Techboard and BDO - Investing in WA's Future

Event Date: 
03 August 2016
BDO - Perth, 38 Station Street

Together in One Place - Innovators, Investors and Business Insight

Are you:
•Interested in finding out more about investing in Australian Start-ups and Technology Companies?
•Looking to learn more about the new Tax incentives for investment in early stage Innovative Companies? (These are accessible by both sophisticated AND retail investors).
•Interested in managing the risks of investing in early stage innovation companies?

Then join BDO and Techboard along with special guests Vocus Upstart (a tech accelerator program for Perth start-ups) as we explore investing in Australian start-ups and technology companies and discuss the new Tax Incentives for innovation.

This event will also feature presentations by some talented home-grown start-up companies at various stages in the company life cycle including some from local tech start-up accelerator Vocus Upstart. Their presentations will provide an insight into some of the companies that may qualify as Early Stage Innovation Companies; giving rise to the tax offsets for innovation should you be an eligible investor.


Peter van Bruchem
Chief Startup Evangelist

Peter is a co-founder of which was established to help raise the profile of WA’s startups and Tech Companies. Peter is a qualified lawyer and has worked as an Intellectual property advisor to Governments and companies and as startup adviser. Peter was also a founding member of the Western Australian Angel Investors Association.

Peter’s Presentation will consider:
•What Techboard is doing to help promote Australian start-ups and Technology companies
•Techboard’s role in pre and post investment investor relations
•Researching Startups and Tech Companies on Techboard

Marc Loftus
Director, Tax & Advisory

Marc Loftus is the lead partner of the Private Clients division for BDO Perth. He has a wealth of experience and proven ability to successfully manage the delivery of engagements. Marc has over 25 years of experience working across a broad range of industries. He provides Australian and international businesses with financial and strategic advice, particularly in relation to taxation, accounting, and corporate functions. Marc specialises in strategic business improvement and outsourced financial services, such as management accounting, payroll and associated compliance requirements.

Marc’s presentation will consider:
•The new tax incentives for innovation legislation and its implications
•Tips and traps
•How to tax effectively structure your investment

Rob Nathan
Vocus Upstart

Rob Nathan is the co-founder of the Vocus Upstart accelerator program and an active angel investor. Rob is also CEO and Founder of with over 20 years experience in the IT sector. Rob is on the committee of eGroup, a Mentor at the Founders Institute and is passionate about helping WA start-ups achieve global success. He is also an active investor in early stage technology companies and a member of the Perth Angels.

Rob Nathan will provide an outline of:
•the Companies that have been selected for the latest round of the Vocus Upstart Accelerator and the investment criteria used for their selection.
•what Vocus Upstart is doing to ensure the companies in the Accelerator will be Innovation Tax Incentive Eligible
•What Vocus Upstart is doing to prepare the companies to be ready to seek further investment later this year.

When Wednesday, 3 August 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AWST)
Where BDO Australia - Perth - 38 Station Street, Subiaco, WA 6008

BDO Australia - Perth
+61 8 6382 4600
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