This article showcases our top picks for the best Australia based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Australia Venture Capital Companies
Blue Sky Private Equity
Blue Sky Private Equity invests in Australian companies to support their growth. Blue Sky is Australia’s leading diversified alternative asset manager.
Blue Sky specializes in managing investments across the four major alternative asset classes: private equity, private real estate, real assets and hedge funds. Founded in 2006, Blue Sky has since grown to have more than $3.9 billion in fee-earning assets under management and an 11-year investment track record of delivering returns to our investors of 15.0% p.a.1 (net of fees as at 31 December 2017).
Blue Sky has a world-class team, a global investor base, offices across Australia and the United States and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:BLA).. .
OneVentures is one of Australia’s leading venture capital firms, with over $330M in funds under management. But they do more than invest.
They take companies to that all important next stage, by actively shaping their future. They apply their years of international experience, operational and executional expertise to accelerate the growth of their portfolio companies.
A global growth focus drives their investment selection with their current portfolio including companies with truly innovative products tackling multi-billion-dollar problems, from needle-free vaccinations to virtual communications to adaptive e-learning.. .
Fatfish Internet Group
Fatfish Internet Group is a startup investment company based in Singapore. It acts as a strategic investor in companies by providing funding, network, and resources to increase the growth of their businesses.
It has backed ventures such as Dressabelle, a fashion ecommerce site; RajaPremi, a car insurance comparison service; and Novatap, the company behind visual website builder dockPHP.. .
SuperEd helps super fund members make better decisions about their retirement savings. They provide retirement income forecasting, online financial advice and personalised investment management based on the member’s needs and objectives.
They believe that all super fund members should get a forecast of the periodic income they can reasonably expect in retirement. These forecasts should be stochastic rather than deterministic to reflect uncertainty of returns and longevity.
They offer the expertise and experience of our outstanding strategic partners, who provide extraordinary capabilities and solutions from the technology, marketing, financial services and administration sectors.. .
QIC delivers investment outcomes for our clients. Created in 1991 by the Queensland government to serve its long term investment responsibilities, we have grown into a Global Diversified Alternatives business.
QIC focus on our clients and their clients, first, last and only. Their objectives are our only objectives.
We deliver to over 90 like-minded institutional investors in Australia and internationally.. .
muru-D offers $75K on a SAFE (Simple Agreement For Future Equity) convertible note with 50% discount and no cap during the 2 year term. We work with exceptional Founders solving high impact, global problems.
As part of a six-months program, founders will gain access to a purpose built coworking space; our global network of mentors, alumni, investors and partners; international trade trips; and many more perks. Founders get all the benefits of building lifetime connections with your fellow cohort entrepreneurs, whilst working with us to create an acceleration path that is tailored to fit your business needs..
ASX Limited operates Australia’s primary securities exchange, the Australian Securities Exchange. The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is a multi-asset class electronic platform, formed in 2006 by the merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Sydney Futures Exchange, combining cash equities with one of Asia’s largest derivatives operations.
The exchange was the first to go public among global exchanges in 1998. The ASX was ranked as the 15th largest derivatives exchange in 2012, according to the Futures Industry Association’s annual volume survey of the world’s largest exchanges measured by volume.
The ASX is a member exchange of the World Federation of Exchanges.. .
Gordiantec is a start-up company and was founded on 25 August 2011. It is a private, unlisted Australian company.
The company is funded by capital group Yuuwa Capital LP. Gordiantec is developing applications of a technology implemented by personnel at the University of Western Australia / Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).
Gordiantec is validating algorithms for SNP data identification that are associated with disease outcomes and/or population sub-types. Gordiantec has filed or is filing patent applications for diagnostics in areas including diabetes and cancer.
It is expanding application of its approach to new diseases.. .
Innovyz is a 13-week accelerator program, and provides a $20,000 stipend to teams of three who are selected to participate in the program. The Program Director works with each company to commercialise its break-through innovation.
The program includes mentoring by successful entrepreneurs, learning programs around growing a company, identification of target markets, working and reworking the company’s plan, and a presentation to potential investors on the last day of the program. ANZ Innovyz BRIDGE was designed for a select group of companies, primarily those who have graduated from ANZ Innovyz START and have received investments and/or a large contract.
