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Investor Outlook: How are VCs RESPONDING TO THE market downturn?

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How have the market conditions shifted, and how are VCs responding? What happens to a VC's dry powder if they can't deploy it over the next 12-24 months? Which industries are least impacted and offer growth opportunities to startups and scaleups currently? In this hour-long Q&A, three Australian VCs demystify how investors are responding to the downturn.


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  • Paul Naphtali, Managing Partner, Rampersand. Paul is the cofounder of Rampersand VC, an early stage Australian tech fund established in 2013 to help address the funding gap for Australian and Kiwi founders. He returned to Australia after several years working in Silicon Valley and the UK as a senior marketing and strategic communications exec and consultant for a number of successful venture-backed tech companies.
  • Llew Jury, Managing Partner, Sprint Ventures. Llew is an Investor and Founding Managing Partner at Sprint Ventures, which mentors and invests in the very best early-stage companies and their founders. With 12 investments in our portfolio (and growing), Sprint Ventures provides deep mentoring, growth experience and networks to high margin growth companies that want to go global and build a better future.
  • Rachel Yang, Partner, Giant Leap Ventures. Rachel is a Partner at Giant Leap, Australia’s first 100% impact venture capital fund backing mission-driven founders solving the world's most pressing problems and using business as a force for good across three themes: health and wellbeing, sustainable living and empowering people. In addition to her role at Giant Leap, Rachel is the Chair of Startup Victoria, a non-profit, grassroots organisation supporting startup founders succeed, and the Victorian State Government’s Innovation Taskforce. Rachel’s background is in management consulting and corporate finance, and she previously co-founded a non-profit organisation to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.

Interested? Spots are filling fast so be sure to register below. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit their questions prior to the session via the event page.





Session #1: 3 views: How should founders prepare for the decline in valuations and investor interest?

Wednesday 7th September, 8.30am – 9.30am [Online]

Investors are tightening their wallets, but what does this mean for founders? Head of High Growth Ventures' Amanda Price speaks to three specialists to get their take on how founders should be responding to the market crunch.

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Session #2: Conserving capital & runway: practical tips for founders to slow cash burn within the next 1, 3 and 6 months.

Wednesday 14th September, 8.30am – 9.30am [Online]

In a down economy investors agree: Behaviours must change. Founders need to conserve capital and runway, but what does this mean in action? In this session, Amanda Price speaks to Rachael Neumann, Charlie Wood, Robyn Langsford and Brendan Richards to unpack tangible actions founders and their teams can take to extend runway and increase operational efficiency.

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Session #3: Slowdown means re-evaluating valuations: How to avoid a down round for your startup.

Wednesday 21st September, 8.30am – 9.30am [Online]

With a downturn comes the possibility of dipping valuations. So what can founders do to avoid the impacts of excessive dilution and creating an uninvestible startup? We speak to specialists about the different options founders can take to avoid a down round.

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