About Us

Starfish was founded by John Dyson and Michael Panaccio in Melbourne, Australia in July 2001. 

Starfish has raised three funds: the PreSeed Fund and Technology Funds I and II, totalling over AU$400M in funds raised.

The team has invested in over 60 companies to date with 14 trade sales and IPOs, including listings on the NASDAQ, AIM and ASX. The Starfish team has established a strong reputation for partnering with talented entrepreneurs to grow innovative companies from an Australian base.

Starfish supports commercialisation of Australian R&D, and has undertaken 19 investments with universities and research institutes across Australia. 

Starfish Ventures partners with talented entrepreneurs to build successful innovative global technology companies. Our team’s proven expertise in venture capital investing, entrepreneurship and technology gives us the skills to navigate the challenges of seeding, building and managing high growth technology businesses from an Australian base.