Program

Wednesday 2 September 2020
9:00am
Registration and networking
9:30am

Welcome

  • Adrian Herbert – Managing Editor, Private Equity Media
  • Rachel Slattery – Director, Slatterys
9:40am
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.
10:00am
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
10:20am
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
10:40am
Networking Morning Tea
11:15am
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?
11:45am
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.
12:05pm
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.
12:45pm
Networking Lunch
1:30pm
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
2:00pm
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.
2:20pm
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.

3:00pm
Capital raising from the trenches! A case study (presentation)
A ‘no holds barred’ look at capital raising from an entrepreneur’s perspective.
3:20pm
Networking Afternoon Tea
3:45pm
Scaling up a business without external funding (presentation)
In this presentation a successful entrepreneur puts the case for self-funding.
4:10pm
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.
4:45pm
Closing remarks
5:00pm
Networking drinks
* This program is subject to change
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