The BRIDGE program extends 3-6 months after graduation and enables companies to cross the chasm between “startup” and “initial growth”, the stage when so many companies fail. ANZ Innovyz START is one of 53 accelerators in the Global Accelerator Network..
Moelis Australia Asset Management
Moelis Australia is an ASX listed financial services group specialising in asset management, corporate advisory and equities. The firm was founded in 2009 as a joint venture with NYSE-listed Moelis & Company, a leading global independent investment bank.
Since then, Moelis Australia has advised on transactions worth over $100 billion, assisted clients to raise more than $7.5 billion in equity capital markets, and currently has over $5 billion in assets under management. The Private Equity and Venture Capital team currently manages over $300 million in investor capital.
The firm co-invests to ensure alignment of interests and strategy, and invests deeply in understanding management and industry fundamentals. .
Trimantium Capital is a principal investment and advisory firm with a network of global investors. We aim to back entrepreneurs building the future with networked and patient capital.
With every opportunity, we seek to bring together the right people, capital and technology. We focus on opportunities in large markets such as financial services, education, energy, entertainment and health, primarily in the United States and Asia Pacific regions..
Auctus is an Australian Stock Exchange listed (ASX: AVC) alternative investment fund focused on investing in the global technology sector. Our mission is to invest in: exceptional talents, teams, and businesses to deliver outstanding results for investors.
It was established to provide differentiated and active strategies across the global alternative investment landscape to service funds, family offices and sophisticated investors. Alternative Investments are assets in which returns are not correlated to one or more conventional investment types; equities, bonds and cash.
Alternative Investments may include asset classes such as venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), real estate, debt funds and infrastructure.. .
Trilogy Funds Management Limited
Trilogy Funds Management Limited was established in 1998 and holds an Australian Financial Services Licence No. 261425 and acts as Responsible Entity for a number of mortgage funds and property syndicates.
Trilogy Funds’ objective is to offer investors, both wholesale and retail, Competitive investment performance and high quality services through a range of managed investment schemes. The underlying philosophy of all Trilogy Funds’ products is the belief that property represents one of the most significant planks of wealth creation for all investors, large or small.
Trilogy Funds’ strength is underpinned by the quality and experience of its directors and senior executives – harnessing management experience across property investment, mortgage management, financial services and law. As at April 2014, Trilogy Funds has funds under management including mortgages, direct property and financial assets spread across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Investment opportunities include: • Income Trusts Trilogy Monthly Income Trust is suitable for investors seeking higher returns and an income stream from their investment. • Property Syndicates Our investment offerings include opportunities for investors with limited capital to invest in large commercial, retail and industrial properties.
All enquiries regarding the services available at Trilogy Funds can be directed to us via phone or email. Please call 1800 230 099 or visit www.trilogyfunds.com.au for more information..
CoVentured partners with Enterprises to source and create outcomes with the world’s best Scaleups and high growth Startups. We develop a deep understanding of an Enterprise’s challenges and strategic goals, then combine algorithmic assessment of companies with human judgement to discover solutions that are a relevant for an Enterprise’s needs.
Outcomes between Scaleups and Enterprises cover a wide spectrum from pitch opportunities and vendor relationships to strategic partnerships, investment and M&A. In addition to our Scaleup Sourcing services, CoVentured provides an online platform for the global innovation ecosystem including Startups, VCs, Accelerators & Incubators, Coworking spaces, Universities and more to discover and connect with other companies and opportunities to help them grow.
We are a network of networks.. .
Neu Capital is a global technology enabled corporate finance firm, specialising in private institutional debt & equity transactions ranging from A$10m to A$150m. Our clients are Australian, New Zealand and South African companies with under A$500m in revenue seeking institutional capital.
The Neu Capital network of institutional investor relationships spans several hundred family offices, credit funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, pension funds and large corporates. Neu Capital has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Johannesburg and London.
Argonaut is a full service advisory, stockbroking & research and investment house with offices in Perth and Hong Kong. Argonaut is technically driven & focused on natural resource companies & businesses that service the metals, mining, energy and agri-business sectors.
Argonaut has an established track record of creating significant wealth for clients. Argonaut is an integrated investment house with corporate, stockbroking & research and special situations financing capability in the Australia/Asian region.
With Offices in Perth and Hong Kong, Argonaut is technically driven and focused on Metals & Mining, Energy, Agribusiness, Businesses and Contractors that service the natural resource sector and select Industrial companies with market capitalisations between $30 million and $5 billion.. .
