We allocate a small, but growing part of our portfolio to investing in unique and innovative products and services with strong global growth potential.

These investments also help diversify the portfolio by investing in different industries and geographies, which helps in managing investment risk.

Global Health Opportunities (GHO) Capital fund 

We are invested in Global Health Opportunities (GHO) Capital fund, which invests in the European healthcare sector, with a focus on high growth segments.  Our investment in GHO gives us access to the highly attractive and underpenetrated European healthcare market. Our conviction to invest also lies in the GHO team who come from mixture of private equity, investment banking and operational backgrounds. The team has extensive access to European healthcare companies with strong relationships at all levels, from operational manager to board directors. 

Through our investment in GHO, we have acquired a number of market leading healthcare companies, two of which are highlighted below:

Caprion Biosciences (Caprion): Caprion is a world leading clinical research organisation that provides state-of-the-art platforms in immune and proteomics (large scale study of proteins) monitoring to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Caprion also develops diagnostic products targeting cancer, metabolic and infectious diseases.

Envision Pharma Group (Envision Pharma): Envision Pharma is an international innovative global technology and scientific communication company serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Initially focusing on reinventing the way biopharma companies managed their global data communications programs through the use of smart technology, Envision has evolved to become a leading provider of communication services and medical affairs solutions encompassing all aspects of scientifically-driven data dissemination activities required to support the industry.

Investment date: June 2015

Returns to members: Returns will come from the expected growth in the value of GHO’s portfolio companies.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All core and socially conscious diversified options (Private Equity).

Blackbird Ventures

Blackbird Ventures is an IT-focused venture capital fund headquartered in Sydney, that provides equity to Australian companies wanting to be the best in the world.

Through our investment in the Blackbird Ventures 2015 Fund and Blackbird Ventures 2018 Fund, we have exposure to a number of innovative companies such as Canva, Fleet Space, See-Mode Technologies and Applied.

1. Canva

Aware Super is invested in Canva through our relationship with Blackbird Ventures. Canva is a design-software company headquartered in Sydney. Founded in 2012 by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, and Cameron Adams, Canva now has over 2,000 employees across four countries. Canva integrates the design ecosystem into one simple platform to make design accessible for all. Individual users can choose from a variety of templates, canvasses and design tools that are free to use. Canva also offers a premium subscription for further tools and content, an enterprise subscription, print services, and a marketplace where designers can earn money for designs created.

Since launching in August 2013, Canva’s design tool has attracted over 75 million users across 190 countries who have collectively created more than two billion designs. We believe that ‘software-as-a-service’ is an attractive sector of the market with strong growth potential and is aligned to our purpose of delivering strong long-term returns for our members.

Investment date: September 2015, through the Blackbird 2015 Follow on Fund and December 2017 through the Blackbird Aware Super Co-Investment Vehicle Trust

Returns to members: Returns will come from the expected growth in the value of the business.  

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All core and socially conscious diversified options (Private Equity).

2. Fleet Space

Blackbird has recently invested in Fleet Space. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Fleet Space are experts in remote connectivity systems, providing internet in hard to reach places through micro, or nano-satellites, to be used, primarily, for industrial work.

Fleet Space has recently transmitted data from sensors on the Great Barrier Reef that monitor the level of bleaching directly to the marine biologists’ phones and desktop computers. Previously, biologists had to travel to the sensors on a weekly basis.

Investment date: February 2017, through the Blackbird 2015 Core Fund.

Returns to members: Returns will come from the expected growth in the value of Blackbird’s portfolio companies.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All core and socially conscious diversified options (Private Equity).

3. See-Mode Technologies

See-Mode Technologies (See-Mode) is a software company using advanced technology to improve the outlook for stroke victims by reducing the likelihood of repeated strokes.

See-Mode uses artificial intelligence and computer modelling to analyse medical images, to help neurologists improve how they assess the risks faced by stroke patients and to recommend a tailored course of treatment to prevent future strokes.

Investment date: February 2017, through the Blackbird 2015 Core Fund.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All core and socially conscious diversified options (Private Equity).

Returns to members: Returns will come from the expected growth in the value of these companies.

See-Mode’s software will enable clinicians to spot warning signs of an imminent stroke and help prevent it.

4. Applied

Applied is a recruitment platform designed by leading behavioural scientists to remove bias and improve predictive validity in the hiring process.

The platform aims to make hiring smart, fair and easy. It uses research and data science to help organisations hire the best person for the job, irrespective of their background, gender or ethnicity. It does this by enabling extensive ‘blinding’ of personal and social demographic details such as the name, university and income of candidates, to mitigate bias and better identify suitable talent.

Investment date: December 2018 through Blackbird 2018, LP

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All core and socially conscious diversified options (Private Equity).

Returns to members: Returns will come from the expected growth in the value of these companies.

HaloDoc

We recently partnered with Openspace Ventures, a Singapore-based venture capital fund that focuses on early-stage technology investments in Southeast Asia.

An investment Openspace has made is HaloDoc, an Indonesian mobile healthcare platform that connects users to a large network of GPs, specialists, pharmacies and other healthcare providers via chat, video and voice calls.

HaloDoc’s core services include Contact Doctor, a teleconsultation service, Apotik Antar, a pharmacy delivery service and Labs, a home lab service. HaloDoc serves over 2 million patients with more than 10,000 daily transactions.

Investment date: March 2019

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All core and socially conscious diversified options (Private Equity).

Returns to members: Returns will come from the expected growth in the value of these companies.

Rumin8

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We are invested in Rumin8. Rumin8 is an Australian startup climate agri-tech company that has developed feed supplements containing a compound reducing methane emissions from livestock.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is a significant contributor to global warming. The supplement replicates the effect of a component found in a seaweed called asparagopsis. Laboratory trials have been shown to deliver consistent and persistent methane reduction in ruminant livestock.

The company thus aims to contribute to more sustainable meat and dairy production while reducing the associated negative climate impact from cattle methane production.

Rumin8 has plans to grow by commercialising its operations and ramping up production on a global scale.

Investment date: Initial investment was in June 2022 with an additional investment in January 2023

Returns to members: Returns to members are expected to come from the growth of the company.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: Private Equity asset class: All core and socially conscious diversified options.

All investments included are accurate as at November 2022. All investments carry risk, and Aware Super does not guarantee the payment of income or performance of the investments referenced above.