Shane Cheek

Shane was previously Founder and Managing Partner of Acumen Ventures, an Australian based venture capital firm investing in enterprise technology companies in Australia and South East Asia.

Prior to this he was Managing Director of Method Advisory, a boutique growth strategy and transaction advisory firm working with over 70 companies in Australia and South East Asia.

Previously, he was an Investment Manager with Playford Capital, South Australia’s leading early stage venture fund where he led software investments in areas including logistics optimisation, infrastructure planning and network security. As part of a regionally focused fund, Shane helped secure over $120 million of co-investment for portfolio companies from Australia, Europe, USA, Japan and South East Asia. Notable fund exits include Maxamine Inc (acquired by Accenture Inc ACN:NYSE) and Dspace (acquired by EMS Technologies Inc.)

For several years, Shane worked in strategy consulting for the Australian Institute for Commercialisation. In this role he worked with high growth Australian companies in industries including consumer internet & media, medical devices, enterprise software, mobile, geospatial imaging and mining technology.

For six years, he worked in university research commercialisation where he was involved in creating several spin-out companies based on university intellectual property.

Shane started out his career as an entrepreneur co-founding companies in marketing analytics (DataShark) and technology services (Realize Technology).

He holds a Business Degree from the University of South Australia, a Master of Science & Technology Commercialisation from the University of Adelaide, and is an Alumnus of the Venture Capital Institute, Atlanta, USA.

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