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EQUIAM Fund III is here

Current Investments

$22M deployed inTO 9 positions
30-40 position target Fund Size

Helium 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.
Function of Beauty

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

OpenSea is a peer-to-peer marketplace for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens. It includes collectibles, gaming items, and other virtual goods.

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 digital wallet and trading platform that makes cryptocurrencies and other assets affordable and accessible for everyone. They provide borderless access to financial services not accessible through banks.

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 the largest independent blockchain infrastructure platform connecting institutions and developers to leading networks.

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.
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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 applying a differentiated strategy to private market and venture investment. Our systematic approach leverages 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 Generating Exceptionally Novel Insights Using Systemization.
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Meet the General Partners

Ziad Makkawi

Founder & CEO
  • Chair of EQUIAM investment committee
  • Former CEO of Istithmar World: $5B global SWF PE Portfolio
  • Founder, CEO & CIO of Algebra Capital, $1.5B asset manager sold to Franklin Templeton
  • 30+ years of experience building and running asset management companies, PE firms, and investment banks
  • BA NYU Stern; Masters in International Affairs Columbia University; B.A. Rice University

John Zic

Partner, Founding Team Member
  • Co-responsible for design, development and ongoing optimization of EQUIAM's GENIUS model
  • Responsible for investment execution and management of EQUIAM Private Tech30 Fund (Fund I) and Private Alpha Fund (Fund II)
  • Formerly, 6th non-founder hire at Forge, executed $500M+ in private capital transactions across dozens of issuers
  • More than a decade of Data Science and Big Data analytics experience
  • B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame


Systematic, data-driven portfolio selection.

We are guided by our proprietary GENIUS 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 minimized 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
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.