Nick McNaughton

Nick McNaughtonChief Executive Officer

Phone   +61 2 6247 7000
Mobile   0413 227 711
Email    Nick.McNaughton@anuconnectventures.com.au

Nick is a highly experienced CEO who has been a successful entrepreneur, mentor, investor and fund manager. Nick started his career in the software industry where he specialised in bringing US vendors into the Asia / Pacific region. During this time he spent extensive time living and working in Asia. Since 1998 he has been an angel investor involved with numerous start-ups. Successes include Soulmates Technology, Zookoda, Vocus (ASX:VOC) & Windlab (ASX:WND).

Nick is also a specialist in the creation of territory wide early stage innovation ecosystems. He is the co-architect of the Canberra Innovation Network which incorporates the essential building blocks of a successful ecosystem: co-working, acceleration, incubation, growth programs & capital.

Nick has extensive ASX Board experience. He was a non-exec Director of Vocus (ASX:VOC) from 2010-2015. The company grew from a $20M market cap at IPO to $1.2BN during this time.

Over the last decade Nick has become a highly successful Venture Capitalist. His first fund, Blue Cove Ventures, spawned Windlab – a global leader in wind prospecting and development (ASX:WND). His second fund ANU Connect Ventures has spawned a number of successful companies including Lithicon (Trade sale FEI), InterfereX (Trade sale – NYSE listed company), Instaclustr, Liquid Instruments, Beta Therapeutics and EpiAxis Therapeutics.

Nick is a founding director of Entry 29 (the co-working space in Canberra) and a founding Director of the GRIFFIN Accelerator. He is currently CEO at ANU Connect Ventures a $37M Venture Fund backed by MTAA Super. Nick is a former Chairman of Capital Angels and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nick has an MBA from the University of South Australia.

Nick is also the CEO of Significant Capital Ventures – www.significant.vc the replacement fund to ANU Connect Ventures. This fund focuses on the commercialisation of applied technology opportunities from a network of Australian Universities.

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