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Why the federal government’s plan to increase the sophisticated investor threshold is terrible news for Australia’s startups

- January 15, 2024 4 MIN READ

Federal Labor’s recent suggestion of increasing the income and assets tests for the sophisticated investor exemption is one of the most infuriating examples of trying to fit a round peg in a square hole I’ve seen in a while.  Currently, to qualify as a sophisticated investor, you need at least $2.5 million in assets or… Read more »


Entries for the Techboard Australian Angel Awards close on November 7

- November 2, 2023 2 MIN READ

Startup investment analysis firm Techboard has extended the closing date for its annual Australian Angel Awards to November 7′ The awards celebrate the contribution Angel investors make to the startup ecosystem and overall economy and community in Australia, and this year are being supported by Angel Loop. Techboard CEO and cofounder Peter van Bruchem said Angel… Read more »

Innovation Bay cofounders Ian Gardiner and Phaedon Stough.
Venture Capital

Innovation Bay is launching in Queensland and on the hunt for great local startups to back

- December 23, 2022 2 MIN READ

Angel investor community Innovation Bay is opening a Brisbane chapter  Horizon is moving to agnostic deal flow  Queensland founders can apply to pitch via Dealum Innovation Bay, the longest-running community for technology startups, scale-ups and investors in Australia and New Zealand, is launching in Queensland in 2023. Horizon, the 20-year-old organisation’s angel investor community, has… Read more »

Jackie Vullinghs
Venture Capital

AirTree is opening up its free angel investor program to everyone to build a more diverse VC community

- July 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australian venture capital firm AirTree is opening up its previously invitation-only angel investor program, Explorer in a bid to attract more women and others to create greater diversity in the VC investment community. The Explorer program launched in 2020 in a bid to address declining angel investment. Since then more than 100 Explorers have completed the… Read more »


Sydney Angels build their largest syndicate for $1.6 million round for Hunter startup Safe Gauge

- February 18, 2022 2 MIN READ

Hunter-based smart maintenance tooling manufacturer Safe Gauge has raised $1.6 million in angel investment. A syndicate of more than 30 investors from Sydney Angels contributed, making it the largest group for a single syndicate in Sydney Angels history. Founder and Managing Director Luke Dawson said he had to prove his worth in a three-step pitching… Read more »


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 »

Dr Kate Cornick

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 »

Susan Oliver

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 »

NIna Hooper

Antler Australia reveals how it’s letting angel investors in on deals with its startup cohorts

- August 17, 2021 4 MIN READ

Antler is known for breaking down the barriers of entrepreneurship and now, via a new initiative, the “Antler Angel Experience,” is also providing access to untapped early-stage funding opportunities. Local investors and startup founders will know, Australia has an early-stage funding gap. It exists due to a market gaining in maturity and results in startups struggling… Read more »


Techboard names Australia’s top angel investors

- October 15, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Perth-based angel investor Greg Riebe has been named the Angel of the year for his contribution to and impact on angel investment in the startup community in the annual Techboard 2020 Australian Angel Investment Awards. Despite fears that it would be a lean year for angel investment, Techboard found that total funds deployed by… Read more »