Main Sequence Ventures is managing the CSIRO Innovation Fund – part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, custom designed for a new kind of founder in which science and technology run deep.
We will invest in companies translating research into global-scale businesses. We know that this takes more than money. We work harder to understand the world that these founders imagine. We are as comfortable in the lab as we are on the front-line with customers. We will invest capital, and ourselves, to systematically reduce risk and increase opportunity by combining the operational velocity of startups with the deep curiosity of Australia’s research sector.
We believe the next great cohort of disruptive companies will come from those scientists, technologists and creative thinkers who are prepared to challenge the status quo.
Backing the best founders
We are prepared to back the best, most ambitious founders. We believe that mission driven founders are the key to building the best companies. It’s not necessary to have the ‘right experience’ to do this, but it is necessary to have the right vision and drive.
Backing your vision
We carefully analyse your company and how your solution best solves an acute market problem. We listen carefully, and are prepared to back you before it becomes evident your solution will prevail.
Support from seed through expansion financing
We are prepared to invest throughout your company’s life, from seed through to expansion. Our partners have invested with many of the top tier venture funds and will assist your fund-raising efforts along the way.
Access to the brain trust
We have our genesis in CSIRO and have access to a deep well of data scientists, physicists, synthetic biologists, chemists, astronomers and experts in other disciplines. Each member of the management team has been an entrepreneur and understands the difficulties of building a company. We are here to help.
Long term view
We take the long view and are in this for the duration. We believe that building an enduring company takes time and discipline. We are prepared to support you through this journey and assist with anything from the smallest detail to helping design the strategy. We become your world’s best assistant once we make an investment.
Networks and connections
We have strong networks of contacts, ranging from other venture investors to founders, to scientists, to executives. We can often connect you with the right critical hire, customer, or funding partner. We try to ensure you become part of the community of ambitious leaders building the future.
Stars with the perfect combination of mass and chemical composition sustainably burn for billions of years under nuclear fusion, these stars are on ‘the main sequence’ and so too are the best companies.