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    Trojan Venture Group

  • About TVG

    Who We Are

    The Trojan Venture Group is a membership-based group of investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts who graduated from the University of Southern California (USC). Our name comes from the symbol of USC - the ancient Trojan warrior. 

    What We Do

    We combine our resources to invest in pre-A stage startups that can leverage our network in the Pacific Rim and the USA. We bring together the brightest USC minds to help entrepreneurs with the network and funding to fuel success.

    Investment Criteria

    Stage: Seed stage to Series A

    Sector: Mobile, O2O, Hardware, E-Commerce, etc.

    Amount: Seeking US$100-500K, open to co-investments and RMB investments

    Region: US and Asia Pacific, ideally with plans to launch outside the home region

  • TVG At A Glance


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    Minimum Annual Investment Per Member


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    Currently hosting monthly pitch sessions in Los Angeles and Shanghai

  • Entrepreneurs

    If you are looking for early stage capital and mentorship from experienced investors and successful entrepreneurs, TVG is the right place for you. We share a USC Family experience, which drives us to work together and help you succeed.

    Now you can directly apply on Proseeder (Company Sign Up).


    Biz Plan Submission

    Submit startup business plans and/or presentation materials before the monthly meeting date. Members vote who gets an opportunity to pitch in front of the group. Open to all, but priority is given to fellow USC entrepreneurs.


    Pitch Night

    Every month, four pre-screened startups will be invited to have a 10-minute presentation, and 10-minute questions and feedback. Pitches can be in English or Chinese.

    Close Deals

    Due Diligence and $$$

    After due diligence and further discussion on terms, selected startups will receive an angel investment and mentorship from TVG members, as well as access to a wider USC network around the world.

  • Investors

    TVG is an exclusive program that provides high-value investment and networking opportunities.


    Invitation Only

    Membership is open to individuals affiliated with the University of Southern California. Once admitted, members are encouraged to make a minimum investment of USD $15,000 per year. We draw from a large dedicated pool of alumni advisors to help our portfolio companies get to the next level. Interested in learning more? Please email art@trojanventure.co.

    How It Works

    A True Trojan Experience

    We have launched monthly Pitch Nights in Shanghai and LA, and we will streamline the deal flow with all TVG cities. Every month, you can get:

    -Access and voting rights to a list of highly-curated startups

    -Invite-only Pitch Nights

    -Collaborative follow-up with companies

    -Summarized investment proposals for your decision

    -Networking and other group activities

  • TVG Team

    Our team is made up of volunteers committed to the USC Trojan Family. We are working together to help build great networks and companies.

    Art Dicker, USC Marshall EMBA '16


    -10 years in China
    -Former VC Attorney
    -Angel Investor at AngelVest

    -Startup Mentor at Chinaccelerator

    Jason Wong, USC Marshall Global EMBA '10 + B.A. '00


    -Founding Partner at Platform 88

    -10 years of experience as Managing Director at Razor USA

    -Active strategic advisor and angel investor to startups

    Huifang Schulenburg, USC Marshall EMBA '16

    Business Development

    -10 years of cross-functional experiences in Automative Industry

    -International and cross-culture experiences Europe, Asia and the U.S.

    John Au, USC Marshall B.A. Finance '05

    Vice Chair - Investments

    -Corporate Finance Advisory at Peacock Capital

    -Angel investor at Illion Capital Ltd.

    -Chief Financial Officer at Side Chef

    Pocket Sun, USC Marshall '15

    International Expansion

    -Founding Partner of SoGal Ventures, the first female-led millennial VC firm

    -Founder of SoGal, a global network of female entrepreneurs and investors

    Johnny Zhu, USC Marshall '05

    Portfolio Manager

    -Vice President at Peacock Capital Group

    -Expertise in Corporate Finance, Financial Advisory and Tax

    Christy Tang, USC Marshall EMBA '17

    Community Management

    -6 years executive searching experience

    -Lead cross-border executive search assignments for Fortune 500 clients

    -2 years real estate consulting experience

  • Portfolio



    To become the largest social community of premium fitness studios and healthy-living experts in Asia and the Middle East .



    The world's only scalable, affordable and interactive hologram systems.

  • Advisors

    Baizhu Chen

    Professor, Finance and Business, USC Marshall School of Business

    Expert on monetary policy, private investment, international finance and Chinese financial market reforms. He is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Finance and Banking at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, chief economist of Sino-Century Capital, a VC firm in Shanghai, and former president of the Chinese Economists Society. He is academic director for Marshall's GEMBA program, and a recipient of the Golden Apple Award.

    Jeffrey Paine

    Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

    Jeffrey co-founded Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage seed fund for startups in Southeast Asia with strong ties to Silicon Valley. He serves as Director at The Founder Institute, a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch great technology companies around the world. He is a Mentor at Chinaccelerator, Joyful Frog Digital Incubator, and Advisor to Sydney Seed Fund, TradeGecko, RedMart, etc.

  • Partners

    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    International Legal Partner

    Loeb & Loeb LLP is a multiservice law firm with more than 300 attorneys and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, and Beijing, as well as an affiliate office in Hong Kong.

    W&H Law Firm

    Chinese Legal Partner

    W&H Law Firm is based in Beijing, and has established a number of branches in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangxi, Xi’an, Tianjin, Xiamen, Ningbo, Nantong, Changsha,Sydney and Silicon Valley. 

  • Events

    To pitch: Apply on Proseeder (Company Sign Up).

    To invest: Email Art Dicker.

    April Pitch Night - Shanghai

    April 14, 2016

    March Pitch Night - Los Angeles

    Mar 29, 2016

    Feb Pitch Night - Shanghai

    Feb 24, 2016

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