We are a group of business people, professionals and entrepreneurs who enjoy the personal and financial reward of applying our money, our time, our skills and our networks to high growth businesses.
We welcome a diverse range of investment opportunities with the overriding caveat – it has to make us a lot more money than we invest!
Entrepreneurs and inventors should follow the links to submit your information for consideration. We are strong on any sort of technology-based enterprise whether you are selling the technology, or just using it to deliver a competitive advantage.
Our members are interested in early-stage opportunities from proof-of-concept to market expansion and in growth-stage opportunities ready to transit a major inflexion point in value growth. Like any investor, our members employ their own portfolio strategies and diversification includes number of investments, scale of investments, maturity of investments, industry sector, technology risk and market focus.
Melbourne Angels is a founding affiliate group of the Australian Association of Angel Investors (AAAI).The AAAI offers the following definitions:
Angel means an individual person investing his/her own money and time in a company other than by way of a public stock exchange.
Angel Groups are a collection of Angels who review and evaluate deals together but, the decision to invest is made individually.
As is normal for Angel investors we tend to invest in opportunities that start close to us and that have a strategy to grow quickly in a large market. We consider opportunities from all over the country and internationally but, usually, we like interstate entrepreneurs to approach their local Angel group first. Angel groups throughout Australia network and share deal flow. Melbourne Angels routinely syndicates its investments with Angel groups in Australia and overseas but, always only with the founders’ permission. With strong international networks Melbourne Angels members are also able to invest in opportunities in other countries that come to us through our syndication partners.
Melbourne Angels was formed in Melbourne, Australia in early 2007 by a group of eight businessmen experienced as entrepreneurs and interested in pursuing Angel investment. With over fifty members and still growing, Melbourne Angels is a group of private investors who actively invest in early-stage and growth-stage companies.
The group has a strong and experienced core of members that generate deal flow, are experienced in evaluation of business propositions and act as mentors for the other members and the entrepreneurs. The members vary in age and type of experience but, we all share a common passion for getting new things going. Many of us have engineering or technical qualifications and we all have experience as successful entrepreneurs and/or Angel investors.
Members are typically active or semi-retired senior business executives who, apart from financial input, can deliver value to portfolio companies through:
- management mentoring drawn from their own hands-on management experience;
- valuable introductions through their high level business networks;
- strategic guidance refined by their collective insights; and
- the fundamental benefit of sharing lessons learned from mistakes already made.
The founding members of Melbourne Angels, prior to joining the group, had previously made investments in start-up companies in sectors including information technology, software products, semiconductor technology, web services, manufacturing, entertainment, medical devices and in financial and business services. As Melbourne Angels grows we will strive to remain a leading Angel group in Australia, an exemplar to our peers and colleagues in Australia and internationally. The group is actively building strong alliances with other Angel groups throughout Australia and globally.
The core mission of Melbourne Angels is to provide its members with an enjoyable, supportive, collaborative environment in which to share investments, knowledge and networks, all while having some fun.