If you’re thinking of applying to a Venture Capitalist (VC), this list will provide a full list of VC’s to help narrow down the shortlist and get applying!
A VC is a private equity investor that invests in companies with high growth potential in exchange for an equity stake. They are a great way to raise early funds and get access to resources and mentorship to help your company grow. Many specialise in various stages or narrow in on particular focus areas so it’s important look at all your options before applying.
Seed and Angel Investments ($0-$1M)
Sydney Angels | https://www.sydneyangels.net.au/
A not-for-profit angel investment membership organisation that seeks to support the early-stage ecosystem by running processes and events that connect our investing members with promising early-stage companies.
Melbourne Angels | https://melbourneangels.com/
The most active start-up investors in Victoria. Melbourne Angels is committed to helping innovative founders build the next generation of the economy typically investing between $100,000 to $500 000 as a group each round. Investors seek capital returns from the sale of the company typically within 5-6 years. During that time they will be active shareholders, contributing to your board, coaching and mentoring your team as well as leveraging their networks and expertise to help your business succeed.
Brisbane Angels | https://www.brisbaneangels.com.au/
Invests $50 000- $500 000 (with the ability to syndicate deals that require more capital) to emerging companies in seed and startup capital through direct, private investments as well as offer introductions to valuable contacts essential to your company’s success. Brisbane Angels looks for companies that have established proof of concept and are located within 150 kms of Brisbane. To seek investment your business must address a significant and compelling business need, have industry and market size enabling >10 x return in 4-8 years and reasonable exit in 4-8 years.
Blackbird Ventures | https://blackbird.vc/
With no particular focus on technology type, Blackbird’s aims to target talent and ambition in founders. Their community driven approach allows them to connect you to some of the best people to help your business grow and will invest from pre-seed to pre-IPO. With a portfolio including design software giant, Canva, Blackbird aims to provide your company with the right funding, resources and connections to help your company grow.
Follow [the] Seed | https://followtheseed.vc/
Seeking to invest in post-seed startups whose innovative idea answers an existing market need that is backed up with numbers and data. Follow [the] Seed aren’t concerned about flashy pitches, if your idea is disrupting and innovative, they’re keen to hear about it! We recommend you jump on their website and check out their analytical frameworks to determine whether your startup matches their criteria before applying.
Giant Leap Fund | https://www.giantleapfund.vc/
Invests in rapidly scalable, early stage businesses that fuse profits and positive impact to demonstrate the power of purpose driven businesses in accelerating us toward a better future. They are 100% dedicated to investing in rapidly scalable businesses that blend financial returns with real and measurable social and environmental benefits.
Grok Ventures | https://www.giantleapfund.vc/
Invests in world-class teams solving in early to late stage funding rounds who are seeking to shape a better future. They invest in fast growing technology-enabled businesses and have private, long term focussed, patient capital.
Investible | https://investible.com/
An early-stage investment facilitator that provides high potential founders with the financial, human and intellectual capital needed to scale. They back founders who have the vision and ability to innovate within their field and create opportunities where it did not exist previously.
Jelix Ventures | https://jelix.vc/startups/
Focused on globally scalable businesses positioned to disrupt traditional market and world class entrepreneurs with great ideas. Jelix cherry picks the best investment opportunities, invests their own money and invite their registered investors to invest on the same terms so that you don’t have to pay startup fees to raise funds for you or to appear on their platform. The Jelix, investor-led, equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, solves these problems for you by providing “smart money” the easy way.
Macdoch Ventures | https://macdoch.com.au/#WWD
Macdoch Ventures is focused on early-stage technology investments, in select growth rounds, and identifying and supporting the next generation of venture fund managers. They are passionate about helping outstanding entrepreneurs and fund managers turn promising ideas into market-defining and market-leading companies. Their skill sets and backgrounds are diverse, covering operations, strategy, finance, marketing and advertising.
Tank Stream Ventures | https://tankstream.vc/
Tank Stream Ventures seeks to fund and support extraordinary startups ,leveraging technology to solve core human needs. They invest in strong teams building scalable defensible businesses leveraged by technology. They support founders with an almost obsessive vision to disrupt existing industries, create new ones and improve lives through technology. If your business has technology with a problem solving vision that is an enabler than an end in itself, Tank Stream is likely the right VC for you.
Right Click Capital | https://www.rightclickcapital.com/
Provides pre-seed and seed capital, guidance, influence and connections you need to make your industry-defining startup highly attractive for the next stage. They believe investment isn’t just early capital but about laying firm foundations, so you and your start up grow with a speed and confidence that results in a more productive and connected world.
Skip Capital | https://www.skipcapital.com/
Skip Capital is a private investment fund with a passion for transformation and technology. They invest in high growth technology companies wanting to back phenomenal teams with unique experience, and a passion for solving a big problem. Skip Capital extends its investment to future-aware infrastructure projects in areas like wind, solar, waste processing, recycling, food and data infrastructure. They are a long term investor and invest at any stage from seed to late stage. Some of their focus areas are high growth tech, SaaS and AI, health tech, wellness and genomics, energy, food, waste and recycling infrastructure, the future of work and education, ioT, robotics.
