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artesianinvest.com

Investments

120

Portfolio Exits

6

Funds

13

Partners & Customers

2

About Artesian VC

Artesian VC operates a VC firm offering venture capital platforms for startups at seed, angel, and growth stages. It offers Venture Capital as a Service (VCaaS) platform for govt. organizations, corps, industry groups, and family offices. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Headquarters Location

66 Hunter St

Sydney, New South Wales, 2000,

Australia

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Australia’s Hostplus invests $40m in Artesian Capital’s China fund

Sep 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 Australian industry fund Hostplus has invested A$50 million ($40 million) into the China fund of Sydney-based venture capital firm Artesian Capital Management . A report by the Australian Financial Review noted this as part of an effort to capture the growth opportunities in China at an early stage. It has been investing in China since 2008 and deployed about A$10 million of its own principals’ money into startups. In China, it has a team of four people led by Shanghai-based partner Felix Zhang. It will be partnering hardware accelerator Brinc, as well as artificial intelligence accelerator Zeroth, both of which are based in Hong Kong. Hostplus is an institutional investor with significant exposure to the venture capital asset class, with an estimated A$515 million invested in biotechnology, autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity. Artesian Capital is an alternative investment manager with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, London, Singapore and Shanghai and focuses on fixed income and venture capital funds. The firm was founded in 2004 when it was spun out of the ANZ Banking Group as a credit arbitrage fund. It subsequently went independent in 2005 following a management buyout by its partners. Since 2009, it has been making principal investments in early-stage ventures from its offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai. Its strategy involves establishing co-investment funds with specialist partners such as accelerators, incubators, angel groups and universities. According to its website, since 2011, Artesian has launched five early stage venture capital limited partnerships (ESVCLP’s) and one Australian Fund of Funds (AFOF), deploying nearly A$200 million into early-stage ventures in Australia through vehicles that include the Sydney Angels Sidecar Fund, the BlueChilli Venture Fund, the Slingshot Venture Fund, the iAccelerate Seed Fund, the ilab Venture Fund and the Artesian Australian Venture Capital Fund. It plans to reach a total of 500-1000 startup investments by 2018. Jeremy Colless, the managing partner of Artesian Capital, said, “Artesian’s ambition is to be the leading VC platform across Australia, China and south-east Asia. We have validated our seed-to-exit investment model in Australia and our limited partners, such as Hostplus, have a strong conviction on its transportability into greater China and, subsequently, ASEAN startup markets”. Also Read:

Artesian VC Investments

120 Investments

Artesian VC has made 120 investments. Their latest investment was in Blocktexx as part of their Series B on February 21, 2024.

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Artesian VC Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

2/21/2024

Series B

Blocktexx

$4.59M

Yes

1

11/16/2023

Seed VC - II

Sitemate

$4.85M

No

2

8/28/2023

Pre-Seed

Pearler

$0.21M

Yes

1

7/18/2023

Series A

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$99M

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10

7/12/2023

Series A - II

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$99M

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10

Date

2/21/2024

11/16/2023

8/28/2023

7/18/2023

7/12/2023

Round

Series B

Seed VC - II

Pre-Seed

Series A

Series A - II

Company

Blocktexx

Sitemate

Pearler

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Amount

$4.59M

$4.85M

$0.21M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

2

1

10

10

Artesian VC Portfolio Exits

6 Portfolio Exits

Artesian VC has 6 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Spoonshot on September 25, 2023.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

9/25/2023

Acquired

$99M

2

5/8/2023

Acq - Pending

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$99M

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10

1/16/2023

Acquired

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$99M

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10

10/20/2022

Acquired

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$99M

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10

2/23/2021

Merger

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$99M

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10

Date

9/25/2023

5/8/2023

1/16/2023

10/20/2022

2/23/2021

Exit

Acquired

Acq - Pending

Acquired

Acquired

Merger

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

2

10

10

10

10

Artesian VC Fund History

13 Fund Histories

Artesian VC has 13 funds, including Female Founders Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

11/29/2021

Female Founders Fund

$32.18M

2

2/19/2019

GrainInnovate Fund

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Open

$36.25M

1

5/24/2017

The Clean Energy Seed Fund

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$19.48M

2

3/16/2017

SproutX Venture Capital Fund

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$99M

10

2/27/2017

Australian VC Fund of Funds (AFOF) I LP

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$99M

10

Closing Date

11/29/2021

2/19/2019

5/24/2017

3/16/2017

2/27/2017

Fund

Female Founders Fund

GrainInnovate Fund

The Clean Energy Seed Fund

SproutX Venture Capital Fund

Australian VC Fund of Funds (AFOF) I LP

Fund Type

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

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Amount

$32.18M

$36.25M

$19.48M

$99M

$99M

Sources

2

1

2

10

10

Artesian VC Partners & Customers

2 Partners and customers

Artesian VC has 2 strategic partners and customers. Artesian VC recently partnered with Brinc on April 4, 2020.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

4/24/2020

Partner

Hong Kong

By Sally Ho on April 24, 2020. Brinc & Artesian Bring Clean Energy Accelerator Program To Australia – Green Queen

Jointly launched by Brinc and Artesian Venture Partners , the new Australia Clean Energy Accelerator Program based in Sydney is targeting startups that are working on electrical efficiency technologies , grid innovations and renewable energy solutions .

1

11/18/2014

Partner

Australia

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10

Date

4/24/2020

11/18/2014

Type

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

Country

Hong Kong

Australia

News Snippet

By Sally Ho on April 24, 2020. Brinc & Artesian Bring Clean Energy Accelerator Program To Australia – Green Queen

Jointly launched by Brinc and Artesian Venture Partners , the new Australia Clean Energy Accelerator Program based in Sydney is targeting startups that are working on electrical efficiency technologies , grid innovations and renewable energy solutions .

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10

Artesian VC Team

13 Team Members

Artesian VC has 13 team members, including current Chief Financial Officer, Pankaj Khanna.

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Work History

Title

Status

Pankaj Khanna

Chief Financial Officer

Current

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Pankaj Khanna

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Work History

Title

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