The Slingshot Leadership team

Gary Flowers

Gary was formerly Managing Director of Australian Rugby Union and SANZAR, as well as Managing Partner of Sparke Helmore Lawyers. He has also been Chief Operating Officer of the Mirvac Group, Chairman of Mirvac Hotels and a director of Etihad Stadium.

He is currently Chairman of the NSW Institute of Sport, Chairman of listed company SkyFii Limited, Chairman of Mainbrace Construction Pty Limited and a director of Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

Karen Lawson

Karen Lawson is a proven CEO & leader in the digital industry. As General Manager at Yahoo7! Karen has held full commercial and operational responsibility for data, advertising, publishing, technology, and search, mobile and strategic partnerships.

Karen was appointed as CEO of CareerOne, a News Corp joint venture and reinvented the formerly loss making business which led to winning BRW TOP 50 Most Innovative Award, delivering shareholder value leading to its sale in 2015.

Prof. Trent Bagnall

Trent has a strong management, operations and finance background. He took QMASTOR Limited from inception to ASX IPO in 2001. In 2011 QMASTOR was acquired by US Triple Point Technology for $30 million. At QMASTOR Trent developed a world leading enterprise software company.

Trent oversees the management operations of the company as well as international expansion and the Slingshot Investments. Trent manages the relationship with Startup investors including the Slingshot Venture Fund.

Prof. Craig Lambert

Craig is a highly experienced sales and management executive. As National Sales Director of Yahoo Australia, Craig helped build Yahoo Australia to become a $50 million business. Craig has a significant background in sports management, advertising and management consulting.

Craig is responsible for the sales and marketing operations of Slingshot. Craig is also responsible for the Slingshot Program Partners management.

Current Slingshot Accelerators

Launchvic Founder Education Program
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Igniting future business growth. Do you have a business or idea that can help Caltex and their customers?
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Scale your Startup with Australia's leading health tech accelerator
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An accelerator program for Regional Startups and a FREE pre-accelerator for small businesses, entrepreneurs and NFP’s
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Entrepreneurial grants of $50K to accelerate your business, any idea, any stage of business
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Australia's first HR tech Accelerator in partnership with Seek, Hudson and UTS
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Accelerate your Startup with one of the region’s largest and most innovative food & beverage companies
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Develop Queensland into the world’s global hub for innovation in Tourism and Travel
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Scale your Startup with Qantas one of the world's most trusted and innovative brands
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Program Partners