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Each year members of the Australian Investment Council community come together to recognise and celebrate the industry’s contribution to building better businesses.


These awards acknowledge the people and firms that demonstrate excellence in leadership, investment acumen, diversity and the broader contribution to they make to our community through their investment activities.

Fund managers, investors and advisers all participate in the awards jointly, and each nomination is judged by an independent panel of experts who assess the details of each nomination and identify the standout winners in a variety of award categories.

2019 Investing for Growth Awards

This year changes have been made to the structure and focus of the awards by placing a more direct focus on a range of environmental, social and governance aspects of private capital investments into businesses across every sector of the market.

Essentially, this new approach is an evolution of the awards framework which allows nominating private equity, private credit and venture capital firms to have greater scope to emphasise the achievements of their portfolio business in specific areas.

The 2019 Investing for Growth Award categories are:

1. Venture Capital Investment 
2. Small Cap Investment - <$A100m
3. Mid-Cap Investment - between $A100m - $A250m
4. Upper Mid-Cap Investment - between $A250m - $A500m
5. Large Cap Investment - over $A500m
6. Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Award  
7. Firm of the Year Award
8. Michael Hirshorn Award

Awards nominations are open from Wednesday 3rd July and close Friday 26th July 2019. Awards winners will be announced as part of the 2019 Australian Investment Conference.

To nominate for one or more categories in the 2019 Investing for Growth awards, please request a nomination form via the button below.

Nomination Form


Winners of the Building Better Businesses Awards in 2018:

Best Venture Capital Investment - Brandon Capital Partners for their investment in Elastagen

Best Small-Cap Investment under $100 million (joint winners) - Mercury Capital for their investment in Novotech & Pacific Road for their investment in Aurelia Metals

Best Mid-Cap Investment between $100 - $250 million - Quadrant Private Equity for their investment in ZIP Industries

Best Upper Mid-Cap Investment between $250 - $500 million - CHAMP Private Equity for their investment in Accolade Wines

Leadership Awards

The Michael Hirshorn Award 
Quadrant Private Equity for their investment in ICON Cancer Care

ICON Cancer Care is the largest provider of integrated cancer treatment in Australia by patient interactions, with a footprint of 25 cancer centres across Australia and four cancer day hospitals in Singapore serviced by over 1,200 staff. The cancer treatment provided comprises of radiation oncology, medical oncology, oncology compounding and outsourced hospital pharmacy.

The Michael Hirshorn Award acknowledges a private capital investment firm who has made a significant and enduring contribution to the public good and the community, named in honour of the late Michael Hirshorn, co-founder and CEO of Cochlear.

Private Capital Firm of the Year 
Quadrant Private Equity

Quadrant Private Equity has invested in 71 companies in their 22 year history and are currently holding 16 portfolio companies. This year Preqin recognised Quadrant as the 10th most consistent top performing private equity fund manager in the world.

Leadership in Diversity 
M.H. Carnegie & Co

M H Carnegie and Co is a strong advocate of gender diversity within their team, and you can see through the fact that one of their longest standing business partners is women. The firm promotes flexibility in the workplace by encouraging the team to work in the most productive way to suit their circumstances, fulfilling M H Carnegie & Co’s objective of retaining and growing the diversity of their talent base.


25th Anniversary Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Michael Alscher Phil Latham
Gareth Banks Sandy Lockhart
Cameron Blanks Greg Minton
John Brakey Callen O'Brien
Peter Chapman George Penklis
Bob Christiansen Andrew Rothery
John Dyson Tim Sims
Patrick Elliott Joe Skrzynski AO
Paul Evans Judith Smith
Bill Ferris AC Greg Smith
Chris Hadley Brigitte Smith
Rupert Harrington Stuart Wardman-Browne
Robert Inglis Peter Wiggs
Anthony Kerwick John White
Julian Knights


Best Investment of the Last 25 Years - special recognition 
JAFCO for their investment in ResMed
Pacific Equity Partners for their investment in Frucor Beverages
Macquarie Direct Investment for their investment in JB Hi-Fi
CHAMP Ventures for their investment in Amdel
Archer Capital and Bain Capital for their investment in MYOB
Brandon Capital Partners and GBS Ventures for their investment in Spinifex Pharmaceuticals
Anacacia Capital for their investment in Appen.
AMWIN for their investment in SEEK

Best Investment of the Last 25 Years - (joint winners)
Advent Partners and KKR for their investment in GenesisCare

GenesisCare provides high-quality, specialised care to patients with cancer and cardiovascular disease – Australia’s two most chronic diseases. Advent Partners invested in GenesisCare in 2009. While in partnership with Advent, the business significantly grew its national footprint and developed a unique shareholding structure by allowing key doctors to own a majority of the shares while retaining responsibility for management of clinics. In 2012, it was sold to KKR, who took the company into its next phase of growth, including expansion into overseas markets. Over the last five years, GenesisCare has won three Australian Investment Council Awards: Best Management Buyout over $500m in 2017 and the Michael Hirshorn Award in 2013 and 2017.

Lifetime Contribution Award 
Peter Wiggs