Carnegie's Den is a platform, created by M.H. Carnegie & Co., for leading Australian entrepreneurs to gain media exposure and direct funding from a larger network of prospective investors. A platform for "Great Australians to build great Australian businesses." Carnegie's Den is a quarterly event, with the next event scheduled for 2 May 2014.

The Event

The aim of the event is to empower, mentor and facilitate the growth of great Australian business ideas and to keep them in Australia.

We are actioning this by bringing together a room full of accredited investors and the top Australian entrepreneurial talent. We are looking for entrepreneurs, with proven businesses ready for serious capital for growth.

When & Where

Important Dates


Applications Open


Applications Close


Finalists Announced




"The Church " 262 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst.


Registration: 4.00pm
Pitches Commence: 4.30pm

We are looking for…

Companies in Angel and Series A stages:



  • Generated concept and business plan
  • May have generated preliminary business model


  • Undertaken early testing and prototyping
  • Raised initial capital to build prototype
  • Gaining traction with target customer
  • Generating some revenue and refining revenue model


  • May be associated with an incubator
  • Developing / building product or service
  • Developing customer traction
  • Generating revenue and early stages of profitability

Series A

  • Money invested to sustain company and assist growth for 6 to 24 months
  • Path to cash flow breakeven is clear

The Panel

Mark Carnegie

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John Singleton

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Melissa Widner

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Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

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Mark Carnegie

  • Mark has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor and corporate adviser in New York, London and Sydney. He co-founded leading Australian boutique corporate advisory, venture capital and private equity firm Carnegie, Wylie & Co with John Wylie in 2000. In August 2007, Carnegie Wylie was acquired by leading Wall Street bank, Lazard Inc.
  • Prior to Carnegie Wylie, Mark trained on Wall Street with James D. Wolfensohn and worked with Lloyd Williams at Hudson Conway in London
  • Mark was the Australian and Asian representative of Hellman & Friedman for much of the 1990s
  • In addition to been involved in a range of diverse Australian and Asian investments, Mark has been a participant in groups that have acquired major stakes in the Courage Pub Estate, John Fairfax Holdings, Hoyts Cinemas, Formula One Holdings, SCTV, Macquarie Radio Network and Lonely Planet Publications and London Sumatra Plantations

John Singleton

  • John has more than 45 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor
  • In 1968 he co-founded advertising agency SPASM, which he sold 5 years later
  • In 1985 he founded John Singleton Advertising which grew to become STW Communications Group in 2002
  • His investments now range from radio (being the majority shareholder in the Macquarie Radio Network), hotels, (major investor in the Australian Pub Fund), horse racing training and publishing

Melissa Widner

  • Melissa joined SeaPoint Ventures in 1999 as an associate partner and become a general partner in 2001
  • She is the co-founder of 7Software, an enterprise software company providing web-based applications for corporate e-procurement. As CEO, Melissa managed the company from inception to a successful acquisition by Concur Technologies Inc.
  • Previously, Melissa was the CEO of Northwest Supply, an industrial products manufacturer and distributor, where she managed the company to an acquisition, resulting in a 15x return to investors

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

  • BlueChilli founder and CEO who was recently awarded EY Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging category

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