About Boab & Artesian

About us

Boab is a subsidiary organisation of Artesian Ventures, Australia's most active venture investor with 600+ investments and $1bn in AUM including $600m in venture capital funds and $400m in corporate bond funds.

Boab works alongside the Artesian team to select, invest and support high-growth AI startup companies within Australia and across the world.

Boab is proudly supported by LaunchVic, the State of Victoria's startup agency. However the investment mandate of Boab extends throughout Australia and worldwide.

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Investment office locations

As a subsidary of Artesian, Boab works alongside investment teams situated across the world including Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, London, Shanghai and New York.

Artesian is a registered B Corp and a signatory of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

The Boab team is headquartered in Richmond Melbourne alongside the Artesian operations team.










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our team

Boab executive team

Boab works closely with Artesian and leveraging the capability of the 40+ staff spread across the world.

In addition to the core team, the Boab operational model includes over 30 specialist contractors who deliver their expert services to portfolio companies when required.

Head of Partnerships and Community

Kaushalya Gunatilaka

Kaushalya is the Head of Partnerships and Community at Boab. She helps portfolio companies accelerate their growth, and leads initiatives that connect AI scaleups, investors, industry, government, and academia. She is also the Chair of Artesian’s DE&I Committee, where she guides the organisation to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Managing Director

Andrew Lai

Andrew is the Managing Director of Boab, leading the team to invest in early-stage AI companies. Prior to Boab, Andrew was the Ventures Director at Deakin University and also the former Managing Director at SproutX, Australia’s first agricultural technology accelerator and VC fund. As a University of Melbourne Software Engineering alumni, Andrew started his career in financial services as an Analytics Manager, conducting marketing and credit campaigns as well as product management.


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