Mike Nicholls is a partner at Main Sequence helping startups, researchers and entrepreneurs in the Australian startup and research ecosystem generate early customer leads and opportunities. He leads the Health and Decarb challenges for the fund and helps drive investments into semiconductors, opticals, AI, renewable energy, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular. Passionate about sales and marketing, Mike is the partner that manages the Sales, Marketing and Hardware events the fund runs to help portfolio founders scale their businesses.
Mike sits on the board for various deep tech companies such as Swoop Aero, MILLIBEAM and Amber Electric. He is incredibly passionate about mentorship and building the next generation of tech leaders in Australia, serving as a mentor/advisor for the INCUBATE Startup Program where he teaches startups about sales, building a business, and venture capital.
He’s also been a mentor and/or panel member CSIRO ON Accelerator program and Cicada Medlab. Prior to joining Main Sequence, Mike was the director of invention development on the startup team for Intellectual Ventures where he identified inventions that had commercial potential and was responsible for assembling a team of engineers to bring the innovation to life. Mike also founded several companies including Visimagic Inc. Searchcorp, and Nicholls-Price, and was a CEO at Enikos and Dtecht Pty Ltd respectively.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Business Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney.
Mike is a mad crazy yachtsman having completed two Sydney to Hobarts and four Sydney to Gold Coast races and can be found most Sundays on a yacht racing. He also enjoys experimenting with machine learning and sales and marketing hacks.