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Sydney venutre capital, startup, grand prix capital, about


Grand Prix Capital (GPC) is a private venture capital and investment firm specialized in rapid growth, start-up, private and microcap listed businesses.

The GPC name and logo point to our mission - to make the businesses we deal with winners in an environment where speed of execution is often of tantamount importance.

To GPC finding the right "driver" is just as important as the business model because we deal only with ventures to which we can "add value". Given the right driver and the right business our role is to hop on board as a mentor and navigator for the race. We not only put fuel in the tank but bring in the pit crew and the array of connections and services needed by any rapid growth business.

Sydney Venture Capital Firm
Les Szekely
Managing Director

The M.D. of GPC, Les Szekely B.A. LL.M. FAICD, is an active business angel, mentor, and investor. He started GPC in 2010 after a career  as a tax consulting partner and director with Horwaths Chartered Accountants and then Deloitte. He authored several books on taxation law and has been an active angel investor since 1999. Les is the Chairman of listed funds manager Microequities, a director of Siteminder, founder of the VC fund manager Equity Venture Partners and a director of several startups. His pro-bono involvements have included:


  • Director 40K Home Foundation


  • Chairman Jewish Community Appeal Allocations Committee

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Brent Lyster 

A CFO with experience working with senior management teams to develop, implement and continuously improve financial strategies. 

Brent previously worked for close to two decades in various finance and managerial positions including as CFO of PEP backed Intellihub until its sale in 2022. Today he is responsible for operations, finance and capital allocation within Grand Prix Capital.

EVP, GPC and Microequities

EVP, GPC and Microequities are independently owned investment managers with distinct, non-conflicting mandates. Microequities invests in profitable, listed companies. EVP and GPC both invest in early stage private technology businesses. However, EVP invests at the Series A and Early Growth stages of development whereas GPC is an angel investor and family office. EVP also has a minimum investment threshold of $1,000,000 whereas GPC has no minimum investment amount.

To the extent that early stage opportunities fall within the mandates of both EVP and GPC, EVP has a first right of refusal in respect of those opportunities unless GPC has a prior contractual right to make the relevant investment. 

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