JANUARY 2014 Follow us


Useful tools for LPs now online
Yearbook - premium data file for participating GPs
Increased confidence in deal outlook for FY14
New member engagement initiatives. See below
alpha: early regos: 18 March. Only 450 spots.
Yasser at AVCJ in March. See below.
Meet our 2014 Council - see below


AVCAL's Research Library provides AVCAL members with a one-stop centre for accessing current international research on PE and VC.

New additions:
Asia-Pacific Private Equity Outlook 2014 - EY
Public Pension Fund Analysis - PEGCC


Hi [FirstName],

Happy New Year. I hope you had an enjoyable, restful break and are ready for a great 2014.

As I said in my last note to you in December, I am really optimistic about 2014. The last few weeks has continued to see significant activity in the PE industry and there are strong signs that this will continue throughout 2014. From an economic perspective, an increase in PE activity is important because it indicates that the outlook for the Australian economy is positive which will also help to drive an increase in consumer and business confidence. Independent research by Deloitte Access Economics last year showed that PE-backed companies contribute $59 billion p.a. to Australia’s GDP each year, and generate more revenue than either the coal mining or general insurance industries. This reinforces the role played by PE in supporting private business, across economic sectors that are currently not widely represented on the ASX.

Although fundraising conditions remain challenging for VC, the deal pipeline is looking strong. As an industry body supported by its members, AVCAL will continue its advocacy efforts with the Government to reinforce the importance of a long-term approach to innovation policies. Maintaining our engagement with the VC community is very important to us and at the moment my executive team and I are collaborating with the entrepreneurial and start-up community on some joint initiatives to develop more interesting engagement platforms. I’ll also be speaking at the BioMelbourne Network Breakfast next month.

We're looking forward to a busy year with more regular meetings with our Council members and our working groups and stakeholder committees have already begun their work. We have a number of new initiatives in development at the moment, including a series of AVCAL CEO industry lunches with members and a half day AVCAL Focus program on IPOs – which is clearly very topical at the moment. Stay tuned in the following weeks for more information.

Our first networking event for 2014 is taking place next month, so be sure to register for AVCAL Connect if you haven’t already. All the details are below. And last but not least, the program for our 21st annual alpha conference is taking shape and the AVCAL team is very excited about the refreshed look and feel for alpha in 2014. Registrations open from 18 March so be sure to secure your spot. Invitations will be dispatched early next month. I hope you can join us on the journey to Melbourne this September.

I’m looking forward to an exciting and busy year ahead!


Yasser El-Ansary
Chief Executive


 alpha 2014: 3-4 September.

Only 450 spots.

Early bird registration from 18 March - 1 April 2014.



AVCAL Connect: 18 Feb, 2014, Syd
PE101: 25 Feb, Syd
PE101: 27 Feb, Melb
AVCAL Golf Day 3 Apr, Syd - mark your diary
alpha conference: 3-4 Sep Melb - mark your diary

Network at AVCAL Connect 2014.

Special guest: Sydney Swan Mike Pyke

Forum for newer entrants and more experienced practitioners to engage, build peer groups and share their knowledge and expertise. See our special offer and register - limited places left


DID YOU KNOW?             

VC-backed companies spend on average 200x more on R&D per employee than other businesses.


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AVCAL Council 2014

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Gareth Banks
Edward Bostock
Craig Cartner
Gareth Dando
Tony Duthie
Michael Lukin
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Simon Pither
Martin Scott
Brigitte Smith
Stephen Thompson
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