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Entrepreneur is no longer code for ‘unemployed’. More people than ever are opting out of traditional employment to start their own business and technology is making it easier than ever to reach a global audience. So how can you find investment to turn our innovative ideas into global businesses? Elaine Stead, head of Blue Sky Venture Capital, shares the six keys for success.More
The past 12 months have proved to be a coming of age for Australian tech. Innovation and technology have shifted to the heart of the economic policy agenda, and there is a clear recognition among policymakers and investors that Australia needs a strong technology ecosystem to compete in the modern global economy.More
Congratulations to Chloe McCardel who has just completed her 19th English Channel swim. We are proud to support an incredible Australian rewriting the record books.More
Australian Financial Review – Retirement operator Aura Australia Management has paid more than $20 million for its first development site in Brisbane’s south-west suburb of Corinda, where a $130 million retirement village will be built Aura is half owned by listed asset manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments and founded by Tim Russell, who was formerly chief executive of Retire Australia, Australia’s largest independent retirement village operator before its sale.More
Blue Sky’s Elaine Stead nominated for Telstra award – The 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards finalists demonstrate the unique combination of skills required for professional excellence: the courage to take risks, sound financial management, strong leadership skills and of course, sophisticated business acumen allowing them to thrive.More
The listed Blue Sky Alternative Investments is taking a stake in another New York commercial property, with the aim of providing exposure to alternate asset classes for Australian investors. Cove Property Group, in which Blue Sky has a 38 per cent stake, is buying – with institutional equity backing – a building on Manhattan’s west side at a price of more than $400 million.More
Last night at the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) awards, Hatchtech’s $279 million commercial agreement with Indian-based Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories was applauded as the Best Early Stage transaction. The Melbourne-based specialty pharmaceutical company was Blue Sky Venture Capital’s first investment in its 2012 vintage fund, at a time when VC was virtually non-existent in Australia.More
Australian Financial Review – The Future Fund is shifting more of its $123 billion portfolio into private investments as ultra low interest rates reduce returns and raise risks in public equity and bond markets. On Tuesday, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund announced a strong 4.6 per cent quarterly performance to increase its assets to $123 billion, which managing director David Neal said was boosted by successful investments in non-listed businesses.More
Blue Sky’s founder and managing director, Mark Sowerby, says it will be “easy” to hand over the reins to his successor, Rob Shand, as he prepares to “retire” from his role at the end of this month. In a Q&A with Industry Moves he says that while there is nothing better in his working life than Blue Sky, he’s ready to move from the front and centre and into a support role for his wife and sons.More
“I’ve been running Blue Sky’s hedge fund business for about 18 months now. I inherited a great team with eight-year track records across three strategies. In fact, BarclayHedge has just ranked our Dynamic Macro fund as one of the top 20 performing CTAs in the world over the last five years.”More
Australian Financial Review – Queensland has become the first Australian state to appoint a chief entrepreneur, backing Blue Sky Alternative Investments founder Mark Sowerby to lift its flagging performance in commercialising ideas. Sowerby, who announced his retirement from Blue Sky on Friday after 10 years in which he built the business into an ASX300 company with $2.1 billion under management, said connecting more investors with Queensland start-up and ‘scale-up’ businesses was his focus.More