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Dr Michelle Deaker

Founding Partner & Managing Director
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Dr Michelle Deaker

Founding Partner & Managing Director
  • Education

    BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Dr Michelle Deaker is a Founding Partner & Managing Director of OneVentures and has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and capital raisings of OneVentures Funds. The firm now has over $550M in funds under management. Michelle serves on the investment committee of OneVentures three main Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.

Michelle has over 20 years experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has a strong background in Australian R&D and expertise in global business expansion. She has negotiated technology transfer contracts with research institutions; established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors; chaired the boards of several high growth companies; supported early breakthrough commercial contracts; leveraged her extensive networks for the benefit of OneVentures companies; and negotiated both financing and exit transactions.

Michelle established OneVentures in late 2006, coming into the venture capital industry as a successful IT industry business owner, entrepreneur and subsequently angel investor. The Company she founded in 1999, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com), became the leading prepaid card and electronic voucher provider in Australia, servicing over 100 major retail brands including Coles Myer and Woolworths, managing $700m in Australian retail liability and eventually expanding operations into the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand. E Com was acquired by UK publicly listed company, Retail Decisions, in 2005, in a transaction returning to investors 4.6xcapital and an average IRR of 70%. Notably, E Com industries was one of only a handful of Australian companies that successfully migrated the dotcom boom and crash through to a successful outcome for investors. Prior to E Com Industries, Michelle established IT enterprise business, Networks Beyond 2000.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st class), Master of Science and a PhD (Applied Science). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW).

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Nick Gainsley

Partner
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Nick Gainsley

Partner
  • Education

    BSc(Hons), AMCT

  • 1V PortCo Board Roles

    Edrolo (Board observer) | Hivery (Board observer)

Nick Gainsley is a Partner at OneVentures and leads the Venture Credit practice of the firm. Nick is committed to ensuring that companies in Australia can access alternative forms of capital by bringing his extensive global experience with debt and financing to the local market.

As one of the leading pioneers of Venture Credit in Australia, Nick is in high demand as a keynote speaker and conference panellist. He regularly appears in the media as an expert on Venture Credit and alternative debt financing. For media and speaking enquiries, please contact us.

Nick is a keen skier and loves to travel the world – with his young family in tow. Being a Brit he used to long haul and is looking forward to the direct Sydney-London flight in the coming years. He loves to ski steep off-piste terrain however he’s been forced to recalibrate to “family friendly” black runs.

Nick brings over 15 years of debt experience both in direct lending and advisory, in Europe and Australia. He has nearly 10 years of venture credit experience having led investments to over 100 high growth technology companies across 11 countries.

At OneVentures, he serves on the Investment Committee of the 1V Venture Credit Fund IV and the OneVentures Growth Fund V.

Prior to joining OneVentures in May 2019, Nick was based in the UK and was a Principal at Kreos Capital, Europe’s largest growth debt fund. His experience there covered deal origination, execution and portfolio management for a significant number of transactions across European markets. He has wider sector experience across technology sub-sectors including FinTech, software, cyber security, hardware, e-commerce/DTC, AdTech and life science, investing in both private and public companies.

Prior to this Nick was a Manager at KPMG in London within its Debt Advisory team, where he was involved in managing and advising on a range of debt transactions from mid-market to large cap. Transaction experience covered leveraged finance, corporate refinancing, capital market issuance and strategic financing advice.

Nick is currently a mentor at Stone & Chalk, and an advisory board member at Cloudfloat

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Nigel Dews

Operating Partner
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Nigel Dews

Operating Partner
  • Education

    BEc (Hons), MBA

  • 1V PortCo Board Roles

    Lumary | Kepler Analytics (Chair) | Flippa | SourseAI

Nigel Dews is an Operating Partner at OneVentures and leads the Technology team within the firm. Nigel is a digital revolutionary, having been an Executive Leader in the digital media, technology and telecommunications industries for 20+ years.

Nigel is renowned for his experience as both a strategic consultant and a proven entrepreneur. He has experience as a start-up CEO as well as a strong history within large multinationals: providing critical leadership to pivot into the digital landscape.

Nigel was born in NZ, grew up in Australia and has also lived across both the US and Europe. Wherever he is in the world though, he loves the outdoors – with a bias towards Central Otago. Whether he’s hiking, running or catching a wave with his family, Nigel rarely stops moving when he’s out of the office.

Nigel joined OneVentures to predominantly to work with our digital and technology-based portfolio businesses. He currently serves on the Investment Committee of the OneVentures Growth Fund V, advises the Fund IV team and works extensively with our portfolio companies.

Nigel is a highly experienced executive, consultant and has board responsibilities as a Director with OneVentures portfolio companies Lumary, Kepler Analytics, Flippa and SourseAI.

Nigel has been a leader in the digital media, technology and telecommunications industries as CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia, 3 Mobile, and the first Chief Executive of the Fairfax Media digital business. More recently, Nigel was CEO of Melbourne-based technology scale-up, Message Media, leading the strategy development and execution to rapidly grow via organic sales acceleration, acquisitions, new products and geographic expansion, attracting private equity and leading to an eventual trade sale.

Nigel initially worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, spent five years in strategy consulting with McKinsey & Company before moving into leadership positions in the emerging category of digital media.

