Angels, VCs, Families and Crowds: The Truth Behind Startup Investment

When it comes to raising investment, it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. For the first time, this is an opportunity to hear what it’s like from both sides of the boardroom table.

Luna and Startup Victoria welcome you to join us for a panel featuring both investors and founders sharing their experience with four different types of investment vehicles:

  • Angel investment
  • Venture capital
  • Family offices
  • Equity crowdfunding

Our panel will explore what it’s like to raise at each of these stages, what investors are looking for, and how founders and investors come together.

When it comes to raising investment, it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. For the first time, this is an opportunity to hear what it’s like from both sides of the boardroom table.

Luna and Startup Victoria welcome you to join us for a panel featuring both investors and founders sharing their experience with four different types of investment vehicles:

  • Angel investment
  • Venture capital
  • Family offices
  • Equity crowdfunding

Our panel will explore what it’s like to raise at each of these stages, what investors are looking for, and how founders and investors come together.


Representing Angel Investment:

Alison Hardacre

Alison Hardacre is a global health technology entrepreneur. She co-founded HealthKit, a global health platform for practitioners, patients and people everywhere used in over 50 countries around the world, that makes healthcare efficient, effective and accessible; HealthKit has recently launched its European office in Cork, Ireland.  In 2016, Alison was named one of the Top 50 Australian and New Zealand Women in Tech, and in 2015 received the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. Before HealthKit, Alison was an accomplished general manager in health and banking, and a director of numerous health organisations. She speaks five Asian languages, and holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and Law and Arts degrees from Monash University.

Representing Equity Crowdfunding:

Alan Crabbe

Originally from N Ireland, Alan is the co-founder and CEO of Pozible & Birchal. In 2010, Alan launched Pozible and introduced Crowdfunding to Australia and Asia pacific. The platform was developed to help creatives build audiences, raise capital and get ideas off the ground.

The site has hosted fifteen thousands of projects in Australia and distributed over $70 million since its launch.

In late 2017, Alan launched a sister platform called Birchal – one of the first licensed equity crowdfunding platforms for local brands to connect with investors.

@birchalco @pozible birchal.com pozible.com

Jonathan Byrt

Jonathan is the co-founder and co-CEO of memobottle. In 2014, Jonathan launched memobottle on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter with close friend and co-founder Jesse Leeworthy.  The flat water bottle concept was designed to overcome two major frustrations; single-use water bottles, and the inability to fit round bottles in bags.

Memobottle has sold 350,000 bottles globally, ships to over 80 countries and in stocked in 1,200 retail stores. memobottle products are endorsed globally by influencers and celebrities such as Ann Hathaway.

Jonathan is a chartered account and prior to memobottle, spent 5 years in Big 4 Accounting across Australia and the US.  Last year he was named the Monash University 2018 Most Outstanding Alumni.

@memobottle www.memobottle.com@jonathanbyrt jonathan@memobottle.com

*further panellists representing Angel Investing, Venture Capital and Family Offices to be announced*