Funding the Future

We Fund and Facilitate

Delivering Investor Value

Australia - Innovation and Opportunity

TDVC Pty Ltd is a fund manager made up of committed experts in venture capital investment. Our core team has a track record of success having collectively co-founded numerous start-ups.

TDVC Pty Ltd is the fund manager of the TDVC Gold Fund, an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP) registered with Innovation Australia, and approved to seek up to $200 million in funds.

“At TDVC we understand the start-up community. We have advised start-ups, run start-ups, invested in start-ups and we’ve been successful at it”

Investment Strategy

TDVC’s Philosophy

Our approach to delivering investment performance is comprehensive:

  • Access to powerful projects, and the ability to pick those projects with strong potential.
  • Attraction of co-investors – foreign, institutional, angel investors and high net worth individuals – through existing business networks, both here and overseas.
  • Negotiation of advantageous investment positions.
  • Comprehensive risk mitigation and project optimization.
  • Critical involvement in management of the investment throughout the life of the project.

Our Projects

Traditionally the greatest opportunities to earn capital growth have been at the very early stage of commercialising ideas. This is why we focus on identifying good ideas and talented people and investing in these projects at the very earliest stage possible.

TDVC looks for projects that have the potential for significant, early returns, preferably with global scope.

Our Projects

Traditionally the greatest opportunities to earn capital growth have been at the very early stage of commercialising ideas. This is why we focus on identifying good ideas and talented people and investing in these projects at the very earliest stage possible.

TDVC looks for projects that have the potential for significant, early returns, preferably with global scope.

Delivering Investor Value

We have a highly-developed business and VC network, both here and overseas. These networks frequently present us with diverse project opportunities.

We have a demonstrated track record and capability to identify projects with strong growth potential. We also know when these projects require guidance to achieve their maximum potential.

We have an existing pipeline of projects in the software, digital media, healthcare, construction materials and sports equipment fields.

Our Team

In addition to our extensive start-up and funds management experience, TDVC’s core team have professional backgrounds in the finance, accounting, legal and medical fields, and hold particular experience in software, financial services, health care, bio-tech, mining, sport and recreation and construction.

Karl Kirsten

Karl Kirsten LLB, BA

Karl has extensive funds and portfolio management experience through his management of the Kirsten Family Office investing in start-ups as well as residential and commercial property and property trusts; hybrids and bonds; and international and domestic equities, including a specific focus on the small and micro-cap sectors.

Karl has been instrumental into the establishment of the TDVC Gold Fund, an ESVCLP fund registered with Innovation Australia and is approved to seek up to $200 million in funds management – sourcing investable deal flow, assessing potential investments, developing relationships with Australian and International VC funds and raising capital.

In addition, Karl currently manages an investment portfolio of around $30M across a broad range of asset classes with a specific focus on emerging and industry ‘disrupting’ companies.

In addition to his investment management expertise, Karl is a professional lawyer who has previously run his own practice and partnership.

Detlef Kirsten

Detlef Kirsten MBBS

Detlef is a Director of TDVC Pty Ltd and sits on the Fund’s Investment Committee.

Detlef began his career as a trained medical doctor working in Intensive Care, but his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for business soon saw his involvement in a number of interests in the mining, property, medical and software industries.

Through both running his own successful businesses, and in holding various directorships, Detlef brings a broad base of skills in corporate governance, business planning, financial management, product development, business development, and project and contract management within a start-up environment.

He is passionate about identifying the opportunities of tomorrow and assisting companies to reach their potential. Detlef has a wide network of contacts within the ‘innovation’ community and a track record of overcoming business challenges.

Anthony Read

Anthony Read CFP®, BCom, CPA

Anthony is a Director of TDVC.

Anthony has over 27 years of experience in financial services including Financial Markets, Funds Management and Financial Advisory industries in both Australia and the UK.

Anthony’s professional qualifications include Equities Accreditation and SMSF Accreditation.

Ernst Kirsten

Ernst Kirsten CA, RCA, RSMSFA

Ernst has built a substantial business profile in South Australia through the founding of numerous ventures.

Most notably, Ernst was the co-founder of the Millennium Coal Mine in the Bowen Basin region of Queensland, a company built from the ground up to become a major metallurgical coal producer.

