About Us

Tenacious Ventures passionately champions agriculture’s role in addressing climate change. We seek out mission-aligned partners with potential to create and catalyze impact at scale. We call them Climate Heroes, and we help them achieve their vision

Our Team

Sarah Nolet

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

A globally recognised food systems innovation expert, Sarah has developed, implemented and executed strategies and programs for some of Australia's leading organizations and agtech startups.

J Matthew Pryor

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Serial entrepreneur and agtech pioneer, Matthew has extensive experience in technology & agriculture in Australia and the USA. His experience spans creation, scaling, and exit on both sides of the table.

Vela Georgiev

COO & Operating Partner

An engineer & experienced operations leader, Vela has a strong track record of supporting global businesses to achieve scalable operations. Vela brings a mind for numbers, an eye for detail, and a unique perspective to problem-solving and process design.

Simon Uzcilas

Independent IC Member

Simon Uzcilas has over 25 years of experience of investing in private growth companies and real estate opportunities. He has completed many equity and debt investments across a range of sectors including technology, life science, food, manufacturing, industrial services and real estate. Simon holds a B.Bus, M. Comm. Law and is a CPA.

Komal Patel

Venture & Insights

An experienced strategy and impact leader, Komal has advised on growth and innovation strategies for start-ups, corporates, non-profits, and governments. She brings global experience across Australia, Europe, the US, and India.

Our Values