Telescope Ventures is Australia’s first student-led venture studio. We’re dedicated to helping student founders transform their ideas into venture-backed startups. We run invite-only founder workshops, mentor matching initiatives, angel funding & VC speed “dating” nights and that’s only the beginning.

Our thesis is that Australian universities are full of incredible student talent. Those students, with proper funding and support, have the potential to build groundbreaking companies that will become the next startup success story. …

Christina is the founder and mastermind behind she1K, an angel syndicate based in Singapore helping corporate women invest in early-stage startups. Through she1K’s signature program “C-Shark Tank”, Christina has successfully syndicated investment into over 13 startups including GreenLabs, Kibus, Open Oceans Camera.

Before entering the startup space, she worked her way up the corporate ladder, leading tech companies CSL, O2, Yahoo!, 3Com, DEC, IBM, Acer, IDC.

In your own words, can you share about your journey that led up to she1K?

I returned to Singapore less than 5 years ago, well retired and not looking for anything. I left for…

Source: @VentureKaepital Instagram

Too often venture capitalists portray themselves as a beacon of light, guiding society to a technological utopia (See meme to the left). Yet, for all the bells and whistles, there’s an undeniable chronic lack of successful venture investing in the early-stage cleantech. Using the “investors” mindset, this article aims to illustrate why conventional investors are scared away by cleantech, and who is taking the mantle instead.

Overall trends. Since 2008, cleantech VC funding contracted — hitting early-stage companies especially hard (MIT Energy Initiative). See Figure 1.

However, at the turn of 2019, we see an uptick in VC funding. Global…

Managing a venture-backed startup as a 20 something millennial + advice for other aspiring student founders. My conversations with Max Mito, CEO, and co-founder of Strong Room.

For the audience, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey?

My early life took me all over the world. I was born in Japan, and then my family jumped around Hong Kong, Japan, and the UK. Without much rhyme or reason, I decided to come to study at the University of Melbourne. I’m currently undertaking the Bachelor of Arts part-time. As for my entrepreneurial journey, it began at…

Researched & Written by Ashlee Stojanovski

Market Overview

Alternative Protein has entered a new era

In recent years, it has become clear that the food industry is being disrupted by alternative protein innovations. Meat alternatives, such as plant-based Impossible’s burger patties & Beyond Meat’s veggie balls, are currently riding a wave of popularity in restaurants across the world & increasingly taking up space in shelves of retail supermarkets. However — quietly growing in the background — a new contender, “cell-based meat” (or “clean meat”) is fast approaching based on patent activity (Mintel, 2021). …

Authors note:

I crossed pathways with Amy Yu in the beginning of 2020 at a @startup&angels networking event. As most networking events are, it’s like being thrown into the jungle; tigress CXO’s and dazzling VC’s, it’s easy to feel lost in wilderness. Myself, being a wide-eyed first year uni student (“a stereotypical jaffy”), I delightfully bumped into Amy Yu, CTO of Ventora Medical. She is a brilliant young founder and a pillar of inspiration. I’m honoured to be sharing with you her remarkable story — from biomedical engineering student to a venture-backed founder.

Can you share about your background and…

Ashlee Stojanovski

championing young founders, sustainability geek & politics aficionado

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