About the list
The report has been prepared by H2 Ventures, one of Australia’s leading venture capital firms, with the support of Investec, a distinctive specialist lender and asset manager.
The Tech Pioneers 50 are those companies using technology to the best advantage and driving disruption within a variety of industries and sectors. These companies have a commitment to excellence, superior customer experience and a demonstrated ability to do one thing in a market better than anyone else.
We’ve selected the ‘Tech Pioneers 50’ following extensive research and analysis based on data relating to five factors:
1. Total capital raised;
2. Rate of capital raising;
3. Geographic & sector diversity;
4. Consumer & marketplace traction; and
5. X-factor: degree of product, service and business model innovation
The above assessment criteria reflects the fact that venture capital invested is a relevant measure of innovation which in turn fuels enduring competitive advantage. Venture capitalists seek this enduring competitive advantage over and above anything else.
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About H2 Ventures
At H2 Ventures we are reinventing financial services for the retail consumer by bringing together and investing in talented entrepreneurs, forward thinking established financial services companies and other thought leaders in the world of finance.
We believe in a culture of empowerment, of possibility and experimentation, of learning from failure as we seek long-term outcomes, of focused action and honest critique, of collaboration and trust, and of organisational agility. Through H2 Ventures, we have created an organisational ecosystem that allows us to develop these cultures and to pursue our vision for the future of financial services.
Our goal is to foster an ecosystem of the startups, financial institutions, founders, engineers, executives, regulators, legislators, academics and thought-leaders that are seeking to participate in or to drive disruption in financial services.
We invest alongside entrepreneurs and other investors in early stage fintech ventures. We provide equity capital to support growing businesses that have the potential to become successful and substantial enterprises in the financial services industry. We have established the H2 Accelerator and our own foundry through which we bring together entrepreneurs, ideas and investors.
About Investec Australia
Investec Australia provides advice, capital and hedging products to High Net Worth, Corporate and Institutional clients; and invests in and manages real assets on behalf of third parties.
In Australia, we focus on our core areas of Aviation, Corporate & Acquisition Finance, Financial Markets, Infrastructure Finance & Investment, Resources, Corporate Advisory, Property and Asset Management. As a specialist provider we deliver local knowledge and expertise, backed by the strength of a global brand.
Investec Australia provides a gateway to the Investec Group, delivering clients global capability, products and solutions supported by a local team of experts who understand your business and are empowered to make decisions quickly.
We believe in long term, mutually beneficial relationships where we, as a trusted adviser, grow as our clients grow.
We live our brand — Out of the Ordinary — in all we do.