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About Us

Lion Ventures is 100% managed by previously successful entrepreneurs. The Advisory Committee are all founders of their own businesses. This positions Lion Ventures to understand the challenges of growing a company and to work alongside our partner companies rather than impose heavy terms and reporting requirements. Fundamentally this is a philosophical departure from the existing early-stage venture capital landscape and will attract the best founders and companies who recognise a partnership beyond the value of invested capital.

Australia has a proud history of Chinese migration and settlement. The earliest arrival is reported to have been Mak Sai Ying who landed as a free settler at Port Jackson on the “Laurel” on 27 February 1818. Mak Sai Ying possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and became the first Australia-Chinese publican, opening The Golden Lion Hotel in Church Street, Parramatta.

200 years since Mak Sai Ying’s arrival to Australia, we have named our fund Lion Ventures, acknowledging the background of our investors, our targeted growth path into China and to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit.

What we look for?

We work hard to source the best ideas, the best founders, the best teams and the best early stage investment opportunities in Australia that are solving key sources of pain in large addressable markets. The Investment Team and Venture Partners will take an active role in assisting investee companies achieve their goals.

Given our targeted growth path into China, we maintain a sector focus on:

  • Financial Technology (‘Fintech’) 
  • Medical Science and Technology 
  • Agricultural Technology 
  • Building and Construction Industry Technology

Startups

Investors

Why invest with us?

Our Expertise

Lion Ventures’ Investment Team and Venture Partners are renowned in the Australian start-up ecosystem. The Fund brings over 40 years of start-up experience to investors and to Fund investee companies through its Investment Team and Venture Partners.

Their networks and knowledge base encourage incoming deal flow from entrepreneurs who appreciate the catalyst of Lion Ventures’ investment potential. Further outbound sourcing comes from engagement with third party service providers who partner with Lion Ventures to bring pre-screened successful companies to the Investment Committee.

Analysis

Complementing the team’s experience in the start-up ecosystem is the analytical experience across financial markets: both traditional and alternative asset classes, and within listed and unlisted assets. This experience, for example, is crucial for determining investee company concept viability, determining market size and executing competitive analysis.

Exits

The ability to execute a successful exit is critical to optimising investor returns in this style of investing. Having worked for over 15 years with some of the world’s largest global financial institutions, the Investment Team has exceptional and valuable access to exit pathways through investment banking relationships. Further, the Investment Team has personal experience in identifying, planning and executing the realisation of start-ups.

Management Team

Justin Webb

FOUNDING PARTNER

Experienced start-up founder and adviser. Well respected in Australian start-up industry.

Founded, grew and successfully exited three asset management businesses, now Chairman of fastest growing agricultural technology business in Australia.

15 years financial services experience, including Division Head and Director at Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager. Senior Portfolio Manager at Macquarie Bank.

Education: Harvard BA-Hons; Econ and Applied Mathematics, Oxford MBA; OBA Scholar.

Oliver Ryan

FOUNDING PARTNER

Specialist in financial analysis, portfolio construction, diversification and asset management.

Senior Analyst for institutional investment management business advising across A$5bn of multi asset class investments across three countries.

10 years financial services experience, including Associate Director at UBS, the world’s largest private wealth manager, providing portfolio advice across A$20bn.

Education: University of Sydney, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

In-House Specialists

Stefan Knight

VENTURE PARTNER

Expert in tech start-up scaling, entrepreneurial success and organisational best practice.

Lead mentor – Telstra-backed start-up accelerator muru-D and Stone & Chalk accelerator.

Head of Customer Success at GorillaStack.

23 years in tech across US, Canada and Australia, including four start-ups.

Kevin Baum

VENTURE PARTNER

Expert in technology commercialisation, technical analysis, program management, contract R&D and venture spin out.

Worked on US$1bn projects for Ford, DARPA, US Department of Defense agencies and US Department of Energy.

CEO and Co-Founder of Agriwebb, fastest growing agricultural technology business in Australia. Co-Founder Odyssey Sensors.

Education: Stanford University, Oxford University MBA/Masters

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with our team please complete the contact form below. Alternatively we welcome you to send us an email at info@lion.vc or call us on +61 2 9017 5240. We look forward to hearing from you!

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