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AI Related Hardware
Bio Synthetic Manufacturing
Nuclear Technologies
Robotics
Quantum

Venture building the next wave

of frontier technology startups

with world class researchers

Creating the next wave of deep tech startups with world class researchers

Our name, Out The Back Ventures, comes from a familiar term for daring surfers who aren’t satisfied with the simple & mundane and instead look for a bigger, better wave “Out The Back”.
We are experts in translating research, and building ventures into impactful companies.

What is Out The Back?

Our name, Out The Back Ventures, comes from a familiar term for daring surfers who aren’t satisfied with the simple & mundane and instead look for a bigger, better wave “Out The Back”.

To us, it represents a reward for aiming higher, digging deeper, and exploring where others haven’t.

Meet Keong
and John

John Rock
Director OF Execution & Delivery

John Rock has over 25 years experience in starting, building, operating and selling businesses.  John specialises in optimising operations, boosting profitability, and driving growth with a keen focus on strategic coordination and adherence to best practices.

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Keong Chan
Managing Director

Keong Chan has over 20 years of experience in early-stage investing throughout the public and private markets.  He is connected globally to resources to verify and accelerate projects with both know-how and capital.

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What We Do

Out The Back Ventures specialises in the commercialisation of early-stage research as we take a human-centred role in co-creating the next wave of deep tech startups in cooperation with world-class researchers and universities around the globe.

We have developed an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by researchers and universities when it comes to research commercialisation. We bring a wealth of knowledge to our startups and provide them access to a global network of researchers, investors and industry partners.

We stand side by side with researchers all around the world who dedicate their lives to furthering human civilisation – where others see doubt, we see tremendous opportunity.

Researchers & Universities

Out The Back Ventures (OTB) has developed a global network of leading researchers and PI’s who are working in deep/frontier research areas such as AI related data storage, new 2d materials, additive manufacturing, data storage, neuromorphic computing, nuclear technology and robotics. This researcher network provides unique insights into evolving research trends that assist with the assessment of novel research and to provide potential avenues for international research collaboration to accelerate commercialisation.

We regularly attend and are invited to researcher only conferences such as Gordon Research Conferences.

OTB has developed relationships with hundreds of researchers and in 2023 engaged (including campus visits) with over 30 universities and national labs in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands.This investment of time into these research communities in specific fields of deep/frontier tech research is an important aspect of how OTB identifies investment opportunities.

We seek early-stage grants & other supplemental funding opportunities
We leverage a diverse, varied global network of early-stage investors
Together, we build an experienced management team to drive commercialisation
We provide access to our network of support staff for project management and back-office

Investors

OTB has key relationships with over 100 qualified investors (which is quickly growing) around the world including family offices, high net wealth individuals, successful entrepreneurs and pre-seed/seed/series A VCs most notably in the US (including deep/frontier tech specific VCs).These qualified relationships provide our startups with access to early-stage capital that is often unavailable from traditional VC firms. In addition to capital this investor network also provide access potential management personnel and additional industry partners.

In addition to investor relationships, OTB has all the relevant commercial relationships such as lawyers, accountants, CFOs etc. to incorporate entities and operational activities in most jurisdictions of interest including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Singapore, UK and EU.

Early investment opportunities in promising material science applications
Industry movers like battery tech, carbon capture, advanced manufacturing and other material science applications
Significant grant and other non-dilutive funding options to extend support from international governments to generate strategic IP
Multiple stages of liquidity and entry & exit points
Expertise in tax-effective structuring for multiple jurisdictions

Industry Partners

One of the most crucial factors in the commercialisation of early-stage research projects is the early collaboration with industry partners to guide the research team during the prototype/pilot/scale up phase. To this end, OTB has developed close networks with over 50 (and rapidly growing) Corporate Venture Capitalists  (CVCs).

OTB’s ability to bring these industry and CVC relationships to our startups brings not only the possibility of strategic financial investment but also the opportunity to access R&D collaboration that can accelerate commercialisation given the propensity for large corporates to invest in R&D with long term time horizons.

Early investment opportunities in promising material science applications
Industry movers like battery tech, carbon capture, advanced manufacturing and other material science applications
Significant grant and other non-dilutive funding options to extend support from international governments to generate strategic IP
Multiple stages of liquidity and entry & exit points
Expertise in tax-effective structuring for multiple jurisdictions