About Us

Our Vision: To Shift the Paradigm of Entrepreneurship Over the Next 500 Years

Our Vision

We believe that entrepreneurship is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the world. Religion, academia and politics have had major roles in the past, but we see that entrepreneurship is the major vehicle that will move humanity forward.

We believe that entrepreneurship is not at its full potential. The rate of failure in entrepreneurship is unacceptable. Our vision is to systemize a large part of the technology entrepreneurship process to enable more and more entrepreneurs to effectively build their ideas into successful companies.

500 years ago, surgeons had minimal success rates in successfully addressing people’s illnesses. They would cut open their bodies, but lacked the knowledge to make a difference. Today, we can take a 20 year old and train them through a rigorous methodology. The outcome is that they can slice open the human body, and address the issues in such a way that they are effective 90% of the time. We believe we are at the early stage of entrepreneurship, and that we can raise the level of effectiveness one generation at a time.

Our Story

Engenesis is a venture builder born from the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Ashkan Tashvir built several companies from the age of 15 years old. Founding the second business to bring the Internet into the city he was living in and building a profitable product business by the age of 23, Ashkan experienced early on the great benefits of entrepreneurship. He knew early on that building businesses in parallel was what he wanted to do. After having come to Australia and working with several organisations from corporations to high-growth startups, he created Engenesis to do just that.

Ariya Chittasy, director of Engenesis Ventures, has founded four companies in the last ten years, including one being awarded Fastest Growing Company Asia-Pacific and another growing to 55 people within two and a half years. In his first technology startup, he experienced great difficulties in the build and launch phase and came to discover the severe misinformation that exists for technology founders today. He is passionate about empowering other entrepreneurs to avoid the deep pitfalls in the challenging phases of early stage tech-company growth.

Today, Engenesis brings together a powerful network of advisors and investors that follow the same mission: developing entrepreneurship itself for the betterment of humanity.

People Focused

Engenesis is people-focused. We don't focus on ideas as much as we focus on people. We see that people who have the right attitude, the right mindset and the right philosophy are the people that go on to create great companies. We are interested in building long-term relationships to create businesses and ventures that make a difference in the world.

Values - Driven

We are values-driven company. We believe that the journey is just as important as the destination and that living by a set of values is important for a fulfilling life and long-standing companies. That's why we build our companies with our core values in mind and we practice them as if we are in a dojo.

Why Venture Building?

There are a number of interesting things about the venture building model. Venture building is where entrepreneurs have the intention to create startups in parallel. They do this by using the same resources across multiple companies so they can gain maximum leverage. This can involve everything from the same teams or departments and range from skillsets and techniques and methodologies and expertise and intellectual property across sales and marketing, software and product development, strategic direction, connections and networks, data, analytics and platforms.

Secondly, venture building is heavily involved. The directors, the CEOs and the C-level executives are often heavily involved in the startups they work with rather than taking a back seat only as investors, therefore they are learning more about how to build a startup in today's environment, and they are passing that knowledge on to other startups in real time.

Across the world there are over 150 venture builders. There are currently 4 in Australia and the model is growing.

Leadership Team


Ashkan’s expertise stems from a wide range of business experience. He launched several companies at an early age. Through going on to work with startups, corporations and government, he has a special ability to understand business in establishment, growth and large-scale stages. He used to be one of the Microsoft Certificate Trainers in the world for two years. He has extensive experience in CTO and technology leadership roles and with a deep passion for developing human capital and building high performance teams he has a unique ability to bridge the people, technology and business aspects of an organisation.

ARIYA CHITTASY | Director, Engenesis Ventures

Ariya has founded 4 companies over the last 8 years, one being award Fastest Growing Asia Pacific and another growing to 55+ staff in 2.5 years. He has worked with over 200 businesses in this time, consulting on marketing strategy, digital presence, lead generation and business growth. This experience has provided him a unique view into what makes for effective growth strategies particularly in the early stages.

JOHN SMALLWOOD | People & Performance

John has extensive experience as a corporate executive, being engaged as a CEO in over 15 companies. He has successfully led and managed businesses with turnover up to and in excess of $250US million in Europe, Australia, and throughout Asia. This depth of experience has provided John an ability to see straight to the critical issues in an organisation that are often hidden or difficult to manage. His passion is in human behaviour and leadership.

ANAND CHELLANADAR | Director, GM at Engenesis India

With over 13 years of experience in the information technology industry, Anand has deep experience in what it takes to build large scale technology systems. His development experience includes software design & development, web applications development, system security, mobile apps development and ERP solutions. He continues to lead the delivery of major systems that experience high levels of demand, one such withstanding up to 2 million requests on average per day.


Advisory Team

JACQUELINE HOFTSE | People & Business Management

Jacqueline Hofste is a corporate consultant, talent coach, author, international speaker, educator and researcher. With a master’s degree in physics and over 15 years of senior management experience in the corporate world including managing global teams, Jacqueline now uses her experience and passion into her life mission to guide people on how they can excel despite the challenges of this demanding and forever changing environment.

HAMED TAGHVAEI | Business Commercialisation

Hamed is a serial entrepreneur owning multiple companies globally and in Australia. He is known for his deep understanding about the blockchain and ICO ecosystem, and specializes in providing expertise for startups in this area.

ADRIAN SAUNDERS | Sales and Marketing

Adrian has started over 10 businesses in his entrepreneurial career generating over $100 million in revenue. With one company acquired for $32 million in the USA, Adrian’s experience is in taking business from idea stage to a running concern. He is a pioneer of the digital marketing industry, being the first person to introduce email marketing to Australian companies in the early 2000s.

JOHN LOWE | Business Transformation & Strategy

John has conducted extensive advisory work on M&A for a leading New York Private Equity Firm and a Fortune 1000 company. He is an independent financial markets expert, appointed by ASIC, and was primary author of the mandatory technical market readiness ASIC reviews for new exchanges in Australia including CHI-X and APX. John has had also had experience as R&D Vice President for Phoenix Technologies in the Bay Area of San Francisco.


What We Do

Engenesis is out to create a powerful platform that enables new technology-based or technology-enabled companies to be created leaner, faster and with less risk. We do this in four different areas.


We hold a series of accelerator programs that provide training, funding, connections and resources to startups in the early stage of growth. We have a product development team that includes over 57 engineers across Australia and India that help our startups build and scale their products. The Engenesis Venture Building Framework is our unique methodology that enables us to build our startups in an optimized way..


We work with organisations such as small to medium businesses and not-for-profits with innovation programs, venture design and product development so they can create new innovative technology products and take them to market.


Our investor network involves a community of like-minded investors looking to support and scale early stage startups. The Venture Building community and platform we are creating is a great source of value for investors who do not want to be involved with tech-companies alone.


Our experts understand the unique position of corporates as they engage in a world of disruption and high risk. We support them to build new products and scale..