Antler joins the CreativeCubes.Co community, hires ex-Airbnb GM to support Melbourne expansion


  • Antler will launch in Melbourne in June 2021 with its fifth Australian cohort
  • It will set up its local HQ out of CreativeCubes.Co newest location in Carlton
  • The expansion will be supported by a number of new hires to the operations team

Since launching in Australia in March 2019, Antler has made its mark on the Australian tech startup scene. In less than two years, the local arm of the global firm has closed its first AU$46 million Fund, invested in ~50 companies, and increased its headcount to 26 to support the dynamic growth of the business.

Now, the firm is launching in Melbourne to support its mission to help entrepreneurs build global technology companies from Australia and will set up its local HQ within the new CreativeCubes.Co space in Carlton.

Managing Partner of Antler Australia, Bede Moore says, “With a strong and diverse entrepreneurial community, Melbourne presents a huge opportunity for Antler. We’re excited to also be expanding our local partnerships to extend to the CreativeCubes.Co group as we prepare to invest in and support local entrepreneurs to build a global presence from Australia.”

“We are excited to support Antler and their first ever Melbourne cohort at our brand new state of the art facility right in the heart of Lygon Street, Carlton,” says Gawin Fernando, co-founder and Head of Commercial at CreativeCubes.Co. “One of our company values is ‘Enable Success’ – it is our pleasure to work alongside Antler who live and breathe this ethos by supporting the companies of tomorrow.”

Antler has also made a number of significant hires to support its regional expansion. Sam Hilditch, former GM of Airbnb and Strategy Lead for Airwallex, will join the team as Head of Melbourne. Sam will be building our Melbourne presence, leading our cohorts to successful investment outcomes. Sam will be joined by further hires in the investment and recruiting teams.

In the period since June 2019, Antler Australia has attracted over 5,000 applications and worked directly with more than 250 entrepreneurs. Its local portfolio of investments is now 50-strong, having run four Sydney-based programs. In June, the local firm launches its fifth Australian cohort, which will be the first time it operates out of the Victorian capital.

About Antler
Antler is a global early-stage venture capital platform that enables exceptional people and teams to build the defining companies of tomorrow from Australia. Antler has a presence in 15 cities around the world, including offices in most major startup ecosystems, such as New York, Berlin, London, Singapore, and Sydney. This global footprint provides a unique ability for businesses to reference other ecosystems for quicker scaling, due diligence and problem-solving. Over the last two years, Antler has invested in 50 companies and leverages deep relationships with top international VCs and angel investors to enable more than 75% of companies to raise third-party capital within months of launching.

Thank You For Your Support

India is grappling with a relentless second wave of coronavirus, spreading across the country at a devastating rate rendering its healthcare system unable to accommodate all who need support.

Last week, Tryzens sold raffle tickets with all proceeds going to UNICEF who are raising funds to deliver urgently needed medical equipment including oxygen, PPE, hygiene supplies and critical care.

CreativeCubes.Co and Tryzens are thrilled to announce $1,500 was raised in donations! Even more exciting is that Tryzens has offered to match that amount for a total of $3,000 AUD to be donated in support of UNICEF.

A big thank you to the community who came together to support this cause.

Na Na Na Nanana...

Hey June

We’ve got quite the lineup of events for you to enjoy this month! From the usual Cocktails & Cubes to a postural health class from our friends at Locomotion - it's all happening inside the cube!

Head to the members portal for more info!

View More
Services and discussions can be had with some of the best experts in Australia.

Adaptability, strategy, and people - it’s time to future proof your business!

Our friends at PwC will be setting up camp in South Melbourne and their door is open to all members interested in picking the brains of a specialist team dedicated to supporting Australian businesses.

The team will be running a short, sweet yet super helpful lunch and learn on the key considerations to future proofing your business while answering any general questions you have relating to the world of biz! Check out the membership portal for full details.

Contact the team on or see the Happiness Team for more info.

World Whisky Day

A big thank you is due for our friends at Campari Group, Hairydog, Moet Hennessy, Sullivan's Cove, SouthTrade International and Gami Chicken & Beer for keeping our whistles wet and stomach's full at South Melbourne's whisky tasting last week!

Do you have some pics you'd like to share or have any event ideas you'd like us to host? Email us below!

Email Us
Find Your Edge...

The Knowledge Lab

Disruption rarely originates from the mind of the disrupted. Engaging other inquisitive people, who can stretch your thinking and challenge your perspective is essential for personal and professional success.

The Knowledge Lab has been designed to give astute leaders like you, the time and space to find your edge.

The Knowledge Lab takes the world’s best-selling business books and summarises the critical points in 15 minutes or less. Then, give you the tools to activate a core competency from the book. You will also track progress and measure your improvement along the way.
And each book we will cover in this initial six- month program, has been specifically chosen to help forward thinking leaders advance people and performance.

Contact Andrew to find out more or request a registration form.
Call 0438 943 538

View More

Member Spotlight

Zash Ventures maximises investor wealth and entrepreneurs success through high value disruptive ideas.

Zash Ventures itself may be new, however our foundation team have been working together on this journey of solving the foundation capital problem for Investors and Entrepreneurs for years.

We have dedicated ourselves to playing an important role in Melbourne, Australia and APAC early-stage venture ecosystems, to help build high value globally focused companies that want to grow fast.

We are one of the first globally to build Foundation Capital Firms that bring a professional investment management approach to seed to early stage venture funding in the same way that Venture Capital and Private Equity firms professionally manage later stage companies.

With this new journey there are many opportunities for like-minded people to be part of this movement that is driven to lead the smart economy. If what you discover in our site speaks to you, reach out today as we would like to hear from you.

Meet the new faces in our spaces!

House of Pets Delight
South Melbourne

House of Pets Delight is becoming the modern department store for pets, mixing both big pet brands and exclusive HOPD brands to make sure you find the item and price that suits! Choose from the widest range of pet accessories collars, leads, beds, toys, and soon to be expanding a bigger range in pet health care (stay tuned!). Whether you're looking for big pet brand names or new and unique pet products and hi-tech gear for pets it's all in one location.

Read More

Pacific Smiles Dental
South Melbourne

Pacific Smiles Dental Centres offer a comprehensive range of dental services to ensure patients have easy and convenient access to great value, high quality dental care.

Our Dentists understand that, where possible, patients prefer to visit one dental centre for all their dental needs rather than visiting a number of centres for different services.

Learn More

Clear Learning Systems

Our passion for ensuring your people have the best possible experience runs deep. We have a platform that is capable of anything, but it is our commitment and amazing support and the trusted relationships we form that will guarantee success.

We can help any learning and development, or HR team find the time, tools and strategy to deliver their learners the right kind of training at the right time.

Read More

Globalheart Church Melbourne

Globalheart, a Christian church with a heart for Jesus and the community. A local church in three global locations; Perth, Melbourne, Lusaka, and Hamburg.

Learn More

Sophie Jordan Consulting

Sophie Jordan has been practicing as a qualified urban planner for over 20 years, working in both the local government sector and private practice before establishing Sophie Jordan Consulting Pty Ltd in 2012. This breadth of experience has allowed her to develop a range of skills including development facilitation, project management, community consultation and preparation of strategic plans. Importantly, she understands the commercial realities of development and how to guide a project from inception to completion.

Read More

Have you seen the latest vlog?

Have something you’d like to see or include in the next newsletter?

Email it to us via by the 15th of each month.

Author Anna Calderbank

More posts by Anna Calderbank