Angel Sidecar

Women's Angel Sidecar Fund

As announced in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, LaunchVic is set to run a $10 million ‘Women's Angel Sidecar Fund’ (WASF) to assist women founders to raise the capital they need to grow their early stage startups and create new high value jobs.

Increasing access to capital for women founders will improve their rate of success leading to increases in participation of women in the startup economy. It is also anticipated the fund will inspire women who are thinking about launching a startup to do so.

Operations

The $10 million WASF will operate over three years, and provide up to $250,000 co-investment into each early stage startup. The fund will be established as a ‘Sidecar Fund’, investing alongside private sector investors including Victorian Angel Networks, leveraging the government’s investment 3:1 thereby unlocking $30 million of private investment.

Sidecar funds are used in many jurisdictions to encourage early investment into startups by encouraging private investors to increase their participation in angel funding rounds.

Next steps

Planning is now underway for this initiative. It is expected the Fund will commence in the first half of 2021.

Get involved

If you are a female startup founder, we encourage you to register your startup at findingstartups.launchvic.org, and use the platform to search for and be discovered by investors.

If you would like to be kept up to date on the WASF please sign up here

  1. Sectors

    Gender Parity

    While no startup sector show gender parity, some sectors, such as EduTech at 42% and ConsumerTech at 32% demonstrate increased participation by women in Victoria.

  2. Investment

    Our Research

    A report commissioned by LaunchVic and conducted by globally recognised startup investor expert Prof Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School, states that globally 13 per cent of founders receiving angel investment are women. In 2017, StartupAus reported that only 4 per cent of women founders received funding, indicating a larger issue in Australia. Yet the positive impact of Angels on startup success is well known, with startups that have received angel support 70 per cent more likely to obtain financing, 20 per cent more likely to hire additional employees and 10 per cent more likely to be involved in a successful exit.

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