Niki Scevak - Blackbird co-founder
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Blackbird’s Niki Scevak has a theory about why it’s boom time for Australian startups

- February 9, 2022 3 MIN READ

Australian startups are having more international success than ever before and for Blackbird co-founder Niki Scevak, it comes as the Oz startup ecosystem has taken huge steps in development over the past decade. Speaking on The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem podcast, Niki talks about the changes he’s seen in Australia, how Blackbird approaches… Read more »

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A new pooled funds investment syndicate model called Aussie Angels has been launched by Cheryl Mack

- December 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

A new approach to investing in early-stage startups has been developed by former Stone & Chalk national head of community Cheryl Mack. Aussie Angels is an investment platform that lets sophisticated investors join experienced startup investors in syndicates backing the next wave of Australian startups. Investors can find and join angel syndicates to get access… Read more »

Dog, money, nurture
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Australia’s ’20/12 rule’ is stifling angel investment and any chance of younger generations backing startups

- December 1, 2021 4 MIN READ

When the topic of regulations that need to change to increase angel investment in Australia, an excuse that often comes up is: “Retail investors aren’t prevented from investing in startups, there’s the 20/12 rule!” Well let me tell you why that’s largely unhelpful. I recently spoke with someone who told me they were looking to… Read more »

Dr Kate Cornick
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LaunchVic is helping people learn how to become angel investors in startups

- November 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

Victorian startup agency LaunchVic will back 75 potential startup investors to take part in a investor education programs to build angel investor capabilities. The VC Catalyst course at the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship at the University of Melbourne focuses on giving venture investors with the knowledge, skills, confidence and networks to invest in early-stage startups. … Read more »

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Why VCs need to think harder about ESG if they want to build better companies

- November 4, 2021 3 MIN READ

With officials from nearly 200 countries having gathered for COP26, the well-known annual United Nations Climate Change Summit, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues are top of mind for business leaders. In a world that is rife with division as humanity grapples with changes and challenges caused by an ongoing global pandemic, ecosystem collapse, supply… Read more »

Melbourne
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Giant Leap’s Small Steps: The ‘unicorn’ funding week for Aussie startups – and its impact highlights

- September 30, 2021 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Giant Leap’s Small Steps, a newsletter offering global insights and news on the impact startups landscape. We’ll be sharing an edited version with Startup Daily readers every fortnight. Giant Leap is Australia’s first impact venture fund, and they use this newsletter to surface the ideas and businesses that intrigue and inspire them and… Read more »

TEN13, Steve Baxter, Stew Glynn
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Steve Baxter’s syndicate VC TEN13 is on target to invest $100 million in just 3 years

- September 21, 2021 3 MIN READ

TEN13, the early-stage technology investment syndicate co-founded in 2019 by Steve Baxter, says it’s on track to deploy more than $100 million in its first three years of operation. The Queensland venture fund, which has a deal-by-deal model, has already raised and invested $30 million into 14 break-out technology companies across the globe including Australia’s… Read more »

Susan Oliver
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Susan Oliver named Angel of the Year in Techboard’s annual angel investor awards

- September 14, 2021 4 MIN READ

Scale Investors co-founder Susan Oliver has been named the Angel of the Year in Techboard’s annual Australian Angel Awards. Oliver, who early this year stepped away the governance side of Scale to chair the Alice Anderson Fund, the Victorian government’s sidecar fund, was a worthy recipient accord to Angel Awards founder and Techboard co-founder Rafael… Read more »

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BUY THE TECH DIP: Thorney Technologies CEO Alex Waislitz on backing fintech

- February 26, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Thorney Technologies (TEK) saw H1 revenues and profits rise across both TEK and the long-only Thorney Opportunities Fund (TOP), with an 80 cent interim dividend announced by the latter. Speaking to ausbiz.com.au, CEO Alex Waislitz said Thorney invests in both listed and unlisted tech assets across Australia and North America. “Fintech… we’re in life sciences,… Read more »