Slingshot Brand Mentors are experienced leaders who are willing to challenge and be challenged, guide and inspire start-ups through the art of storytelling and questioning.
Slingshot Business Mentors are at a point in their careers where they want to give back to the start-up community by sharing their knowledge and experience, often through deep questioning and analysis, rather than having all the answers. Business Mentors are carefully matched to start-ups to create the ultimate partnership.
Experts in their field, Slingshot Content Mentors provide start-ups participating in the Accelerator Program with rigorous, hands on training. Entrepreneurs that have completed the program have stated that they achieved twelve months’ worth of work in twelve weeks through the support of their Content Mentors.
Founder and Managing Director, Villalet
David is the Founder and Managing Director of Villalet, a curated collection of online luxury villas in South East Asia. David also founded and directs SoftwareSeni, a blended offshore/onshore software development company that has quickly built a substantial team, delivering web development services to SMB and startup businesses.
With extensive corporate experience, David’s former roles included Managing Director – Transactions for Fairfax Digital, as well as Director of Strategy and Operations – Classifieds, and Chief Product Officer.
In his role as Chief Product Officer, David was responsible for Technology and Product Development for Fairfax Digital, including smh.com.au, theage.com.au, Domain.com.au, MyCareer.com.au and Drive.com.au brands.
Country Manager, Deliveroo
Levi is the Australian Country Manager for Deliveroo, a London based technology startup focused on disrupting the restaurant industry by reaching new markets and bringing the world’s best restaurants into everyone’s home or office, and fast. Deliveroo is currently available in 12 countries, 65 cities, and has raised A$280M to date.
With over 17 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across startup and boutique industries, Levi has a track record for excellence in operations, sales, partnerships and digital marketing; driven by constant creativity, efficiency and innovation across all aspects of business.
With a career starting in the fashion-apparel industry, and moving into tech startups, Levi has held the roles of General Manager of Windsor Apparel, and General Manager of Yumtable.com.au owned by Catchoftheday.com.au.
Now, in his role at Deliveroo, Levi is driven by the challenge of further global expansion and scaling the Australian operation to support exponential growth. With great success in capital raising and pitching, Levi enjoys sharing his learnings with the startup community and other entrepreneurs.
Levi is an Ambassador for Startup Grind and was a finalist in the StarTrack Online Retail Industry Awards for Best Online Retail Marketing Initiative and Best Social Commerce Initiative.
Co-Founder and CEO, Jobvibe
Justin has been in the HR and recruitment game for 15 years, having been a founding member and Managing Director of one of Australia’s most highly awarded recruitment agencies, Xpand Group.
Having helped build Xpand Group to 50 staff in just a few years, Justin was involved in selling the business in 2007 to an ASX listed recruitment firm, remaining on the leadership team until founding JobAdvisor (jobadvisor.com.au) in 2012, a culture matching website for employees. In 2015, Justin sold JobAdvisor and co-founded his next venture, Jobvibe (jobvibe.me), a real-time feedback app for teams.
Justin has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations, designing enterprise level employer branding and recruitment strategies. Justin is also an active member of Australia’s startup community and advises a number of traditional and online businesses on capital raising, building teams and customer engagement.
Co-Founder & CEO, Workible
Alli is the Co-Founder and CEO of Workible, one of Australia’s leading HR Technology providers powering the largest network of connected job platforms in the country including an online employment marketplace, WorkibleJOBS. Supported by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Workible has been recognised as one of Australia’s Cool Companies, SMART100 and a finalist in the Mobile Awards and MyBusiness Awards.
Prior to Workible, Alli worked in international media, marketing and journalism, serving a variety of companies from multi-national to small business, with newspapers and circulations ranging from a few thousand to a few million. These included the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and the McClatchy Newspapers Washington bureau.
Driven by a love of challenging the status quo, Alli is Startup entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for leveraging technology to make recruitment personal so people can find exactly what they want when they want it.
Alli has been selected for the 2016 EY Asia-Pacific Accelerating Entrepreneurs Program and recognised as a Top 50 Australian and New Zealand Women in Tech by Startup Daily.
