Our Focus

Havas Ventures provides strategic consultancy, marketing communications planning and execution, capital injection and global network access. We partner with emerging ventures to drive growth in a meaningful way.

Our Vision

We believe in innovation and the courage of entrepreneurism. That's why we want to help emerging businesses grow more quickly than they can on their own.

However, we are not about startups. We are for ventures with more than just a good idea. Our capabilities and networks suit a working product, established processes and some pre-existing market traction. We define these as Early Stage Growth Ventures.

A different approach

We believe Early Stage Growth Ventures aren't supported by the current market offer. VCs typically seek inflated equity positions for emerging businesses whereas Accelerators lack grass roots executional capability.

New ventures need solid marketing strategies and excellent execution across a wide variety of areas, but don't have the internal resources or skills to address those needs - and access to major agencies is usually out of reach.

That's where Havas Ventures comes in. We provide a different kind of support to help accelerate growth and market share.



Our Offer

  1. Upfront business consultancy to hone the commercial model and business structure.
  2. The potential to access 6 figure in-kind marketing services from our communications agency spanning expertise in strategy, creative, PR, media, digital, data and employer branding
  3. Capital support by way of direct investment
  4. Access to a global network of brands

We actively want to support innovators, disruptors, entrepreneurs and teams who have solved real problems, have great products and are set to hit the market.

If you are ready to scale, then it's time to partner with Havas Ventures.

About Us

Havas Ventures is part of the Havas Group, a truly Global network, with over 18,600 staff in over 100 countries, making us the 5th largest Marketing & Communications network in the world.

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Team

Eddie Wilson / Founder & Executive Director, Havas Ventures
Matt Houltham / Group Managing Director, Melbourne
Anthony Gregorio / CEO, Creative Group, Havas Australia
Mike Wilson / CEO, Media Group, Havas Australia
James Wright / Group COO, Havas & CEO, Red Agency
Felicity Robertson / Client Services Director, Red Agency
Bohdi Lewis / Digital Strategy Director, Havas Australia
Damian Royce / Executive Creative Director
Seamus Higgins / Executive Creative Director

Eddie Wilson

Founder & Executive Director, Havas Ventures

Eddie has a host of experience at corporate and entrepreneurial levels.

Eddie has been immersed in the Australian Start-Up / Emerging Business community for a number of years now. The immersion is solidified through direct action and associated experience, including: working as an Investment Director with CVC, one of Australia's pioneering VC firms; as an Entrepreneur (having launched, run and exited a consumer electronics/software venture); as an advisor, board member & shareholder of numerous tech ventures; and more recently, having originated and designed the Corporate Venture Arm for Havas in Australia.

Eddie begun his career as a commercial lawyer and has experience at board level with both private and public companies.

Eddie holds a Juris Doctor (Master of Laws), a Bachelor of Arts, and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Management.

Eddie proudly has no agency awards.

Matt Houltham

Group Managing Director, Melbourne

Matt gets excited about the intersection of content, media and technology. He's held executive management and strategy roles across media, digital and creative agencies in Australia, the UK and the US. During his seventeen year career he's worked with blue chip brands including Nike, News Corporation, IBM, NBC Sports and L'Oreal Paris and been responsible for work awarded at Cannes, the Effies, One Show, Spikes Asia and the WARC global innovation prize.

Matt loves helping businesses scale and and expand into new offerings and areas. He's helped develop the world's first digital medicine, launch a socially conscious toilet paper brand and launch numerous products across a range of categories from healthcare to technology to hospitality.

Anthony Gregorio

CEO, Creative Group, Havas Australia

Anthony‘s career in the marketing industry spans over 20 years in agencies and client side in the UK and Australia working with some of the world’s most dynamic brands, from beers to banks to chocolate to cars.

Since January 2010 Anthony has been leading Havas Creative Group agencies in Australia including Havas and Arnold Furnace (advertising), The Red Agency (PR) and Havas People (employer branding).  
Anthony’s core philosophy is that great creative thinking is the best way to give clients an unfair advantage in business.

Mike Wilson

CEO, Media Group, Havas Australia

Mike has been based in Australia for the last 17 years, where he has established himself as a senior media executive.

