If you're building a startup and considering the venture capital path, we know that the road can be daunting: making the right connections, valuing your company, pitching your startup, and strategically planning a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders.
Join us for a panel discussion with 3 amazing VCs; Alister Coleman from Tempus Partners, Dan Gavel from Black Sheep Capital and Elicia McDonald from AirTree Ventures who will share their insights about the fundraising process and how to secure early-stage funding.
Our panel will also reflect on the year in VC - from standout trends, raises, and what to look out for in VC, in 2020.
The panel discussion will be followed by a pitch session where 3 founders will give a 4-minute pitch about their company and then receive feedback from our panelists. Want to pitch? Apply here.
Winning pitches will be contacted by October 30th.
Meet The Panel:
Alister Coleman, Tempus
Alister is the founder and Managing Partner of Tempus Partners. He began his career in the dot-com era, and has more than 15 years experience as an investor, founder and trusted adviser to tech companies. In addition to founding Tempus Partners, he co-founded ShippingEasy, a market-leading SaaS company that was acquired by stamps.com, July 2016. He has been investing in and building tech companies in Australia since 2003, and intends to spend the next 30 years investing in the next generation of 'impossible'.
Dan Gavel, Black Sheep Capital
Dan Gavel is an entrepreneur and investor who has founded a number of businesses including early stage investment firm Black Sheep Capital, leading Queensland property developer Golden State Property, and venture capital firm Full Circle Venture Capital. Dan started out in financial advisory, growing his own practice before exiting the industry in 2013 and establishing Black Sheep Capital to invest in early-stage tech companies and other assets. Today, Black Sheep Capital is one of Australia’s most active angel and seed investors, and has funded a wide range of startups including Airtasker, Sendle and Go1. Dan plays an active role backing and mentoring startups, and contributing to the development of Australia’s innovation ecosystem.
Elicia McDonald, AirTree
Elicia has been an investor at AirTree since 2016. AirTree is an early and growth stage venture capital fund managing $310m funds under management. AirTree backs technology entrepreneurs who are solving some of the world's most ambitious problems and their investments have clustered around sectors such as machine learning, energy, fintech, healthcare, and enterprise software. Prior to AirTree, Elicia worked in Enterprise Sales at LinkedIn and a B2B SaaS start-up in Sydney. She also worked in Investment Banking as part of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications M&A team at Credit Suisse. Elicia has a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Sydney.