Verve Ventures

An Early Stage Venture Fund

We discover the best companies in carefully selected sectors, within the world's most innovative and creative ecosystems before they learn to walk. We listen to their story, help them find their north star and flesh out their concept. We introduce them to markets outside of their local and national beachheads. We invest in them. We support them. Then...we ride on their coat-tails. We're in this for the mind-bending, world changing technology, but also for the money. A little bit.

The Most Innovative Ecosystems

We invest across the US and UK, however we devote most of our time within the most innovative square mile in the world: Kendall Square. Our connections across the MIT and Harvard campuses allow us to get access to some of the most promising start-ups in the world, and invest alongside some of the best Venture Capital Funds.

The Most Resilient and Anti-Fragile Sectors

Verve has pinpointed three sectors to invest in; Healthcare, Mobility and a handy cover-all which includes companies with an anchor in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). The third one is a bit of a cheat code, but it's an easy way to lump together any company that has any significant Deep Tech.

The Most Technically Adept Support Staff

We lean on a vast network of technically imperious staff; PhD students, professors, industry leaders and founders to source, vet and support our portfolio companies. This flexible and ever-growing team allows us to always have knowledge on deck to appraise the most novel and intricate technologies. Our venture partners cover it all.

Portfolio Highlights

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Verve Crew

Wassim Matar

Managing Partner

Ten years of Transport Planning and Urban Design across the Middle East and Africa led to a teensy mid-life crisis. An MIT Fellowship later and he caught the venture bug, giving birth to Verve, with friends old and new called on. Currently between London, NYC and Boston. Previously Cairo and Beirut. Only child. Emotional.

Wassim Matar

Managing Partner

Ten years of Transport Planning and Urban Design across the Middle East and Africa led to a teensy mid-life crisis. An MIT Fellowship later and he caught the venture bug, giving birth to Verve, with friends old and new called on. Currently between London, NYC and Boston. Previously Cairo and Beirut. Only child. Emotional.

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Bruno Nogueira

Venture Partner

Our Beautiful Bustling Brazilian. Currently handling all things sustainable and renewable for CEI Energética in Belo Horizonte. An MIT Sloan Fellow with a deep knowledge of consumer goods and supply chains. Also (annoyingly) immensely outdoorsy.

Bruno Nogueira

Venture Partner

Our Beautiful Bustling Brazilian. Currently handling all things sustainable and renewable for CEI Energética in Belo Horizonte. An MIT Sloan Fellow with a deep knowledge of consumer goods and supply chains. Also (annoyingly) immensely outdoorsy.

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Rani Haddad

Head of Operations

No-code Engineer and tech extraordinaire. Rani cofounded a cyber security company out of Dubai then caught the building bug. Keeps the Verve engine running smoothly. Loves sports until his team starts losing then pretends not to care.

Rani Haddad

Head of Operations

No-code Engineer and tech extraordinaire. Rani cofounded a cyber security company out of Dubai then caught the building bug. Keeps the Verve engine running smoothly. Loves sports until his team starts losing then pretends not to care.

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Ana Gomes Lopez

Venture Partner

The Baroness of Blockchain herself. An MIT Sloan Fellow who specialises in the digital transformation within the world of finance. Or FinTech as some call it. Colombian and Bogota-based.

Ana Gomes Lopez

Venture Partner

The Baroness of Blockchain herself. An MIT Sloan Fellow who specialises in the digital transformation within the world of finance. Or FinTech as some call it. Colombian and Bogota-based.

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Shari Loessberg

Strategic and Spiritual Leader

There is no Verve without Shari. "Is this doable?" we asked her. "Without a doubt" she answered, and our fate was sealed. Shari is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT. She is East Coast VC.

Shari Loessberg

Strategic and Spiritual Leader

There is no Verve without Shari. "Is this doable?" we asked her. "Without a doubt" she answered, and our fate was sealed. Shari is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT. She is East Coast VC.

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Pak Shun Ng

Venture Partner

Does your fund have an ex-Singaporean Airforce Squadron Commander in their ranks? Huh? An MIT Sloan Fellow currently heading up procurement and training for the Singaporean Armed Forces. Our go to for all things strategy, culture building and operations.

Pak Shun Ng

Venture Partner

Does your fund have an ex-Singaporean Airforce Squadron Commander in their ranks? Huh? An MIT Sloan Fellow currently heading up procurement and training for the Singaporean Armed Forces. Our go to for all things strategy, culture building and operations.

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Dr. Irina Babina

Venture Partner

Our Healthcare Czar. Half Northern Irish and half Siberian, that old peanut butter and jelly'esque combination, our Doc employs her chaotically genius mind at Imperial College as the Research Programmes Manager. Also, little known fact: She single-handedly cured COVID-19.

