Further $100M Venture Capital Funding for Innovative Companies Released
Australia – (News4us.com) April 10, 2013
Austrade recently announced that the Australian Government has issued a fresh round of venture-capital funding to the tune of $100 million as part of its plan to support the nation’s innovation efforts.
As part of a Government pledge totalling $350 million for the year 2013, it targets innovative companies with high-growth potential at the seed, start-up or early expansion stages of development.
The Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation Greg Combet stated. “The IIF continues to commercialise leading Australian research to produce new technologies, products and services that will be sold around the globe.”
Three of the IIF’s world-class, licensed fund managers will share the funds and equally match the public money with private capital.
They are Carnegie Venture Capital (part of veteran investor Mark Carnegie’s stable of funds), GBS Venture Partners (a major player in biotechnology and life science start-ups) and Innovation Capital Associated (which will focus on advanced manufacturing activities).
The funds will invest at least $200 million of fresh capital in start-up businesses, representing a significant financial boost for new ventures, Mr Combet said. “Successful start-ups are essential to creating new products, jobs and economic growth,” he said in a statement.
The IIF began in 1998. It has established 16 funds and co-invested in the early stages of companies that have become industry leaders, including job-search website Seek.
The government pledged $350 million in new venture capital funding, as part of the Australian Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement unveiled in February. Applications are set to open later in 2013.
As part of its Innovation Policy, the Government also took steps to improve the tax treatment of existing venture capital taxation programs to facilitate foreign investment.
For more information visit: http://www.austrade.gov.au
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