2021 VC Industry Forum

2021 VC Industry Forum

2021 VC Industry Forum


Established as one of the largest knowledge sharing and networking events for the leaders of Australia's innovation ecosystem, you will have the opportunity to broaden your network and connect with entrepreneurs, investors, fund managers and corporate advisors.


You will hear from leading international and domestic experts about the state of play for venture in Australia and abroad and the challenges and opportunities ahead for the sector.


10:30 AM Arrival morning tea   

11:00 AM

Opening welcome (MC)

Dr Amanda Gillon
Senior Partner, BioScience Managers

11:05 AM

CEO address

Yasser El-Ansary
Chief Executive, Australian Investment Council

11:10 AM

Keynote address

Samir Kumar
Managing Director, M12 | Microsoft's Venture Capital Fund

11:45 AM

Australia’s billion-dollar quantum computing opportunity

Dr Cathy Foley
Australia's Chief Scientist

Dr Michael Hush
Chief Scientific Officer, Q-CTRL

12:25 PM

VC fundraising and investments breaking records all over the world – What happens next?

Alicia Gregory
Head of Private Equity, Future Fund

Phil Cummins
Venture Partner, Greenspring Associates

Fred Giuffrida
Managing Director, Horsley Bridge Partners

01:15 PM

Networking lunch

02:00 PM

Taking sustainable food production to the mainstream market

Nick Hazell
Founder & CEO, v2food

George Peppou
Co-founder & CEO, Vow

Anna Ellis
Investment Director, Roc Partners

02:35 PM

Towards net zero: The intersection of smart technology and renewable energy

Mark Woodall
Executive Chairman, GreenSync

Kristin Vaughan
Director - Innovation Fund, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Justine Jarvinen (JJ)
Chief Executive Officer, UNSW Energy Institute

Christiaan Jordaan
CEO & Founder, Sicona Battery Technologies

03:15 PM

Afternoon tea


03:40 PM Key government policy reforms aimed at growing Australia’s innovation ecosystem

Brendon Harper
Head of Policy and Research, Australian Investment Council

Robyn Tolhurst
Public Affairs Manager, Australian Investment Council

04:10 PM Heading for the exit door: key considerations for VC managers and their investors

James Posnett
Senior Manager, Listings Business Development, ASX

Dean Dorrell
Partner, Carthona Capital

Stephen Dash
Founder & CEO, Credible

04:45 PM The ACCC is nervous about FinTech businesses being bought out by big banks – do we have a problem?

Todd Forest
Managing Director, NAB Ventures

Simon Cant
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Reinventure

Prudence Smith
Partner, Jones Day

05:20 PM Will the development of COVID-19 vaccines forever change the speed of new drug discovery processes?

Dr Anand Gautam
Executive Director & Emerging Science Lead, Pfizer

Dr Amanda Gillon
Senior Partner, BioScience Managers

05:50 PM Closing remarks
05:55 PM Networking drinks & canapés
07:30 PM Close


Dr Amanda Gillon   James Posnett   Alicia Gregory
BioScience Managers   ASX   Future Fund

Dr Cathy Foley   Mark Woodall   Kristin Vaughan
Australia's Chief Scientist   GreenSync   Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Phil Cummins   Samir Kumar
  Nick Hazell
Greenspring Associates   M12   v2food

Todd Forest   Simon Cant   Fred Giuffrida
NAB Ventures   Reinventure   Horsley Bridge Partners


Prudence Smith   Justine Jarvinen (JJ)   Dr Anand Gautam
Jones Day   UNSW Energy Institute   Pfizer

Dean Dorrell   George Peppou   Yasser El-Ansary
Carthona Capital   Vow   Australian Investment Council

Brendon Harper   Robyn Tolhurst   Stephen Dash
Australian Investment Council   Australian Investment Council   Credible

Dr Michael Hush   Christiaan Jordaan   Anna Ellis
Q-CTRL   Sicona Battery Technologies   Roc Partners


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10:30AM - 7:30PM


Doltone House Hyde Park
3/181 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Members $360

Non-members $525

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