Neil McGachey

Neil McGachey

Following a lengthy executive career in Government, Neil has been a sought-after consultant who has advised numerous, diverse companies in the start-up and SME sectors on leadership and management. Neil developed and utilizes the powerful business diagnostic tool, Make™, to provide an assessment of organisational practices.

Neil also owns, and has Board involvement in, several businesses and not for profits across sport, property development, wealth management, building materials and mining services.

Neil has wide business and sporting connections globally. He has a keen understanding of the political environment in South Australia, and is highly skilled in government stakeholder relations.

Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard BEc, MBA, DipFinAd, FAICD

Paul is TDVC’s Compliance Officer and sits on the Investment Committee.

Paul has over 35 years of business experience. Over this period, he has had considerable involvement in start-ups and assessing investment opportunities.

In addition to establishing APT Strategy Pty Ltd which has held an Australian Financial Services License since 1995, Paul has been a director of various unrelated companies including a public investment company, the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the responsible entity for a managed investment scheme.

In 2004, Paul was one of four founding shareholders Resonance Technology International Inc. (a Canadian based company). H remains on its Board of Advisers.

Samuel Morris

Samuel Morris BSc, PCertIntTrade, GDipEd

Sam is the TDVC Operations Manager.

Sam has had a varied career having worked professionally as an exploration geologist, teacher and a SME specialist business consultant. He has a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Degree in Education, Professional Certificate in International Trade and has studied for his Masters of Commerce (Applied Finance).

In his role as TDVC Operations Manager, Sam draws on his experience advising boutique hospitality, tourism and food manufacturing businesses on establishment, marketing, menu and product offering, management techniques and operational efficiencies and growth opportunities.”

A Selection of Our Projects

Providers and Additional Resources

We work with leading providers in the legal, accounting and intellectual property rights protection professions.


AVCAL is the national body representing venture capital industries and provides its members with important industry data and research.
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AusIndustry, a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, provides streamlined access to information and advice. For access to all of the government information, assistance, forms and services and information on planning, starting and growing your business. Visit Site.

Syndicate Solutions

We have partnered with Syndicate Solutions to provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking investment. Does your start-up need funding?
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The TDVC Advantage

At TDVC our approach is to fund and facilitate. When we back a start-up, we are committed to its success. We offer a wealth of in-house expertise. We provide mentoring and education to project leaders and access to commercial, legal and market advice. We know what is required to take a company to the next level.

What We Look For

TDVC looks for projects that have the potential for significant, early returns, preferably with global scope. We aim to support the ambitious and driven innovators who will define the trends and technology of the future.

Apply For Funding

TDVC is always looking for powerful projects. Due to high volume we have engaged Syndicate Solutions to manage our unsolicited enquiries. Syndicate Solutions provides a valuable resource for entrepreneurs trying to get their project to investment ready stage. Click here for the Syndicate Solutions webpage.

Significant Investor Visa (SIV)

TDVC Pty Ltd is the Fund Manager for the TDVC Gold Fund, an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP) registered in 2016 with Innovation Australia. The TDVC Gold Fund is Significant Investor VISA (SIV) compliant, and has been approved to seek up to $200 million in funds under management.

The team at TDVC is committed to the success of the Australian SIV program and the TDVC Gold Fund offers many advantages to SIV investors. If you are a Migration Agent or potential SIV investor please contact us at for more information.

TDVC Pty Ltd (ABN 39 607 443 630) is the Fund Manager for the TDVC Gold Fund ILP, an ESVCLP registered with Innovation and Science Australia. TDVC Pty Ltd operates as a Corporate Authorised Representative (AFS Representative Number 1238069) of Perpetuity Capital (ABN 60 149 630 973, AFSL No. 405364). TDVC only accepts enquiries from Wholesale Investors as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Past performance is not an indication of future performance. In preparing this website individual circumstances have not been taken into account and this website material may not be applicable to an individual’s situation. Investors should consider their circumstances and the TDVC Gold Fund Information Memorandum, available from, before making an investment decision. Investment in Venture Capital is high risk and investors should consider seeking independent professional and legal advice before investing. The material on this website was prepared in good faith and we accept no liability for any errors or omissions.

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