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 has over 25 yrs experience investing in private venture and growth companies. He has completed many equity investments in a range of sectors including technology, life science, food, manufacturing and industrial services. He's been involved in several venture funds and many exits. Simon holds a B.Bus, M. Comm. Law and is a FCPA

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