Contango Capital Partners
Contango Capital Partners takes equity interests in fund managers and other financial services companies that are operating in high growth; high margin segments of the finance industries in Australia, New Zealand or Asia. The aim is to progressively acquire equity holdings amounting to around 70% of the gross value of the company’s assets.
The remaining funds are invested in listed financial services companies.. .
Yard is an Australian non-bank lender. We’re obsessed with designing innovative mortgage solutions that are simple, transparent and fairly priced.
We have made the home loan experience better for people. That means using the latest technology, providing exceptional locally-based customer service and offering a commitment that your needs come first.
Most home loans are confusing. The long list of hidden fees and charges makes meaningful comparison tough.
The application processes are inefficient, they feel ancient and seem to take an eternity. It’s busy work, but it’s not meaningful.
We are changing this. So, we are revolutionising home loans, step-by-step.
We’ve simplified things so you’re no longer tracking down paperwork or sweating whilst you wait to understand where you stand. A better way to get your dream home.
Foundry is a Sydney-based VC that invests in early stage digital businesses with a focus on new e-commerce models. The company was founded by Dale McCarthy and Paul Tobin in September 2011.
Investments to date include: www.lusthaveit.com.au – (Australia’s Birchbox) www.productionparty.com – (Australia’s Turn Here). .
L U X E M
L U X E M is a progressive Australia-based Family Office and Venture and PE-focused Investor in technology in Australia and or abroad. L U X E M boasts genuine early stage and early private equity Investment Mandates, both of which favor and invest actively in transformational B2B technology companies.
In addition to out-performance, L U X E M seeks to foster positive change through its direct and indirect investing activities.. .
AgCrowd is an investment platform for agricultural and energy companies. We assist companies with efficient capital raising and aid them to connect better with investors, customers and partners via our investment platform.
For investors, we provide a new avenue for impact investing in growth companies and alternative assets. AgCrowd is licenced by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (AFSL 511673)..
Venturetec’s mission is to inspire & enable organisations to innovate and become future-ready. Venturetec is a globally experienced consulting firm based in Asia-Pacific; we specialise in strategic design, corporate innovation and venture-building.
Our team are experts in human-centered design, enterprise lean innovation, business model design, and agile methodologies, combining global corporate, consulting, and startup experience across a range of industry sectors. Venturetec provides an integrated suite of consulting services to enable organisations to: – Create innovation & growth strategies – Transform the culture – Develop future-ready capabilities – Launch new ventures We help organisations adopt the principles, tools and methods of Lean Innovation; educating, enabling and empowering their people to become more adaptable, agile, customer-centric and innovative.
Venturetec is a Certified B Corporation, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.. .
Rocket Seeder accelerates the pace of food and agriculture innovation. We help entrepreneurs right across the food and fibre value chain.
We build communities around entrepreneurs and provide the growing conditions so they can startup fast and grow rapidly. We work with entrepreneurs seeking to bring new products and services to market from production to consumption, including food, beverages, software, hardware, chemistry, materials, equipment, packaging, new processes and new business models..
BTC health is a listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange and is registered as a Pooled Development Fund (PDF) under the Pooled Development Fund Act, 1992. As a PDF the company and its shareholders are able to access certain tax concessions.* BTC health is in the business of providing development capital and management expertise to high-growth Australian biotech, medtech and pharmaceutical companies.
The company’s strategy is to make active investments in life science businesses and late-stage product development opportunities that will benefit from greater access to development capital. The company has the longer-term objective of building a group of complimentary businesses that are entrepreneurial, innovative, globally focused and when operating together have the ability to generate better health outcomes and value for its shareholders.
With a highly experienced Board, a strong shareholder base and a new head office in Melbourne, Australia, the company is well placed to execute on range of strategic investments in the life sciences sector.. .
Creating a community of 200 angel investors who co-invest in Melbourne’s best-vetted start-ups, providing funding and developing early-stage businesses to build a world-class tech-hub for Australia. Start-ups that make a difference in the world.
In founding C2 Angels, our vision has always been global. As a company, we decided Melbourne was the best place to build a powerful foundation and business model that could then be replicated across the world..
Dosatsu specializes in frontier technologies and solutions for a select group of global clients. From technology development to cyber security to strategic investment and beyond, Dosatsu has the means and the expertise to bring your idea to fruition.
