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Why we invested in Agenta: Revolutionizing the development of AI applications

At Antler, we're always on the lookout for founders building groundbreaking technologies that have the potential to reshape industries. Our latest investment in Agenta.ai—a trailblazing company founded in our Berlin residency in June 2023—embodies this vision, representing a significant leap forward in the development and deployment of large language model (LLM) applications.

Germany

Antler expands into Queensland, Australia

Antler is charting a new course for innovation by expanding our presence in Australia. We are launching in Queensland and partnering with the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).

Supported by the Queensland Government's Queensland Venture Capital Development Fund (QVCDF), the partnership is poised to transform the state's innovation sector. With a focus on bridging the early-stage funding gap, Antler and QIC are committed to attracting and nurturing the nation's top talent, driving forward Queensland's position on the global innovation stage.

Global

Why now is the best time in history to build a business

Startups and founders around the world have been building against a rocky backdrop in recent years. After the shock of the COVID pandemic, uncertainty and angst have persisted about inflation, interest rates, market declines, bank failures, and the looming threat of recession.

Despite this, entrepreneurship and innovation are accelerating around the globe. Why is this happening? Why is now the best time in history to build a business?

Global

Bridging startups and industry leaders to drive purposeful innovation

As Jeff Bezos once said: “What’s dangerous is to not evolve.” While most business leaders understand that stagnation is fatal, for a host of reasons established companies often struggle to innovate—purposefully and powerfully.

Antler’s Business Development and Collaborations Group helps global corporates drive innovation excellence through high value-generating collaborations with Antler’s 1,000+ (and growing) global startup portfolio. In our collaboration with Investa, a leading Australian real estate investment manager and developer, we are connecting them to our global community of founders and the cutting-edge solutions they are building.

Read more about the powerful outcomes that happen when ambitious startups and industry leaders come together.

Global

The next wave of innovation: 27 industry trends set to define 2024

What will innovation look like as we move deeper into 2024? What are the biggest industry trends that will define the coming year?

We asked our global network of Antler Operators—founders, sector leaders, CxOs, and VPs from companies including Roblox, Airtable, Shopify, Spotify, Affirm, DoorDash, Uber, Hubspot, and more, who offer 1:1 advice to Antler portfolio companies, giving them extra firepower to help fast-track their growth.

Global

The VC Wishlist: 10 startup ideas begging to be built

Dive into a coveted list of 10 forward-thinking startup ideas curated by James McClure, Partner at Antler in Australia, for entrepreneurs looking to make an impact in 2024. Spanning generative AI, modular housing, B2B due diligence, and beyond, these opportunities reflect the evolving landscape of tech and societal needs. Whether it's leveraging proprietary content for LLMs, innovating in the housing market, or pioneering quantum high-frequency trading, these ideas not only address current challenges but also open up new avenues for monetisation and growth.

Australia

Embracing Transformation in the Indonesia Startup Arena

Unveiling the Transformation: Navigating Challenges and Shifting Narratives in the Startup Landscape

Indonesia

Antler backs five startups with $550,000 Pre-Seed Funding in Vietnam

As part of a $5.1M pre-seed round for 37 startups across Southeast Asia, this marks the highest number of pre-seed deals completed in a single round in the region.

Vietnam

Antler backs seven startups with $770,000 Pre-Seed Funding in Malaysia

As part of a $5.1M pre-seed round for 37 startups across Southeast Asia, this marks the highest number of pre-seed deals completed in a single round in the region.

Malaysia

Antler backs six startups with $750,000 Pre-Seed funding in Indonesia

As part of a $5.1M pre-seed round for 37 startups across Southeast Asia, this marks the highest number of pre-seed deals completed in a single round in the region.

Indonesia

Antler leads $5.1M pre-seed funding for 37 startups across Southeast Asia

This marks the highest number of pre-seed deals completed in a single round in the region.

Global

Antler welcomes its eleventh cohort in Australia

Antler's eleventh Australian residency marks a new era of innovation and talent, welcoming over 70 exceptional founders from diverse backgrounds. Featuring increased selectivity and experienced participants, this cohort is set to redefine startup success over the coming years. Discover the unique blend of expertise, global insights, and entrepreneurial spirit fuelling this transformative journey.

Australia

Lessons founders learned in 2023 that will put them ahead in 2024

From business model sustainability to the importance to owning your distribution channels, hear what the founders of some of our portfolio companies had to say.

Australia

Shaping sustainability in venture capital

Antler's third annual ESG and Impact Report discusses our commitment to sustainability as a strategic principle that's fundamental to the success of our firm, our portfolio companies, and broader society.

Global

What's in store for day zero building in 2024?

A brand new year, teeming with possibility. What can founders building from day zero expect in 2024? Antler partners share their on-the-ground expectations for the coming year, including sector trends, big shifts in VC, and the biggest headwinds and tailwinds affecting founders around the world.

Global

Antler's next UK cohort: Meet the entrepreneurs shaping the future

Serial entrepreneurs. Tech leaders from household name brands. Investment bankers. PhD students. Meet some of the diverse and remarkably driven founders joining our next Antler residency in the UK.

UK

Crossing borders, connecting ideas: Christabel Kim's entrepreneurial journey

Antler was founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future. In our latest founder spotlight, we explore the journey of Christabel Kim, whose diverse international background and keen interest in problem-solving led her to the crossroads of technology and entrepreneurship. Passionate about utilizing technology to streamline services and solve real-world problems, Christabel delves into her experiences in consulting and product management, and how they guided her to Antler. Today, she shares her insights and the pivotal moments that shaped her entrepreneurial path.

Canada

The people who drive progress: Antler founders in 2023

Antler's global community grew larger, stronger, and more impactful this year, now including 8,000 founders, 800 advisors, and 249 Antler team members in 27 offices worldwide. Here's how we moved the world forward together in 2023.

Global

3 passos para você criar sua startup em 2024

Comece sua jornada de founder no ano que vem

Brazil

Antler Partners on Australian VC in 2023

2023 was a year of resilience and adaptation in venture capital. Antler in Australia's partners, James McClure and Mike Abbott, provide a comprehensive retrospective on the challenges and transformations within the venture capital and startup sectors in 2023. They highlight the effects of economic shifts on investments and startup strategies, with a focus on evolving investment approaches during uncertain times. Looking forward to 2024, they present a cautiously optimistic outlook for the Australian ecosystem, underscoring the achievements of Antler and its portfolio companies in this turbulent year.

Australia

Our top insights for founders in 2023

As we close the door on 2023, what were the most valuable insights for founders on antler.co? Here is a roundup of five of our most popular articles this year.

Global

1,000+ investments from day zero

As 2023 draws to a close, we are proud to mark a special milestone: making our 1,000th investment in companies originating from Antler residencies around the world.

Global

Nine startup founders share the GenAI tools they can't work without

Dive into the dynamic world of Antler in Australia’s portfolio of startups where generative AI is not just an aid but a catalyst for groundbreaking innovation. This article offers an in-depth look at how early-stage startups across various sectors are utilising AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, and Salesforce AI's Blip-2 to transform their operations and accelerate growth.

Australia

Why Antler is the best place to start your company

As an early team, going from zero to one is the most defining phase of your company building journey. Read on to understand how Antler significantly increases your odds of success.

India

From around the world to MENAP: Antler's first Riyadh residency

The startup ecosystem in the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan (MENAP) is bursting with potential. With a young, tech-savvy, and increasingly urban population of 600 million and governments evaluating ways to diversify and modernize their economies, vast opportunities await founders building in the region. Antler is thrilled to support the next generation of standout founders from across the region—and the world—through the launch of our inaugural residency in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Learn more about the 92 exceptional founders who joined our first cohort.

Global

エンジニアが自己実現できる場所を

「他の人たちと比べたら、あまり参考にはならないかもしれませんが...」そう言って笑う米一さんと星野さん。Antler起業支援プログラムに参加してプロダクトを立ち上げたものの、わずか一カ月間で撤退を決断。現在はチームも解散し、それぞれ別の道で再起を目指している。しかし、それでも笑顔で「参加してよかった」と言い合う2人。どんな思いでAntler起業支援プログラムに参加し、何を経験したのだろうか。

Japan

The UK’s early-stage growth opportunity: How leading VCs see the future

What are the trends and who are the people defining the future of UK tech? Antler in the UK and Google hosted The UK’s Early-Stage Growth Opportunity, a dynamic event exploring the trends and growth opportunities in UK and European early-stage investing over the next 10 years.

UK

How a serial entrepreneur and a tech leader validated a billion dollar insurtech problem

Read how Ankit and Veera arrived at the idea of solving business liability insurance for millions of MSMEs and startups.

India

子育て中の母親の孤独感を解消したい

子連れにいい場所をMAP上で発見でき、ユーザーが発見した情報のシェアもできるおでかけマップアプリ「iiba」を手掛けるペアレントテックスタートアップの株式会社iiba。CEOの逢澤奈菜が語る創業までのStory

 

Japan

あなたの『ペイン』が世界を変える

常識を疑い、業界の『ペイン』が事業の核に。医薬品の流通管理業務における「手作業」のDX化サービス『Yap-BPO』(ヤップ・ビーピーオー)を提供するYap株式会社 CEOの山本正也氏さんの創業までのStory

Japan

Crafting the Future of Food: Emily's Journey from an Engineer to a FoodTech Founder

In today's founder spotlight, we delve into the story of Emily Farrar, a US-born engineer turned climate tech innovator and her journey from a family of scientists to co-founding the forward-thinking startup on the edge of food tech and climate tech - Genuine Taste. Emily’s pivot from advising on renewable energy to tackling the real-world impacts of climate change led her to Canada and ultimately to the entrepreneurial platform Antler.

She connected with a biophysics Ph.D. from Cambridge Pooya Mamaghani, and together, they launched Genuine Taste to revolutionize the alternative meat industry. They're not merely joining the plant-based movement; they're enhancing it with cultivated fat, aiming to make sustainable proteins as delicious and nutritious as their traditional counterparts. As Emily transitions from technical expertise to first-time CEO, Genuine Taste has moved from concept to market contender, negotiating with multinational companies, and shaping a future where sustainable food is not an alternative, but the standard.

Canada

Meet SiteHive: The construction-tech startup combatting on-site pollution in real-time

Discover SiteHive's groundbreaking approach to mitigating industry pollution through advanced environmental monitoring. Learn how SiteHive grew from the first cohort at Antler in Australia to creating real-time SiteHive Hexanode technology that is transforming the construction and mining sectors, fostering sustainable development and eco-conscious operations, and ensuring industry compliance with environmental standards.


Australia

What is founder DNA, and how do know if you have it?

Working with more than 8,000 founders across six continents hand-picked from more than 300,000 applications, we know what sets great founders apart from the pack. From their profile type and professional experiences through to their personality traits, here are the traits that form the DNA of standout entrepreneurs.

Global

Mehdi Karamnejad, a tech savvy with an artistic soul, on his startup journey with Antler in Canada

Antler was founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future. For our latest founder spotlight, we sat down with Mehdi Karamneja, a tech-savvy with a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and interactive arts. He is passionate about creating interdisciplinary tech solutions that people use every day. Today Mehdi shares his experiences, and how they shaped him and led him to Antler.

Canada

5 motivos para você criar uma startup no Brasil agora

Este é o melhor momento para se tornar um founder no maior ecossistema de inovação da América Latina

Brazil

Devyn Olin Tailoring the Future of Fashion with Tech

Antler was founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future. For our latest founder spotlight, we sat down with Devyn Olin, a tech enthusiast with a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and the fashion industry. She is passionate about moving the fashion industry forward by leveraging new tech solutions and data to engage and cater to the next generation of fashion consumers. Today Devyn shares her experiences, and how they shaped her and led her to Antler.

Canada

The Return of Startup Muster: A Deep Dive into Australia's Premiere Startup Ecosystem

The Startup Muster 2023 report is back after a 5-year break, and Antler is thrilled to be a sponsor alongside Atlassian, The Gild Group, Microsoft, and the NSW Government. Dive into our takeaways from the report and a comprehensive look at Australia's startup scene, including growing sectors like greentech and biotech, gender diversity, and the state of funding. Discover why Antler is a top-recommended accelerator and how our program can help your startup scale.

Australia

How to stand out to investors heading into 2024

In a fundraising environment that has been challenging for startups of all stages, how can you set yourself apart from the pack when approaching investors? Antler partner Tyler Norwood, Antler venture partner Robbie Crabtree, and post-investment platform co-founder Mike Preuss discuss the best ways to become a top-decile startup with investors.

Global

Elena Bassiachvili on her startup journey with Antler

Antler was founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future. For our latest founder spotlight, we sat down with Elena Bassiachvili, who is an engineer and a Jill of all trades. She is passionate about solving real-life problems with technology and having a positive impact on society by finding solutions in the Clean Tech space. She believes that this can be achieved by building her own venture. Today Elena shares her experiences, and how they shaped her and led her to Antler.

Canada

Sahha’s $1.75M Seed Round: Pioneering Mental Health Insights through AI and Wearables

Discover Sahha's game-changing approach to mental health care using biosensors, insights, and AI algorithms. With a recent A$1.75M seed round led by Aura Ventures and participation from Antler, Sahha aims to redefine personalised healthcare.

Australia

How to create a successful ESOP plan for your early-stage startup

This blog covers essential decision-making frameworks that can help founders design a successful ESOP plan.

India

A Founders Guide to Effective Market Validation

 Discover the vital steps of market validation and set yourself up for success with Antler in Australia’s comprehensive guide.

Australia

Tina shares her journey from startups through VC to becoming a founder herself at Antler in Canada

Antler was founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future. In our content series—” It All Starts with People”—we spotlight the exceptional founders we have the privilege of partnering with worldwide. Each story is a window into their passions, motivations, and vision—the reasons they build and the positive dent they aim to make in the world.

This time, we sat down with Tina Hashemnia, who decided to take on the founder journey with Antler, after years of experience as an operator in startups, scale-ups, and venture capital. Today, Tina shares her past experiences, and how they shaped her thinking, and helped her get ready to become a successful founder.

Canada

How to navigate preventative questions and unconscious bias in fundraising

In a landscape where founders already face various uphill battles, the type of questions they get during VC fundraising can significantly influence the outcome. How does the gender gap manifest in the questions posed by investors, and what ripple effect does this have on the funding that female-led startups receive? This article delves into these pressing issues, leaning on insights from thought leaders Professor Laura Huang and Lauren Capelin from AWS, to guide both founders and investors on how to level the playing field.

Australia

Natalia Bakaeva on her startup journey with Antler in Canada

Antler was founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future. In our latest founder spotlight, we sat down with Natalia Bakaeva, who is an architect and artist, and has over 15 years of experience in design and architecture. She is passionate about creating physical forms and believes architecture is a powerful tool for social change. With that, she strives to design solutions that are inclusive, accessible, and inspiring. Today Natalia shares her past experiences, how they shaped her and led her to Antler, and her plans for the future.

Canada

Five mistakes early-stage B2B SaaS startups make and how to correct them

Are you an early-stage B2B SaaS startup? Avoid leaving money on the table, confusing your product roadmap, and other pitfalls that could hamper your growth. Discover actionable strategies for five of the most common mistakes and how to navigate these challenges effectively.

Australia

How to build a strong co-founding team

It all starts with people. The relationships underlying your company can make or break your startup's success. Finding co-founders with a complementary skill set is important—but it’s not the only thing founders need to look for to build a winning team.

Global

Antler backs eight new UK tech startups

New portfolio companies represent teams building in fast growth tech verticals such as fintech, femtech, healthtech and AI

Latest investments come after Antler was recognised as the most active private early stage investor in Europe in H1 2023

UK

Unleashing sustainability for founders

The businesses that go the distance are the ones that embed sustainable practices in their operations from day zero. But many founders lack the knowledge and resources to do that. That's why we created our online education platform, the Antler Sustainability Toolkit—exclusively for founders.

Global

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