The 9.8 Group

is an international strategic advisory firm focused on market entry strategies, direct investments, and platform-based  investment vehicles.



With headquarters in New York City and presence in Europe, Russia, and China, we understand the complexity of the ever-shifting global economy. For over 20 years we have lived and breathed this dynamic force of globalization and deeply understand the challenges it presents to businesses of all sizes and sectors. 

Rapidly changing trends, regulatory obstacles, lack of access to capital in local markets, and a myriad of other barriers demand from businesses a nimble, flexible, and hyper-informed strategy. 

Knowledge and agility are fundamental in our approach to business strategy.

We design business models based on:

  1. Deep knowledge of international markets and access to a unique network of experts
  2. Understanding of consumer, business, and technological trends
  3. Proven methodology of aligning the product, team, and the market cycle to foster growth

Investment Focus: While our consulting practice works with a wide range of industry categories, our investment interests are focused on Technology, Healthcare, Wellness, and Communications, with a special emphasis on platform solutions.




Givi Topchishvili

Founder & President, 9.8 Group

Givi Topchishvili, Founder and President of the 9.8 Group, is a New York-based entrepreneur and investor who over the past two decades has developed a systemic approach to business growth and expansion in a complex and ever-shifting global economy. 

Givi’s knowledge and experience foms the framework and methodology for the consulting arm of his business that assists international corporate entities and private clients with establishing and expanding their brands in the U.S. and abroad. 

With clients ranging from innovative startups to governmental agencies and Fortune 500 companies, Givi and his team have architected market entry campaigns for established category leaders as well as new entrants in Finance, Media, SaaS, Travel and Tourism, Technology, Retail, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, and Oil & Gas. 

Givi’s international and entrepreneurial background has enabled him to advise companies entering the United States from such diverse countries as China, Germany, Russia, Thailand, and Ukraine. In the US, his teams are responsible for award-winning marketing campaigns that expanded clients’ brand to niche markets. 

Givi has authored a number of books on business strategy, including “Marketing in the New Millennium – Models for Success” and “The Science of Winning in Investments, Management, and Marketing.” He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and is active in a number of charitable organizations and business societies.