My name is Cam Kavanagh, I'm an Investment Principal at Jelix Ventures

My name is Cam Kavanagh, I'm an Investment Principal at Jelix Ventures

My name is Cam Kavanagh, I'm an Investment Principal at Jelix Ventures

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

I started my career at a seed-stage VC, but I’ve worn the entrepreneur hat a few times. I launched a travel business called Savvy Travels and I managed to get the product endorsed by the famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I remember meeting him at an event and nervously shaking his thumbless hand (it is a great story on how this happened on one of his expeditions - I highly recommend it). He loved the product and was a big driving force in getting the product stocked in a few retailers across the UK. Unfortunately, Covid put an untimely end to the business but it was great to have his testimony plastered all over the product's packaging! 


I first became interested in startups from my Dad. He was an entrepreneur and I think watching firsthand the rollercoaster of emotions he experienced really developed my fascination with startups. This has always been a massive inspiration of mine, and ultimately encouraged me to have my first taste of business whilst at University where I would string the rackets of the University Squash Club. Not only did this provide great beer money for a poor University student, but it also taught me some fundamentals of business. From there, things snowballed as I landed my first role in VC, whilst continuing to build products and businesses on the side. Startups have become something that I very much do outside of work, as I love reading and learning about them, which makes me feel very lucky that I get to work in this industry. 


An entrepreneur I admire is the less well-known Luis von Ahn. Luis is the founder and CEO of DuoLingo, but I am most impressed by his work founding CAPTCHA & reCAPTCHA in his early 20s - I highly recommend the How I Built This podcast for his story. Essentially he was able to create an incredibly profitable business from the very beginning with ZERO employees, whilst solving a giant problem that was affecting how millions of people were using the internet.

I love literally all sports. I have joined the VC squash club community (drop me an email if you want to join) as well as currently trying my best to learn to surf (which is very difficult!), but also enjoy hacking it around a golf course, hitting tennis balls and playing football. 

For people wanting to get into VC investing, I massively recommend doing something entrepreneurial. This can be really small and on the side of a typical day job, but it shows an understanding, determination, and an ambition of being in the startup space. If possible, I also think people angel investing provides great exposure in learning how the mechanics of a deal works which provides a great learning experience.

I started my career at a seed-stage VC, but I’ve worn the entrepreneur hat a few times. I launched a travel business called Savvy Travels and I managed to get the product endorsed by the famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I remember meeting him at an event and nervously shaking his thumbless hand (it is a great story on how this happened on one of his expeditions - I highly recommend it). He loved the product and was a big driving force in getting the product stocked in a few retailers across the UK. Unfortunately, Covid put an untimely end to the business but it was great to have his testimony plastered all over the product's packaging! 


I first became interested in startups from my Dad. He was an entrepreneur and I think watching firsthand the rollercoaster of emotions he experienced really developed my fascination with startups. This has always been a massive inspiration of mine, and ultimately encouraged me to have my first taste of business whilst at University where I would string the rackets of the University Squash Club. Not only did this provide great beer money for a poor University student, but it also taught me some fundamentals of business. From there, things snowballed as I landed my first role in VC, whilst continuing to build products and businesses on the side. Startups have become something that I very much do outside of work, as I love reading and learning about them, which makes me feel very lucky that I get to work in this industry. 


An entrepreneur I admire is the less well-known Luis von Ahn. Luis is the founder and CEO of DuoLingo, but I am most impressed by his work founding CAPTCHA & reCAPTCHA in his early 20s - I highly recommend the How I Built This podcast for his story. Essentially he was able to create an incredibly profitable business from the very beginning with ZERO employees, whilst solving a giant problem that was affecting how millions of people were using the internet.

I love literally all sports. I have joined the VC squash club community (drop me an email if you want to join) as well as currently trying my best to learn to surf (which is very difficult!), but also enjoy hacking it around a golf course, hitting tennis balls and playing football. 

For people wanting to get into VC investing, I massively recommend doing something entrepreneurial. This can be really small and on the side of a typical day job, but it shows an understanding, determination, and an ambition of being in the startup space. If possible, I also think people angel investing provides great exposure in learning how the mechanics of a deal works which provides a great learning experience.

