AirTree Ventures

Emily Close

Head of Venture Community & Business Development

I started my career in investment banking in New Zealand, and spent my first three years working closely with technology companies on their private & public capital raising strategies, including Xero, Serko, and PartsTrader. I then moved to London to work for Rothschild in their TMT investment banking team. 

In both roles, by far and away the most enjoyable part of my job was working closely with ambitious founders, who had built exceptional businesses and were looking to raise more capital to fuel their next phase of growth. With this in mind, I joined Albion Capital, a London-based venture firm, where my focus was on partnering with early stage B2B software companies in the UK.

I now head up Venture Community and Platform at AirTree, which means I lead our efforts in creating a stronger and more supported start-up community in Australia and New Zealand, and our communication and programming opportunities for the 45+ companies in our portfolio. 

I feel very lucky to work with founders as they build some amazingly transformative businesses, and with lots of groups within our startup ecosystem as we strive to ensure Australia and New Zealand are both truly impactful innovation hubs! 

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