On the 23rd July, 2015 RDA Sydney and SEGRA co-hosted the first Collaborative Investment Roundtable to kickstart a national conversation to consider the growing usage of collaborative financing methods and how this can encourage more private sector involvement in national and regionally significant projects.

The Roundtable is the first step towards preparing for the inaugural National Summit on Collaborative Investment to be held on the 19th October at Bathurst, NSW

The roundtable was chaired by Paul Niederer, one of the world's leading authorities on equity based crowdfunding investment. Paul speaks internationally on Collaborative Investment and has recently retired as CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) a world leader in business equity funding platforms that has funded over 300 projects. He has personally been involved in over $60 million of transactions with 80 different companies seeking capital. Paul was named in the Top Ten of the World's Most Influential in Equity Crowdfunding in 2013. 

The roundtable brought together leaders in investment from government, not for profit, business and research sectors to consider:

  • What are the key opportunities for collaborative investment?
  • What can we do to maximise these opportunities?
  • Key actions for the national summit agenda?

A report of discussions is currently under preparation.

Organisations represented were: Ability Capital, Advisory Board Syndicate, AVCAL Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited, Bendigo Bank, CIMA, CoVEST Capital, Dennis Rutzou Public Collaborative Investment Round Table 4 Relations, Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, Eco Investor Media, High-tech CoFounder; Flat World Navigator & Advisor in the DACE (Digital Attention & Collaboration Economies), Infrastructure NSW, Macpherson Greenleaf Virtual Lawyers, Many Rivers & Looking Glass Trust, NSW Business Chamber, NSW Premier & Cabinet, NSW Trade & Investment, RDA Sydney, SEGRA Foundation, Social Traders, Social Ventures Australia, University of Canberra, University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Sydney, UTI Centre for Local Government, Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Governance, Vital Places and Wholesale Investor.