SHOWCASE UPDATE #3
Welcome to the fortnightly IO Private showcase updates.
The past few weeks has seen a huge focus on Angel investors in Australia. I have had many Zoom meetings with start-ups and investors, attended several prominent virtual investor forums as well as hearing from LaunchVic on their Angel investor update. It seems our new IO Private platform, which showcases high quality start-ups to private investors, could be the answer. The question being asked is ‘In these times of isolation and prior to that in the bombardment of pitch nights, where can investors go to see great start-up investment opportunities, review their information in their own time and then directly contact the founders?’. I am pleased to say that’s exactly what we do. We are excited to welcome our new ASSOCIATE PARTNERS who will be sharing their best few investment opportunities in the coming weeks on our IO Private platform. Also just to clarify as this is a PRIVATE (invitation only) platform, if other investors would like access, then simply email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can include them. All feedback and comments are welcome.
Sports Tech World Series – A Sports Technology community of 53,000 professionals with Conferences, Education, and Investors. They are looking for expansion capital.
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Each showcase update we will also share insights from one of our successful investors, with updated relevant content.
Although Mark Sita made his first angel investment in 2016, he has learnt a lot.
“I joined the CXi Software team in 2017 and we launched the product. A seed customer was Qualitas and it was great having them influence features we had in the product roadmap. They liked it enough to stay with CXi as it developed. For me, it showed we were solving a big enough problem.”
Talking with other angel investors and founders has highlighted the importance of getting a few users loving (not just liking) the product, as it is a good sign of traction.
Geoff Gourley, One10
Geoff Gourley is a leading Global Social Entrepreneur, Impact Investor and Non-Executive Director with a portfolio career, acknowledged by Social Enablers in the Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs & Innovators around the world.
Geoff holds a portfolio of purpose-driven companies including a globally-focussed Impact Investment Fund targeting investments in Private Equity, Scale-Stage Ventures across Technology, Environmental, Education, Renewable Energy, Plant Based Food, Waste, Recycling, Health & Affordable Housing, and SmartCities sectors.
We asked Geoff: Why is it important for investors to consider benefits of their investment beyond just profit / loss?
Investors have all heard terms like Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Impact Investment and Triple Bottom Line, and yet for the most part many investors choose to ignore benefits beyond financial returns, aiming to achieve that target 10X financial return.
When we do apply a lens over investments and consider the positive social and/or environmental impact of those ventures we see that these generally outperform other investments, whilst making a positive contribution.
It is critically important for investors to consider the impacts their investment can make, both negative or positive; such as investing in fossil fuel may give a strong financial return, however it’s at the cost of the climate, prosperity and liveability of future generations.
Where, an investment in renewable energy can deliver a strong financial return AND benefit the environment through carbon emission reductions, makes sense right?
So, what I would ask is that next time you are considering an investment, ask yourself is my financial investment going to create other social or environmental benefits alongside the financial returns, if the answer is no, perhaps look for something that does.
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Brian, Adrian and Mark are super excited to showcase exciting and diverse investment opportunities to you, our investor friends. And once again, we always look forward to hearing from you.
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