Venture Capital Destination: Australia

Should you consider Australia as a potential source for investments?

Australia is one of the most advanced venture capital industries in the Asia Pacific region.

Some sectors and highlights in the Australian Venture Capital Industry are:

1. Australia is an “Outward Looking Economy” – many great companies are originated from Australia, such as Westfields, News Limited, BHP, Rio Tinto, Computershare Limited, Macquarie Bank

2. Australia has created many successful global technology & biotech companies: ResMed, Seek Group, Cochlear, CSL, Sirtex Medical, HitWise

3. It has many mining & natural resources industries, Australian institutions have invested in many mining related opportunities

4. Increasingly investing into technology and biotechnology opportunities -particularly medical devices

5. Industry leader in some Greentech sectors including solar energy, water management, water management for agriculture and forestry management

6. Close ties with Asian investors, some of the Australian VCs are set up by Asian private equity groups or co-investors

7. Australian financial institutions are leaders in infrastructure financing, its superannuation funds (pension funds) are also quite active in participating in infrastructure financing projects worldwide

As you can see, Australian companies are looking to tap into global markets, as that is the only way for Australian companies to become very successful due to the relatively small economy. This is also changing the way its venture capital & private equity investors – which are increasingly looking to invest in global opportunities or local opportunities that are looking to expand into global markets.

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