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Deep Tech, the next investment opportunity

Keynote at AIM18, presented by Martin Duursma

Date & Time: Thursday 22 February 2018, 10:15

Location: Olympic Room

Abstract

There has been much talk about how Australia needs to invest more in its research commercialisation, Main Sequence Ventures was established with a mandate to bridge the research and commercial worlds via a new VC fund that invests in Deep Tech teams. In this session you will hear from Martin Duursma, one of the partners at Main Sequence Ventures and how the fund is helping support next generation deep technology business.

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Martin Duursma

Venture Capitalist and Angel Investor
Main Sequence Ventures

Martin Duursma joined Main Sequence Ventures in June, 2017.  Martin has over 25 years’ experience as a Senior Executive, Technologist, Business Founder, Angel Investor and Mentor both in Australia and the US. Prior to joining Main Sequence Martin was a senior executive with a range of global responsibilities at Citrix.  Martin joined Citrix in 1997 when it acquired Datapac Australasia, a company which he co-founded. While at Citrix Martin started and built the company's research arm, Citrix Labs, started and led the CTO Council and CTO function and also started the Citrix Accelerator and led the investment in over 30 new companies.   As VP and head of the Global Technology Office, Martin led due diligence in over 60 transactions totalling $2.5B in value.

Martin continues to be active as an angel investor as well as in various advisor and mentor roles at Macquarie University, Sydney University and ON, Australia’s national science technology accelerator and as board trustee at the Computer History Museum, CA USA. Martin holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Sydney University.