Growth Equity for Passionate Companies
Shearwater Growth Equity invests in founders who we like and trust and who are passionate about building great companies.
We have three founders as partners. We’ve all sat on your side of the table and built our own businesses.
With Shearwater, we’re investing our own capital and experience to help you build a generationally great business.
Our Investment Focus
Passionate entrepreneurs that we like and want to work with.
Companies that are solving significant problems.
Software that has the capacity to be a mission critical app in time.
Business models which are – or look like – recurring revenue.
Markets which are rapidly growing (though we often find the best SaaS businesses start with small TAMs).
Companies we can help
Companies and founders who have a deep ability to scale and learn and where we understand their domains.
The things above are what we value and look for in our investments.
But we’re infinitely inquisitive.
So if your business doesn’t necessarily tick all these boxes and you are raising venture / growth capital or might in the future, please drop us a line.
OUR Portfolio Companies
In 2018, Playground was third in the Deloitte Fast 50 Australia Rising Star businesses and named B&T‘s Marketing Technology Company of the Year. Playground has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, London, LA and New York.
Earlytrade is a platform that enables corporates, and their suppliers to collaborate transparently to negotiate invoice terms in return for early payment.
Zac studied an Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. He joined IBM Global Services shortly after graduating. While at IBM, he completed a Master of Commerce in information systems and management.
Managing Partner & Founding Partner
Charles trained as an econometrician prior to becoming an analyst in London with stockbroker, Kitcat & Aitken. Returning to Australian he managed institutional money with Schroders and Morgan, Grenfell & Co.
Mike started his career in retail, managing Nock & Kirby stores before completing his MBA. He was the GM of the paging business, before leading Health Communication Network (HCN) in 1995.
We focus on Australia & NZ
Our primary market is for Australian and New Zealand businesses with global ambitions.