Our Team


GENERAL PARTNERS AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Dr. Rainbird has over 30 years’ experience in business and Government. He has extensive operating, investment banking, private equity, merger and acquisition, investment management and venture capital experience.

Mark is Co-founder and Director of BlueMount Capital Pty Limited(Investment Banking), Founder and Managing Director of BlueMount Capital (Qld) Pty Ltd (Investment Banking), Funding Strategies Pty Ltd (Venture Capital) and Ramscove Pty Ltd and Director of FVCO Management Company Pty Ltd (VCLP Investment Management).

He is an expert in venture capital transactions and capital raising (small-scale offerings and private placements) and manages a team of 10 in Brisbane. Mark’s senior executive and director roles have spanned ASX-listed, private and government entities as well as the industry sectors of heavy industry, mining, information technology, consulting and financial services.

Dr Mark Rainbird

Craig McDermott (OAM)

During the last four years Craig has been sourcing investments and funding for Elev8 Venture Capital Fund through his local and international network of contacts built up during his sporting and business careers. Craig is actively involved in many of these companies, with investments in 15 of them, seven being co-investments.

In the twelve years to 2008, Craig grew a property development group focusing on luxury homes in the waterfront suburbs of the Gold Coast and then expanded into property development, design and construction in South East Queensland. In 2008, he returned to cricket, coaching and bringing on young players such as Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner and Patrick Cummins; and over the last four years helping the rejuvenation of Peter Siddle’s career.

Craig was the spearhead of the Australian cricket attack in the late 1980s through to the mid-1990s. During this time he took 291 test wickets and played some 71 test matches and 126 One Day International’s (taking a further 226 wickets) for Australia. He was also instrumental in Australia winning its first World Cup in 1987, and played in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups.

Andrew has extensive experience in fund management and financial services businesses.

At QIC he was CFO of two Venture Capital Funds, one of which was a VCLP (Venture Capital Limited Partnership). These funds had over 20 early stage companies in their portfolios with notable exits in Hatchtech, Peplin, Chemgenex and Avastra. Andrew has held director roles in US and Australian early stage companies.

Andrew has both board and hands on experience in strategic planning, financial modeling, due diligence, investment negotiation, deal terms and contracts, project management and capital structures.

Andrew held several roles at Suncorp, with key achievements being his contributions to doubling the Life and superannuation profits from $25m to $50m over three years and restructuring Financial Advisers reward schemes for the Retail Distribution group which resulted in a strong growth in the number of advisers and tripled sales volumes. Prior to Suncorp he was Chief Management Accountant for Liberty Life in the UK, and before that was at 3M UK where he worked in progressively more senior roles on the Office Products, Abrasives and Tapes divisions.

Andrew Michell

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr Mark Rainbird

Dr. Rainbird has over 30 years’ experience in business and Government. He has extensive operating, investment banking, private equity, merger and acquisition, investment management and venture capital experience.

Mark is Co-founder and Director of BlueMount Capital Pty Limited(Investment Banking), Founder and Managing Director of BlueMount Capital (Qld) Pty Ltd (Investment Banking), Funding Strategies Pty Ltd (Venture Capital) and Ramscove Pty Ltd and Director of FVCO Management Company Pty Ltd (VCLP Investment Management).

He is an expert in venture capital transactions and capital raising (small-scale offerings and private placements) and manages a team of 10 in Brisbane. Mark’s senior executive and director roles have spanned ASX-listed, private and government entities as well as the industry sectors of heavy industry, mining, information technology, consulting and financial services.

Craig McDermott (OAM)

During the last four years Craig has been sourcing investments and funding for Elev8 Venture Capital Fund through his local and international network of contacts built up during his sporting and business careers. Craig is actively involved in many of these companies, with investments in 15 of them, seven being co-investments.

In the twelve years to 2008, Craig grew a property development group focusing on luxury homes in the waterfront suburbs of the Gold Coast and then expanded into property development, design and construction in South East Queensland. In 2008, he returned to cricket, coaching and bringing on young players such as Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner and Patrick Cummins; and over the last four years helping the rejuvenation of Peter Siddle’s career.

Craig was the spearhead of the Australian cricket attack in the late 1980s through to the mid-1990s. During this time he took 291 test wickets and played some 71 test matches and 126 One Day International’s (taking a further 226 wickets) for Australia. He was also instrumental in Australia winning its first World Cup in 1987, and played in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups.

Andrew Michell

Andrew has extensive experience in fund management and financial services businesses.

At QIC he was CFO of two Venture Capital Funds, one of which was a VCLP (Venture Capital Limited Partnership). These funds had over 20 early stage companies in their portfolios with notable exits in Hatchtech, Peplin, Chemgenex and Avastra. Andrew has held director roles in US and Australian early stage companies.

Andrew has both board and hands on experience in strategic planning, financial modeling, due diligence, investment negotiation, deal terms and contracts, project management and capital structures.

Andrew held several roles at Suncorp, with key achievements being his contributions to doubling the Life and superannuation profits from $25m to $50m over three years and restructuring Financial Advisers reward schemes for the Retail Distribution group which resulted in a strong growth in the number of advisers and tripled sales volumes. Prior to Suncorp he was Chief Management Accountant for Liberty Life in the UK, and before that was at 3M UK where he worked in progressively more senior roles on the Office Products, Abrasives and Tapes divisions.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

One or more significant investor representatives

Investor representatives who have an extended network, and can offer strategic advice and guidance to the General Partner may be appointed to the Advisory Committee. The representatives will not have to represent all investors, but candidates will present a representative view of the majority of investors.

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