About Us | Our Story
Nakoudu was born from a desire to solve a problem.
There were so many incredible technologies not gaining the commercial momentum it deserved - because the right people who could help, didn't know about it.
We couldn't believe this was still happening in the 2020's.
Somehow, in a world of digital democracy, cutting edge tech was still lost in the void of "who you know, not what you know."
And so - our mission and vision came to be.
To eliminate roadblocks from commercialisating tech innovation.
To transform technological innovation into real world impact.
Because we care about building a better future with cutting edge technology - together.
Our purpose was clear - next, we had to ask the right questions.
Was it really as simple as a lack of avenues?
It turned out our peers, industry leaders, and inventors overwhelmingly agreed.
The key challenges reported by inventors and entrepreneurs were:
Silos and limited networks
A lack of mentoring and support
Not enough resources
These barriers lead to not finding funding, pilot partners, or first customers.
And all the while, Investors, VC's and mentors have no idea about it.
We know that creating a better future with technology requires all tech, in all pockets of innovation, to be received on its merits - not just the lucky ones.
So after deconstructing the problem, we knew what we needed to do.
We needed to become the missing link in the chain. But how?
We were in a unique position to fix this problem. In our toolkit we had:
A trusted reputation
Decades of expertise
Not to mention a team of best in show leaders who shared our philosophy.
We had everything we needed to counter the challenges. But how to leverage it?
And that was our biggest lightbulb moment.
The solution was to build an online tech community. A public directory for investors and tech users to browse and connect with partners, possible clients or mentors.
And since its launch, tech companies have matched with opportunities they never thought possible until now.
But our work is never done. Fast forward to today, and ...
We knew we could do even more.
While our tech community was connecting tech companies with opportunity, we still saw potential in other areas of investment growth.
We noticed Universities grappling with processing new technologies still in research phase.
We saw Startups who needed more services to translate their tech into a viable solution.
And we spoke with VC's wondering what nascent tech they were still missing out on.
And so with that in mind, we built upon the existing success of the network to offer pathways for every one on their journey to scale.
How Nakoudu can help you:
Jennifer George is the CEO of Nakoudu, a social network for innovators that connects and proactively connects innovators looking for partners to deep tech and digital B2B companies throughout the world. Nakoudu works in all digital and is focused on Health tech, Smart Cities, and Climate Change.
Jennifer has been working at the intersection of digital and industry innovations for more than 15 years. She was an executive in US capital markets and has founded several companies.
Jennifer has commercialised technical innovations in more than 50 different industry sectors and one, a medical device company, is currently listed on the ASX. Jennifer has an MBA, a GAICD designation and is the Chair of IT-268 a voluntary committee for Smart Cities and Communities at Standards Australia. www.nakoudu.com
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"Social networks that connect friends, employees and potential partners have been highly successful. Nakoudu's goal is to link technology entrepreneurs and innovators, arguably one of the largest but most fragmented industry segments on the planet, into one cohesive and highly supportive global community.
Having commercialised businesses for many years, I realised that many parties must be brought together to create a successful tech businesses.
When Covid started in early in 2020 I thought that while we could not be out and about, this time could be used to connect businesses together.
With the support of a group of early believers we approached deep tech entrepreneurs, digital technology experts throughout Victoria for a regular monthly zoom call to support and maintain the growth of Melbourne’s digital community during lock down.
Since then, nearly 400 businesses have attended the group’s tech/business focused zoom calls, talking about their respective digital innovations and offering ways to help each other or create new connections. Technology innovation takes a long time but we could clearly see that these connection could lead to millions of dollars of business.
We knew we had struck upon a winning idea.
When I decided to build the network we chose Nakoudu, derived from the Japanese word for match maker, and since 2021 we have been on the journey to build and refine the site."