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Brosa

Brosa is a next generation online designer furniture store that brings beautiful furniture direct from master craftsmen into every Australian home. Customers get to enjoy the designer furniture experience without the high price tag.

Working with the best furniture talent from around the world, Brosa continuously releases the freshest on trend designs to enliven any home and deliver Australia wide. Brosa’s exceptional growth is indicative of the appetite amongst customers for beautiful furniture that doesn’t cost the world.

Founders

Ivan Lim, Richard Li, David Wei

Milestones

Date Founded 2014
Year of Investment 2015

Canva

Canva is an amazingly simple graphic design platform for both the designer and non-designer alike. Canva brings together a drag-and-drop design tool with a library of more than one million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts.

Founded in July 2012 by Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht, Canva has seen incredible traction growing to over three million users in its first 20 months of operation. Driven by strong demand, Canva has since launched a product specifically for teams and organisations: ‘Canva for Work’. This platform has changed the way every company designs.

Founders

Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, Cameron Adams

Milestones

Date Founded 2012
Year of Investment 2015

Ebay

eBay delivers one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love.

With 149 million active buyers globally, eBay is one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Their collective impact on ecommerce is staggering, and more than 700 million items are listed on eBay.

Milestones

Date Founded 1995
Year of Investment 1997
Exited to eBay Global in November 2002

Edrolo

Edrolo is the creator of the next-generation educational resources providing interactive online video courses and online exam emulation for VCE, HSC, and SAT students. Produced in partnership with master teachers, Edrolo’s resource is used by 20,000 students and teachers across 180 schools in Victoria and NSW.

Edrolo is the ultimate resource for year 11 and 12 students, teachers, and schools offering online videos, marked exam practice, curriculum-focused diagnostics, and study planning tools, crafted by the country’s best teachers and powered by tomorrow’s technology.

 

Founders

Duncan Anderson, Jeremy Cox and Ben Sze

Milestones

Date Founded 2013
Year of Investment 2015

Ento

Ento provides cloud-based rostering, leave, and attendance and communication software to over 1,500 workplaces around the world. The software integrates with leading HR and payroll systems and harnesses facial-recognition technology within a unique tablet-based time clock app.

Ento takes the pain out of rostering staff, leave, timesheets and payroll with powerful cloud software. It allows users to build rosters quickly and easily, fine tune using multiple views and capture precise time and attendance. Ento’s Australian clients include the Telstra retail network, Beaurepaires, Shaver Shop and other SMEs.

Founders

Aulay Macaulay

Milestones

Date Founded 2009
Year of Investment 2015

Ninemsn

Ninemsn (Mi9) is the largest media property in Australia and was established in 1997 via a 50-50 joint venture between NEC and Microsoft. With its headquarters in Sydney, Mi9 employs more than 320 people across Australia and New Zealand, with offices in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland.

Milestones

Date Founded 1997
Year of Investment 1997
Exited to PBL in Oct 2006

ReachLocal

ReachLocal provides online marketing for local businesses through its total marketing system that drives more customers through the sales funnel and helps local business customers get more ROI.

Founders

Zorik Gordon, Nathan Hanks, Michael Kline, Robert Wright, and Robert Spitz

Milestones

Date Founded 2003
Year of Investment 2006
Exited to Reach Local Nasdaq listing in September 2009

Prospa

Prospa is Australia’s leading online small business lender and is committed to helping small businesses access the funds they need to grow. Using a proprietary technology platform and a fast, simple online application process, Prospa can approve loans and provide funding to businesses within 24 hours.

Founders

Beau Bertoli & Greg Moshal

Milestones

Date Founded 2012
Year of Investment 2015

Wayfair/Buyster

Founded in May 2008, via a 50/50 joint venture with Wayfair US (formally known as CSN Stores), Buyster was launched in January 2009 to offer Australian consumers a wide range of quality brands. Buyster offers more than 35,000 products from 600 brands including furniture, lighting, rugs, tapware and pet care products.

Founders

Kylie Little

Milestones

Date Founded 2002
Year of Investment 2008
Exited to Wayfair in July 2011

The Video Company

The Video Company (TVC) has brought the world’s leading video monetisation technology to Australia. TVC consists of two divisions, The Video Network (TVN®) and The Video Platform (TVP®). TVN® is an Internet TV network, designed to provide targeting that traditional TV cannot offer and engage audiences through interactive ad formats. TVP® provides a suite of management tools designed to help publishers increase revenues and successfully make the transition into Internet television.

Founders

Peter Ostick and Josh Ismin

Milestones

Date Founded 2011
Year of Investment 2011
Exited to Fairfax in December 2012

Allure Media

Allure Media partners with leading international publishers to produce Australian editions of targeted websites. Its technology networks Gizmodo, Kotaku and Lifehacker are read by more than one million Australian unique browsers every month and its women’s lifestyle networks PopSugar, FabSugar, BellaSugar, and Defamer are changing the way young women view websites. Allure Media also publishes Business Insider.

