The daring dozen – Antler Australia’s cohort of 31 founders from 12 startups receiving pre-seed funding. (rear, l-r) Anish Sinha co-founder of Upcover, Ben Cooper-Woolley cofounder of SiteHive, Bede Moore Managing Partner of Antler Australia and New Zealand, Kellie Marks co-founder of SiteHive, Kailash Chandrasekaran co-founder of Upcover, Adam Ferguson co-founder of SiteHive, Nick Glynn co-founder of Quicka, Lara Solomon co-founder of StoryAntics, Lars Oleson co-founder Xailient, Michael Li co-founder of Lamno, Erin Corcoran co-founder of Nuzzl, Anindha Parthy co-founder of Lamno, Mereki Nieman co-founder of Rensa; (front, l-r) Anthony Millet Partner at Antler Australia and New Zealand, Marco Prayer co-founder of RecycleSmart, Skye Theodorou co-founder of Upcover, Stuart Hunter co-founder of Cauzey, Erin Soll co-founder of Nuzzl, Shivani Gopal co-founder of Halo Money, Guillaume Ang co-founder of Hollis, Nathan Carroll co-founder Quicka, Christian Eckelmann co-founder of Halo Money, Nate Kraizelburd co-founder of Hollis.
- Antler’s inaugural program started in Sydney in June
- The VC fund has invested in 12 startups created during the program
- All 12 have $100,000 in pre-seed funding for a 10% equity stake
Antler, the global startup generator and early-stage VC fund that launched in Australia this year, has made its first investments in 12 local startups emerging eight weeks into its six-month accelerator program.
The company has tipped $1.2 million into the ventures – $100,000 each – as pre-seed funding, taking an 10% equity stake in the startups, effectively valuing them at $1 million each just weeks after they began.
More than 70 aspiring founders started with the program in June, and formed 31 teams, who pitched their ideas to Antler’s investment committee, which included Antler ANZ Managing Partner Bede Moore and the company’s co-founder and CEO Magnus Grimeland.
The dozen include a gig economy insurer, a greentech startup, a mental wellbeing e-coach for employees, a payments platform, a charitable giving platform, pet telehealth, a personalised children’s book startup and a customer rewards program.
Half the startups have at least one woman in teams of 1-3 founders.
Bede Moore said 93% of the 29 co-founders met at Antler, two-thirds built their business from an idea they already had and all 12 startups have at least one overseas-born founder
“In just eight weeks, these individuals have found their co-founders, identified a problem to solve, validated their solution and built a business model. Not only that, many of these teams have already started on their MVP, made first hires and secured customers,” Moore said.
“Those who didn’t gain investment should also be fiercely proud of what they have achieved. We’ll be working with these teams over the next week, helping them transition into the next phase of their journey, whether that be to join a team which did gain investment, continue on with their idea outside of Antler, or to pursue other opportunities.”
Antler will help the 12 teams progress with scaling their startups over the next four months before the Antler Demo Day in November, seeking external seed funding from up to 500 local and international investors.
Antler Australia is now starting the hunt for recruits to its second Sydney program in January 2020.