The New Era of Angel Investing & Adelaide’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre are proud to be hosting  the public lecture – The New Era of Angel Investing.

For any small business looking to fund their new venture, this is a must attend event.


Business angels – wealthy individuals who invest in new businesses – have been recognised for some time as the most significant source of entrepreneurial finance, playing a key role in entrepreneurial ecosystems the provision of ‘smart’ capital. However, the nature of angel investing has changed from a fragmented and largely invisible market comprising almost entirely individuals investing on their own to one that is increasingly characterized by highly visible angel groups and syndicates, often with an in house manager, which consolidate and channel finance from several individual investors. In parallel the supply of entrepreneurial finance has also changed in at least two significant effects. First, venture capital funds have moved to making larger investments. This has compromised the ability of angels to pass on their investments to venture capital funds for follow-on investing. Second, crowdfunding has emerged as a new source of finance. However, the relationship between angel investors and crowdfunding remains unclear. This lecture will explore these developments.

Professor Colin Mason: Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. His research and teaching are in the area of entrepreneurship and regional development. His specific research interests are in entrepreneurial finance and entrepreneurial ecosystems. He was a pioneer of angel research, publishing his first studies of angel investing in the UK in the early 1990s. He has continued to produce a stream of research on angel investing since then. Much of this research has had significant impacts on policy and practice in the UK and elsewhere. He was joint winner of the ESRC’s 2015 Outstanding Impact in Business award for his research with Prof Richard Harrison on business angels. He is also co-author of a widely cited OECD report on entrepreneurial ecosystems and is currently working on a study of emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in Atlantic Canada. He is the founding editor of the journal Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (published by Taylor and Francis Ltd).

Also hear about Adelaide’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Case Studies Release

How does South Australia and Adelaide, as a City of Entrepreneurs, function as an entrepreneurial ecosystem? This is the research question that prompted the South Australian Department of State Development to sponsor research to better understand the entrepreneur’s role and contribution towards economic development. In conjunction with a comprehensive report detailing the voice of the entrepreneurial ecosystem customer (see the report available here), a set of case studies have also been assembled to illustrate how various entrepreneurs have interacted with the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us as we publicly release this set of case studies as part of building a body of knowledge about entrepreneurial activity in South Australia and Adelaide’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (AEE).

Allan O’Connor:  Academic Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Government Relations at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide. Allan combines his extensive industry experience in confronting the growth issues of small and medium enterprises and business start-up to inform and guide his teaching and research. Since 2012 he has co-authored the leading Asia Pacific text, ‘Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process and Practice’.  His research examines the intersection between entrepreneurship, innovation and socioeconomic development which has led to the development of the Australian Cluster Observatory and an in-depth study of entrepreneurial ecosystems. In application, his research is designed to inform policy-makers, regional development agencies and the practicing entrepreneur with respect to creating and managing the resources necessary to foster and develop innovation and entrepreneurship.

Event details are as follows

Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Networking event follow presentations)
Venue: Nexus10, Level 7, Room 7.04-7.05
RSVP: By COB Friday 17 November via Eventbrite

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