Wednesday 24 February 2021
Registration and networking
- Adrian Herbert – Managing Editor, Private Equity Media
- Rachel Slattery – Director, Slatterys
State of the Australia and New Zealand market (Presentation)
Outline of the Australian and New Zealand private capital markets with focus on the growth capital space.
- Margaret Schlott – Investment Director, Cambridge Associates
Running a growth fund – why it is different from venture or buyout (Presentation)
Outline of early (first year) experiences in developing a growth fund. Contrast with (primarily) buyout funds as well as venture funds. What should a growth investor look for in an investment and what should it offer in addition to cash?
- Justin Ryan – Managing Partner, Quadrant Private Equity
Applying a US-developed business model to the local market (Fireside Chat)
What advantages has the Riverside model brought to Australia and what challenges has it faced?
- Nick Speer – Partner, The Riverside Company – interviewed by Matt Stubbs – Managing Director, Allier Capital
Networking Morning Tea
Can Growth Capital and Venture firms work together for mutual benefit?
It would seem to be natural for tech companies to progress from venture to growth funding as they develop. Are there opportunities to improve this process? Where and how should Growth Capital and VC firms work together?
Why ESG considerations can make or break an investment
While many private capital investors now accept that environmental social and governance considerations should be included in due diligence on deals, some still see ESG as risk issues to be dealt with at the compliance level. In this discussion, we will look at reasons why ESG considerations are important for investment teams.
Sources of funding – getting the balance right between debt and equity (panel discussion)
Entrepreneurs need funding to convert ideas into viable businesses. Investors want security for their capital.
Impact investing – the commercial lessons (keynote address)
LeapFrog Investments has directly improved the lives of disadvantaged people in developing economies in Africa and Asia while generating private equity level returns for its investors. This presentation explains the firm’s ‘profit with purpose’ concept and its lessons for all growth investors.
- James Burton – Senior Manager, Strategy, LeapFrog Investments
Intangible assets – recognising the real value in growth businesses
A discussion of how to value the real value in most modern businesses – Patents, technology, know-how and data.
- Francis Milner – Chief investment officer, EverEdge Capital
Scaling up a business – practicalities and pitfalls (panel discussion)
Even with adequate funding, scaling up a business can be a challenging process. This session takes an inside look at why some succeed and some fail.
Capital raising from the trenches! A case study (presentation)
A ‘no holds barred’ look at capital raising from an entrepreneur’s perspective.
- Will Davies – CEO and Co-Founder, Car Next Door
Networking Afternoon Tea
Scaling up a business without external funding (presentation)
In this presentation a successful entrepreneur puts the case for self-funding.
- Grant Petty – CEO and Founder, Blackmagic Design
Routes to Exit (discussion)
This session looks at the alternative routes to find a return on investment that may be considered by growth businesses, their investors and advisors.
* This program is subject to change