Big name investors join new Alice investment committee - LaunchVic

Big name investors join new Alice investment committee


18 May 2021 by LaunchVic News

Last Updated: Tuesday 18 May 2021

LaunchVic today announced the appointment of a new Investment Committee for its $10 million Alice Anderson Fund – designed to drive investment in women-led early-stage startups.

In a major coup for The Alice Fund and LaunchVic, the Investment Committee will be chaired by Susan Oliver AM who is stepping down from Scale Investors after 10 years as its Chair and founding member.

The new Investment Committee will also comprise of experienced investors, Matt Allen, CEO of Tractor Ventures, Kerri Lee Sinclair, Chair of SBE Australia, Aneetha de Silva, LaunchVic Board Director, and Dr. Kate Cornick, LaunchVic CEO.

The role of the Investment Committee is to review and approve applications by investors to the Alice Anderson Fund while also ensuring sound governance once the fund opens on the 1 July 2021.

LaunchVic CEO Dr Kate Cornick said she was delighted with the new appointments – all of whom would bring a wealth of investor experience to the table.

“The new Committee has an exceptional level of experience and will ensure the Alice Anderson Fund invests alongside high quality investors, ensuring a high quality portfolio of women-led startups.”

Chair of LaunchVic, Leigh Jasper said the Alice Anderson Fund would operate as a commercial sidecar fund sending a strong signal to the market that backing women-led businesses makes economic sense.

“The Alice Anderson Fund will catalyse early-stage startup investments, driving startup density and importantly creating the jobs multiplier effect that startups are renowned for” he said.

The fund is open to local and international Angel Networks, early-stage VCs focused on seed investments and individual investors.

Investors are urged to review their portfolios for promising Victorian women-led startups ahead of applications opening on 1 July 2021.

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LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup agency.

Our role is to fuel the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem. We do this by building the confidence and capability of Victorians to create, scale and invest in startups.

We were established by the Victorian Government in 2016.