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ABOUT VERA CAPITAL

We are a private family investment
office based in Istanbul

Established in 2015 by Ahmet Ozokur,  3rd generation member of Ulker Family and Yıldız Holding stakeholder, to manage some part of his own private wealth.

We invest in many assets classes, including direct investments to early stage tech
companies, real estate/assets, venture
capital funds and quoted markets.

Our investment strategy is opportunistic, we have flexibility in our investment
approach such that:

  • We can take majority or minority positions
  • We can lead, co-invest or be a syndicate member

As captive money we do not have a set view on exit timing and so are not restricted by investment holding periods.

It’s more than capital, it’s about sustainable, long-term partnerships. We work alongside our partners to provide the right balance of strategic, operational and financial support.

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Being an ethical investor, we will not consider investments involving alcohol, tobacco, armaments, gambling or pay-day loan companies.

Expertise that
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OUR VALUES

Culture eats strategy for breakfast*

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INTEGRITY

Above everything else we uphold honesty, truthfulness and sincerity and remain fair and ethical in even the most trying situations.

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COHESION

Our success is dependent upon our people and their commitment to excellence. We value the passion and teamwork we display.

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability is the foundation of our values. Trust is built upon common goals, respect, and fulfilment of commitments.

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RESPECT

We treat our people, entrepreneurs, business partners and suppliers with mutual respect and sensitivity. We value the diversity and unique contributions each individual brings to the table.

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EXCELLENCE

This commitment to excellence is achieved through passion, leadership, empowerment and our dedication. Excellence of our conduct leads to distinctive outputs for our stakeholders.

* Peter Drucker

INVESTMENT PLATFORMS

We invest in
many assets classes

VERA CAPITAL and its partners invest in niche residential development projects in Istanbul. Often times we prefer to go in with partners who have vast experience in real estate. The real estate portfolio is capped at 20% of AUM.

Vera Capital, invests in projects that generate regular distributions with attractive yields in excess of public markets through direct participate in Healthcare PPP projects in Turkey.

We are a global, technology-focused investment firm pursuing the most promising companies and ideas.

Our firm makes venture capital investments in North America, Northern Europe and Turkey. We work hard, but humbly, and are guided by data-driven processes. We seek out extraordinary businesses and leaders who operate the same way.
 
We seek founders who create new technologies or build upon the expanding capabilities of technology to develop new markets, change behaviours, and solve important problems. We look for new ideas and business models. We understand the risk in being too early to an original idea or next-generation concept — it's what defines our vision and our culture: investing in the next order of consequential, far-reaching, and change-enabling companies.

We generally invest in the Series Seed and/or Series A rounds and typically make initial investments in the range of $500,000 to $750,000. We also make targeted follow-on investments of up to $5 million within our existing portfolio companies.

Vera Capital Funds are active investors in growth capital, venture capital and distressed/special situations.

VERA  invests in VC funds, special purpose vehicles, co-investments and direct private investments.  We seek opportunities that emphasize a wide range of investment advantages that may include proprietary technology, leading market share, strong growth potential and/or private control, supervision and ownership.

MEET THE TEAM

Ahmet Özokur

Founder & Chairman

Ahmet put his 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship, real estate, executive management, and marketing into the investment and private equity markets. He tirelessly looks for and nourish companies that share his vision and enthusiasm about their business futures.
 
He is a certified angel investor, member of the Board of Directors at YILDIZ Holding, and serves as a board member of ÜLKER Bisküvi and several other private companies. He is an avid fan of basketball, admirer of modern art and loves photography. Also, he is actively involved in several Turkish and Global business and finance organizations.

Before 2015, Ahmet served as the Vice President of Chocolate Business Unit of YILDIZ Holding and Managing Director of Ülker Çikolata between 2011 and 2015.

In 2010, Ahmet was appointed as the CEO/General Manager of Sağlam REIT. He lead the company to merge with SAF RE, owner-developer of Akasya Mall and Residences, in 2012 to form Turkey's largest privately held Real Estate Trust, he was appointed to the board of the new public company: SAFGY.

In 2004, he began his career in his first company as the director of the executive board of Hızlı Sistem, a Turkish OEM distributor of Intel, Asus, Logitech, LG etc and a later electronics retailer. Early in 2005 Ahmet acquired the majority shares of Datateknik, a Turkish systems integrator, and created the first end-to-end integrated Turkish ITC group: Datateknik Information Group. In the coming months, the group acquired six companies in the market to strengthen its voyage in becoming Turkey's largest information technology and services company.

Datateknik Information Group was restructured to become a subsidiary of Yıldız Holding in 2008 and Ahmet became a member of YILDIZ Holding Board of Directors. In the same year, he served as project leader of the Real Estate Investment Group taking the leadership of design and development of Ülker Sports Arena working with well-known global architecture and design firms, completed in 2012 the project totalled an investment of over $150 Million. Same year he also undertook the role of the CEO of Marinturk Marinas&Boatyards.

Ahmet is a graduate of Indiana University and European Business School, London with degrees in Business Administration, and Marketing. He has attended courses in INSEAD and IMD.

Murat Karababa

Managing Partner

Murat joined VERA CAPITAL as the Managing Partner in 2015.

He is managing partner and member of investment committee at Vera Capital, he focuses on late stage investments, middle market deals and RE investments, also responsible for reviewing underlying strategy and performance.

Before Vera, Murat’s business experience spanned over 10 years in investment industry with special emphasis in M&A, Real Estate, corporate restructuring and business development. During his time in Yıldız Holding and GE Capital RE Turkey, he involved with more than 3 billion USD value of investment activity.

Murat holds BA degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University