Not all venture capital is invested equally.

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Disrupting the
venture capital industry.

Ascender is an impact investment fund focused on empowering young, skilled entrepreneurs with unbridled passions for the problems they are solving. We back talented movers and shakers, not only ideas.

Innovation and social responsibility are industry agnostic

Thus we believe it is foolish to avoid opportunity at the cost of industry specificity.

We stand for responsible capitalism

Ascender firmly believe it is the responsibility of our generation’s entrepreneurs to respond to our world’s most pressing issues. It is our mission to support them in their endeavors.

Lean VC Model

Richard leverages his network of skilled technologists, famous investors, lawyers, and due diligence specialists to access minimal-cost support services.


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A sample of companies who we invest in.


Steep Hill




Voyage Control


Richard Malone

At the age of 22, he started Ascender Ventures for two reasons. First to formalize the investment thesis he used to achieve success at the age of 19. Secondly, to invest in like-minded entrepreneurs creating solutions that better our planet.

Richard later founded an analytics startup, Zoomthru, which focused on building enterprise solutions for municipalities and private parking companies.

Richard himself likes to get personally involved with catalyzing change. He is the head of business development for The Saksham Center in Jaipur, India, where he leads fundraising initiatives and organizational growth strategies. He is also the Stewardee of the Wise Investor Endowment Fund at George Mason University.

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