We are focused on identifying exceptional founders with deep domain expertise building scalable technology companies. We’re willing to provide hands on support from day one to day done – this is what sets us apart from the rest.Meet Our Team
THE BLACK SHEEP CAPITAL
We’ve invested as early as Concept/Pre-seed and as late as Series B.
Our portfolio of investments are featured below:
our founders say
Black Sheep Capital have an investment philosophy.
We believe in a “be the most helpful investor” approach to early stage technology investing, where it is our role to support founders through all stages of their journey as best we can. As high conviction and thematic driven investors, we see incredible potential in the founders we invest in and their vision, and work closely with them to provide the best opportunity to succeed. No problem is too big or small.
We commit time, energy and our combined knowledge to help accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies. We work closely with our founders, other investors and our team to ensure we help accelerate the transition from 0-1 and add value at all stages of growth. Our terms are industry standard, our intentions clear and honest. We employ principle based investment decisions from day 1 to day done.
Daniel Gavel is an entrepreneur and investor who has founded a number of businesses including early stage investment firm Black Sheep Capital, leading Queensland property developer Golden State Property, and venture capital firm Full Circle Venture Capital.
Dan started out in financial advisory, growing his own practice before exiting the industry in 2013 and establishing Black Sheep Capital to invest in early-stage tech companies and other assets. Today, Black Sheep Capital is one of Australia’s most active angel and seed investors, and has funded a wide range of startups including Airtasker, Sendle and Go1.
Dan plays an active role backing and mentoring startups, and contributing to the development of Australia’s innovation eco-system. He brings his commercial acumen and strong corporate networks to his investment activities, and believes strongly in the power of collaboration in helping new ventures grow to their full potential.
Over the last 10 years Paul has amassed extensive experience in property investment in Australia as well as in south East Asia. More recently, Paul has been a key driver in the establishment and diversification of the Black Sheep portfolio to the startup capital sector. Paul has a scientific background having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Bachelor of Science – Honours(First Class) at the University of Melbourne.
Paul is a Director at Black Sheep Capital. In this role, Paul provides oversight and strategic direction across the innovation investment portfolio. Paul is intimately involved in the selection and negotiation of new investments at Black Sheep Capital and in growing the Black Sheep’s presence and brand in the micro Venture Capital space.
After growing up in Texas, Hannah studied chemical engineering and nanotechnology at the University of Southern California. Following that, she began her career in the Transportation sector in Australia where she worked across corporate strategy, safety and supply chain. After completing her Masters of International Economics and Finance from the University of Queensland, she joined the Black Sheep investment team.
At Black Sheep, Hannah is involved in all parts of the investment life cycle, from taking first meetings with startups, progressing due diligence and post-investment engagement and bespoke project work with portfolio companies. She is an active member of the local Queensland ecosystem, organising the Women in VC SEQ events and conducting regular office hours with local startups. She has a love for all things early stage, particularly companies with an impact lens.
Gerard WarlandVenture Analyst
Gerard WarlandVenture Analyst
Gerard is a Brisbane native and holds a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining Black Sheep Capital, Gerard worked as an Associate Strategist at QIC, where he played a pivotal role in managing the sovereign wealth fund’s A$20b+ private markets portfolio. He spearheaded the evaluation of investment opportunities, contributing to investments spanning private equity, debt and real estate. Gerard’s experience also extends to large-scale infrastructure project financings, having worked as a Graduate at ING in Sydney.
In his role, Gerard is actively involved in all stages of the investment cycle and particularly enjoys the post-investment project work that Black Sheep engages in with portfolio companies. Gerard is drawn to individuals who are actively pursuing their goals and making a difference in the world (i.e. the people in the arena).
Dynamic Business: Go1 US$40M Raise25th May 2020
Practice Ignition raises AU$26m Series B24th September 2019
AFR: Renewable Energy Start-Up Attracts Funding For East Coast Expansion10th September 2019
Our Investment in Notiv.com10th June 2019
Australian Financial Review – Notiv Announcement3rd June 2019
Black Sheep’s 2019 Investment Strategy29th March 2019
Sendle raises $20M Series B29th January 2019
Sendle inks major deal with DHL19th September 2018
GO1 Founders tell their Story12th September 2018
Our Investment in Valiant Finance3rd September 2018
Practice Ignition partners with Canva29th August 2018
Why we backed Amber Electric29th August 2018
ResponSight launches new partner program14th August 2018
GO1 Raises $10M Series A13th August 2018
Sendle Launches Price Guarantee11th April 2018
Airtasker Partners with Coles Australia11th December 2017
Airtasker raises $33 million to hit the UK10th October 2017
GiggedIn – a new player in live music10th October 2017
Airtasker enhances platform trust technologies8th August 2017
Sendle secures its first international partnership13th June 2017
Black Sheep invests in Practice Ignition29th May 2017
Ikea teams up with Airtasker19th May 2017
Sendle stands up to Aus Post15th May 2017
Blacksheep invests in Go111th December 2016
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