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EQUIAM Fund III is here

Exclusive access to private growth and late-stage companies
70+ private company investments over past 3 years, 25+ successful exits
Top decile performance, 170% of invested capital returned in 3 years (Fund I)

Current Investments

We have deployed inTO 10 positions
40 position target Fund Size
Nova Labs

Nova Labs is a decentralized wireless network for “internet of things” devices, powered by cryptocurrency. The network is made up of devices called Helium hot spots, gadgets with antennas that can send small amounts of data over long distances using radio frequencies.
Nova Labs
Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty makes customizable hair, skin, and body products that are formulated according to personal beauty goals.

OpenTrons makes robots for biologists. Their robots automate experiments that would otherwise be done by hand, allowing the scientific community to spend more time pursuing answers to some of the 21st century’s most important questions.

Sure is the a insurtech behind the world’s most recognized brands and carriers and offers enterprise SaaS infrastructure and embedded insurance programs. Sure customers leverage its system of APIs to streamline the end-to-end insurance lifecycle resulting in better customer experiences supported by efficient digital operations.

Uphold is a global multi-asset digital trading platform.

Pinwheel is the income layer for financial services. By unlocking access to consumer income data, Pinwheel enables financial innovation at scale and helps companies with API-driven direct deposit switching, income and employment verification, earned wage access, and more.

Blockdaemon is a leading blockchain infrastructure platform that provides easy deployment and management of nodes for over 60 blockchain networks. With its user-friendly interface, enhanced security features, and enterprise-grade solutions, Blockdaemon empowers businesses to quickly integrate blockchain technology into their applications and services.

Copper is banking built for teens and parents. They give teens an easy way to access their money with an app and a debit card.

The #1 Lottery App. Jackpocket helps you play official state lottery games on your phone.
Apollo Graph

Modern apps are built on the supergraph, which unifies all cloud data and services into a single connected map that developers can query with GraphQL. Leading companies from startups to Fortune 500s use the supergraph to power their flagship apps and turn digital dreams into realities.

Commerce protection that recognizes the identity and intent behind every payment, restoring mutual trust between merchants and their customers.

SnapLogic's iPaaS platform empowers enterprises by automating application, data and cloud integration.

Attentive empowers the most innovative brands to create meaningful interactions through personalized text messaging using real-time behavior data to drive revenue for DTC brands.

Anthropic is an AI research company that develops safe and reliable artificial intelligence systems. Founded by former OpenAI researchers, Anthropic has pioneered innovative approaches like constitutional AI and is the creator of Claude, an advanced AI assistant that delivers helpful, honest, and harmless interactions.
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EQUIAM may, at times, have indirect exposure (i.e., SPV intermediated, etc.) to the above listed names. Read our disclaimer.
EQUIAM is a San Francisco based investment firm leveraging data science and proprietary algorithms to provide investors with exposure to a diversified portfolio of 30-40 high ranking VC-backed, private companies.

Our process minimizes human bias and allows unrivaled insights into the private universe. Our model is known as GENIUS, an acronym for Gather Explore Nominate Interrogate Understand Systemize.
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Meet the General Partners

Ziad Makkawi

Founder & CEO
  • 4x Founder (VC, AM, Inv. Banking)
  • $10B+ of Assets Managed
  • $10B+ of Capital Market transactions
  • Ex-JP Morgan Trader
  • MBA NYU Stern; Masters International Affairs Columbia Univ.; B.A. Rice Univ.

John Zic

Partner, Founding Team Member
  • Deep mastery in pattern recognition, statistical analysis, and data science
  • Lead architect of the EQUIAM G.E.N.I.U.S. Model
  • Author, speaker, and leading private market innovator
  • Formerly, 6th non-founder hire at Forge NYSE: FRGE)
  • B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame


Systematic, data-driven portfolio selection.

We are guided by our proprietary G.E.N.I.U.S. model
Robust portfolio diversification.

Each strategy has 30+ positions and is curated to minimize sector over-exposure.
Fast capital deployment.

Rapid decision making enables 2-6 transactions/month.
Short fund life.

Our four year fund life is less than half the typical duration of traditional VC funds.

Growth & Late Stage: Lower Risk, Attractive Returns

Growth & late stage investment allows for significant upside potential and reduced risk when compared to seed stage private investments. These companies have proven business models, significant revenue, and clear paths to public or private liquidity.
Based on “The Startup Investment Cycle”, by Credo Venture
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Term Sheet

Fund Size
$150M – $200M | $55M already committed
Sector Focus
Target Returns
2.7 – 3.5 Net MoIC
(25 – 35% net IRR)
Series B+
85% U.S. minimum
Up to 15% International
Fund Life
4 years (+1+1)
Call Down Timeframe
Immediate for commitments < $1M, 6-month call down schedule for $1M+
Fund Auditor
Fund Administrator
Fund Counsel
Fund Tax Advisor
Cohn Reznick
Valuation Frequency
Quarterly NAV Strike
U.S. Jurisdiction
International Jurisdiction
Cayman Islands
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Target returns are not intended to be actual performance and should not be relied upon as an indication of actual or future performance.