Lighter Capital CEO Melissa Widner

Why subjectivity could be the issue when it comes to VCs backing female founders

- June 21, 2024 < 1 MIN READ

The media depicts a depressing state, but is this painting an accurate picture? The 60 funds we surveyed (please let us know if we missed yours) 1835i, Black Sheep Capital, Folklore Ventures, Macdoch Ventures, Shearwater Capital, Tenacious Ventures, Airtree, Brandon Capital, Galileo Ventures, Main Sequence, Side Stage Ventures, Giant Leap, Marbruck Investments, Significant Early Venture… Read more »

Show Her the Money

The producer of the award-winning doco on backing female founders, Show Her The Money, is coming to Australia for its premiere

- June 14, 2024 3 MIN READ

The award-winning US documentary Show Her The Money, about venture funding for female founders, will have its Australian premiere later this month, with screenings in Sydney and Melbourne. The film is being presented by SheBacks.Me, a community organisation which has emerged out of SheEO to support Australian female founders and investors to close the gender… Read more »


The reason why most VCs don’t invest in women-led startups is much simpler than many think

- June 14, 2024 3 MIN READ

At every conference, on every panel, year after year, the same tech leaders ponder the same question: Why don’t more women receive venture capital funding? The participants stroke their chins and furrow their brows. Perhaps, they muse, it’s due to societal gender norms that discourage women from pursuing entrepreneurship. Maybe there’s a lack of access… Read more »

Dog, money, nurture
Venture Capital

Antler boss says: ‘you can count the Australian VCs writing first cheques at MVP who keep investing to Series A on one hand’ 

- June 12, 2024 2 MIN READ

I speak to hundreds of Australian founders every month from all backgrounds pursuing a wide range of businesses. However, there is one unifying view from them all: how hard it is to raise the necessary capital to scale and grow.  There’s a counter-intuitive irony here; historically, the best venture returns have come from the vintages… Read more »

Diana Callebaut
Venture Capital

Queensland backs impact VC Pollination’s $150 million fund for climate solution startups

- June 6, 2024 2 MIN READ

The Queensland government is backing in specialist venture capital firm Pollination in a new fund for local climate and nature technology startups. Pollination’s Climate and Nature Impact Venture Fund has kicked off with the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) as cornerstone investor through the Queensland Venture Capital Development Fund (QVCDF).  It’s been a busy week for… Read more »

Llew Jury, Georgia Barkell and Heath Shonhan
Venture Capital

Queensland backs local VC Sprint Ventures, lures Blues fund Tidal Ventures north

- June 4, 2024 3 MIN READ

Brisbane early and growth-stage venture capital fund Sprint Ventures is among four new VCs to be backed by the state government’s Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) as part of an ambitious plan to invest in more local startups. The QIC-managed Queensland Venture Capital Development Fund (QVCDF) is the cornerstone investor for Sprint Fund 3. It follows an initial… Read more »

Skalata Venture chairman Paul Little with the fund's COO Maxine Lee and CEO Rohan Workman

Paul Little’s Skalata lands $900,000 from LaunchVic 

- May 21, 2024 2 MIN READ

Melbourne VC firm Skalata has a new investor in LaunchVic, which has backed the seed fund with $900,000.  Skalata, chaired by former Toll boss Paul Little, has been a highly active in early capital for nascent startups, making 70 investments across two funds since its l. LaunchVic will invest directly into the fund manager overseeing… Read more »