Series A & B ( $3M – $5M)
AirTree Ventures | https://www.airtree.vc/
Air tree aims to be long-term, patient partners that help you to recruit key roles, design an organisation structure that scales, connect with other companies for advice and close out your most wanted candidates. They believe entrepreneurs are defining the trajectory of our society and that’s why they partner with founders who have the ambition to solve big, critical challenges and change the world as we know it.
Andreessen Horowitz | https://a16z.com/
A Venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, California, that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. They are stage agnostic, investing in seed to late-stage technology companies, across the consumer, enterprise, bio/healthcare, crypto, and fintech spaces. They aim to connect entrepreneurs, investors, executives, engineers, academics, industry experts, and others in the technology ecosystem.
Carthona Capital | https://www.carthonacapital.com/
A hands-on, proactive, and thematic venture capital investor. They like to invest very early with typical initial investments at the pre-seed, seed or Series A stages. They like to follow-on strongly and continue to deploy larger amounts of capital as the business matures. They are highly thematic in the opportunities they seek to invest in and are extremely hands on with their portfolio companies.
IAG Ventures | https://www.iagfiremarkventures.com/
Firemark Ventures is IAG’s corporate venture capital arm and IAG is Australia and New Zealand’s largest general insurer. Their purpose is to strategically invest and partner with world leading start-ups that have the potential to materially impact IAG’s business. They focus on disruptive business models and adjacencies, technology in support of a safer future, ‘Horizon Three’ technologies and opportunities to access and leverage data.
Telstra Ventures | https://telstraventures.com/
Strategic growth investor in lighthouse technology investing in companies that are commencing scale. They provide venture capital investment via a “Strategic Growth Investment” approach. This approach offers entrepreneurs access to genuine revenue growth beyond the investment itself and shortens the time to reach global scale. They support this growth through investment capital and leadership. Their heritage combined with our association with Telstra and its capabilities help accelerate growth for the entrepreneurs in their portfolio.
Qualgro VC | https://www.qualgro.com/
We mainly invest at Series A and Series B, across Southeast Asia, Australia & NZ in B2B companies with real tech advantages. They believe in Globally-minded entrepreneurs; true advantages in technology, strategy and superior execution and providing active support to founding teams. They focus on Data, (Including Artificial Intelligence / Robotics, Cyber-Security, Advanced Analytics, Data Exchange & Data Science Tools) and Enterprise & SME SaaS (Including Marketing Platforms, Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Procurement, R&D, HR Systems).
Series C&D ($5M+)
Accel Partners | https://www.accel.com/
Accel works with startups in seed, early and growth-stage investments. They partner with exceptional founders with unique insights, from inception through all phases of growth. The firm seeks to understand entrepreneurs as individuals, appreciate their originality and play to their strengths. Because greatness doesn’t have a stereotype.
Innov8 | http://innov8.singtel.com/index.html
Singtel Innov8 is a corporate venture capital fund with its own set of decision-making, approval and funding processes. It has a fund size of US$250 million, with presence in Singapore, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and other markets. Innov8 focuses its investments on technologies and solutions that lead to quantum changes in network capabilities, next-generation devices, digital content services and enablers to enhance customer experience. It works closely with the ecosystem of leading innovators, developers, government agencies, R&D and capital providers to bring cutting-edge technologies and solutions to the various markets the Singtel Group operates in.
MainSequence Ventures | https://mseq.vc/
Invest in founders developing Deep tech solutions to global problems. Main Sequence Ventures is managing the CSIRO Innovation Fund and is designed for a new kind of founder in which science and technology run deep. They will invest their capital and resources into companies translating research into global-scale businesses, aiming to systematically reduce risk and increase opportunity by combining the operational velocity of startups with the deep curiosity of Australia’s research sector.
NAB Ventures | https://www.nab.com.au/about-us/nab-ventures
NAB Ventures is a global initiative supporting entrepreneurs in Australia and offshore in their quest to build leading technology companies. Their partners have founded, led, and invested in technology companies for two decades in both Australia and the US.
Our Innovation Fund | https://www.ourinnovationfund.com.au/
Square Peg Capital | https://www.squarepegcap.com/
Aiming to empower exceptional founders around Australia, Israel and South East Asia. At the heart of Square Peg’s global team is a commitment to our shared values: be yourself, anchor to optimism, unleash curiosity, empower through trust and be bold. Their investment process is rapid, disciplined and transparent, focusing on what can go right, not what can go wrong. They are keen to understand why your business can become an important company that transforms its chosen market.
Sequoia Capital | https://www.sequoiacap.com/build/
Sequoia Capital are seeking exceptional founders with unique insight focused on a market poised for large growth. They aim to partner early, helping founders from day zero as they are more interested in what might be possible than in a working product or existing customers. They are not passive financiers and partner with very few companies however if your business is suited they are hands on helping with strategy recruiting and customer intros.
Reinventure Capital | https://reinventure.com.au/
Reinventure exists at the third horizon of growth, focused on creating options in future businesses through venture investment and a strategic relationship with our largest limited partner, Westpac Banking Corporation. With $150m to invest in FinTech and adjacent areas, they are uncovering, investing in and nurturing scalable early businesses that will be the future of the industry.
VCs are an important component of growing your business. Be sure to start applying to grow and maximise your growth potential!
Did we miss one? If you know of any great VCs that aren’t on the list let us know in the comments below!