Founders

2006

Milestones

Date Founded 2006
Year of Investment 2006
Exited to Fairfax in December 2012

Downstream Marketing

In December 2006, netus formed a partnership with Downstream Marketing. The partnership brought together netus’ relationship with Efficient Frontier – including exclusive access to its market leading optimisation.

Founders

Steve Knowles

Milestones

Date Founded 2006
Year of Investment 2006
Exited to Efficient Frontier/Adobe in October 2011

Wizard

Wizard Home Loans was founded in 1996 and grew to be Australia’s second largest non-bank mortgage lender with a network of over 200 branches.

 

Founders

Mark Bouris

Milestones

Date Founded 1996
Year of Investment 1999
Exited to Aussie Home Loans in Feb 2009

DesignCrowd

DesignCrowd is an online marketplace providing logo, website, and print and graphic design services by providing access to freelance graphic designers and design studios around the world. DesignCrowd gives you access to a ‘virtual team’ of 400,000+ designers from around the world – helping you to tap into the very best international design talent available, at a low cost. Post a project on DesignCrowd and watch designs pour in from around the world. DesignCrowd uses ‘Crowdsourcing 2.0’ allowing fairer, sustainable, higher quality crowdsourcing where every designer can get paid and customers can browse top graphic designers and hand-pick their favourites.

Founders

Alec Lynch

Milestones

Date Founded 2008
Year of Investment 2015

GlamCorner

GlamCorner is Australia’s leading online designer dress rental service, offering designer label dress rental at a fraction of the retail price for special occasions and events. Designers include top tier labels such as Camilla, Tadashi Shoji and Badgley Mischka. GlamCorner offers a try on service, provides prepaid express post satchels for return shipping and takes care of dry cleaning and minor repairs. The experience is hassle free and helps customers access designer labels for one-off events – it’s every woman’s endless online wardrobe. Founded by Dean Jones and Audrey Khaing-Jones in 2012, GlamCorner is at the intersection of Australia’s $500 million online women’s clothing market and the growing sharing economy.

Founders

Dean Jones and Audrey Khaing-Jones

Milestones

Date Founded 2012
Year of Investment 2015

HotDoc

HotDoc is Australia’s leading online appointment booking and eHealth software platform offering a suite of software tools to facilitate painless appointment booking and confirmation. HotDoc notifies patients when return appointments are required and reduces no-show rates for GPs by 75%. Founded in 2012, HotDoc has signed over 3,500 GPs, more than any of its corporate-backed competitors, and has corporate partners in Sonic Healthcare, Healthscope and ZedMed.

Founders

Simon Holland, Ben Hurst, Tomas Spacek and John Servinis

Milestones

Date Founded 2012
Year of Investment 2015

Pawshake

Thanks to Pawshake, you can now find verified pet sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can’t. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a pet sitter who will take care of your pet at your house. Pawshake provides a more comfortable alternative to traditional kennels, giving pets caring, personalised attention. Founded in 2013 by Dries Coucke and Tanguy Peers, Pawshake has the largest network of reviewed and approved pet minders in Australia and is the leading pet minder market place in 11 other markets including the UK, Canada and NZ.

Founders

Tanguy Peers and Dries Coucke

Milestones

Date Founded 2008
Year of Investment 2015

TidyMe

Tidy Me allows you to book a cleaner for your home online in seconds for next day availability on all appointments. Customers can book in for a recurring weekly, fortnightly or monthly service or for a once-off clean. The Tidy Me crew, a network of trained, vetted, professional cleaners who use only naturally derived products, then complete the job. Tidy Me has seen incredible growth since its launch by Stacey Jacobs in 2014, driven by excellence in service, alongside the convenience of use for customers and cleaners on the platform.

Founders

Stacey Jacobs

Milestones

Date Founded 2014
Year of Investment 2015

Beamly

Beamly Australia (formerly zeebox) is a social network for TV founded in 2012 as a joint venture between Beamly UK (NBCUniversal/Comcast, Viacom, BskyB) and Network Ten. Beamly brings together cutting-edge technology and the creative energy of stars, programme-makers, super fans and journalists to create the ultimate destination for TV lovers.

Founders

Craig Blair

Milestones

Date Founded 2012
Year of Investment 2012
Exited To Network Ten in 2015

OurDeal

Founded in May 2010, OurDeal applies the internationally successful group-buying model to the Australian market. Its collective shopping experience offers unprecedented deals to Australian consumers and an effective customer acquisition channel for advertisers. Harnessing the power of the internet and the power of group buying, OurDeal is able to offer its members daily deals with discounts of up to 90% off great things to see, experience and enjoy.

