Artesian is a global investment manager with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore and Adelaide. Artesian’s AUD$100M Female Founders Fund was launched in 2022 to invest in women led businesses to promote gender equality. Artesian recognizes that talent is evenly distributed across male and female founders (as well as investors, employees, and board members). However, there is material inequality between the opportunity available for male and female founders in the startup ecosystem. Artesian is committed to investing in high growth women led opportunities across the Asia Pacific region. The Female Leaders Fund is an agnostic fund, however, Artesian also has funds dedicated to investing in ClimateTech, AgTech, MedTech and AI and robotics.




Blockchain, AI/ML, Cleantech, Tech-Agnostic, Robotics


Series B, Series A


Oceania, Asia


Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Chile, Vietnam


Vicky Lay, Partner, Head of Impact Investments at Artesian

Vicky is passionate about directing capital, innovation, and human endeavor towards positive social and environmental outcomes. After co-founding and scaling her own ed-tech startup, Vicky joined global venture capital and fixed income firm, Artesian, in 2015. As a Partner, Vicky works across Artesian’s impact investing initiatives, with a specific focus on climate and gender equality. She also sits on the boards of non-profits fostering youth entrepreneurship and impact leadership, including her own women’s economic empowerment non-profit,, launched in impact partnership with the UN. Vicky was recognized as a Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list maker in 2017.

Jeremy Colless

Co-founder and partner Sydney

Matthew Clunies Ross

Co-founder, CIO and Partner Melbourne