Dosatsu Ventures: Our ventures arm makes strategic investments that complement or augment our capabilities or interests. Aiming to be strategically aligned with all the cornerstones of the new digital economy, we partner with or acquire interests in upcoming companies.
We maintain a focus on Cloud-based Digitisation, Transformation, Analytics, IoT, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data or UAV driven solutions and have experience in consumer, shared economy, digital media, edtech, health tech, cyber security, cryptocurrencies & ICOs, drone lead solutions. Dosatsu Labs: As our research division and incubator of proprietary products and solutions, Dosatsu Sabs is seeding projects and companies designed to solve problems that we are able to identify actionable solutions for in the global marketplace.
We specialise in customised solutions drawing on leading innovation and architecture incorporating IoT, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data or UAV driven solutions. Dosatsu Global Services: Dosatsu Global Services (DGS) was formed to provide cutting edge technology led companies the same access to expertise that we utilizes for our in-house projects.
DGS engages with clients who are at the tipping point of value creation. Our services range from refining the value proposition and unpacking the product solution to positioning/communicating to the market and assisting through the initial deployment to success..
InterValley Ventures Pty Ltd
InterValley Ventures Pty Ltd, thru AI>Human, is an early stage VC fund investing in breakthrough technologies linked to Artificial Intelligence (AI). The focus is on companies that generate, control and learn from unique data sources.
Sectors include Healthcare, Life Sciences, AgTech, FoodTech, FinTech and EduTech. Its focus includes companies with deep technologies that improve AI performance and companies with hardware applications, including robotics, computer vision, sensor networks and drones.
We also look generally at companies that have new, AI-enabled business models that are transforming industries. 80% of our capital will be deployed in Australia.
The AI>Human fund is globally backed. Japanese & other firms are providing a combined anchor of approximately $US25M.
The fund is aiming for a total size in excess of $US100M, capped at $A200M. Our multinational anchors value the rapid growth strategy: Companies that are US similar, low valuations, the very best deals, Japanese uplift, global exits.
Our first close is expected in Q2, 2018.. .
Bletchley Park Capital
Bletchley Park Capital is a specialist emerging companies investment bank. We provide capital markets strategy and corporate advisory services for ASX listed and private emerging companies, specialising in small and micro caps.
Corporate Advisory services include corporate strategy, governance, capital raisings, M&A and Initial Public Offerings (IPO). Our team is led by Managing Director – George Gabriel, CFA who has 20+ years’ experience in capital markets and has been rated as one of Australia’s top equities research analysts in BRW East Coles surveys in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Please contact us for any enquiries.. .
Patent Finance Pty Ltd
Patent Finance Pty Ltd is an independent consultancy specialising in Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy, IP Valuation, and IP Financing. Our specialist services include: > Helping start-ups with a small, or without an, IP portfolio build an IP Strategy and plan a future portfolio; > Providing established enterprises with an existing IP portfolio expertise in refining their IP Strategy; and > Commencing an IP Valuation assessment that helps in securing finance to meet your company’s needs.
The IP Valuation assessment requires a review of the scope of the portfolio, an assessment of the competitive landscape, and a development of an IP Commercialisation plan, built on the fact that an asset value is only realised when the asset is being commercialised. Patent Finance Pty Ltd is collaborating with US based BlueIron IP, LLC in our IP Strategy and IP Valuation services.
Using the above IP Strategy and IP Valuation, we work with our partner, iFin Capital Group Pty Ltd, to seek suitable finance terms to meet your desired goal, whether that is funds to meet ongoing patent costs, capital for further R&D and IP generation, or broader business expansion, using your patent portfolio as collateral.. .
Our mission is to make Bitcoin a part of everyone’s investment portfolios. Cryptosaver is an easy way to buy and save Bitcoin, weekly or monthly with the Bitcoin delivered straight to your wallet.
Set it up once, and watch it grow for the rest of the year.. .
Thames Capital is a Sydney based alternative investment management firm that specializes in capital structuring and debt advisory. It focuses on funds management, deal sourcing, origination, and distribution of investments in the alternative asset classes globally across private, unlisted markets.
It holds its own Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) which allows them to undertake their activity and mandates autonomously. It was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia..
uStash is the virtual piggy bank for your spare change. It’s simple.