Founders

Julian Holman

Milestones

Date Founded 2010
Year of Investment 2010
Exited to News Ltd in July 2011

Pet Circle

Pet Circle offers premium pet food, medication, accessories, toys and treats via its online store on a subscription ecommerce model. Established in 2011, with headquarters in Alexandria in Sydney, Pet Circle has quickly become Australia’s largest online pet supplies company servicing over 50,000 customers across the country.

Founders

Mike Frizell and James Edwards

Milestones

Date Founded 2011
Year of Investment 2017

Switchwise

Switchwise was formed in March 2008 by three founding shareholders – Shaun Johnson (Founder), Service Works Management (the leading service provider in the Energy industry) and netus. Based on successful UK models, Switchwise was established to offer customers a transparent comparison tool to save money on their energy bills, and energy retailers a cost effective customer acquisition channel.

By 2011, Switchwise was the leading energy price comparison site in Australia with the largest range of energy retailers. The business was profitable and growing at over 200% per year when Service Works Management acquired it in a transaction that generated a high multiple on invested capital.

Founders

Shaun Johnson

Milestones

Date Founded 2007
Year of Investment 2008
Exited to SWM in January 2011

Tantalus Media

Tantalus Media was a leading video game developer based in Melbourne that worked with games publishers and studios around the world. Tantalus Media is best known for licenced platform conversions and have created over 40 games for a range of platforms including Wii, Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo.

Founders

Trevor Nuridin, Tim Bennett and Andrew Bailey

Milestones

Date Founded 1994
Year of Investment 2007
Exited 2010 to Founder

Travel.com.au

Travel.com.au was established in 1997 and is one of Australia’s most experienced online travel companies. Travel.com.au provides the flexibility of online booking 24 hours a day or over the phone with an experienced team member and offers deals on international and domestic flights, travel insurance or car hire.

Milestones

Date Founded 2006
Year of Investment 2006
Exited 2007 to Wotif

Crown Games

Online Gaming business for Crown Casinos. Ecorp created the JV to develop a gaming solution and appointed local management.

Founders

Ecorp

Milestones

Date Founded 2000
Year of Investment 2000
Exited 2002

ePredix

Large scale personality data in the US used to help qualify applicability for roles.

Founders

Katrina Leslie

Milestones

Date Founded 2000
Year of Investment 2000
Exited 2002

Monster

Monster is your source for jobs and career opportunities. Search for jobs, read career advice from Monster’s job experts, and find hiring and recruiting advice.

Founders

Morgan & Bank Australia and Ecorp

Milestones

Date Founded 1990
Year of Investment 1990
Exited to PBL in March 2003

Schwab

Trade foreign stocks online in a Schwab Global Account, designed for your global trading needs.

 

 

 

 

Founders

Charles Schwab and Ecorp

Milestones

Date Founded 1999
Year of Investment 1999
Exited in November 2001

Ticketek

Ticketek is the leading ticketing partner to the sports and live entertainment industry and operates Australia’s most advanced multi-channel ticket sales and distribution network.

Founders

CPH

Milestones

Date Founded 1999
Year of Investment 1999
Exited 2006

90 Seconds

90 Seconds is the world’s leading cloud video production platform, allowing brands to purchase, plan, shoot, edit and review video anywhere in the world, online and on mobile.

Launched in 2010, 90 Seconds have worked with more than 1000 brands including Barclays, PayPal, Visa and Sony to produce high quality, fast, easy and affordable video content. To date, over 10,000 videos have been produced in 70 countries. In some major cities, clients can start projects with advance notice of just 30 minutes.

The company has a global team of 70 working on product, growth and customer success based in Singapore, London, Tokyo, Manila, Sydney and Auckland. They are opening new offices in San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Berlin in 2016.

Founders

Tim Norton

Milestones

Date Founded 2010
Year of Investment 2016

The Right Fit

TheRight.Fit is an advertising talent platform that directly connects freelancers and consultants with brands and agencies. It’s a community of influencers, videographers, photographers, models, actors, makeup artists, stylists, and more. It means brands and agencies can search, book, and pay all in one seamless, online transaction.

Founders

Taryn Williams

Milestones

Date Founded 2015
Year of Investment 1995

Xplor

Created by Mark Woodland, Xplor is a world first end-to-end platform within the international education sector. Xplor makes it easy for parents, educators and management to see the information they care about in one place and use it to make faster, better informed decisions. Applications include a management dashboard, communication, invoicing, rostering and payroll facilitation, staff administration, time tracking, online parent payments, CCMS government integration, reporting, and inventory management.

Founders

Mark Woodward

Milestones

Date Founded 2010
Year of Investment 2016

Process Street

PS

Process Street is a next generation workflow management platform that makes it easy for businesses alike to track and automate their day to day processes.

