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OneVentures is a venture capital firm headquartered in Sydney, Australia that provides human and investment capital into high growth companies with a particular focus on transformative technologies.

The firm is particularly focused on opportunities originating in Australia which are poised to expand into the established and emerging global markets.

All of our Partners have founded, built and exited high-growth businesses.

Our goal is to be the leading Australian early stage venture capital company.

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About OneVentures

OneVentures is a venture capital firm that invests in emerging Australian technology companies with true breakout potential, differentiated technology and compelling business models in the healthcare, education, mobile, media, cloud computing and data, security and privacy, machine learning, sensors and robotics, and food security sectors.

OneVentures is managed by a team of Partners with a skill-set and track record ideally suited to collaboration with entrepreneurial management teams to foster growth and create value: a unique blend of highly successful entrepreneurs, technology business founders and corporate executives with a strong scientific pedigree, extensive off-shore experience and networks.

The OneVentures team is committed to deliver investor returns by applying this expertise to select portfolio companies with significant potential then accelerating their performance.


OneVentures Management Pty Ltd is a designate under OneVentures Nominees Pty Ltd's AFSL (Licence No: 462825) issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commissions, authorising the Manager to provide such financial services as the Manager provides during the course of its duties as manager of the Fund.

The OneVentures Team

All Partners have many years of C-level, board and investment experience. Coupled with this is a track record of identifying investment opportunities in global markets with strong international business backgrounds and networks. The OneVentures Investment team has 7 technology related higher degrees.

Dr Michelle Deaker

Dr Michelle Deaker
Managing Director and CEO

Dr Paul Kelly

Dr Paul Kelly
Partner and Managing Director

Anne-Marie Birkill

Anne-Marie Birkill
General Partner and Executive Director

Dean Hawkins

Dean Hawkins
Managing Partner

Daniel Gammell

Daniel Gammell
Investment Manager

Michelle Wee

Michelle Wee
Marketing and Communications

Helen Liu

Helen Liu
Chief Financial Officer

Jelly Jakob

Jelly Jakob


Innovation Fund (Fund I)

The OneVentures Innovation Fund is a $40M venture capital fund formed as an early stage venture capital Limited Partnership. This Fund was launched in 2010 with the Commonwealth Government committing $20M from its IIF programme and this funding matched by high net-worth wholesale investors.

Innovation and Growth Fund (Fund II)

The OneVentures Innovation and Growth Fund was launched in March 2014 with a target of $100M and has reached first close of $60M as of October 2014. Fund II is an early stage venture capital limited partnership backed entirely by Australian high net-worth wholesale investors.

Focusing on later stage (Series B and beyond) investments while still maintaining some investment activity in the earlier stage investments, Fund II is now screening investment opportunities where the experience of the OneVentures management team can be leveraged to accelerate value creation and company success.

We are currently looking for truly transformative companies to join our portfolio of innovative companies, if you think your company has what it takes, read our Application for Funding page and submit your application now.

Investment Portfolio

OneVentures Innovation Fund (Fund I)

Other Investments

Latest News

  • The Adaptive advantage: how e-learning will change higher ed

    by OneVentures Administrator | Dec 03, 2014

    Author: Tim Zimmer
    Date: 1 December 2014

    Higher education has seen a proliferation of new models in response to growing market demands. For-profit universities, massive open online courses, and competency-based pedagogies have all vied for a piece of the pie. Adaptive learning – a personalized, technology – and data-driven approach which responds and adapts to both teachers and learners – could provide the answer, and Smart Sparrow, an Australian-based adaptive “eLearning” platform, is leading the way.

    Smart Sparrow enables institutions and academics to author unique and adaptive tutorials within existing coursework. Led by founder and CEO Dror Ben-Naim, the platform focuses on supporting teachers by advancing and accelerating student learning.

    As each student possesses different levels of knowledge, course content adapts to student responses and creates “adaptive pathways” for students to follow. More advanced learners can skip through content while those less knowledgeable can be directed to additional resources to help them better understand course material. When wrong answers are given, instructors can respond with detailed feedback and explanations of what mistakes students had made along the way.

    Within Smart Sparrow’s eLearning Platform, analytic dashboards are provided to help instructors evaluate student performance and progress. Knowledge Analytics™, as it is called, gives instructors the opportunity to identify difficult concepts through specific data points.

    Although primarily situated in Australia, Smart Sparrow has since tapped the US market, partnering with instructors such as Ariel Anbar of Arizona State University to provide adaptive learning to large groups of students. In collaboration with Anbar, Smart Sparrow launched the universally acclaimed Habitable Worlds, a course which guided non-science majors through space and the search for extra-terrestrial life. More recently, Smart Sparrow was one of seven finalists in a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help low income and disadvantaged students succeed in general courses. In the coming months, Smart Sparrow plans to leverage its technology to improve student learning in high-enrolment courses.

    The results of Smart Sparrow’s adaptive learning technology are likewise encouraging. In a 2011 study conducted by engineering faculty at the University of New South Wales, fail rates among 1st year Engineering Mechanics students dropped from 31 percent in 2006 to around 9 percent in 2010 using adaptive eLearning technology.

    However, as with all progressive forms of technology, there are some limitations to Smart Sparrow. Poorly informed or acquainted instructors might deliver subpar student performances, effectively deterring institutions from adopting such technology. Limited utility in introductory and remedial coursework could likewise present a concern for scalability.

    Nonetheless, smart sparrow has generated waves in the higher education industry. By empowering educators and cultivating a more interactive and adaptive learning environment, it has spawned a new era of leaning which might just change the face of post-secondary pedagogy. One by one, institutions are welcoming its Adaptive eLearning Platform – and the results are promising. As more students continue to enjoy its personalized content, Smart Sparrow will likely continue to attract institutions and organizations of prominence. As a result, the potential of this pioneering startup is substantial, making higher education – or any type of education for that matter – an exciting and inspiring field to study.

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For Entrepreneurs

Think you have what it takes to join the OneVentures portfolio of companies? Then send one or two pages covering the following to

  • Summarize what your company does / what the technology is in 2 sentences
  • 3 point bios of each executive
  • The problem being addressed
  • The market, the value proposition and your competitive advantage
  • Your progress to date
  • Revenue for the last financial year
  • Projected revenue for current financial year
  • Capital required
  • What the capital will be used for
  • Your contact details

OneVentures focuses on understanding the product attributes, the market, the team, the competition and the stage of maturity of the product.

On receipt of your proposal, it will be reviewed by the OneVentures Partners. Although we receive a great many proposals each week, we endeavour to respond by email to submissions and let you know the Partners' level of interest within two weeks.

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