He built and led the start-up of Fairfax Digital for its first seven years, taking it through to break-even. He led the building of a diverse portfolio of organically grown, joint ventured and acquired digital businesses.

Nigel has held notable leadership roles including CEO of Hutchison Telecoms Australia (HTA) and 3 Mobile, leading the merger and integration of 3 with Vodafone, remaining as CEO of the merged entity for its first 3 years.

After starting-up European border mobile network enabler Hue in the UK, Nigel returned to Sydney and joined strategy consultants Port Jackson Partners as a Director and shareholder leading strategy projects across a range of industries in Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. This included work with CEOs of fast growing digital businesses, digital and technology strategies, media, infrastructure, agriculture and international growth initiatives.

Nigel joined Message Media in 2017 to scale-up and transform the business from a single region, single product, single shareholder business via a substantial investment in technology, people, new processes and platforms, and acquisitions, culminating in a significant private equity investment and founder exit. He is also a founding partner of GNG Partners, a boutique growth strategy consulting firm.

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Kate Madden

Investment Manager
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Kate Madden

Investment Manager
  • Education

    CA, BBA (Hons)

Kate joins OneVentures from Ireland, before moving to Australia she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, Dublin. She worked in the Deals department in Business Restructuring Services and spent some time at KKR, working within their private credit arm.

Kate has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree with a major in Accounting and Finance from the University of Limerick and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce. She loves to travel and cook.

 

Matthew Lewin

Investment Analyst
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Matthew Lewin

Investment Analyst
  • Education

    BCom/BAdvStudies

Matt Lewin is an Investment Analyst on OneVentures’ Growth Fund V. Matt is energetic about supporting Australian founders and companies on their growth journey any way he can.

Prior to OneVentures, Matt has had experience in MA Financial Group, one of Australia’s leading investment banks covering technology. In addition to this, Matthew has investment experience at Tier 1 firms such as Perpetual, and VGI Partners – focusing on long-term horizon technology investing, ESG investing, and company analysis.

Outside of tech and investing, Matt’s passion lies firmly with history, philosophy, psychology, and economics. These topics are the intersection of human action – that is, exploring why we act, how we act, and why we act how we act. As an investor, it is crucial to understand the actions of oneself and others in a broad, multidisciplinary context. Matt is more than happy to bore you with ramblings on these topics if you ask.

Matt brings his experience across equity management and investment banking, as well an insatiable curiosity for innovation across all sectors.

At OneVentures, he helped source and supported the execution of three Fund V equity investments, in addition to ten venture credit investments.

Matt joined OneVentures in 2021 as an Investment Intern, supporting the investment teams across venture credit and equity in across the whole deal lifecycle: deal-sourcing, company analysis, and due-diligence. Since being promoted to Investment Analyst, he has continued to be an asset to the team in many ways – not only supporting the team, but also providing insight and shared learnings for the broader organisation.

Prior to joining OneVentures, Matt completed internships across investment banking (Moelis Australia) and equity management (VGI Partners, Perpetual), focusing on long-term horizon technology investing, ESG investing, and company analysis. Matt received a BCom/BAdvStudies, majoring in Finance and Banking from the University of Sydney – receiving the University Academic Merit Prize.

Joel Breuer

Investment Analyst Intern
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Joel Breuer

Investment Analyst Intern
  • Education

    Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce

Joel Breuer works across OneVentures’ Growth Equity, Credit and Healthcare investment teams. Joel is passionate about innovation and helping the next generation of founders secure funding to accelerate their growth.
Joel has been part of the OneVentures team since 2020, bringing with him startup and finance experience. Prior to OneVentures, Joel had operational roles at a PropTech and (now ASX listed) EdTech startup. Joel has had Capital Markets and M&A advisory experience at Barrenjoey, a disruptor in Australia’s Investment Banking sector.

Joel’s passion regarding innovation originated in HealthTech and Medical Devices, although has broadened across technology and software. In his Engineering Degree and work at OneVentues he enjoys diving into the first, second and third order benefits that innovation can provide to society and individual’s lives.

Joel is a self-confessed podcast addict, and can’t turn down a conversation regarding innovation, burgoening ideas and finance. Ask Joel for his recommended list (and make time in your schedule).

Outside of technology and finance, Joel is a regular practicer of yoga. Joel is additionally a passionate Ski Racer, who has previously raced as part of the USYD team.

Joel brings a drive and enthusium to the endless task of mapping Australia’s startup ecosystem. He brings strong financial skills and a desire to understand the granular workings of technology startups.

Joel has helped to source and delivery a number of opportunities through to OneVentures’ investment committee.

Since 2020 Joel has interned across OneVentures’ Growth Equity, Venture Credit and Healthcare teams. His work involves supporting the investment teams across the whole deal lifecycle: deal-sourcing, company analysis, and due-diligence.

Throughout his university degree, Joel has taken on a number of internships that have complemented his experience gained at OneVentures. This includes an internship in the General Industrials team at Investment Bank Barrenjoey, where he gained exposure to Healthcare and Technology IPOs and M&A transactions. Previously Joel worked at startups RentBetter (PropTech) and Cluey Education (EdTech). Joel is completing an Honours in Biomedical Engineering & Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Sydney – he is a Dalyell and Sydney Scholar and has received the University Academic Merit Prize.

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