Our Team


Elev8 Venture Capital Fund have a small team of gifted, carefully cultivated diverse individuals. Each member is as key to our creations as the blood flowing through our bodies. In taking an extremely selective approach we are able to invest a substantial amount of resources to attract and retain top performers.

At an executive level we share a vision that all members in the group will go beyond their own expectations to reach levels that they had ever possibly imagined they could reach. It is this vision that takes each and every project and makes it the most unique product that can be produced.

Our team includes the following key members:

GENERAL PARTNERS AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

IPA (Institute of Public Accountants), TIA (Taxation Institute Australia),
AICM (Australian Institute of Credit Management), Advanced Diploma Business (Accounting),
Bachelor of Arts (Construction)

David has held the role of Managing Director of Elev8 Venture Capital Fund (an AFSL holder) for nearly thirteen years. As senior funds manager he oversees fixed interest funds of $25 million plus. He specialises in raising and deploying funds for projects throughout the Asia Pacific region, and is currently involved in bringing several large offshore companies to IPO with market capitalisations of up to $200 million.

David has a passion for investing in and growing small business and has a wealth of hands-on experience in the field. Under his guidance Elev8 Venture Capital Fund has invested in over twenty businesses, including three accounting practices, three IT companies, two financial planning businesses, five loan businesses, two cleantech and three entities with healthcare applications. In addition he has extensive experience in property development and investment including sourcing and managing property development funding and debt raising.

David’s first job was with his family building company before he joined the Australian Regular Army, qualifying as an Army Officer at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After his service he embarked on a career as a finance specialist in the property development and investment industry and has been involved in raising over $1.5 billion in the last 15 years.

David Hibbins

Managing Partner

Dr Mark Rainbird

Investment Director

B.Sc (Hons) PhD (Chemical Physics] Griffith University, (Visiting Scientist, MIT), MAICD

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.

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

Investment Manager

FCMA, GAICD

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

David Hibbins

Managing Partner

IPA (Institute of Public Accountants), TIA (Taxation Institute Australia),
AICM (Australian Institute of Credit Management), Advanced Diploma Business (Accounting),
Bachelor of Arts (Construction)

David has held the role of Managing Director of Elev8 Venture Capital Fund (an AFSL holder) for nearly thirteen years. As senior funds manager he oversees fixed interest funds of $25 million plus. He specialises in raising and deploying funds for projects throughout the Asia Pacific region, and is currently involved in bringing several large offshore companies to IPO with market capitalisations of up to $200 million.

David has a passion for investing in and growing small business and has a wealth of hands-on experience in the field. Under his guidance Elev8 Venture Capital Fund has invested in over twenty businesses, including three accounting practices, three IT companies, two financial planning businesses, five loan businesses, two cleantech and three entities with healthcare applications. In addition he has extensive experience in property development and investment including sourcing and managing property development funding and debt raising.

David’s first job was with his family building company before he joined the Australian Regular Army, qualifying as an Army Officer at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After his service he embarked on a career as a finance specialist in the property development and investment industry and has been involved in raising over $1.5 billion in the last 15 years.

Dr Mark Rainbird

Investment Director

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.

Andrew Michell

Investment Manager

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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