Head of Innovation, Sportsbet
Leslie is an experienced IT services executive with exceptional commercial acumen having successfully grown and scaled complex businesses. Now as the Head of Innovation at Sportsbet, Leslie is responsible for leading the innovation strategy to maintain a competitive advantage and create new opportunities for growth.
Having immersed himself in tech startups and the corporate world, Leslie has a unique understanding of bringing the two together. This has resulted in successful execution in digital transformation, enterprise IT professional services, outsourced managed application services and technology innovation in Australian, UK, South African and Indian markets. Leslie has also managed high-performing teams across multiple geographies with full P&L responsibility of $100M+ and 500+ employees.
A Mentor since inception with the University of Melbourne’s startup incubator, Leslie has already guided many entrepreneurs from concept to product launch using leading methodologies such as the Lean Startup, Lean Canvas, Business Model Canvas, and Stanford’s Design Thinking process.
Leslie is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a recipient of the ‘Advance Innovation Program to Silicon Valley’, 2013.
Founder, Startup Daily
Mat is the Founder of Startup Daily, an online publication launched in 2012 covering the latest news and insights from the Australian and New Zealand tech ecosystems.
In four years Mat and his team have grown the publication to be one of the most widely read tech publications in ANZ.
Recently Pinstripe Media, Founded by David Koch bought a stake in Startup Daily and formed a strategic partnership that saw Startup Daily join the rest of Pinstripe’s Business and Finance Media stable.
In addition to running Startup Daily, Mat now overseas all Content and Partnership Strategy for Pinstripe’s publications.
Mat is highly recognised as a leader in the technology, startup, media and content creation sectors. Prior to starting his own business, Mat worked for large organisations such as Salmat and Pitney Bowes.
Mat is a Lecturer with Macleay College for Media and News Entrepreneurship.
Vice President, R&D & General Manager, Dolby Laboratories
With over 30 years of technology commercialisation experience, Chris has had a number of executive and investor roles both in Australia and internationally.
Chris is actively involved in both global technology strategy and bootstrapping new ideas for Dolby Laboratories. Since 2006, Chris Bennett has been the General Manager of Dolby’s Australian tech lab based in Sydney with 120 R&D staff. The lab focuses on mobile entertainment, voice communications products and cloud services, digital media content-processing software, as well as Dolby’s foundation digital audio processing platforms.
Prior to this, Chris was a principal of Technology Venture Partners. While in Silicon Valley in the 1990s, he was a product line manager of high-end routing products for 3Com, cofounded a simulation technology company (acquired by Immersion), was an executive at the network processor start-up Softcom Microsystems (acquired by Intel), and was part of the founding team of semiconductor start-up Filanet (acquired by F5).
Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Executive Officer, Mixed Up Australia
Andrew started his career in telecommunications for the Royal Australian Air Force followed by two years working at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC before returning home.
Since then, Andrew has had a management career spanning 40+ years in Business, IT and Telecommunications with a proven leadership capability in developing and managing new businesses from foundation. He is best known for his strategic work in the formation of publicly listed entities, managing pre and post growth via organic, acquisition and investment strategies.
During his six-year tenure in a senior operational role at Solution 6 Pty Limited, the company became the market dominant supplier with a 90% market share from startup. As a Public Board Director of Solution 6 Holdings Ltd, Andrew was a major contributor to the strategic planning for growth of the group.
Andrew has extensive experience in major change management programs with a particular expertise in retail distribution, consulting with a number of large corporates including Colonial Mutual, AMP Superannuation and Telstra Mobile. His international experience includes providing strategic consulting services to Netpresence Ltd (Finland), VBrick Inc. (USA) and Higher Education Planning in Australia.
Andrew has served on the board of two publicly listed companies and was recently appointed as the CEO of Mixed Up Australia Pty Ltd, an Australian innovator in the building industry who have launched patented products.
Head of Innovation, Commonwealth Bank
Tiziana heads up the global Innovation Lab network at the Commonwealth Bank. Her role is to best position the Group’s innovative capability, products and services for consumer, business and institutional clients. This includes the incubation of new ideas, the experimentation of different business models and technologies and the testing of new concepts through working with and alongside the innovation ecosystem. In addition to helping drive business performance and solution innovation, Tiziana and her team work closely with the sales and product teams to embed core innovation capabilities and continue to build understanding of CommBank’s successful innovation story. This is done through the demonstration of our commitment to creating and embedding the capability required to have a strong innovative culture.
