Founder, Managing Director and CEO of OneVentures
Dr Michelle Deaker is the founder, Managing Director and CEO of OneVentures, a leading Australian venture capital firm with$170M in funds under management. OneVentures invests in technology companies that serve or disrupt large high growth global markets.
Michelle has extensive experience in the development of high growth technology companies, a strong background in Australian R&D and expertise in international business expansion. She is a former successful entrepreneur, angel investor and business owner with over 18 years experience in information technology, enterprise businesses targeting finance, retail, media, security and education. She has served on the Boards of listed and unlisted companies across media and information technologies in Australia and North America.
The Company Michelle founded in 1999, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com), became the leading prepaid card and electronic voucher provider in Australia, servicing over 100 major retail brands including Coles Myer and Woolworths, managing $700m in Australian retail liability and eventually expanding operations into the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. E Com was acquired by UK publicly listed company, Retail Decisions, in 2005. Prior to E Com, Michelle was Managing Director of Networks Beyond 2000.
As well as OneVentures portfolio companies, Michelle serves on the Board of Seven West Media (ASX SWM) (Channel 7, Yahoo7, Pacific Magazines and West Australian News), and is a previous Director of NICTA, Australia’s National ICT Centre of Excellence (now Data61). She is also a current mentor to the University of Sydney’s Incubate Program, past member of the AVCAL Venture Capital working group Heads Over Heels and the NSW Government’s Taskforce for the Digital Economy. Michelle is also a current Member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.