 1960s, managing assets for companies around the world.

ACE & Company

ACE & Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in providing co-investment opportunities for private companies across all investment stages. ACE is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with operating offices in New York, London, Cairo and Hong Kong.

FWD

FWD is the insurance business arm of PCG. FWD’s business spans Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and the Phillipines, offering life insurance services, as well as general insurance, employee benefits and financial planning services in Hong Kong. In addition, FWD has a brand presence in Indonesia.

Route 66 Ventures

Route 66 provides early and growth stage venture capital and growth stage private equity to emerging financial services companies. These companies include FinTech disruptors, financial services incumbents, and service providers to incumbents in the financial services space.

Stem Financial

Stem Financial is a Hong Kong based private investment firm focused on mid-cap companies in Asia Pacific. Stem builds leading middle-market businesses in partnership with strong management teams to maximize shareholder value.

Portfolio

We are very disciplined company builders and investors and understand how to efficiently grow companies. We believe value can only be created through a rigorous focus on execution, operational excellence and constant innovation.
  • CompareAsiaGroup

    Backed by Goldman Sachs, Jardine Pacific, and Route 66 Ventures amongst others, CompareAsiaGroup is Asia’s fastest-growing financial comparison platform, with a presence in 8 countries in Asia.

    Founded: 2014
    HQ: Hong Kong
    Employees: +100
    http://www.compareasiagroup.com
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  • CompareEuropeGroup

    Backed by ACE & Company, Mark Pincus, and Seier Capital amongst others, CompareEuropeGroup is Europe’s fastest-growing financial comparison platform, with a presence in 5 countries in Europe.

    Founded: 2015
    HQ: London
    Employees: +100
    http://www.compareeuropegroup.com
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  • CompareLatamGroup

    CompareLatamGroup is the most comprehensive financial product comparison group in Latin America, headquartered in Mexico.

    Founded: 2015
    HQ: Mexico City
    Employees: 50
    http://www.comparelatamgroup.com
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  • CompareGlobalGroup

    CompareGlobalGroup is the most comprehensive financial product comparison group in the world, active across 14 countries.

    Founded: 2014
    HQ: Hong Kong
    Employees: +200
    http://www.compareglobalgroup.com
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  • EdirectInsure Group

    EdirectInsure Group operates leading online insurance platforms in Asia, offering consumers an alternative to buy non-life insurance direct versus through brokers and agents.

    Founded: 2016
    HQ: Hong Kong
    Employees: 100
    https://www.edirectinsure.com
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  • StartechAsia

    StartechAsia.com provides best-in-class, scalable software and web development solutions to internet companies globally.

    Founded: 2012
    HQ: Hong Kong
    Employees: +100
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  • Lion & Lion

    Nova Founders Capital exited Lion & Lion when it was acquired by Japanese listed Septeni Holdings in 2016.

    Founded: 2012
    HQ: Kuala Lumpur
    Employees: 170
    https://www.lionandlion.com
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  • frank.co.th

    frank.co.th was born in 2016 with the aim to provide people an alternative by buying insurance direct versus through brokers and agents.

    Founded: 2016
    HQ: Bangkok
    Employees: +50
    https://www.frank.co.th
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  • MoneyHero.com.hk

    MoneyHero.com.hk is Hong Kong’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.moneyhero.com.hk
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  • HaloMoney.com.id

    HaloMoney.co.id is Indonesia’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.halomoney.co.id
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  • Money101.com.tw

    Money101.com.tw is Taiwan’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.money101.com.tw
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  • MoneyGuru.co.th

    MoneyGuru.co.hk is Thailand’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.moneyguru.co.th
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  • CompareHero.my

    CompareHero.my is Malaysia’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.comparehero.my
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  • MoneyMax.ph

    MoneyMax.ph is the Philippines’ most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.moneymax.ph
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  • SingSaver.com.sg

    SingSaver.com.sg is Singapore’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.singsaver.com.sg
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  • Samlino.dk

    Samlino.dk is Denmark’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.samlino.dk
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  • ComparaJá.pt

    ComparaJá.pt is Portugal’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.comparaja.pt
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  • Vertaaensin.fi

    Vertaaensin.fi is Finland’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.vertaaensin.fi
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  • Samlino.no

    Samlino.no is Norway’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.samlino.no
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  • TopCompare.be

    TopCompare.be is Belgium’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.topcompare.be
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  • ComparaGuru.com

    ComparaGuru.com is Mexico’s most comprehensive comparison platform for financial products and services.
    https://www.comparaguru.com
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Careers

Join us in building the next global company and success story.
  • Graduate
  • Business Development
  • Management Trainee | London

Management Trainee | London

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The Position:

As management trainee you will enter a newly developed role that is crucial to reaching our strategic goals. You will expand, build, and run our portfolio companies, which means assuming responsibility for high-impact decisions that will develop you to be part of the next generation of CEOs. Our culture is rooted in an ever-unquenched thirst for knowledge where we listen to each other and desire to deliver extraordinary results.

