We invest in extraordinary founders who were deeply shaped by their immigration experience.
Our investment interest is broad and covers all sectors of the digital and physical world.
We are based in Boston but look for technology startups from anywhere in the world with the ambition to build a global company.
We typically invest in companies at the Pre-Seed to Series A stages.
The two partners at One Way Ventures combine 20 years of angel investing experience with 20 years of operations, senior management, and engineering expertise.
While at Techstars (Boston), Semyon and Eveline sourced, invested, and nurtured over 50 startups.
Semyon is a refugee from the Soviet Union and formerly the Managing Director of Techstars (Boston). Prior to Techstars, he was a prolific angel investor and a friend of the startup community. Semyon has made over 100 angel investments, including early investments in Quanergy, SMTP.com, and Wanderu. Xconomy lists Semyon as a top angel investor in New England. His philosophy has been to focus on helping his founders at all costs.
Prior to becoming a full-time angel, Semyon co-founded several technology companies including Vert and Fast Engines. Fast Engines was sold to Adero in 2000. Beyond startups, Semyon is known for leading one of the MIT blackjack teams in the early 90s. Semyon earned his B.S. from Columbia University and M.S. from MIT, both in Computer Science.
Eveline is an immigrant from Brazil and formerly a Director of Techstars (Boston). She launched and was the Managing Partner at Eastlabs, a prominent accelerator in Ukraine that jump-started the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem regionally. As CEO, Eveline spearheaded the transformation of the media company Ekonomika into a digital hub. She was also the CEO of the cleantech company APCT.
Prior to her startup and digital journey, Eveline spent 10 years as a process and control systems engineer in several multimillion-dollar projects for the industrial gas industry. She immigrated from Brazil to the U.S., Luxembourg, Ukraine, and back to the U.S. Eveline earned her B.S. from UC Berkeley, her M.S. from the State University of New York, and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.
Lex is an immigrant from China and previously led the operations team at Vestwell, a venture-backed fintech startup. Prior to Vestwell, Lex earned his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At Chicago Booth, he was as an Associate at Moderne Ventures and took part in the New Venture Challenge startup accelerator program.
Lex started his career at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, and NERA Economic Consulting, a leading economic consultancy. Lex graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University where he earned his B.A. in Economics with Distinction.
Prior to joining the One Way Ventures team, Annie worked as an Innovation Fellow for Cleantech Open Northeast, and as a Marketing and Events Associate for Greentown Labs. Annie graduated from Northeastern University magna cum laude, where she earned her B.A. in International Affairs.
“Semyon and Eveline are terrific mentors and were both great entrepreneurs. They complement each other well and always bring a unique set of experiences to the table.”
“Semyon gave me an idea, fueled my imagination, shared my pains, celebrated my successes. What can I say? One can’t dream of a better investor and friend.”
“Ever wonder if Perpetuum Mobile is possible? After working with Eveline on Preply and other startups, I have no doubts. The energy is unbelievable. And the results speak for themselves.”
“Despite having a huge portfolio, Semyon makes you feel like you’re his only company. He cares deeply about the companies he invests in and adds value in ways that no other investors can. He pushes his entrepreneurs to think even bigger, be even bolder, and he is the first person I call when I’m in a tricky situation. Do everything you can to get Semyon in your round!”