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Venture Invest Conference 2018

30-31 August 2018, Melbourne

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An early-stage startup investment conference, for investors by investors

Do you think that there are improvements that can be made in the early-stage investment space in Australia? Have investments you’ve made failed unnecessarily because they couldn’t find investors at the next stage of the value chain and ran out of runway, or did they fail your due diligence?

At Venture Invest you’ll see how we can take ventures from one stage of the value chain to the next, and how, together, we can accelerate venture growth through ongoing due diligence matching the outputs from the previous stage to the inputs of the next stage.

Venture Invest gives you a chance to learn from some of the most successful investors in the Australian early-stage venture investment community. They’ll be giving you all the facts about their challenges, giving you inside information on their investment criteria, and pressures they face. Not only will you learn from the investors, both before and after you in the journey and how you can collaborate to maximise your returns, you’ll be able to ask questions and then build your own network through our networking events at the end of each day.

The vision of the Venture Invest is to increase collaboration between stages and groups along the value chain, so that each venture has ‘ticked the boxes’ necessary to successfully meet the requirements of the next stage.

Over the course of the conference you will gain valuable insight from experts covering:

  • Why invest in startups (aspirational)
  • How do you validate the founder/founding team (Mentors and Advisors)
  • Accelerating an idea (Accelerators)
  • Why have an advisory board and what the makeup should be (Seed)
  • Taking a venture to market (Seed)
  • The role of corporations in early-stage ventures (Corporate)
  • Funding for success, VC’s investment criteria and how they choose their investments (Venture Capital)
  • Funding to exit (Including equity crowdfunding)
  • Winning and losing (exit and failure)

Currently, collaboration happens on an ad-hoc basis, as there are some investors and investor groups who collaborate informally.

We’re all investors, and as investors, we don’t get paid unless our portfolio companies succeed. It’s in our interest to understand the whole funding journey and how we can collaborate and generate our returns faster.

We’ve all come across scarcity-minded founders and investors, people who have no interest in working together unless they can get the most out of it. We can’t work with scarcity, we’re abundance minded and to grow the early-stage investment ecosystem in Melbourne and Australia we need to work with abundance minded founders and investors who can collaborate for success. If you’re a scarcity-minded investor this isn’t a conference for you.

Join your peers, fellow investors, through the early-stage venture investment ecosystem, to find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about the whole early-stage venture investment value chain.

Mentors and Advisors

One of the first investors in early stage ventures, through both earn in and buy in

Corporate funding

Corporates play a critical role in early stage ventures as potential sources of funding through both capital and as customers


Accelerators help take ventures from an idea or concept, to a investable business

Venture funding

Venture capital plays a vital role in early stage startups by providing capital to accelerate growth

Advisory board

Advisory board are utilised as a source of funds internationally, but are largely ignored locally

Crowd funded equity

With the new licences crowd funding equity is gaining traction in the Australian venture funding eco-system

Seed funding

Seed funding covers private angels, angel groups and angel syndicates


An exit path for investors is critical, through IPO, Acquisition or Management buyout


Australia's top investors are sharing their insights into early stage investing

Judy Anderson

Startup Victoria

Judy's career has had a laser focus - to help people and organisations make innovation repeatable, scalable and profitable. Her business degree focussed on Entrepreneurship, during which she studied International Business at Ecole Supérieure…

Louise Broekman

Founder & CEO, Advisory Board Centre

Louise founded the Advisory Board Centre, a community dedicated to supporting businesses to increase competitiveness, foster innovation and drive economic impact through effective engagement with Advisors. Louise mentors in the tech startup space including…

Peter Devine

Chief Executive Officer at Uniseed

CEO of Uniseed since 2006, taking on the management of Uniseed's second fund of $40 million, which provided a number of high profile exits.  Uniseed started its third fund in March 2016, a $50…

Kathryn Sforcina

co-Vice Chair I Founder I Angel Investor

She began her journey as a serial entrepreneur in the wellness space 20 years ago.  Since then, she has run and grown many companies in multiple industries and global markets.  Kathryn’s track record and…

Chris Northwood

Executive Director and Co Founder at Activ8 Capital

Working with entrepreneurs in early stage growth businesses, providing management consulting, capital raising, distribution strategy advice, marketing plan development, investor communications and advisory services. +20 years experience across investment banking, entrepreneurial start-up ventures, operational…

Tamara Mills

MD Quantum Innovation Fund Management

Founder of the North American Medtech Incubator Fundamedtech, focused solely on supporting researchers and innovative medical technology start-ups to navigate the complex regulatory, market access and international trade environment, in an effort to accelerate…

Matthew Pinter

Billfolda Equity Crowdfunding and Head of Crowd Funding Institute of Australia

A dynamic, resourceful and commercially astute professional focused on helping high achieving teams to scale market opportunities quickly. He's passionate about innovation, the early stage ecosystem, and the power of alternative finance to reduce…

Finbar O’Hanlon

Founder / Inventor / CEO : Linius Video Technology

Finbar's passion is to help others and organisations see a different perspective. He uses grounded theory and tools like P-Hacking, he helps organisations and boards in the protection against disruption. Seeing complex problems or…

Andrew Nelson

Blue Ocean Strategy Australia

The best way to beat your competition is to stop trying to beat them. Instead, create new buyer value, create and capture new demand, and make the competition irrelevant. If you are swimming in…

Kate Cornick

CEO LaunchVic

Dr Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s startup development agency. Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience…

Daniel Mumby

CEO/ Founder StartUp Foundation - accelerator, Angel Investor, Mentor, Advisor, Connector, Venture Catalyst, presenter

Since Daniel left the corporate life he has designed & created 15 ventures across broadband, ecommerce, hospitality, social networking, logistics, financial services and not-for-profit sectors. Daniel now invests his time & expertise as a…

Jamie Pride

Entrepreneur, VC & Author

As an entrepreneur, Jamie sold his first startup, Velteo, to New York-based System Integrator Bluewolf, and has founded over six technology startups. As an investor, he has raised more than $16 million in funding…

With another 8 sensational speakers still to announce, including some more inspiring women to bring to the stage.

Our goal is to ensure that we’ll balance (as closely as possible) not only of men & women, but also investors from right throughout the ‘venture value chain’.

Don’t delay; secure your seat today under the lower ‘early-bird’ pricing and see how through collaboration you can benefit from understanding the whole venture value chain.



Melbourne is poised to be Australia's leading early-stage investment hub. Australia's second largest city, and ranked as the worlds most liveable city in 2017 for the 7th consecutive year by The Economist. With government support at both national and local levels and historically low unemployment Melbourne is leading Australia in it economic future.


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