You will be forging the path that others will follow

You will become a frontrunner in a business that others will hope to follow. Attaining the extraordinary means investing lots of time, effort, and move fast when new insights or opportunities arise. The traineeship lasts 18 months and you will work at our HQ in London and at our portfolio companies across the globe. Your tasks will vary, but your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Drive projects such as starting new ventures, creating stellar marketing operations, recruiting, or developing tech products – basically anything related to building new companies
  • Develop, execute, and adjust strategies as you gain new insights
  • Support expansion and daily operations
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A unique growth opportunity

Leveraging our management and partners experience we have tailored a program that makes you excel beyond your own expectations. The Management Trainee Program is one of the toughest in the market, because we believe that you grow faster and better if you are pushed out of your comfort zone. After a successful traineeship you have the opportunity to continue on a senior track towards becoming CEO of a portfolio company or partner in Nova. To ensure your growth we provide you with:

  • Sparring with  great talents in business that will inspire and challenge you
  • International exposure where you will expand your c-suite network
  • Projects that will fast-track you to become CEO, CMO, or CFO of a company in Our Group

You’re an overachiever with an unparalleled work ethic

To become successful, you must share our passion about building companies, possess a relentless drive, and be able to deliver under extreme pressure. As you will be an ambassador of Nova to CEOs, investors, and board members we entrust you with responsibility and expect that you are the most humble and well prepared person in the room. Further, we consider the following requirements key:

  • Bachelor or master’s degree where you finished in top 15% of your study program
  • Experience from a start-up, consultancy, bank, or top tier organisation
  • You lead by example as the Nova culture and principles distil into our companies through you
  • You must be ready to go where you are needed as challenges don’t discriminate on geography
  • EU work permit

Start Date: As soon as possible


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  • Entrepreneur in Residence (MBA Intern) | London
  • Venture Associate | London

Entrepreneur in Residence (MBA Intern) | London

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The position

You will be responsible for supporting the growth of Nova Founders’ latest fintech companies. You will need to deliver analytical and operational excellence to solve challenging business problems.

Your Tasks

  • Support the ventures in all areas – from operations to marketing
  • Be involved with creating and implementing the rollout strategy for the companies
  • Build and implement sustainable, reproducible processes
  • Market research & data analysis
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ad-hoc project work depending on team needs

Your Profile

  • You are currently taking an MBA at a Top-Tier university and have a keen interest in Internet, Startups and Private Equity
  • Top 10% grades
  • Highest work ethic and drive
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • High sense of urgency
  • Structured, creative, proactive and analytical
  • Available for at least 3 months
  • EU work permit
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What You Can Expect From Us

    • Learn and work with some of the best entrepreneurs in the world. We give you insights to all relevant aspects of founding a company and the opportunity, to build up a huge, meaningful network
    • Great working atmosphere in a supportive and fast-paced environment
    • A team that will challenge you and help you reach your highest potential

Start Date

We’re not actively seeking candidates for this position, but if you think you’re a perfect fit we’d love to hear from you.

Venture Associate | London

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The position

Reporting directly to the Nova Founders Capital management team, you will be responsible for analytical and operational excellence.

Your Tasks

  • Analyzing opportunities and investments
  • Raising capital
  • Building teams of exceptional talent with superior market knowledge and develop successful and long-term cooperation with key suppliers and partners
  • Greenfield projects – Start companies and operations from ground up
  • Active search for new potential opportunities/companies to invest in

Your Profile

  • Top 5% grades
  • Highest work ethic and drive
  • Up to 2+ years of work experience
  • Experience in Private Equity, investment companies, banks and management consulting firms is a plus
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • High sense of urgency
  • Structured, creative, proactive and analytical
  • EU work permit
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What You Can Expect From Us

    • An entrepreneurial, international and highly motivated team with flat hierarchy
    • Great working atmosphere in a supportive and fast-paced environment
    • A team that will challenge you and help you reach your highest potential

Start Date

We’re not actively seeking candidates for this position, but if you think you’re a perfect fit we’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch

We work with the best and the brightest and are continuously growing our talents. We look for success-minded professionals with the desire to make a mark in the world - reach out directly to learn more about opportunities at Nova Founders Capital.
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