Originally hailing from the UK, Mike cut his teeth in the legendary media department of BMP before going client side as a marketer at Warner Music where he was responsible for marketing big names including Madonna, REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
In 1997 Mike moved Down Under to manage WPP Media Agency MEC. In 2004 he co-founded the Australian office of multi-discipline agency Naked Communications where he worked on clients including Coca-Cola, Unilever, Sony and Microsoft. The agency is widely recognised as disrupting the comms landscape and was lauded at local, regional and global levels winning awards for Agency of the Year, Cannes Lions, Effies, Spikes and World Festival of Media awards to name a few.

Mike joined Havas in November 2013 to launch the media brand in Australia and it is already recognised as one of the leading lights of the new style media agencies. 
 

James Wright

Group COO, Havas & CEO, Red Agency

James is a multi-award-winning consultant who has advised some of the world’s biggest brands on the global stage. Before joining Red Agency he was Managing Director at international agency Grayling where he led a number of their international accounts, including BT, HSBC, Skype, Sony, Jaguar and Land Rover. He also acted as a strategic advisor to the UK governments innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, which supported technological innovation and start-ups.

In each of the past four years he has led Red Agency to become the most awarded PR team in Australia, which has included twelve Agency of the Year accolades, five Cannes Lions and a D&AD Black Pencil. James has led the agency's work for the ground-breaking campaign for Western Sydney University and is a strategic advisor to Yahoo7, NSW Govt, the Steve Waugh Foundation, Origin Energy and Capgemini.

Felicity Robertson

Client Services Director, Red Agency

Felicity is an experienced communications professional having spent close to a decade working across some of the country’s most reputable corporate and consumer brands, as well as in lifestyle and news media.

Starting her career as a journalist, Felicity’s understanding of the media from both sides has shaped her ability to deliver strategic campaigns for clients across all sectors.

Having worked for some of Australia’s biggest brands including Qatar Airways, McDonald’s, NAB, Origin, Bulla Dairy Foods and as well as many other prominent Australian brands and businesses (both big and small), Felicity has built up a strong reputation with media and delivers equally as strong results for clients.

Highly experienced in media relations, Felicity's skills go far beyond the media and are honed from extensive work across integrated advertising and marketing campaigns; social & digital media, talent management, experiential and event planning.

Felicity also has an acute interest in crisis & issues management, where she has been part of many strategic advisory teams responsible for both the planning and management of internal and external issues.

Bohdi Lewis

Digital Strategy Director, Havas Australia

Bohdi is an award winning Brand Planner and Digital Strategist specialising in connecting brands to new audiences through data-driven insights, creativity and a strong understanding of the media, digital and technology landscape. Bohdi has worked across a wide range of categories helping companies transform and grow through strategic leadership and the development of effective communications, experience strategy, branded content and product innovation.

Over the years, Bohdi has facilitated countless workshops and strategy sessions with emerging organisations, non-for-profits and global brands alike. He has helped launch a music platform to align emerging music artists to beer, led the conception and development of a GPS Surf App from the ground up and helped to create wide-spread social buzz for one of Australia's most iconic thrift shops increasing sales by over 1 million dollars during the campaign.

Damian Royce

Executive Creative Director

From starting an award winning digital agency, to working for some of Australia’s biggest advertising agencies, Damian leads innovative and engaging ideas that combine strong storytelling, interactivity and utility to solve challenges for brands. Damian’s experience has seen him produce many award-winning projects, from creating major global brand campaigns, to launching an Australian start-up sports product, to relaunching a world renowned Film Festival.
 
Damian’s work has been recognised at every major international award show, including Cannes Lions, One Show, London International Awards, D&AD, New York Festivals, Spikes Asia, AWARD, Effie Awards and more. In recognition of his creative leadership, Damian has been an agency board director and has judged at various global award shows including Cannes Lions, New York Festivals, London International Awards, and South by Southwest (SXSW).

Seamus Higgins

Executive Creative Director

With over 16 years of experience across 3 continents, Seamus has worked in a diverse range of agencies from digital and direct specialists, to top networks, such as Saatchi & Saatchi London, Lowe and currently as Joint Executive Creative Director at Havas Sydney. His work has been recognised and awarded at local and international shows, including D&AD and Cannes. Seamus’ inspiration lies in creating ideas that have the power to change things, and over the years he’s developed an unhealthy obsession with the craft of their delivery.

Seamus believes passionately that the power of an idea can add the scale and reach that media budgets often can’t. The potential has never been greater for brands to connect and engage with their audience. These are exciting times for ideas.