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

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

  • Dr Spencer Maughan
    Dr Spencer Maughan
    Visiting Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Spencer Maughan is a Visiting Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is a partner with Finistere Ventures a specialist AgTech venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.

  • Claire McFarland
    Claire McFarland
    Honorary Associate, United States Studies Centre

    Claire McFarland is an Honorary Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She was previously the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Director.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program received funding support from the New South Wales Government