About Us

Founded by a complementary team of entrepreneurs who have founded, operated and exited their own companies, TNB Aura invests up to S$4m in Series A/B startups in South East Asia. The fund is also one of 5 appointed co-investment partners of SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, for up to S$15m.

TNB Aura Fund 1 brings together the best in class venture investors in the region combining the resources of Singapore-based Venture Capital firm, TNB Ventures, and Australian headquartered investment bank, Aura Group.

Portfolio Highlights

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Experts in Scaling Businesses

Our approach is designed to maximise the potential of exceptional companies through tailor-made corporate advisory and execution strategies. We focus on identifying high calibre teams and supporting their transformation into sustainable businesses of tomorrow by instilling financial mindfulness, devising key reporting metrics, and structural governance.

Our team has brought 5 investee companies to IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in the past 2 years and we bring a wealth of experience in restructuring VC portfolio companies, M&A transactions and corporate advisory.

 
Vicknesh R Pillay    Managing Partner   Established entrepreneur who achieved revenues of S$47 million in 4 years for his previous venture. Founded, managed, and exited funds worth over €350 million. Serves on board of several technology companies.

Vicknesh R Pillay

Managing Partner

Established entrepreneur who achieved revenues of S$47 million in 4 years for his previous venture. Founded, managed, and exited funds worth over €350 million. Serves on board of several technology companies.

Charles Wong    Managing Partner   Director, Head of Asia, Aura Group. Management consulting experience with Booz & Company focusing on corporate strategy and M&A. Extensive experience in venture capital and private equity. MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated as a George F. Baker Scholar (top 5% of class).

Charles Wong

Managing Partner

Director, Head of Asia, Aura Group. Management consulting experience with Booz & Company focusing on corporate strategy and M&A. Extensive experience in venture capital and private equity. MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated as a George F. Baker Scholar (top 5% of class).

Calvin Ng    Managing Partner   Co-Founder, Managing Director, Aura Group. Extensive experience in investment banking, funds management, private equity and venture capital across various industries. Co-founder of Finsure Group, Australia’s fastest growing mortgage business and serves on board of several companies.

Calvin Ng

Managing Partner

Co-Founder, Managing Director, Aura Group. Extensive experience in investment banking, funds management, private equity and venture capital across various industries. Co-founder of Finsure Group, Australia’s fastest growing mortgage business and serves on board of several companies.

 
Michael Yap    Managing Partner   Former DY CEO of MDA & NCB.  Spearheaded development of startups and the media / tech ecosystem in Singapore. Previously the Chairman of an investment fund & Venture Partner of a leading VC firm. Founded & successfully exited several startups.

Michael Yap

Managing Partner

Former DY CEO of MDA & NCB.  Spearheaded development of startups and the media / tech ecosystem in Singapore. Previously the Chairman of an investment fund & Venture Partner of a leading VC firm. Founded & successfully exited several startups.

Kelvin Ong    Managing Partner   Entrepreneur with over 15 years in precision engineering and tech. Executive Director of holding company for Seksun Group (S$295m). Founder & CEO of FocusTech Ventures, a seed stage investment firm & approved incubator under NRF's iJam Reload Scheme.

Kelvin Ong

Managing Partner

Entrepreneur with over 15 years in precision engineering and tech. Executive Director of holding company for Seksun Group (S$295m). Founder & CEO of FocusTech Ventures, a seed stage investment firm & approved incubator under NRF's iJam Reload Scheme.

 
Rajesh Budhrani    Partner   Managing Director of NES Group of Companies, a second generation family business managing a India-focused public and private equity portfolio, with assets in excess of US$100m. Serves as Director of Aura in Singapore, Fairchem Speciality Limited and Centrum Retail Financial Services.

Rajesh Budhrani

Partner

Managing Director of NES Group of Companies, a second generation family business managing a India-focused public and private equity portfolio, with assets in excess of US$100m. Serves as Director of Aura in Singapore, Fairchem Speciality Limited and Centrum Retail Financial Services.

Alex Toh    Partner   Serial entrepreneur with proven track record of founding, operating and exiting tech startups. Served as APACJ Managing Director at Top Image Systems (NASDAQ:TISA). Managing Director at Ruvento Ventures. Domain expert in enterprise mobility, cloud and visualization.

Alex Toh

Partner

Serial entrepreneur with proven track record of founding, operating and exiting tech startups. Served as APACJ Managing Director at Top Image Systems (NASDAQ:TISA). Managing Director at Ruvento Ventures. Domain expert in enterprise mobility, cloud and visualization.

Jupe Tan    Partner   Manages Asia Pacific operations for Plug and Play with a focus on Southeast Asia. Responsible for over 30 of P&P’s investments in Asia and Latin America. Responsible for US deal sourcing and bringing TNB portfolio companies to the US market.

Jupe Tan

Partner

Manages Asia Pacific operations for Plug and Play with a focus on Southeast Asia. Responsible for over 30 of P&P’s investments in Asia and Latin America. Responsible for US deal sourcing and bringing TNB portfolio companies to the US market.

 

Contact Us

TNB AURA FUND 1 PTE. LTD.

 

1 Phillip St,                                                                       71 Ayer Rajah Crescent,

Royal One Phillip #09-00                                                  #06-18

Singapore 048693                                                            Singapore 139951

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