Since joining the Commonwealth Bank in 2008, Tiziana has held a variety of roles and has contributed to strategic initiatives, projects, product development and launches across the organisation.
Previously, Tiziana was a management consultant at Capgemini Australia, with primary expertise in large scale transformational programmes, from strategy through to implementation within the financial services, retail and telecommunication sectors. Prior to moving to Australia, Tiziana spent time at ING DIRECT, Canada with a predominate focus on customer experience initiatives.
Ken is a professional Chairman, Non-Executive Director and tier one CEO coach.
Since leaving full time executive life in 2005, he has been Chairman of three successful startup businesses in the water filtration technology, ecotourism and information technology industries. Ken has combined this with board roles in larger organisations, all with a growth or transformation focus. Currently Ken is overseeing business transformations as Chair of RedBalloon and as Chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. As a Non-Executive Director of two other companies, he is making a strong contribution to their strong growth performance and global expansion based on his capability to provide strategic insights, particularly on disruption and technology.
Ken is a research scientist and marketer with a career that has spanned domestic and international CEO roles, as well as a considerable amount of successful M&A activity across a large range of industry sectors. Until recently he chaired Regnan, Australia’s most admired governance advisory body. He has a deep interest in accelerated business startup activity and is a member of the Brisbane Angels. Ken has Masters degrees in Agricultural Science and Business Administration and has been a Fellow of the AICD for 20 years. His purpose in life is to help those around him reach their potential.
Chief Technology Officer, News Corporation Australia
Alisa is the Chief Technology Officer at News Corporation Australia. In this role, Alisa is responsible for the strategic leadership of the digital strategy across the organisation and working with News Corp HQ on global digital initiatives.
With over 18 years of international experience in media and business information industries, Alisa has an unprecedented reputation for driving new capabilities or products to achieve digital outcomes.
Her professional achievements span strategic and commercial planning; driving digital business model transformation; content and audience engagement strategies; digital advertising, subscriptions and e-commerce; M&A and building strategic alliances; and digital product design and execution for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business products.
Alisa’s former roles have included Chief Product Officer for Dow Jones in New York and Senior Vice President, Global Head of Consumer Publishing, Media, Thomson Reuters.
In 2010, Alisa was listed on Crain’s New York Business list of 40 under 40, described as a leader who builds teams and cultures to deliver innovation via data insights, design thinking and agile delivery processes.
Chief Executive Officer, Avalanche Technology Group
Peter is the CEO of Avalanche Technology Group, an organisation who invests in disruptive Australian businesses that leverage the internet in unique ways.
A serial entrepreneur, Peter has a 30 year track record of introducing new technology and services into the ANZ markets, driving growth and success. His companies have sold over $140m of software, primarily through online channels. From 2004 until his exit in 2012, Peter owned and managed the AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security business in Australia and New Zealand. The AVG products experienced rapid growth during this period which was recognised from 2006 to 2008 with BRW Fast Starter Awards.
In 2009, AVG was once again recognised by BRW’s Fast 100 as the 8th fastest growing company in Australia over the previous three years. It also received a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in Australia and Deloitte APAC Technology Fast 500 Award.
When Peter exited the business, having sold the ANZ business to his international supplier, AVG was the number 1 consumer security product in Australia, according to analyst reports.
Now as a Venture Partner with the Giant Leap Fund, Peter works to support businesses that are making a positive impact in the world. He is also an active angel investor with companies such as Yellowfin, Investorist, Open Markets, BreachAlarm.com and Disrupt Sports in his portfolio. He continues to be CEO of the Avalanche Group of Companies.
Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Startup Victoria.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, rampersand
Jim is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of rampersand who invest in, support and work with the best Australian technology founders, teams and companies to help startups become a major national, regional and global leader.
