Meet the VC: Ihar Mahaniok from Geek Ventures

February 14, 2024


Ihar Mahaniok

Geek Ventures

Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with Ihar Mahaniok from Geek Ventures to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more with our partners ramp, Vistra and Banc of California.

About Ihar Mahaniok

Ihar is managing partner at Geek Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on supporting immigrant founders building US tech companies.

Companies he has backed at pre-seed and seed include unicorns such as Instacart, PandaDoc,, Chainalysis, Airbyte, and Jeeves, among other 100+ companies. He is passionate about finding and empowering talented entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and helping them achieve their vision and impact. He is always looking for amazing founders from everywhere on Earth who solve old problems in new ways.

About Geek Ventures

We enjoy investing in exceptional founders that geek out in their category. We are looking for large and fast-growing TAM ($10B+). We come in early – pre/seed and seed (from idea stage to $1.5M ARR). Bold ideas preferred. High scalability is a must.

We are sector-agnostic. Though immigrant founders are our priority, we consider underappreciated US-born founders as well.

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About Escalon

Escalon offers all the essential business services needed to maintain a company. A single, trusted resource for everything from part-time CFO services and HR, to accounting, tax, payroll, and insurance.

Experience the peace of mind of having all your company’s back-office needs running seamlessly in the background. Escalon is centered around the idea of making life easier for serial entrepreneurs and savvy CEO’s.

We’re with you at every stage. Our strategic advice and efficient services in finance & people-related matters enable us to escort early stage companies through transformation into large enterprises or successful exits.

Meet our partners


ramp is on a mission to help finance teams build healthier businesses. By reimagining technology for back office finance from the ground up, Ramp provides businesses of all sizes and at all stages with the essential tools to modernize finance operations and help their business thrive.

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The combination of Vistra and Tricor creates a powerhouse of over 9,000 professionals in 50+ jurisdictions, offering unrivalled quality, scale, and breadth of capabilities, that will help our clients navigate the increasing complexities of establishing, managing, operating, and growing their businesses around the world.

Vistra helps businesses that do good, do better. As a leading fund administrator and corporate service provider, we work with clients who are making a difference in the world, whether they’re developing new technology, new ways of investing or new ways of working.

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Banc of California

Banc of California helps all types of businesses obtain the financing they need to keep their company moving forward. With extensive experience in manufacturing, healthcare, commercial real estate, entertainment, and nonprofit sectors, Banc of California is strategically positioned to support industries integral to California’s economy. Our teams know our clients’ businesses, believe in their goals, and work collaboratively with our clients to achieve their goals.

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