The University of South Australia’s Centre for Business Growth today announced that Brad Feld, one of the world’s most prominent venture capital (VC) investors, will be coming to Adelaide between 31 July and 5 August, 2016. Mr. Feld will be participating in a series of events that have been planned for venture capitalists, angel investors, institutional investors, growth entrepreneurs, and others trying to develop the entrepreneurial eco-system in South Australia.
Mr Feld is a managing director of Foundry Group, a venture capital firm with over US$1.5 billion under management that was established in 2007. The firm specialises in seed, early-stage, and growth investments in technology companies. In addition to Foundry Group, Mr Feld has been an angel investor for many years, co-founded Techstars, the internationally renowned startup accelerator program, and has been actively involved in helping communities and states create entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Professor Jana Matthews, ANZ Chair in Business Growth and Director of the UniSA Centre for Business Growth, said: “We are delighted to host Brad Feld, a long-time personal friend, and colleague. Brad is a globally recognised entrepreneur, investor, and author who has written extensively on the blog www.feld.com, www.askthevc.com, and www.startuprev.com as well as many books (e.g.Venture Deals, Do More Faster, Startup Communities, Startup Life, Startup Boards, and Startup Opportunities) which identify what entrepreneurs need to do in order to grow successful companies. Brad is one of the reasons Boulder, Colorado has become a world-renown startup community. We are very fortunate to have Brad spend several days with us in Adelaide, sharing his knowledge, experience and expertise.”
The UniSA Centre for Business Growth delivers world-class business growth programs for CEOs/MDs and executives of small and medium companies. It is one of four such Centres in the world, the only one with programs and results. The programs enable executives to gain the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate company growth and compete in a global marketplace. Since launching in 2014, the Centre has worked with more than 150 Australian companies to enable them to unlock their growth potential. The Centre’s pilot program enabled a select set of ANZ bank customers to increase their aggregate revenue by 24%, profits by 29% and create more than a hundred jobs. 91% of the CEOs who complete the programs say they now believe their companies have opportunities to grow, know how to accelerate that growth, have learned what to do, what to stop doing, and plan to implement the concepts they learned at the Clinic. 99.5% say they would recommend the Clinic to other CEOs.
Brad Feld commented, “I’m excited to come to Adelaide, work with Jana Matthews, and participate in all the activities the Centre has organised while I am there: meeting and talking with students and local entrepreneurs, teaching a master class, spending quality time with other angels and venture capitalists, and discussing how to strengthen Adelaide’s startup community. I will be interested to learn more about the challenges and opportunities around investing and growing companies in Australia and look forward to sharing the lessons I have learned.”
The Centre will host a series of events during Mr Feld’s visit, including:
- Private meetings with venture capitalists, university officials and public policy makers
- Presentation to students and others in the Adelaide community
- Angel Investor Forum, followed by an Innovation Bay dinner
- A Master Class for Growth Entrepreneurs – limited to 30 CEOs of growth companies
- Keynote presentation on Lessons from America: How to Build Communities That Support Entrepreneurs – to be video-streamed and broadcast nationally online
Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), said: “Collaboration is key to Australia’s unlocking its companies’ growth potential. Brad Feld is not only a successful investor – he is a global leader in building collaborative ecosystems that bring government, industry and entrepreneurs together. Beyond inspiring the next generation of UniSA entrepreneurs, Brad’s visit will help deepen the connections between the university, government, business, and the innovation ecosystem in Australia. The UniSA Business School is proud to support the Centre for Business Growth as it brings the best international thought leaders to Adelaide and South Australia.”