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Starfish Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders John Dyson Michael Panaccio


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Total investments 50
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 36
Rounds per year 2.38
Lead investments 23
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 13
Key employees 2
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Enterprise Software
  • Information Technology
  • Analytics
  • Health Care

Starfish Ventures appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2001. The main department of described VC is located in the Melbourne. The venture was found in Australia.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 partakers. Despite the Starfish Ventures, startups are often financed by Startmate, Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Technology Venture Partners, 500 Startups, Versant Ventures. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Inbio Ventures, DFJ, Wesfarmers.

The typical startup value when the investment from Starfish Ventures is 5-10 millions dollars. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 35 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The top activity for fund was in 2012. This Starfish Ventures works on 5 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 investment rounds annually. Deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars are the general things for fund. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2010.

The current fund was established by John Dyson, Michael Panaccio. The overall number of key employees were 2.

We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Biotechnology, Telecommunications. For fund there is no match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight ICIX, ZoomSystems, Ausra. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 4-5 years to receive the investment from the fund. The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Graphic Design
Web Design
$7M01 Feb 2021 New South Wales


Health Care
Health Diagnostics
$1M12 Aug 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Life Science
Machine Learning
$17M08 Jun 2016 San Francisco, California, United States


Graphic Design
Web Design
$4M04 Feb 2015 New South Wales


Information Technology
Web Development
$730K24 Aug 2014 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


$3M09 Oct 2013 San Francisco, California, United States


$200K01 Sep 2013 Victoria


Artificial Intelligence
Life Science
Machine Learning
$5M24 Jun 2013 San Francisco, California, United States

Protagonist Therapeutics

Drug Discovery
Health Care
$14M04 Jun 2013 Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia


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