Artificial Intelligence was the fastest growing area of business for startups. The 2018 Startup Muster report finds that AI is the biggest startup industry in Australia, having grown from 14.5 per cent of startups in 2017 to 20.6 per cent of startups in 2018.That said, not every AI startup has what it takes to secure an investment and scale to success. So, what do venture capitalists look for when considering an investment in an AI company? Founders and entrepreneurs with an AI-related idea who are serious about raising capital should have a thorough understanding of the AI landscape, including what options are available, best practices and what to expect through the process.

This Capital Raise Event will help you become investor ready and help uncover the biggest challenges AI startups have when pitching to investors.

Join the conversation with AI Venture’s event on Wednesday 23rd September at 5pm with our panelists of VCs, Founders and Investors. Hear from the other side of the investment coin and gain insights into the capital raising process and what to look for when working with investors.

We’ll explore all areas and process of raising capital, in particular for early stage AI startup founders. Our experts will discuss topics including:

  • Who is investing in early stage AI-based Startups?
  • How COVID-19 impacted investment in Australia
  • Trends in AI Investment
  • Investors Relations: Best practices, Differences between AI Investors and VCs,
  • Common pitfalls, insights and tips during early-stage funding

Our Panelists for the day

Curt Shi - Follow[The]Seed

Curt is a founding partner at Follow the Seed, an Entrepreneur, skateboarding evangelist, and rainmaker with specialty in early-stage venture investment and cross-border deals. He is a global investor with reach across China, USA, Australia and Ireland.

Callum Bir - AI Ventures

Callum is a Global Ventures Advisor, Artificial Intelligence Investor, Digital Transformer, and Chief Strategist. As the Chairman of AI Australia, Callum works extensively with AI Ventures.

Callum has a strong background in the technology industry, with previous experience at companies including Oracle, Deloitte, and Microsoft. Additionally, Callum has extensive experience working with companies in the health industry such as McCann Health, Citta.AI, and Strategikon Health.

Bill Trestrail - Saasabi

Bill has significant leadership experience in the Tech industry focusing on market growth in both the Asia Pacific and Australia and has worked with varied organisations ranging from Start-ups to Mature firms.

John Shea - AI Consultant

John is a Technology Strategist and Developer, focusing on innovation and consulting. John has 15+ years practical experience in technology consulting, leadership, and development in startups, entrepreneurial efforts, and digital technologies such as mobile, AI, and automation. John delivers a global experience to AI Ventures, previously working with technology companies in Switzerland


Registration is via a free ticket - one ticket is required per login. A Zoom access code will be sent 2hrs prior to the event start time (and again half an hour beforehand). Please check your junk folder as well for the email invite.


AI Ventures is embarking on an ambitious mission to build a portfolio of AI-driven businesses each worth $100 Million. Through providing capital, technology, partnerships with academia, technology partners, mentors, and investors, we want to enable the success and growth of our Australian AI startup ecosystem.  

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