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LaunchVic presents

To Invest or Not To Invest?

The conversation will examine the opportunities, risks, and insights from four of the Victoria startup ecosystem’s leading investment experts.

Please join us for LaunchVic’s Angel Investing series “ To Invest or Not Invest”, in light of the current investment market as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The conversation will examine the opportunities, risks, and insights from four of the Victoria startup ecosystem’s leading investment experts.

Ariane Barker


Ariane is the CEO of Scale Investors.  Prior to leading Scale Investors, she had 20 years’ experience working in blue chip financial services companies in senior executive management roles, including JBWere at National Australia Bank in Melbourne, also in capital market roles with HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and London. With a background in international investment banking across a range of asset classes, particularly alternatives, Ariane brings a diversity of insight and perspectives to strategic decision-making. Ariane was awarded an AICD board diversity scholarship in 2011 and has keen interest in Education, Healthcare and the Arts, thus her roles with NFPs including: The Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), The Royal Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) and the National Gallery of Victoria Womens Association (NGVWA).


Ed Hooper


Ed is a technology entrepreneur and investor. In 2016, he founded Cardinia Ventures to support ambitious technology founders across Australia and the US. Some of his investments include Drop Water, Nura and Growlabs (acquired by Adroll).

Along with Long Zheng and Andrew Armstrong, Ed co-founded Omny Studio in 2012, helping companies and podcasters manage audio. Omny Studio was acquired by Triton Digital in June 2019. 

Ed was the first employee at travel app rome2rio, and has worked at bigger companies including Funding Circle, Seven West Media, Groupon, ANZ Bank and Microsoft. In 2008, he co-founded SOAK Farming alongside David Burela, Dimaz Pramudya and Long Zheng. They went on to win the Microsoft Imagine Cup global software design competition.

Rachel Neumann


Rachael Neumann plays across many parts of the startup ecosystem, chiefly as Head of Startups in Australia & New Zealand for Amazon Web Services - Amazon’s technology and services business that serves millions of customers around the world.  In this role, Rachael is charged with growing the market, driving quantity and quality of startups in the region. Additionally, Rachael is a strategic advisor and investor to a number of founders and their early stage companies and is a Partner in Startmate, Australia’s most ambitious accelerator. She’s passionate about helping companies scale and increase their impact through differentiated customer experiences and new product development. 

Rachael also works to create the right policy environment that’s conducive to a thriving sector, and serves as Chair of the Board for StartupAus - Australia's national startup advocacy and lobby group - and has a federal ministerial appointment on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, distributing commercialisation and acceleration funding on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

Quentin Wallace 


Quentin is an active angel investor and senior in-house technology lawyer with extensive experience building and scaling startups. Quentin is a mentor with both the Startmate and Antler accelerators. Prior to angel investing, Quentin was Culture Amp’s General Counsel from 2015 to 2019. At Culture Amp he built the legal team from 1 to 4 lawyers, closed over $65m in funding, and helped grow the business from 30 to 300 people and $2m to $30m in ARR. Quentin also co-founded an online social network for creatives and has worked in the entertainment and logistics industries.