The Rural Bridge was inspired by first hand experience having our partners grow up in rural communities and having to discover alternate ways to create generational wealth outside of the typical strategies we had learnt from our families.
Majority of people in rural communities and average households work extremely hard, a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears to sustain their primary source of income and if they are lucky accumulating investment predominantly in property leaving very little time for them to learn and explore all of the innovation going on in the world
Our aim is to bridge the gap for not only farmers but other investors wanting to expand their investments into businesses aligned with their values. By joining our syndicate, investors can gain access to our vetted deal flow and contribute to sustainable development in our collective future.
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Rowan is a serial entrepreneur, founder, venture partner who has actively been investing in early stage ventures over the last 7 years. Rowan has a demonstrated ability in finding reputable early stage Founders with strong track records of execution, raising capital through subsequent rounds whilst simultaneously working with the team on growth and strategy ensuring the companies hit their revenue targets and hire key appropriate talent. Throughout his career in business he has built a formidable reputation as a conscious dot connector within various sectors he has exposure and interest in. Rowan currently sits on the advisory board of numerous companies within his portfolio and is a Venture Partner in a US based VC firm Func Ventures.
Sam’s career has consisted of building, operating and exiting a successful multi million dollar drilling company in the Oil, Gas, Mining and Agriculture sector whilst growing his personal property portfolio. Having a rural background, Sam is also a landowner and beef producer. In recent years Sam has since diversified his exposure into the early stage venture space investing alongside Rowan in the ventures listed below. Sam has a strong passion for educating and helping people from rural communities bridge the gap into conscious driven innovation that paves the way for future generations in alignment with his values.
Joshua Payne has significant entrepreneurial experience in capital markets, crypto mining, and M&A in the renewable energy sector. Having successfully ran a boutique project finance corporate advisory firm PT Capital, Co Founder and COO of the $357 million NASDAQ listed battery metals SPAC, Battery Future Acquisition Corp and Foundered the renewable infrastructure company Arkon Energy which is among the world largest data centers. Josh is also an active investor in the start-up scene on a global level.
Collectively raised over $500M USD over the last 7 years.
Battery Future Acquisition Corp (BFAC) which listed on the New York Stock Exchange for over $357M USD with over a billion in commitments is currently the world's largest raw lithium SPAC trading at over $450M USD.
Arkon Energy, a renewable bitcoin mining infrastructure business which has grown from $5M Prey Money to currently valued over $100M USD and on track for a public listing later Q1 2024 at in excess of $500M USD.
Business Kitz, world leading AI-assisted SaaS platform to generate, e-sign, send, store and track all business and legal documentation, eliminating 70% of manual processes. Which aims to replace over 10+ platforms including Docusign, Google Drive, Legal + HR platforms and services, Apple Wallet, stand alone AI Tools and expensive CRM’s, Slack and Intranet platforms. Having grown from 10M AUD Pre-Money to their current round of funding at $65M USD.
Carbon Asset Solutions CAS is the new global standard for Carbon Credit creation, registration and sale from soil carbon sequestration, Their mission is to be the Market Leader in Carbon Credit supply to the Net Zero carbon economy.
Vatic AI is the world’s only Generative AI Search platform which combines the accuracy of search advertising with the scale of the entire internet. Our AI Search Algorithm analyzes over 1.2 Trillion web interactions and is integrated with Google, Facebook, You Tube, Instagram, The Trade Desk, DV 360, Xander and nearly every major advertising platform to bring search level accuracy to the entire internet.
Our deal flow for investments comes from:
- Active Investors in our network of HNW, VC’s & Family Offices
- Founders and Board Members of companies we’ve worked with
- Referrals from reputable relationships
High Level Investment Thesis
- Proven track record founders and team (prior exits)
- Product validated and clear market need
- Potential Global Scale (both use of product/service and access to capital)
- Pre-Seed through to Series A
- Passes our due diligence process (covers all key criteria IP, traction, contracts, tech, team, business plan, value/valuation, competitors, unfair advantages etc