We back talented and passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to reinvent financial services and insurance

Derisked venture capital combining investing, digital, and industry expertise

We are thesis-driven investors excited to help early and growth-stage ventures enable and evolve financial services and insurance. Once capital is committed, we do not stay passive. On the contrary, we derisk companies by being hands-on partners and providing access to our industry and technical know-how, resources, and relationships. We like to roll up our sleeves and run fast together, proving out use cases and helping to set up ventures for strong, sustainable growth.

Areas of Focus

We are return-focused investors backing companies within strategic themes

Team

 

OLEG ILICHEV

Financial institutions investor and operator, Oleg leads Argo Ventures as Head of Investments. Previously, CFO of Argo Group’s US Operations (~$1.5B in premium across 15 businesses) and growth equity investor at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (currently Irving Place Capital). BA from Columbia University, MBA from MIT, and Executive Education from Harvard Business School.

JUSTIN SMITH

Hands-on investor who most enjoys partnering with early stage entrepreneurs. Prior to Argo Ventures, Justin was at Tusk Ventures, a venture fund with a focus on highly regulated industries, where he led investments in Lemonade, Coinbase, and Bird. Before Tusk, Justin was at Providence Equity Partners. He holds a BA and MA from The University of Texas at Austin.


NIKE VERGHESE

Investor with a passion for FinTech, Nike forayed into venture capital with stints at Andreessen Horowitz and Pear VC. Previously, she was a Public Markets investor at GCM Grosvenor where she focused on multi-asset class investing. BA from Harvard College and MBA from Stanford GSB.



ANDREW BREEN

Digital product leader and member of the Argo Ventures investment committee, currently at Argo Group as SVP of Digital, and previously at American Express. Serial entrepreneur (5+ VC-backed startups with 3 exits). Adjunct professor at NYU Stern focused on Tech Product Management. BS from Carnegie Mellon University.

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New York Office

413 W. 14th St.

New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-607-8800

Fax: 212-607-8875



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