Giant Leap was launched in 2016 by The Impact Investment Group (IIG) as Australia’s first venture capital fund 100% dedicated to investing in impact startups.
Giant Leap was a collaboration between IIG, led by Will Richardson, and Small Giants, the family office of Danny Almagor OAM and Berry Liberman along with venture partners, Kylie Charlton representing Australian Impact Investments, Peter Cameron and Adam Milgrom who were also the Fund I’s cornerstone investors.
The inaugural advisors to Giant Leap were Danny Almagor, Bevan Clarke, Susan Wu, Mark Joiner and Alicia Darvall.
To date, Giant Leap has invested in over 25 companies that can deliver superior financial returns alongside real and measurable social and environmental benefits, and has consistently performed in the top quartile of funds of its vintage.
In 2021, Giant Leap spun out from IIG into a new independent entity solely focussed on Impact Venture Capital with IIG continuing to provide back-office support. It also started raising its second fund, Giant Leap Fund II.
Giant Leap is currently investing from Giant Leap Fund II and will continue its mission to back game-changing founders re-imagining industries and using business as a force for good.
Giant Leap acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, work and play. We honour First Nations peoples' cultures and their ongoing connection to land, sea and community, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land. You can read our Reconciliation Action Plan here.
Former Head of VC at Impact Investment Group, Executive Officer at CVC Group, 15 years' experience in PE/VC, Director at Alberts Family Office.
Formerly in management consulting and corporate finance. Co-Chair at Startup Victoria, a grassroots organisation supporting founders through their startup journey.
Serial angel investor with expertise across consumer marketing, ecommerce and innovation. Director at Tripple family office and Future Super.
Former commercial litigation lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler. Bachelor of Laws, International Relations and Diploma of Languages (German) at the Australian National University. Director and Company Secretary at StreetSmart Australia.
Former Management Consultant at LEK Consulting and co-founder of VC Women Down Under. Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Arts (German) at the University of Sydney.
Managing Director of Australian Impact Investments and Co-founder of Unitus Capital, awarded 2018 AFR Top 100 Women of Influence due to her work in Impact Investing.
Serial angel investor and entrepreneur with a 30 year track record that includes selling over $140 million of software into the A/NZ markets. Non-Executive Director of Yellowfin International, Former Chair of Startup Victoria.
Managing Director of Small Giants, Inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, founder of Engineers Without Borders Australia, Chair of the Impact Investment Group.
CEO at Boundless, Co-founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s most awarded and fastest growing tech companies. Director at Beyond Zero Emissions, US based Climate Mobilisation, Australian Environmental Grantmakers' Network and Co-founder and Director of Infrastructure Access Managers.
Giant Leap has joined Pledge 1%, a global movement creating a new normal where companies of all sizes and stages have a positive social impact through their business. We are proud to announce our commitment to donate 1% of our revenue each year to charitable organisations that align with Giant Leap’s values and investment areas of Climate, Health, and Empowerment & Education.
One of the unique aspects of the Giant Leap Foundation is our commitment to involving our team in the process. We understand that each team member has their own passions and causes that they care deeply about. With this in mind, we've implemented a matching program, where donations made by our staff are matched by the Foundation. This means that the impact created by our employees’ contributions to causes they are passionate about are amplified by our Foundation.
The Giant Leap Foundation is registered with Australian Communities Foundation (ACF). ACF is a community of giving, powered by a courageous ambition: a fairer and more sustainable Australia. As a broker of change, they connect those who can give with the people and organisations leading the way.
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