South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


94. Venture capital:

Achieve a cumulative total of 100 private equity investments into South Australian companies between 2011 and 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

In 2010-11 (the baseline year), there were 15 venture capital and private equity investments in South Australia.  The target is to achieve a cumulative total of 100 investments by 2020. Since then, a cumulative increase of 44 investments have been made, which is significantly below the amount required to meet the target. 

Venture Capital is defined as money provided by investors to start-up firms and small businesses with perceived long-term growth potential.  This is an important source of funding for start-ups that do not have access to capital markets.  It typically entails higher risk for the investor, but it has the potential for above-average returns.

Private Equity consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies that result in a delisting of public equity.  The majority of private equity consists of institutional investors and accredited investors who can commit large sums of money for long periods of time.

Lead Agency

Department of State Development