George Bachiashvili is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and early crypto investor who has founded and backed numerous startups in tech, fin-tech, blockchain, and hemp industries. In 2014 he established Mission Gate – a venture capital firm investing globally in angel and A/B stage projects.
Previously, he has founded the Georgian Co-Investment Fund which he managed for six years. GCF is the largest PE fund based in Georgia, focusing primarily on investing in Energy, Hospitality, Agriculture and Manufacturing sectors. At GCF, he currently holds the position of the Head of the Advisory Committee.
Since 2014 George also serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Georgian Stock Exchange, where he is actively involved in the corporate turnaround process.
In 2014 he was named 3 rd in the Forbes global “30 Under 30: Finance” list. George is also a member of the Investment Committee at GITA’s - Georgia Start-up Grants program, where he identifies and selects promising startups and entrepreneurs to provide assistance and grants of various sizes. Together with INSEAD, George published a case study: “Private Equity in Frontier Markets: Creating a Fund in Georgia” where he shares his experiences of establishing and managing a PE fund.
Before getting into startups, George accumulated a broad range of experience in management and finance while serving at various positions at Booz & Co, Abu Dhabi Group and Bank of Georgia. George holds a BBA Degree in Finance from Caucasus University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Shalva Daushvili is an investment professional with background in banking and private equity industries. Before joining Mission Gate he worked as a Director at Georgia Capital – London Stock Exchange listed private equity company in Georgia. There, he was responsible for entire life cycle of deals – from target engagement to closing. Before Georgia Capital, Shalva held various positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Bank of Georgia in New York and Tbilisi.
Shalva is a CFA and FRM charterholder, holds BBA degrees (Summa Cum Laude) in Finance & Risk Management from Georgia State University and Caucasus University, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tsotne Pipia is an investment professional with background in banking industry. Before joining Mission Gate, he worked as an associate corporate analyst at Bank of Georgia – London Stock Exchange listed company. There he carried out financial analysis of the companies, evaluated their creditworthiness and monitored their performace. Prior to Bank of Georgia, Tsotne completed an internship at the largest investment bank in Georgia - Galt & Taggart.
Tsotne holds BBA degree from Free University of Tbilisi with major in finance and minor in mathematics and computer science. Tsotne is a CFA Level I candidate.