Lee Phanurat-Bennett and Bangkok-based Shift Ventures Ltd are pleased to announce their collaboration in matching quality startups with high value investors.
Lee Phanurat-Bennett is a businessman, legal advisor, and communications expert and strategist, involved in projects around the world. He is involved in the import and export of goods and services, the brokering of off-market commercial and residential property deals, and advises clients on business, legal, and communication strategies; including an established Asian company with a sales force of 3,000, and a health and well-being company that sells across Europe, USA and Asia. As well as working with established businesses and funds, part of Lee’s time is dedicated to helping startups and entrepreneurs to get traction with both investors and potential clients.
Lee Phanurat-Bennett understands how important it is for businesses to communicate effectively and to demonstrate sound leadership in order to achieve their goals. When it comes to pitching for investment the stakes are high and the environment unforgiving.
As part of their collaboration Lee and Shift Ventures will now introduce Startups, investors, and other business opportunities to each other and work together for the benefit of their clients. Lee will also be on hand to contribute to programs, provide legal counsel and communications advice where necessary, and represent Shift Ventures in their projects moving forward where appropriate.
Shift Ventures promotes investment in startup businesses through connecting and mentoring investors and startup-entrepreneurs that have investment and fund raising intentions. Shift Ventures has developed a super angel-startup platform that quickly enhances investment confidence and success with four key elements:
1 Founderhood Club
2 1000x Club
3 Startup Fund Raising and Investment
4 Modern Startup Working Office.
The Founderhood Club recruits high-potential startups through club co-founders and mentors’ selections. A Founderhood mentoring program has also been developed to complement investment. Notable mentors include Mr.Shakrit Chanrungsakul (FireOneOne), Mr. Aitthipat Kulapongvanich (Tao Kae Noi), Mr. Patai Padungtin (Builk), First Senior Vice-President at Siam Commercial Bank, as well as mentors from the Ascend Group, Code App, RGB72, and QueQ.
The 1000x Club is founded by Dr. Kongkiat Opaswongkarn, CEO of Asia Plus Group Holdings and Ms.Suvabha Charoenying, Managing Director of Thanachart Securities. The Club is made up of high potential value-adding investors who are looking to build up or extend their startup investment confidence and portfolios.
Honorary members consist of investors who have each committed USD $1 million for
Club investments. Currently, the Club has 30 honorary members. Notable honorary members include Dr.Kongkiat Opaswongkarn (Asia Plus Group Holdings), Mr. Aitthipat Kulapongvanich (Tae Kae Noi) Mr. Sura Khanittaweekul (Com 7), Mr. Rit Thirakomen (MK Restaurants), Ms. Suvabha Charoenying (Thanachart Securities).
The 1000x Startups Investment Club mentoring program has been developed by the Club co-founders Dr. Kongkiat Opaswongkarn and Suvabha Charoenying, along with the Shift Ventures management team.
Worawisut Pinoyang, Gavin Opaswongkarn, and Wilert Orawanwong make up the management team at Shift Ventures Ltd.
Worawisut Pinoyang has previously worked in large corporates including True, DTAC and AIS, as well as co-founding, Primetime Solution. Worawisut has enhanced his startup passions through his visits to Silicon Valley, and now he is pleased to offer his passion, global expertise, and opportunities to Thailand’s Startup Community.
Gavin Opaswongkarn built up his passion for investment through his time in Morgan Stanley, Abraaj Group and Asia Plus Group Holdings. Gavin invests in startups as part of his diverse investment portfolio.
Wilert Orawanwong exited his own retail software management startup and co-founded a new digital media agency. Wilert is an influential figure in Thailand’s IT and Startup community through his advisory role in “SIPA”, a local software entrepreneurs capability improvement organisation established by Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
Lee Phanurat-Bennett said, “Every business operates in highly competitive and challenging conditions. However, Startups face an even more difficult and hostile environment, with less than half of startups surviving beyond five years of launch; and less than 30% surviving beyond 10 years of launch. Startups work extremely hard and make significant sacrifices to get their business off the ground. It is foolhardy for them to throw it all away by failing to get the right support, mentoring, and investment. I help businesses ensure that their team is well prepared and well placed to attract the right investment from the right investor. I am confident that Shift Ventures offer not only quality investors, but also a quality mentoring program that genuinely puts the interests of clients at the forefront of everything they do. I look forward to working with Shift Ventures to help startups and investors alike to navigate a successful and rewarding path.”
Worawisut Pinyoyang, Managing Partner at Shift Ventures, stated “There are countless successful traditional investors who intend to diversify their portfolios through investments in disruptive businesses and startups. However, many lose their confidence after investing in businesses which failed to satisfy their expansion timeline and that struggled to receive additional funding from other investors. Similarly, modern startups are overwhelmed with innumerable ideas and aggressive plans designed to beef up their revenue streams; all of which require substantial funding. However, that funding will be difficult to obtain unless the startup has the full confidence of investors.
Shift Ventures, through it’s portfolio of services, aims to overcome the avoidable obstacles that confront startups and investors each and every day. Our services engender investment confidence, helping to produce an increased and sustained return for investors, as well as increased funding for startups who can then genuinely and properly support their expansion plans.
With the help of our partner, Lee Phanurat-Bennett, we believe our focused and client-centric support will benefit investors and startups across Asia, Europe, and beyond. Our aim is simple: to help our clients fulfil their goals.”
Together Lee Phanurat-Bennett and Shift Ventures are actively assessing quality Startups and other investment opportunities.
If you would like to learn more about our services and how we may assist you then please contact us to arrange a confidential, no-obligation, consultation in the first instance.
Author: Lee Phanurat-Bennett