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Announcing Pioneer Fund's first investments

· Press Release

San Francisco, July 17, 2018 - Pioneer Fund is pleased to announce investments in the following companies. These investments follow from our recently announced first close of an intended $20M(USD) fund.

Aspire - Reinventing banking for small businesses in Southeast Asia.

Biobot Analytics - Cutting-edge technology to transform sewers into public health observatories.

NexGenT - Disrupting tech education leveraging cutting-edge technologies.

Persephone Biome - Targeted microbiome therapeutics.

Players Lounge - Play video games against other people for money.

Quit Genius - A mobile app that delivers personalised cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help people quit smoking.

Shogun - Drag and drop storefront builder for eCommerce websites.

Shone - Shone retrofits manned cargo ships with autonomous technologies.

Snackpass - Skip the line at restaurants, collect points and send gifts to friends.

Torch - Leadership coaching for high growth, high performance cultures.

Worklytics - Productivity analytics for teams, gathered from data in tools like G Suite, Slack and Office 365.

About Pioneer Fund

Pioneer Fund pools capital and expertise from 115+ Y Combinator alumni to invest in top YC startups, leveraging the unique domain knowledge and networks of the YC alumni community. In addition to YC alumni, the fund's investor base includes well-known Silicon Valley venture and angel investors, several large family offices, and seasoned entrepreneurs with $1B+ exits. Pioneer Fund has an entrepreneurial team of experienced operators with a strong angel investment record, a solid network in Silicon Valley and globally, and deep hands-on industry expertise in the verticals in which they invest.

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