Hemi Ventures is a seed stage VC investing in breakthrough technology-driven companies. We believe in the powerful positive impacts new technologies can have in the world. Our mission is to be the most helpful hands-on investor to our companies in their early (and fun) days. 

We aim to be the first institutional investor with a minimum investment of $250K to $500K with reserved capital for leading or participating in future rounds.

Beyond capital, we roll up our sleeves to help our founders in areas such as product strategy, customer acquisition, marketing, talent acquisition, and other areas that founders need the most. 


Amy Gu
Managing Partner

Amy is a technology enthusiast, entrepreneur, and philanthropist at heart. She stays deeply involved with founders and companies. She has been touted by many founders as the most helpful among all their investors, and is able to open up her network and make connections like no one else. Being an entrepreneur for the past decade, Amy has helped visionary startups like Evernote and Udacity to the next stage of growth. Amy was voted Fast Company's Most Creative People 2015.


Helen Foo
Operating Partner

Helen has nearly 20 years of success with scaling up global B2B companies from their very early days to $1B+ in value across multiple industry verticals.  Helen's industry experience spans from Telecomm (Lucent), Internet Infrastructure (Akamai, NAS: AKAM) to FinTech (Charles River Development and DataYes). Helen has worked and lived in 7 countries across 3 continents. 


Justin Li

Justin is an entrepreneur turned investor.  After being trained as a Chemist at University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, he founded Blleep, a location based social app. He then started his investing career at a well established cross-border ventures capital firm in the Bay Area.  He currently leads Hemi's practice in biotech and healthcare startups


Ben Liu

With multiple degrees in mathematics and engineering, Ben got bored of his financial engineering career.  Instead, he decided to focus on becoming an expert in machine learning. He worked at Schroders, CBRE , Lufax.com, and loves working with numbers.


Skymind is the world's leading provider of open-source deep learning enterprise solutions based on Java.


Starsky Robotics is the pioneering autonomous driving systems for commercial trucks. 


Polysync is the operating middleware system for autonomous vehicles, connecting algorithms, sensors and actuators into plug-and-play apps. 


Point One Navigations is the most reliable GPS precision service for autonomous vehicles and unmanned drones. 


Cypre is the top-tier 3D bioprinting company that is drastically improving drug development and precision medicine for cancer patients. 



April 17, 2017 - Point One has shared their data from their winning run at the SelfRacingCars event this April. High precision localization data and camera data available to anyone: https://lnkd.in/gQCdStt

April 2, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' portfolio company, Point One, wins self-driving car race at the Thunderhill West race track in Northern California. 

March 29, 2017 - “Safety is really not about the 99 per cent use case, it is about the .00001 per cent of the time something crazy happens,” explains Josh Hartung, founder of PolySync, a start-up that makes software for self-driving cars

February 28, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' portfolio company, Starsky Robotics, came out of stealth. The company has already used its autonomous trucks for paid jobs, including a 5,000-lb haul covering 140 miles, with 85% of those driven by the truck itself.

January 20, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' Founding Partner, Amy Gu, to be a judge at MIT Technology Review's "The world's top ten breakthrough technology in 2017" China showcase on February 21

December 6, 2016 - Business Insider names our portfolio company, Skymind, as one of the top enterprise startups to work for in 2017. Skymind cofounder Adam Gibson and top engineer Josh Patterson were tapped by famed tech publisher O'Reilly to write its guide to "deep learning," a core technology in building AI

November 17, 2016 - Hemi Venture's portfolio company, PolySync, wins 2016 Top Ten Automotive Startups™ Competition At LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA™.  PolySync was chosen for developing an operating system that helps to simplify and accelerate the development, testing and implementation of autonomous driving technologies


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