About the event
EMERGING COMPANY INVESTOR EVENING
proudly hosted by Wholesale Investor and the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, in partnership with AVCAL’s 2018 Annual Conference.
Wholesale Investor have partnered with AVCAL (Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited) and the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur of Queensland to host the ‘Emerging Company Investor Evening’.
Preceding AVCAL’s annual conference on the Gold Coast, the Emerging Company Investor Evening will showcase 16 of Australasia’s fastest growing advanced technology, blockchain, crypto and AI companies to a room of some of the most experienced high net worth and professional investors.
What you can expect:
- Live presentations from 16 of Australasia’s hottest technology companies
- Gain thought leading insight into Australasia’s growing ecosystem of emerging advanced technology, crypto and blockchain companies
- Network and engage with high net worth, professional Investors
- Learn from the very best in investing in Advanced Technology, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, AI among other fast-growing industries.
- Meet our partners and enhance your Australasian network
Claim your free ticket to attend by clicking on the register button.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Companies already registered to attend: GBS Venture Partners, Aura Funds Management, Skyfield Capital, Moelis Australia, StartMesh, Serole Technologies, WealthSpring PL, Crescent Capital Partners, Questra Private Equity, SilverStone Capital, ASX, Canaccord Genuity.
18:00 – 19:00: Registration & Pre-Event Networking
19:00 – 19:10: Introduction: Matt Kirk, Marketing Manager at Wholesale Investor – Speaker: Matt Kirk
19:10 – 19:25: Keynote - Steve Baxter, Entrepreneur and Investor – Speaker: Steve Baxter
19:25 – 19:35: PieLAB Venture Partners – PieLAB Venture Partners – Speaker: Chris Rolls
19:45 – 19:55: VIZ360 – VIZ360 – Speaker: Jake Robinson
19:55 – 20:05: Holon Global Investments – Holon Global Investments – Speaker: Heath Behncke
20:05 – 20:15: Picnic Labs – Speaker: Charles Pollack
20:15 – 20:25: Verton Technologies Australia Pty Ltd – Verton Technologies Australia Pty Ltd – Speaker: Trevor Bourne
20:25 – 20:35: Long Pipes Ltd – Private: Long Pipes Ltd – Speaker: Neil Graham
20:45 – 21:30: Conclusion with Drinks and Networking
03 December 2018
19:20 – 19:30: Surf Lakes Holdings Ltd – Surf Lakes Holdings Ltd – Speaker: Aaron Trevis
Steve BaxterQueensland Chief Entrepreneur
Tech start-up investor Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became a technician working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.
In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home. Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks, a provider of wholesale telecoms infrastructure that was listed on the ASX in 2005. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.
Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.
Since 2010 he has become a major early stage investor in startups leading to the founding of Brisbane tech startup co-working space River City Labs, foundered and underwrote the Startup Catalyst and River Pitch programs; he has been on the listed boards of Vocus Telecoms, Indoor Skydive Australia Group and OtherLevels as well as being on the board of Commercialisation Australia.
He has been heavily involved in the early days or founding of numerous industry groups and forums such as the South Australian Internet Association, South Australian Internet Exchange, Australian Domain Name Authority, AuDA, INTIAA, IIA, AusBone and AusNOG.
He has been a Shark on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Australia for the past three seasons.
In 2006 Steve received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Northern Region. In 2016, Steve received the Pearcey Medal for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Information and Communications Technology Industry.
Steve is married and the proud father of 4 year-old daughter as well as twin baby girls and is a keen private pilot and recreational fisherman.
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