AustCyber AllStars – Perth

AustCyber AllStars
Thursday 14 March 2019
3:30pm–5:00pm
The Joint Cyber Security Centre – Level 15, 1 William Street, Perth WA 6000

Please RSVP by 7 March 2019 through Eventbrite.


AustCyber invites you to join our CEO, Michelle Price and Alex van Someren, Managing Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners based in the United Kingdom for a fireside chat on investing in innovative cyber security capability.

Michelle and Alex will traverse a range of topics – with plenty of time for questions and audience engagement. Some areas of discussion will include:

  • Where is the global cyber security market heading next – what are the influencing factors and where is Australia positioned?
  • Cyber security is a strategic area of investment – how it is distinct from other areas of technological development and where can we identify synergies?
  • How can businesses in other sectors harness cyber security as part of their growth strategy
  • What can Australia’s innovation and start-up ecosystem learn from the UK?
  • What are investors looking for in cyber security opportunities; including the different types of capital investments and returns?

This event launches AustCyber’s newest initiative, the AustCyber AllStars program, which will feature experts from a range of disciplines in Australia and the rest of the world sharing their knowledge and providing advice to help grow Australia’s cyber security sector.

About Alex Van Someren

Alex is Managing Partner of the Early Stage Funds at Amadeus and sits on the boards of several Amadeus portfolio companies. Alex has a current investment focus on UK deep technology including artificial intelligence & machine learning, cloud computing/enterprise SaaS, cyber security, digital healthcare, medical technology and optical & quantum technologies.

Alex is a co-founder of CyLon, which finds, grows and invests in the world’s best emerging cyber businesses. During 2019, Alex will hold the Clore Visiting Innovation Professorship of the Royal College of Art, and will be a member of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee.

Alex left school to join Acorn Computers in the 1980s, where he was involved in the development of the BBC Microcomputer & Acorn Electron. He subsequently co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including web browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005 and later acquired by Espial.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As nCipher’s CEO he raised a total of £14 million in venture capital funding before leading the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008 and is now Thales e-Security.

Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005, and he is currently Chairman of the Development Committee of Kettle’s Yard, one of the University of Cambridge Museums.