Venture Capital

There are a number of venture capital support and capital partnering programs available to help Canberra businesses get started or take up new opportunities.

For funding options other than venture capital please visit our Grants and funding section.

If you require assistance with applying for venture capital or other funding contact the CBR Innovation Network External Link - opens in new window.


ACT-based Venture Capital Programs

ANU Connect Ventures

ANU Connect Ventures manages two funds: the Discovery Translation Fund and the Seed Investment Fund. Both funds have been established with the support of the ACT Government to invest in promising commercial opportunities arising out of the ANU research, other ACT-based research institutions and local R&D companies.

Discovery Translation Fund:

ANU Connects Ventures manages the Discovery Translation Fund (DTF) - an initiative of the ACT Government and the Australian National University (ANU) that sponsors proof-of-concept research. It aims to assist with the commercialisation of new innovations and technologies originating from Canberra.

Grants for the DTF typically range from $25,000 to $50,000. They do not require matched funding and are non-repayable.

Expressions of Interest for the DTF are accepted on a continual basis.

To find out more information visit ANU Connect’s Discovery Translation Fund page External Link - opens in new window.

Seed Investment Fund:

The Seed Investment Fund is managed by ANU Connect Ventures on behalf of the ANU-MTAA Super Venture Capital Partnership. The aim of the fund is to invest in early-stage commercial opportunities developed out of research at the ANU, other ACT-based research institutions and local R&D companies.

Funding of up to $500,000 per enterprise will be considered. Recipients of seed investment from ANU Connect Ventures will also be eligible for follow-on funding from an ANU/MTAA co-investment program.

Expressions of Interest for the Seed Investment Fund are accepted on a continual basis.

To find out more information visit ANU Connect’s Seed Investment Fund page External Link - opens in new window.

Capital Angels

Capital Angels is a private investor network that provides an opportunity for investors to support entrepreneurs from Canberra and the region. Capital Angels invest in companies with the potential for high growth, a strong market position and a sustainable advantage.

The members of Capital Angels make individual investment decisions based on their own assessments of the opportunity presented through their regular, formal meetings with potential companies and entrepreneurs. Typically members will look for situations where the capital sought (up to approximately $1 million) will take the company to the next level and increase the company’s value.

To find out more information visit the Capital Angels website External Link - opens in new window.


Australian Government Venture Capital Programs 

Venture Capital Funds

The Australian Government maintains lists of the venture capital funds involved with their venture capital programs. These include their Venture Capital Limited Partnership program and Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership program. Venture capital funds on these lists can be contacted directly.

To view a copy of these lists visit Business.gov.au's Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership page External Link - opens in new window or Business.gov.au's Venture Capital Limited Partnership pageExternal Link - opens in new window.

Landing Pads

Austrade's Landing Pads program gives market-ready Australian start-ups access to innovation hubs around the world and provides the opportunity to explore in-market investment. To find out more information visit Australia Unlimited's Landing Pads page External Link - opens in new window.