Welcome to
Access Ventures.

Access Ventures is a venture capital firm focusing on early stage tech companies in Vietnam, Indonesia, and South Korea.

We provide strategic expertise and access to our unique network of executives and technology professionals.

Leveraging our robust network of strategic investors, we also focus our attention on creating and executing sound exit strategies.

Investment Approach.

  • We invest in
    Regional

    Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea.
    Cross border opportunities.
    Korean tech companies with SEA strategies.
    Businesses pursuing large market opportunities.

  • We focus on
    Early Stage

    Seed - Series A.
    Committed follow-on strategy.
    Earlier investments for more exit opportunities providing
    higher upside potential.

  • We seek top
    Talent & Teams

    Top founders and team cohesion.
    Fast product reiteration.
    Coachable leaders.

  • We prefer
    B2B Models

    Fast & robust monetization.
    Business models easier to forecast.
    Lower cultural barriers.

  • We emphasize
    Sector Focus

    Investing in AI, Data Analytics, Commerce Enablers,
    AR / VR, Fintech, and Platform Plays.

  • We identify
    Strong Exit Profiles

    Attractive exit prospects.
    Early revenue growth.
    Core strength in people & tech.

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Our Edge.

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Top Network

20 + years of APAC connections with great access to co-investment networks. Strong ties to strategic investors and excellent relationships with many serial entrepreneurs.

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Domain Expertise

Deep experiences in technology and financial markets. (Google, Yahoo, DFJ, Deutsche Bank, Barclays). Strong selection process from years of watching trends and reviewing startups.

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Strategic Support

Leverage networks and experience to support growth. Provide strategic support and mentoring. Support in recruiting top talent through extensive network. Use corporate relationships to connect startups.

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Exit Focus

Best insights and mentoring for exit strategies. Deep network of potential acquirers with guidance on developing core strength. Provide access to top acquirers and late stage investors.

Our Portfolio.

Moca [ Vietnam ]

Mobile payment service and technology company in Vietnam.

Skelter Labs [ Korea ]

Artificial Intelligence Lab building core AI technology modules.

Reality Reflection [ Korea ]

VR / AR, photorealistic rendering tech.

Kata.ai [ Indonesia ]

Enterprise chatbots built with in-house AI / NLP capabilities.

Ohmni Labs [ US / Vietnam ]

Robotics tech and development platform.

A-Stin [ Korea ]

Nanotech for cosmetics / pharma products.

Vexere [ Vietnam ]

Bus ticketing software management company.

OP.GG [ Korea ]

Large Esports data analytics and statistics platform.

Mykoon [ Korea ]

Real-time personal audio broadcasting platform.

Encore Company [ Korea ]

Startup studio incubating global projects.

Awair [ US / Korea ]

Smart connected air-related devices.

Homedy [ Vietnam ]

Comprehensive real-estate portal in Vietnam.

General Partners.

Charles Rim
Lawyer, M&A Banker, CFO, Entrepreneur, Venture Capital; 25+ years APAC experience

Charles Rim is the founding and General Partner at Access Ventures, and he specializes in the area of consumer and B2B software companies in Korea and Southeast Asia. Previously, Charles was the managing director of Korea and Southeast Asia at Tapjoy, a leading mobile advertising and monetization platform, and also venture partner for DFJ Athena, based in Seoul, Korea. Under his leadership, Tapjoy has established itself as the leader in mobile incentivized ad platforms in Korea and the APAC region. Prior to Draper Athena and Tapjoy, Charles had been immersed in the expansion of the internet in the APAC region. He was the head of M&A APAC for Google, and led all deals by Google in the APAC region (ex-China) from 2006 to 2011. Previously, he was a director of strategy and corporate development at Yahoo Korea. He was also previously the CFO of Korea Thrunet, Korea's first broadband network and enterprise solution provider. Prior to his corporate finance career, Charles was an investment banker (Credit Agricole Group, CISA) in the APAC region, mainly transacting in M&A, IPOs, and equity markets funding. Charles graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and received his JD from the Emory University School of Law in 1986. He enjoys the great outdoors and has a particular passion for angling in all waters.

John Chang
Finance, Entrepreneur, APAC Equities; 20+ years APAC experience

John Chang is a General Partner and co-founder of Access Ventures LLC. Aside from managing the fund's day-to-day operations, he serves on the investment committee and also focuses on marketing the fund's activities. Prior to co-founding Access Ventures in 2017, John spent 25 years in international finance participating and overseeing the expansion of global investment banks in Asia Pacific region. John's most recent position was as APAC Co-Head of Equities and Head of Distribution for Barclays Capital Asia Limited. In this role, he was responsible for the management and strategic development of the firm's research, sales and trading divisions for the investment bank in the APAC region. He also served on the Global Equities Executive Committee and was the Chairman for Barclays Capital Taiwan Limited. Before his days at Barclays, John was the Country Head for Barclays Capital Korea Ltd and was also responsible for establishing the Korea operations. Prior to Barclays, John was the CEO of Deutsche Securities Korea and also the head of their Korean Equities business. John was born in Seoul, South Korea but was raised in the US and Canada since the age of four. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Duke University in 1991 and currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife and two children.

Our Members.

Tai Nguyen
Venture Partner in VN

Hanoi University of Technology, Top Developer Award Founder & CEO Naiscorp (Only VN co to receive Google Offer), 12 years experience building B2C, B2B and technology businesses

Josh Jung
Senior Associate in KR

7 years R&D Engineer on Telecommunication / Machine Learning / IoT, Startup Experience, Research Engineer @ ETRI, KT R&D MS & BS in Electrical Engineering @ KAIST

Daniel Song
Senior Associate in KR

5 years of BI & Bus Dev experience in AdTech at Glispa & Tapjoy Global Experience working in Silicon Valley, Seoul & Berlin BA in Economics @ UC Berkeley

Alex Park
EIR in KR

Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Korea, Enterprise Software Specialist, Tech Columnist for KLN, Department of Astronomy @ Yale University, Yonsei University

Our Advisors.

Henry Nguyen
Senior Strategic Advisor to Access in VN

Investor and entrepreneur, Founding partner IDG Vietnam (10+years experience), Owner/ Operator (McDonalds, 7/11 Vietnam)

David Sobota
Acquisitions & Strategic Investment in USA

Senior Director, Corporate Development at Google Senior Deal Lead, member since 2005, responsible for global markets

Hunsoo Kim
Macro-economic Advisor to Access in HK

General partner at QL Asset Mgmt, (Hong Kong), Hedge Fund, ex-head of Merrill Lynch APAC research (20+ years)

Salman Ullah
Venture capitalist and Corp. Dev.expert in USA

Headed Microsoft M&A, Founded original Google M&A team, Founding partner at Merus Capital

Chester Roh
Serial entrepreneur and Angel investor in KR

5 startups & 3 exits (Reality Reflection, Five Rocks, Tatter, Inzen), Korea Startup Guru; KAIST graduate

Ted Cho
Entrepreneur and ex Google Korea CTO in KR

Founder of Skelter Labs, founder of Serome Tech(Dialpad), KAIST AI Lab graduate/Network

Perry Ha
Venture capitalist in US

Managing partner at DFJ Athena Korea 15+ years in Venture Capital, MIT graduate

James Mi
Venture capitalist & M&A in CN

Founding partner at Lightspeed China Partners (Shanghai & Beijing), ex-head of M&A Google Greater China; Google PM

Contact Us.

Hong Kong:
Unit 2A, 2nd Floor, Beverly House, 93-107 Lockhart Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Korea:
464, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Rep. of KOREA
06123