I started my career at a seed-stage VC, but I’ve worn the entrepreneur hat a few times. I launched a travel business called Savvy Travels and I managed to get the product endorsed by the famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. I remember meeting him at an event and nervously shaking his thumbless hand (it is a great story on how this happened on one of his expeditions - I highly recommend it). He loved the product and was a big driving force in getting the product stocked in a few retailers across the UK. Unfortunately, Covid put an untimely end to the business but it was great to have his testimony plastered all over the product's packaging! 


I first became interested in startups from my Dad. He was an entrepreneur and I think watching firsthand the rollercoaster of emotions he experienced really developed my fascination with startups. This has always been a massive inspiration of mine, and ultimately encouraged me to have my first taste of business whilst at University where I would string the rackets of the University Squash Club. Not only did this provide great beer money for a poor University student, but it also taught me some fundamentals of business. From there, things snowballed as I landed my first role in VC, whilst continuing to build products and businesses on the side. Startups have become something that I very much do outside of work, as I love reading and learning about them, which makes me feel very lucky that I get to work in this industry. 


An entrepreneur I admire is the less well-known Luis von Ahn. Luis is the founder and CEO of DuoLingo, but I am most impressed by his work founding CAPTCHA & reCAPTCHA in his early 20s - I highly recommend the How I Built This podcast for his story. Essentially he was able to create an incredibly profitable business from the very beginning with ZERO employees, whilst solving a giant problem that was affecting how millions of people were using the internet.

I love literally all sports. I have joined the VC squash club community (drop me an email if you want to join) as well as currently trying my best to learn to surf (which is very difficult!), but also enjoy hacking it around a golf course, hitting tennis balls and playing football. 

For people wanting to get into VC investing, I massively recommend doing something entrepreneurial. This can be really small and on the side of a typical day job, but it shows an understanding, determination, and an ambition of being in the startup space. If possible, I also think people angel investing provides great exposure in learning how the mechanics of a deal works which provides a great learning experience.

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Veridooh

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2023

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Black.ai

Black.ai

2022

2022

2022

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Jelix acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the Country we work and live on, and recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations people.

© 2023 Jelix Ventures.

Jelix Ventures Management Company Pty Ltd (ABN 60 613 582 773) is a Corporate Authorised Representative (No. 001281193) of Shell Cove Capital Management Ltd (ACN 107 290 335) Australian Financial Licence No 247143. Any advice provided by Jelix is without taking account of your objectives, financial situation and needs. Jelix is authorised to provide financial services to wholesale or sophisticated investors only. Potential investors should do their own due diligence and make their own investment decisions, consulting with licensed legal professionals and investment advisors for legal, tax, insurance, or investment advice. Jelix Ventures Management Company Pty Ltd (CAR of AFS Licence No 247143) and related entities and each of their respective directors, officers and agents ("Jelix") believe that the information contained in this page and its attachments have been obtained from reliable sources and that any estimates, opinions, conclusions or recommendations are reasonably held at the time of compilation. No warranty is made as to the accuracy of the information in this page and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, Jelix disclaims all liability for any loss or damage which may be suffered by any recipient through relying on anything contained or omitted from this page. Jelix does not warrant the attached files are free from computer viruses or other defects and is provided on the basis that the user assumes all responsibility for any loss, damage or consequence resulting from use.

Jelix acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the Country we work and live on, and recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters. We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations people.

© 2023 Jelix Ventures.

Jelix Ventures Management Company Pty Ltd (ABN 60 613 582 773) is a Corporate Authorised Representative (No. 001281193) of Shell Cove Capital Management Ltd (ACN 107 290 335) Australian Financial Licence No 247143. Any advice provided by Jelix is without taking account of your objectives, financial situation and needs. Jelix is authorised to provide financial services to wholesale or sophisticated investors only. Potential investors should do their own due diligence and make their own investment decisions, consulting with licensed legal professionals and investment advisors for legal, tax, insurance, or investment advice. Jelix Ventures Management Company Pty Ltd (CAR of AFS Licence No 247143) and related entities and each of their respective directors, officers and agents ("Jelix") believe that the information contained in this page and its attachments have been obtained from reliable sources and that any estimates, opinions, conclusions or recommendations are reasonably held at the time of compilation. No warranty is made as to the accuracy of the information in this page and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, Jelix disclaims all liability for any loss or damage which may be suffered by any recipient through relying on anything contained or omitted from this page. Jelix does not warrant the attached files are free from computer viruses or other defects and is provided on the basis that the user assumes all responsibility for any loss, damage or consequence resulting from use.