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Private Equity and Venture Capital explained

We've produced a short video that explains private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) in simple terms and how they invest in and build better businesses across Australia. Read more.

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  • BLOG: Exposing cyber risk, investing in cyber opportunity

    Author: Fergus Brooks is National Practice Leader for Cyber Risk at Aon Australia Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms are unlikely to be the foremost target of a cyber- attack. While there is important intellectual property information and confidential deal data under the computer hood of such firms, there are not the credit card details, the health records, the political insights that generally stir interest from the so-called black hats of the cyber underworld. However PE and VC firms still face a significant cyber risk as their underlying investments often do exist as highly viable and…

  • Turning Innovation into Action at NZVCA and PM’s Prize for Science

    The NZVCA, AVCAL’s New Zealand counterpart, is hosting its annual conference this week with Chairman of Innovation & Science Australia, Bill Ferris kicking off the agenda by highlighting the importance of innovation in bringing prosperity to our economies. Mr Ferris said he admired the success of local start-ups, “there are some great stories about innovative companies coming out of New Zealand. These types of successes are important, and not merely for the founders, investors and end-users of innovative new products or services, but for the trajectory of the national economy as a whole.” Ferris…

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  • Medical Devices Fund Boosts Member Backed Innovations

    AVCAL members ATP Innovations and Brandon Capital were behind three of the four medical devices to receive $8.6 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Medical Devices Fund. The NSW Government set up the Medical Devices Fund in 2012 to bring research hubs, mid-tech companies and investors together to commercialise devices for export and to streamline the clinical assessment required for use in the NSW health system.  AVCAL CEO, Yasser El-Ansary said, “We are proud of the contribution our members are making to develop a strong medtech industry in Australia. Nano-X, Respiratory…

  • Members Talk Diversity at AVCAL Connect

    AVCAL hosted its popular Connect event on 11 October with members of the PE/VC industry talking diversity, with a panel discussion followed by networking drinks at Sydney’s Tank Stream bar. The panel, featured four women who have each carved out successful careers in the PE and VC space and feel passionately about improving diversity and welcoming more women in to what each described as a flexible and rewarding industry. The panel included: Bing Jiang, Investment Manager at Next Capital Anne-Marie Birkill, Partner at OneVentures Chania Rodwell, Investment Manager at M.H. Carnegie & Co Fiona Lock…

  • KKR Funding Helps Expand Sundrop Farms Down Under

    Sundrop Farms, backed by global investment firm KKR, today launched a new, 20-hectare facility in Port Augusta where it will grow more than 15,000 tonnes of sustainable produce, through innovative arid-climate agricultural techniques. Growth capital from KKR helped construct the $200 million state-of-the-art greenhouse capable of producing 15-30 times more fruit and vegetables per hectare than conventional field production, with minimal environmental impact. Sundrop Farms will supply 15,000 tonnes of truss tomatoes each year to 500 Coles supermarkets in NSW, Victoria and South Australia for 10 years - the longest fresh food…

  • BLOG: Understanding private equity governance

    Author: Yasser El-Ansary, Chief Executive, AVCAL Introducing strong governance and expert boards to portfolio companies is at the heart of how private equity firms return value for their investors. With over $25bn in assets under management, the private equity (PE) industry is an important steward of a large slice of Australia’s capital. Because of that, the industry takes seriously its commitment to good governance in the management of companies and funds. “Effective corporate governance structures are as essential to value creation in the PE industry as they are in any other type of industry,” the…

  • BLOG: Investing in the pipeline of biomedical research

    Author: Dr Noel Chambers, CEO, National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation Investing in the pipeline of biomedical research to deliver socio economic benefits It has been 17 years since the Wills report The Virtuous Cycle: Working Together for Health and Medical Research was released in 1999. Around the time of the release the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering And Innovation Council noted: “The Review envisions a mutually reinforcing “virtuous cycle” whereby the research community, industry and government work together to deliver improved quality of life for all Australians, a cost-effective and equitable health system…

  • 9 insights from the final day of the AVCAL alpha conference 2016

    You want to walk away from a conference energised and full of new ideas—and that’s certainly what happened yesterday at the final day of the AVCAL alpha conference in Melbourne. Here is a collection of some of the highpoints of the day. Venture capital is the way in to ‘new’ industries in China. Raphael Arndt, chief investment officer at the Future Fund, says it is increasing its access to online retail, tourism, agriculture and healthcare in China via venture capital funds as listed equities are more tilted towards ‘old’ China…

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