Some of Australia’s leading VC funds, including Blackbird Ventures, Airtree VC, Grok Ventures, Square Peg Capital and Rampersand VC are coming to Melbourne in August for a new event organised by the host of the The Startup Playbook podcast, Rohit Bhargava. The Investor Connect event in Melbourne on August 15 is Bhargava’s brainchild,… Read more »
Australian VC firm, Brandon Capital Partners, has just raised another $210 million to invest in commercialising medical research, and is already on the hunt for another $250 million as it edges towards $1 billion in science investments. The 5th Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, MRCF5, raised AU$210 million from existing investors, taking the total in the… Read more »
HubSpot is the latest company to move into the corporate venture capital space, building on its handful of investments with the launch of a dedicated US$30 million ($41.5 million) fund.
Government and business must overcome short-term thinking if Australia is to prosper: Hostplus CIO Sam Sicilia
Having invested $900 million into venture capital so far, Hostplus CIO Sam Sicilia believes the fund is helping to build a prosperous future for Australia.
Venture capital investment into Australian startups grew 1.4 percent in 2017 to hit US$555.63 million ($698 million), though the number of deals fell from 185 in 2016 to 135.
We regularly read or get told stories of how start-up and emerging growth technology companies have found it difficult to deal with their lawyers. We hear how lawyers are un-commercial, hard to understand, just lining their own pockets or treating them as though they were a Fortune 500 company and charging accordingly.
With more start-ups coming to market quicker in Australia and many emerging growth tech companies flourishing, one of the big challenges for our technology entrepreneurs is to increase the conversion of local companies that close a VC Series A funding round.