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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

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  • Bright stars

    by OneVentures Administrator | Apr 07, 2015

    Author: Caitlin Fitzsimmons
    Source: Australian Financial Review
    Date: 2 April, 2015

    As Australia frets about where to turn after the mining boom, here are five smart businesses building the future,

     ‘Innovate or perish’ could well be the new mandate for Australia in the 21st century.

    With the resources sector in a slump and the Reserve Bank considering yet another rate cut, the Australian economy is at a turning point.

    But it’s not all doom and gloom. Innovation has moved higher up the corporate agenda: last year saw a record number of large companies entering the BRW Most Innovative awards.

    The charge is being led by small to medium companies – entrepreneurs with a bright idea and oodles of passion and determination. In this feature, we profile Australian companies doing amazing things in diverse fields, from electric skateboards to quantum computing.

    Blue-chip companies are also investing in innovation, with chief executives no longer complacent about the threat from digital disruptors and aware that irrelevance could lie just around the corner.

    For example, companies like Telstra and NRMA run their own start-up accelerator programmes, Westpac has invested in a potential competitor in the form of peer-to-peer lending business SocietyOne, and there seems to be a corporate hackathon (where techies compete to build corporate apps) on every other day.

    But this focus on innovation is translating into results. The annual Global Innovation Index conducted by WIPO and global business schools INSEAD and Cornell University ranked Australia 17th for innovation in 2014, up from 19 in 2013 and only 23 in 2012.

    Yet the challenges are immense.

    Jeff and Fluer Anning, the Gold Coast-based couple behind Evolve Skateboards, say they would love to make an Australian-made product but are forced to manufacture in China because the cost of materials is ‘ludicrous’ in Australia and because China is a distribution hub to chip the finished product to a global market.

    “If we hadn’t done that, the product would be out of reach and no one would buy it,” says Jeff Anning. At least the design and intellectual property is all Australian owned, with the company spreading production between different sites to guard against copying.

    Andrew Maxwell of Global Kinetics and Mike Giuffrida of NGA.NET both identify lack of venture capital or other recurrent funding sources as the biggest factor thwarting innovation in Australia.

    Meanwhile, for smart sparrow founder Dror Ben-Naim, who grew up in Israel but is an Australian citizen, it is all about culture.

    “Innovation is in many ways about breaking the status quo and often the rules,” Ben-Naim says. “This can’t happen if we’re too trained in thinking inside the box. Let’s teach our kids that sometimes it’s healthy to challenge authority, otherwise how will they dare to change the world?”

    Smart Sparrow e-learning platform takes wing

    Name: Dror Ben-Naim

    What did you want to do when you were a kid: Astronaut (age 8), basketball player (age 11), technology entrepreneur (age 15 onwards)

    What do you do now: Founder and chief executive of Smart Sparrow

    Ben Naim couldn’t focus on the lab work he was doing as part of his science degree – “It was like following a cooking show recipe” – so he started building software for a virtual laboratory that would “make it easy to create rich, interactive and adaptive learning experiences”. That has now become a software program called smart Sparrow that has captured the attention of educators in the United States.

    The software gives students a personal education experience, adapting to their level of knowledge, their learning style and their responses, and giving teachers crucial and immediate feedback on where students are struggling.

    After his initial foray into his “virtual lab”, Ben-Naim turned the idea into a PhD, and in 2011 he and his research collaborators founded the company with $2 million from local venture capital investors Uniseed and OneVentures. A UK private equity form Yellow Brick Capital Advisors threw in $10 millon in 2013.

    Now Smart Sparrow employs 45 people and has opened a second office in san Francisco to take on the notoriously competitive US market. As well as working with US Universities, the firm has a contract from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to build a platform to improve science learning for disadvantages students. “I got to pitch the idea to Bill Gates himself,” Ben-Naim says.

    He chose Australia to start his company over his native Israel where he grew up and where high-tech start-up firms are generously nurtured – firstly because there was money on the table from Australian investors and secondly, Smart Sparrow’s early adopters were Australian academics and his strategy was to “work closely with our early users, figure out what their needs are and build solutions that delight them”.

    Ben-Naim, an Australian citizen, says he had a final reason for doing it here. “Anyone who’s ever played the board game ‘Risk’ knows that the best move is to take over Australia, and protect it with all you’ve got and then plan an outward invasion.”

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For Entrepreneurs

We are now screening companies for OneVentures Fund II which is a Series A and beyond growth fund focusing on the technology sector. To qualify for funding, your company should meet the following criteria: 

  • Australian domiciled company
  • We invest in technology companies from many sectors, but we are particularly interested in companies from the following sectors: healthcare, education, mobile, media, cloud computing and data, security and privacy, machine learning, software, sensors and robotics or food security
  • If a life sciences company, your product should have a strong proof of concept and be at a minimum, in a late stage clinical trial and/or well progressed through the regulatory process
  • If from another sector, your company should be generating sustainable revenue and have a strong market validation
  • Approaching profitability with capital required to fuel growth and global expansion

If you meet the above criteria, send us a brief document (a 2-page executive summary or introductory PowerPoint is sufficient, please do not send larger documents or full information memorandums at this stage) covering at a minimum the following points to

  • Summarize in 2 sentences what your company does (this is important)
  • Identify the market, value proposition and your competitive advantage
  • Tell us about your progress to date
  • State your revenue for the last financial year and projected revenue for current financial year
  • Indicate capital required and how it will be used
  • Include 3 point bios of each executive and contact details

We will review your proposal and endeavour to revert to you within 2 weeks. 


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