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The $50 million South Australian Venture Capital Fund (SAVCF) is available to help build dynamic and innovative early-stage companies to accelerate their growth to a national and global scale.

The SAVCF will:

  • enable innovative SA ventures to secure funding and accelerate growth into national and global markets, stimulating economic activity and job creation

  • strengthen the competitiveness of local early-stage entrepreneurs and companies to attract private sources of co-investment from national and international investors, and

  • earn a commercial rate of return for investors commensurate with industry standards for early-stage venture capital funds.

 

MANDATE

The SAVCF will consider initial investment in high growth and export potential companies that have at least demonstrated a market for their product or service and have either commenced generating revenue or can demonstrate customer validation and evidence a route to revenue generation.

Life science and biotech companies are exempt. In such cases, the SAVCF may consider initial investment once a company has demonstrated Phase 1 clinical trial results, or the equivalent stage for a medical device.

The SAVCF will not have any restrictions in terms of sectors or industries that eligible companies may participate in but requires the company to have 50% of its assets and 50% of its staff located in South Australia during a period that ends 12 months from the initial investment date.

INVESTMENTS

The SAVCF will assess opportunities on a case-by-case basis, but will be seeking companies that have the following characteristics:

  • A large addressable market

  • A product or service offering with a demonstrated ability to meet an existing or emerging market need 

  • A clear thesis on the sources of the business’ competitive advantage, and the sustainability/defensibility of this competitive advantage

  • Ability to scale rapidly in a capital efficient way

  • Led by a very high quality management team

  • A clear path to a liquidity event

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The fund is managed by Artesian Venture Partners, Australia's largest and most active early stage venture capital firm. Artesian is a full stack venture capital firm focused on the Asia Pacific region with offices in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Shanghai.

 

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What 

the Fund

Offers

SA INNOVATION

Artesian believes that the SAVC Fund will play an important role in supporting and empowering the SA innovation ecosystem.

In addition Artesian operates a variety of earlier stage agnostic and vertically focused seed to Series A funds that will also be able to deploy investments to early stage South Australian startups prior to being eligible for funding by the SAVC Fund.

Artesian's co-investment VC platform collaborates with accelerators, incubators, angel groups, university programs, corporations and industry groups to supercharge and grow innovation ecosystems.

PRE SERIES A

The $50M SAVC Fund will target 10-20, $1-2M pre Series A investments into South Australian startups. 

The Fund may invest in high growth and export potential companies that have at least demonstrated a market for their product or service and have either commenced generating revenue or can demonstrate customer validation and evidence a route to revenue generation.

Areas of interest include:

  • Space

  • Clean Energy

  • Cybersecurity

  • Defence

  • Agrifood

  • Health and Medtech

 

SERIES A

The SAVC Fund will make 5-12 $2.5M investments into Series A stage startups. 

 

These investments will generally be follow-on investments into portfolio companies that the fund initially invested in at pre-Series A .

The SAVC Fund may lead the Series A investment round, but this is not a requirement for all investments.

CO-INVESTORS

Artesian’s platform model has demonstrated the ability to attract international co-investors for its portfolio companies. Artesian has: 

  • 400+ portfolio companies with 180+ having attracted another round of funding alongside an Artesian investment. Many have done multiple follow on rounds

  • 600+ co-investment partners

  • $450m co-investments generated alongside Artesian investment

EXITS

The Fund will work with portfolio startups to identify potential mergers and acquisitions, trade sales and IPOs.

Meet The INVESTMENT Team

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DAVID ROHRSHEIM

PORTFOLIO

MANAGER

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ALEXANDRA GRIGG

SENIOR PORTFOLIO

ANALYST

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Shane Masters

MANAGING

DIRECTOR

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LUKE FAY

MANAGING

PARTNER

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