Dr. Irina Babina

Venture Partner

Our Healthcare Czar. Half Northern Irish and half Siberian, that old peanut butter and jelly'esque combination, our Doc employs her chaotically genius mind at Imperial College as the Research Programmes Manager. Also, little known fact: She single-handedly cured COVID-19.

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Laurens Feenstra

Venture Partner

Legend has it he can summon autonomous vehicles with a series of high pitched squeaks and hums. Ex-Google, Ex-Waymo, our ML specialist is always doing immensely cool shit. Currently involved in about 13 start-ups, the Dutchman adds tremendous value to our team with his transportation experience.

Laurens Feenstra

Venture Partner

Legend has it he can summon autonomous vehicles with a series of high pitched squeaks and hums. Ex-Google, Ex-Waymo, our ML specialist is always doing immensely cool shit. Currently involved in about 13 start-ups, the Dutchman adds tremendous value to our team with his transportation experience.

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Asha Aravindakshan

Venture Partner

Asha is a maniac. No other ways to describe the complexity of her mind. No one executes with more efficiency and shark-like precision. Currently the Vice President of Operations at Sprinklr, she likes to pretend she's a DC girl but she's Brooklyn born and bred. An MIT Sloan Fellow and eats disgusting amounts of junk food.

Asha Aravindakshan

Venture Partner

Asha is a maniac. No other ways to describe the complexity of her mind. No one executes with more efficiency and shark-like precision. Currently the Vice President of Operations at Sprinklr, she likes to pretend she's a DC girl but she's Brooklyn born and bred. An MIT Sloan Fellow and eats disgusting amounts of junk food.

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Shaazim Khamissa

Entrepreneur in Residence

Shaz built Hello Group in South Africa with pure grit, determination, intelligence and quite frankly being the nicest man in FinTech. He is currently London-based, with regular presence in Boston as he finishes up his Harvard OPM Program. No one better to eat and drink with.

Shaazim Khamissa

Entrepreneur in Residence

Shaz built Hello Group in South Africa with pure grit, determination, intelligence and quite frankly being the nicest man in FinTech. He is currently London-based, with regular presence in Boston as he finishes up his Harvard OPM Program. No one better to eat and drink with.

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Alan Hanley

Venture Partner

The first time I met Alan, he was on crutches and confidently informed me that he hadn't slept in a year. It has only gotten more chaotic. One of the most intelligent humans we've worked with, the Irishman is currently Product Development Leader at Riffyn in the Bay Area. MIT Sloan Fellow after building and exiting Pixcelldata in Dublin.

Alan Hanley

Venture Partner

The first time I met Alan, he was on crutches and confidently informed me that he hadn't slept in a year. It has only gotten more chaotic. One of the most intelligent humans  I have worked with, the Irishman is currently Product Development Leader at Riffyn in the Bay Area. MIT Sloan Fellow after building and exiting Pixcelldata in Dublin.

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Remy Kesrouani

Managing Partner

Venture via Trading at JP Morgan and Bear Stearns, Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley. Remy has spent the last 7 years in early stage venture with immense success. The financial beacon of Verve, part of the Lebanese mafia in London. Fast talker.

Remy Kesrouani

Managing Partner

Venture via Trading at JP Morgan and Bear Stearns, Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley. Remy has spent the last 7 years in early stage venture with immense success. The financial beacon of Verve, part of the Lebanese mafia in London. Fast talker.

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Tarek Sadeh

Special Advisor

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Tarek Sadeh

Special Advisor

Our fund is always open to new investors on a rolling semi-annual subscription basis. Give us your money. Please. Now.

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We're Delighted to have Verve as an investor.

Their combination of strategic alignment and long-term thinking make them ideal investors in high technology companies such as Lightpoint.  We’re very fortunate to have them on our investment team.”

Dr. david tuch, CEO of lightpoint medical

A valued relationship.

Verve and Entia instantly hit it off, and they became one of our earliest investors. We have an excellent relationship with them and Irina is immensely capable and has a wealth of knowledge. Excellent team".

Tobey basey-fisher, ceo of entia

Verve have been a great partner throughout.


Wassim is incredibly generous with his time, always available to discuss any challenges or opportunities and offering to help. He has also made an active effort to connect us within his network, either other sources of capital or one of his portfolio companies. We have also continued to see the benefit of his MIT connection with a number of opportunities shared.
Waffle really values our relationship with Verve and looks forward to building on it in the future."

SAM BARNSLEY, Co-founder of WAFFLE LABS

From the start.

Verve invested in Medically Home right at the beginning. They believed in us from the start and throughout our journey. Wassim has become like family. We have really enjoyed meeting the other portfolio companies over long Verve lunches and look forwards to our time together in Boston.

Rami Karjian, coo of medically home

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