🤩 Wowser, what a month February has been! The year has truly kicked into gear with lots of exciting news from the AirTree fam — more in the ‘Big News’ section. 🚀
Our Open Source VC meetups are back for 2021! Yesterday our Principal Jax chatted to Patrick Campbell from ProfitWell, one of the most influential thinkers globally on startup pricing and GTM strategy. They covered topics like ‘how do startups decide on pricing in the early days with no data?’ and ‘free trial vs freemium model, which is better?’ Watch the replay here. Register for future meetups here.
2021 here we come! We hope you’ve had a chance to recharge over the break and are ready to tackle the year ahead with renewed energy and new ideas!
The ATV team started the year on an eventful note as we welcomed the Abyss Solutions team into the AirTree fam. We’re so proud to back their vision of being the intelligence driving the autonomous systems of the future. 🚀
This year, one major focus for us is stepping up our efforts in shifting the status quo on diversity in the tech startup sector. Last year when we launched our Explorer…
We made it!! 2020 is almost over!! 🥳🎉🙌
It’s been a devastating year but we’re so proud of the way the startup community has come together to help each other survive and thrive. Last Friday we published our 2020 Year in Review and despite initial fears for what COVID could mean for our sector, we invested a record amount of $87m into 26 Aussie and Kiwi startups — welcoming 35 new founders into the AirTree fam. And as a cohort, our portfolio companies achieved combined revenues of over $1B in 2020! Read more here.
Founders as a group are under…
If you are reading this having survived 2020, you deserve a huge pat on the back, giant virtual hugs, and a drink!!…or two!! 🍻
We all started the year with high hopes and plans, many were gearing up for ‘the best year ever’. But quickly things took an unimaginable and devastating turn with the world facing a global health crisis and the worst economic downturn in history.
In March, we were all fearful for what this would mean for Aussie and Kiwi startups but we are also unwavering believers in the entrepreneurial spirit. COVID brings with it opportunities — as…
Angel investing is the theme of November as we kicked off our Explorer program for the inaugural cohort. For the first session which we opened up to the whole community, our Partner John chatted to Harry Stebbings, active angel investor and the host of the 20 minute VC podcast. Harry shared his tips on building personal relationships with founders, the most important things angel investors can offer founders (speed and conviction) and how he structures his investments including the importance of keeping a consistent cheque size. Access the recording here. (Passcode: #djQa0C7 )
We’re very excited to announce that we’ve completed the selection process for the first cohort of AirTree Explorers!! More about goals with the program in this piece by Cara Waters. The first session in the Explorer Program is a chat with Harry Stebbings on Thurs 5 Nov that we’re opening up to the whole community. Harry went from an unknown 19 year-old podcast host to becoming one of the world’s youngest VC partners and a prolific celebrity angel investor, with investments in rocketships like Superhuman, Linktree, Roam Research and Hopin. He really is the poster child for breaking into the…
📣 AirTree is looking to add an Investment Associate to our team!
Based in Sydney, we’re one of the largest and most active venture capital funds in Australia and New Zealand. If you join us, you get to work with many of the most exciting startups in our region — Canva, A Cloud Guru, Secure Code Warrior, Prospa, Brighte, Athena, Joyous — the list goes on and on! We raised our latest fund late 2019 and now manage over $600m.
We’re a down-to-earth team with a diverse set of backgrounds but the same passion: startups and technology. Our…
This month we launched the AirTree Explorer Program to empower a new generation of startup investors with education and funding. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the volume and diversity of interest from the community! It’s a pilot program and we’re learning as we go but we are very excited about the impact this program could have for aspiring angels in our region. Those interested to participate can apply here, the deadline is 30 September.
We also launched Open Source VC Meetups where we invite the whole community to learn from the world’s best tech founders, operators, investors and thinkers. This…
Angel investors are the lifeblood of a healthy startup ecosystem. They’re often the first port of call for new ideas, and they play a critical role in supporting founders.
But while most parts of the Australian tech ecosystem are growing in leaps and bounds, the seed and angel investment ecosystem is at risk of sliding backwards. Angel and seed-stage investing have dropped off a cliff in the last three years, and despite a few notable exceptions, the level of diversity amongst angel investors is still very low.
We’d love to help change this.
So today we’re announcing something new —…
We started a crowd-sourced list of investors in Australia for the technology startup ecosystem back in 2017.
It has been great seeing how many founders have bookmarked it and referenced it as a helpful fundraising resource — at any one time, there are usually 30+ people in it looking for the right investors to reach out to!
We want to keep the list as up-to-date and useful as possible, so three years on, we took some time reaching out to investors and other organisations in the list to make sure they are still actively investing and actively involved in the…
AirTree is a venture capital fund that supports the most ambitious Australian and Kiwi tech founders. First round, multiple rounds.