Using their simple business process management software (BPM), Process Street lets you quickly create workflows, checklists and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Track these as your team completes them from any device. Control permissions, use forms to collect data, schedule processes and automate tasks with integrations into over 600+ other apps.

Founders

Vinay Patankar and Cameron McKay

Milestones

Date Founded 2014
Year of Investment 2016

Elevio

Elevio can help bring all your support channels into one, to provide the best support possible for your users.

Founders

Chris Duell and Matt Trimarchi

Milestones

Date Founded 2015
Year of Investment 2016

Paxata

At Paxata, we turn raw data into trustworthy information at the speed of thought. We provide an Adaptive Information Platform that enables business analysts with an enterprise-grade self-service data preparation system to support the on-demand and ad-hoc business data need for analytics, operations, and regulatory requirements. Business analysts work within an intuitive, self-service application to access, explore, shape, collaborate and publish data with clicks, not code, with complete governance and security. IT is able to support the scale of data volumes and variety, enterprise and cloud data sources, and business scenarios for both ad-hoc and repeatable data service needs of the business. Built on Apache Spark and optimized to run in Hadoop, Paxata leverages automated artificial intelligence, elastic cloud architecture and distributed computing to deliver an immersive business consumer experience that automates the data-to-insight pipeline with transparent governance and ad hoc collaboration. The platform can be deployed both on-premises and in public, private or hybrid cloud environments.

Paxata is headquartered in Redwood City with offices in New York, Ohio, Washington DC, and Singapore.

Founders

Chris Maddox, Dave Brewster, Prakash Nanduri, Nenshad Bardoliwalla

Milestones

Date Founded 2011
Year of Investment 2016

Hyper Anna

Hyper Anna is machine intelligence for behavioural analytics. If your company makes things, moves things, consumes things, or interacts with customers in any other way, you will have increasing amounts of data on those activities. Every device, shipment, and consumer leaves a trail. Whatever your preferred source – customer behaviors, store transactions, or Google Analytics, Hyper Anna have got you covered. Figuring out how customers think starts with knowing – with great confidence and accuracy – what they’ve done and why customers act as they do.

Founders

Sam Zheng and Natalie Nguyen

Milestones

Date Founded 2016
Year of Investment 2016

Jobbatical

Jobbatical connects talented employees to employers across the globe for short term jobs. Skills are becoming global and the time is perfect for collaborative teams, where different nationalities enrich the culture. Jobbatical believes that when you encourage smart people with different backgrounds to interact, great things happen.

Founders

Allan Mäeots, Karoli Hindriks, Ronald Hindriks

Milestones

Date Founded 2014
Year of Investment 2016

Employment Hero

Employment Hero is a SaaS based recruitment, HR, payroll and compliance platform. Employment Hero gives SMEs an HR department in the cloud.

Employment Hero has evolved from over two decades of passionately assisting Australian employers navigate the complexities of the employment landscape through employment law, payroll and human resource services. The development of a technology platform housed in the cloud, to optimise the Employment Innovations service offering is indicative of the commitment to innovation and sole focus on making employment easier for Australian businesses.

Founders

Ben Thompson

Milestones

Date Founded 2012
Year of Investment 2016

Expert 360

Founded in July 2013, Expert360 is a global digital platform that provides businesses with access to the best and brightest independent consultants. Expert360 has unbundled traditional consulting and put it on a world-class platform giving companies access to high quality talent, flexibility in how they engage them, and at a price that delivers good value. It has grown to over 15,000 top consultants across 90 countries. Clients include large corporates, investment firms, consulting firms, SMEs, entrepreneurs and freelance individuals who have discovered how to capitalise upon this rich talent pool.

Founders

Bridget Louden

Milestones

Date Founded 2013
Year of Investment 2017

EARTH AI

EARTH AI (earth-ai.com) EARTH AI helps mining explorers make new mineral discoveries via the first ever cloud based AI-powered Web platform. This increases chances for mineral discovery and dramatically lowers operational risks and costs for mineral exploration activities. 

Founders

Roman Teslyuk

Milestones

Date Founded 2016
Year of Investment 2017

Snappr

Snappr brings technology to bear on an otherwise old-fashioned and fragmented photography industry, offering an easy way to book photographers on-demand.

Currently Snappr operates in nine Australian cities and San Francisco. Photoshoots via Snappr start at $59 for 30 minutes.

Founders

Matt Schiller and Ed Kearney

Milestones

Date Founded 2016
Year of Investment 2017

Spaceship

Spaceship is a technology-focused Superannuation Fund offering a diversified portfolio with tech at its core. Spaceship offers a web-based application that enables individuals to invest their super in companies such as Apple, Google, Uber, Tesla, and more.

Founders

Paul Bennetts

Milestones

Date Founded 2016
Year of Investment 2017