Save money or eliminate debt using round ups. The choice is yours with uStash! Once connected to the app, uStash automatically rounds up each of your transactions to the nearest dollar and at the end of the week stashes the total sum of all those round ups into an account of your choosing.
Whether you are saving for something special (such as a holiday, new car or laptop) or you’re simply trying to pay off some type of debt sooner (such as a credit card, car loan or home loan), uStash gives you the freedom to choose. By using micro transactions you don’t feel the pinch.
It’s what we like to call the snowball effect. It may not seem like much at the time, $0.30 here and $0.80 there, but before you know it, your round ups will snowball into a sizeable stash.
It has now become our mission to change the way people save money, manage their debt and achieve their financial goals.. .
We are an investment firm specializing in emerging technologies. Our focus is on the real world application of blockchain projects.
A team of finance and software development professionals with years of industry experience. We leverage our knowledge and network to support promising ideas and products..
Bronte focuses on generating alpha from both its long and short portfolio in a unique, uncorrelated and sustainable manner. Its investments consist principally of listed equity and equity-related securities that are traded publicly ensuring maximum liquidity and transparency.
Bronte has earned double-digit annualized returns since inception in 2009 with a low correlation to local indices. Bronte’s investment process has remained unchanged since inception.
Bronte Capital is an Australian-licensed and USA SEC-registered Global Fund Manager. Bronte seeks to construct a portfolio that will generate double-digit returns in the good times but significantly outperform when things get tough.
They believe in buying businesses with sustainable, superior margins that can deliver returns on capital through the cycle and shorting companies that demonstrate inflated accounts or hopes. These two income streams deliver uncorrelated alpha consistently with substantial portfolio upside to downside tail events..
Eureka – Real Assets
Eureka Funds Management (Eureka) is a fund manager dedicated to wholesale and institutional investors, with a focus on the alternative investment sector in Australia. It is a private company owned by its principals and staff and has offices in Sydney and Brisbane.
Eureka manages both single account mandates and pooled investment vehicles totalling in excess of $3.5 billion in real estate assets, as well as a debt vehicle designed to fund building environmental upgrades. The assets include a broad spectrum of investments in the office, retail, industrial, hotel and residential sectors.
With approximately 50 employees, Eureka offers its clients a highly experienced team of investment professionals. Its success is a result of its disciplined investment approach that focuses on investment performance coupled with the experience and expertise of the management team.
This is supported by a strong culture of ethical behaviour, corporate governance, high transparency and the alignment of interest between investors and Eureka. Eureka has a strong commitment to sustainability and responsible investment.
It is a member of the Investor Group on Climate Change and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, and is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI).. .
Oakland Traleen is a collective of consulting and technologically and commercially literate corporate talent, both specialist and generalist, each possessing individually at least 20 years’ professional experience working with technology and business. Our team brings hands on and strategic technology, commercial and sustainability experience in SME (< 500 seat), mid tier and enterprise organisations, Government, Not For Profit and the Arts sectors.
We have initiated, directed and successfully led and worked within large scale technology projects, strategies and capital initiatives in these sectors. With the flexibility of being able to align the right people to a requirement at the right time, we deliver consistent outcomes, helping organisations achieve the results they seek through the strategic application of technology, knowledge and capital.
We help organisations assure sound governance and decision making around technology at the Board level, and actively work with startup and emerging businesses to leverage the right platforms to accelerate growth, source the right capital, and build market. We can assist with the right type of investment for the right business ideas.
We are a comprehensively professional insured, GITC (Q-6306) and QAssure Certified (16524) organisation.. .
Queens Collective is one of the biggest and most modern coworking spaces in Melbourne. Created from the ground-up as a place for tech startups and entrepreneurs to build and grow their businesses.
Queens Collective is a curated space by coworking enthusiast Sean Qian. Sean loves creating spaces which are efficiently used, beautifully designed, and functional.
Meeting new startups and connecting people are the main drivers behind Sean’s desire to create and manage coworking spaces.. .
SVC Legal Australia
SVC Legal Australia is an Australian based law firm providing a wide range of legal services. Incorporated within their firm they have Syd Venture Capital a Migration and Business Consultancy firm.
They are highly respected within the legal and migration profession and are renowned for its high success rate, commitment and quality in providing cost effective and innovative solutions for clients.. .
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