Dr Michelle Deaker

Managing Partner, OneVentures


Dr Michelle Deaker is a Managing Partner of OneVentures, Australia’s leading technology and healthcare multi-strategy venture capital investment firm. The firm now has circa $550M in funds under management and raising its fifth fund, 1V Growth Fund V targeting up to $200M.

Dr Deaker has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and the capital raising activities of OneVentures Funds. Dr Deaker serves on the Investment Committee and Chairs the Supervisory Boards of OneVentures Funds. She also overseas the technology and venture credit practice within the firm, is a Director on OneVentures portfolio companies Employment Hero (Chair), Phocas Group, and 8i and is responsible for investor relations.

She has over 20 years’ experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has expertise in global business expansion. Her previous board appointments include NICTA (now CSIRO’s Data61) and Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) along with OneVentures portfolio companies Smart Sparrow (Chair), Hatchtech (Alt), Vaxxas (Obs) and My Mobile Data. She has also served in advisory board roles with NSW Government’s Taskforce for the Digital Economy, Heads over Heels and Australian Investment Council Venture Capital Working Group. She regularly provides lectures and working groups to finance and MBA students on venture capital and mentors new VC fund managers with a focus on female-led organisations.

Dr Deaker founded multiple businesses prior to her move into venture capital including one of Australia’s first fintech companies (E Com Industries/giftvouchers.com) sold to UK publicly listed company Retail Decisions (LSE: ReD) (IRR 70%, 5x).

Dr Deaker holds a Bachelor of Science with first class honours, Master of Science and a PhD (Applied Science). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW).