How to go from start-up to Silicon Valley

Spencer Maughan in conversation

When

6.00pm–7.30pm

17 October 2017

Where

Lecture Theatre 1, University of Sydney CBD Business School

Type

Public forum

Topics

Economics and business

Cost

Free, registration required

Silicon Valley is the heartland of venture capital, with $69 billion invested in 2016 by US venture capital companies, slightly down on 2015 investment levels. By contrast, Australian venture capital funds invested 84 per cent more in 2016 than 2015, to reach almost $300 million.

With US venture capital funds more than seven times the levels in Australia (per capita), we have some way to go to reach the ease of access to capital for our emerging businesses that US startups enjoy.

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney welcomed Silicon Valley venture capitalist Spencer Maughan as a visiting fellow in October 2017. The Centre's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Director Claire McFarland joined him for a fireside chat looking at venture capital in Australia and the United States, the nascent area of AgTech and practical tips on getting funded.

Featuring

  • Spencer Maughan
    Spencer Maughan
    Partner, Finistere Ventures

    Spencer Maughan is a partner with Finistere Ventures a specialist AgTech venture capital company based in Silicon Valley. Previously Spencer has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) working alongside members of the Green Growth Fund on AgTech opportunities and as an investor at Venrock, a venture capital firm with >$2b under management. Spencer’s investment focus has been centered on technology-driven companies that intersect with sustainability and agriculture.

  • Claire McFarland
    Claire McFarland
    Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, United States Studies Centre

    Claire McFarland is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Director at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Most recently, Claire has been working for the Commonwealth of Australia developing policy and managing programs in the digital economy arena.