Allianz Backs New VC Firm AV8 Ventures

PALO ALTO — German insurance and asset manager Allianz Group is backing the launch of AV8 Ventures, a new $170 million venture capital fund focused on emerging technologies for AI driven digital health, mobility and enterprise to empower entrepreneurs.

AV8 Ventures has already invested in 7 portfolio companies across the US and Europe. AV8 has offices in Palo Alto and London.

“AV8 Ventures is a pillar of our investment strategy in emerging, early stage companies. This exceptional team of experienced investors and technologists is focusing on breakthrough approaches that impact the consumption of machine learning across healthcare, mobility and enterprise solutions.” shared Ivan de la Sota, Chief Business Transformation Officer of Allianz Group. He added, “AV8 has already built an impressive portfolio of companies that will bring us new insights and value across Allianz.”

AV8 Ventures is directed by Managing Partners George Ugras and Miles Kirby, who have been executives and investors in category leading start-ups across a number of industries over the past 20 years. George until recently lead IBM Ventures globally. Miles’ previously ran the Qualcomm Venture Capital Group in Europe.

The AV8 Ventures team is growing, having brought in new partners in machine learning, hard sciences, aeronautics, and partners with backgrounds in product management, product marketing, global consumer & enterprise investments.

Co-founder and CEO of Alpha Medical, Gloria Lau stated “We have been partnering with AV8 from the concept stage. Their guidance has helped us deploy our strategy to enable a simple and personalized commerce experience supported by a team of AI-assisted doctors and pharmacies.”

Çetin Meriçli, the CEO of Locomation added, “They were the most technically adept VCs who also knew exactly the operational needs to build a category owning company. Since the investment they’ve been acting as an extension of our company helping us across the board.”