Jim is a creative and experienced business strategist with over 25 years working internationally in global sales leadership and chief marketing officer roles and now as a venture capitalist (rampersand) and business advisor (Little Fish to BIG Fish). Jim works with a range of tech companies – from Startup to enterprise – as an experienced and highly connected leadership, business strategist and innovation resource. He is hard-wired into the Startup community (in Australia, the US and Israel) and has gained a proven track record for conceptualizing business direction that translates into real-life strategies to build growth.
Jim is a Board Member for the Victorian Information Communication Technology for Women Network.
Executive Chairman, UHG
Dr Brandon Carp graduated medicine with honours in 1987 and continued in clinical practice till 2008. In 1997 Brandon founded UHG with the purpose to connect businesses and healthcare providers more effectively. UHG now employs 200+ people and annually enable >200,000 interactions between businesses and healthcare providers to deliver a variety of solutions powered by medEbridge®, their proprietary technology platform.
Today Brandon assumes the role of Executive Chairman.
Brandon has a history of driving innovation in healthcare having been a Co-Founder of Salus Healthcare and Dr Know Magazine and in 2014 was nominated for Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year and named by BRW in Australia’s 50 most innovative companies for the past three years.
Brandon holds an honorary position at Monash University’s Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine and is a regular examiner for Monash University medical school candidates. He is a past member of the Ardoch Youth Foundation board and the development committee for Menzies School of Health Research, Australia’s leading indigenous health research body.
Brandon is passionate about the role of technology in healthcare and wants to bring his diverse experience as a business founder, medical practitioner and entrepreneur to help drive an efficient connected quality healthcare system for all Australians.
Former Group CEO, Big Mobile
Graham is an accomplished c-suite digital business leader with a career that straddles both client-side and marketing services roles in the UK and Australia.
In 2009, Graham co-founded Big Mobile in Sydney, an enterprise level media, data and solutions business. As CCO and CEO, Graham spearheaded the business establishment and ultimate leadership in Australian and its expansion, fueled by a team of 80, across APAC and into NZ, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Big Mobile positions itself between leading brands and media outlets with a focus on innovative technologies, services, and products, and on influencing the marketplace through strategic alliances.
Prior to Big Mobile, Graham formed the Mobile Publishing Group within Vodafone Australia, a 30 strong cross functional division curating, editing, distributing and commercialising one the first large scale premium editorial and video content platforms over mobile – Vodafone live!
Graham has previously held senior executive positons in agency groups including Omnicom (UK), Grey Worldwide (UK) and IPG (Australia).
Graham is currently on the board of the APAC Mobile Marketing Association in Singapore, and served as Co-Chair of the IAB Australia Mobile Council between 2013-2016. Graham is a regular industry editorial columnist and speaker.
Managing Director, Open Colleges Group
Nic is the Managing Director of Open Collages Group.
Open Colleges is a dynamic and innovative online education company who are redefining online learning. They are one of Australia’s fastest growing companies as recognised by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 & BRW Fastest Growing Companies in 2013, with over 500 staff and 50,000 students currently studying online.
In 2013, Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) the world’s largest private education provider acquired a 70% share in Open Colleges.
With a career spanning over a decade with Fairfax Media, Nic has held various senior executive roles including CEO of Marketplaces, Director of Transformation and Director of Australian Community Media. These roles saw Nic responsible for the group’s digital transactions and classified advertising businesses – with sites such as Drive, My Career, Domain, RSVP, Stayz, InvestSmart, OMG, Australian Property Monitors, Commerce Australia and TenderLink, whilst maintaining P&L accountability for the media division of Fairfax Digital.
Nic is well known for his digital brilliance in business modelling and transformations of online media.
As CEO of Revelian, the people analytics company, Cherie is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business and delivering solutions that utilise advancements in both technology and psychology to provide best practice outcomes to a variety of customers globally. She joined Revelian (then Onetest) in 2003 as an intern, progressing to Head of Psychology in 2005 and then to CEO in 2015.
Cherie has been honoured as the nation’s top business leader in the 2016 AIM Leadership Excellence Awards, and as a finalist in the 2015 Qld Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards. She is a registered Organisational Psychologist and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a Master of Organisational Psychology from Griffith University.
Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Digital, Activision Blizzard
Sean is the Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Digital at Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest and most profitable western interactive entertainment company.
A senior executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with iconic organisations such as Kellogg, Nestle, McDonald’s and Microsoft, Sean is renowned as a specialist across the areas of retailing, sales, digital consumer marketing and distribution, corporate strategy and marketing. Incorporating channels such as IT, digital, consumer electronics, franchising and grocery.
With a proven ability to build and manage high performing teams (both local and remote), Sean has developed strategic customer and partner relationships with his analytical and proactive work ethic.
His previous roles included Franchisee/Business Owner of McDonalds, Regional Sales Director ANZ for the Microsoft Consumer Channels Group, and National Sales Manager at Nestle.
Sean is a former Board Member of the Ronald McDonald Beach Retreat with Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Founder & CEO, Springday
Georgie is Founder and CEO of Springday, a cutting-edge technology company that provides corporations with an innovative, personalised and engaging wellbeing platform.
Springday’s customised cloud-based platform works like a connection engine that brings together users with a sourced collection of the best wellbeing providers. Users choose from gamified programs, products, challenges, events and expert learning modules to meet their personal wellbeing needs. But most importantly, Springday’s centralised admin, greater accessibility, automation, diagnostic software and device and access agnostics enable future proofing and make our clients’ jobs easier.
After huge successes helping consumers, demand from corporations grew so that the platform is now deployed by many organisations across the globe.
Being a self-confessed tech geek, Georgie worked on various tech based innovation projects prior to Springday. She champions STEM in schools, including programs such as “Tech Girls are Superheroes” and teaching “Code Club” at her son’s school.
Chief Executive Officer, UnLtd
Paul Fisher is currently consulting to the Board of Directors at Interactive Advertising Bureau, Australia and is the CEO of UnLtd which brings the Australian media, marketing and advertising industry together to tackle a big issue: undoing youth disadvantage.
Paul is a CEO, MD and Non-Executive Director with over 25 years strategic and operational leadership experience, mostly in digital media. Paul is renowned for building teams and businesses and leading transformation in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
As the former Managing Director of Nielsen (Media) for the SEANAP region, Paul led an international dispersed and culturally diverse team across 10 markets – in a complex, multi-lateral global organisation of 35,000+ employees in over 100 countries. Delivering products and services to support commercial and government operated media networks to grow their businesses by measuring and better understanding their audiences’ content consumption and behaviours.
A well-known face, Paul appears frequently in Australian electronic and print media as a digital media industry advocate, ambassador and key spokesperson.
Paul is passionate about supporting the global development and rights of children and is a volunteer as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of UNICEF Australia.
Chairman, Slingshot Accelerator
With over 25 years in strategy and leadership experience across three iconic organisations, Gary is sought out by boards to build brands, restructure and turn around businesses.
With a double degree and Harvard educated, Gary started his career as a lawyer and was soon promoted to the National Managing Partner of Sparke Helmore. During his tenure, Gary grew the firm by over 600%, taking it from being a NSW based firm to having a national profile and claiming a top 10 ranking in Australia.
Following an international search for a new Managing Director, Gary joined the Australian Rugby Union in 2004, leading significant structural reform and capturing record sponsorships in just three years. In 2006, Gary accepted a dual role as Chief Executive Officer for SANZAR.
With a talent for diversification, Gary joined the Mirvac Group [ASX: MGR] in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer. Gary was instrumental in turning around the Mirvac Group and securing its survival during the GFC. Mirvac achieved a top 3 status and improved its share price in the most volatile of markets.
With listed and unlisted experience, Gary is widely recognised for transforming organisations where culture is valued as a sustainable advantage; engaging staff, stakeholders and the public on a global stage.
Managing Director ANZ, Ubisoft Pty Ltd
Edward has been a senior player in the Australian entertainment software industry for over 20 years.
Edward is the Managing Director of Ubisoft ANZ, a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide.
With a background in marketing, and having worked for brands such as Sony Pictures and Atari, Edward has a deep understanding and vision for the demands in the gaming industry and the direction it is headed.
Edward started his career with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as Marketing Manager and then moved to GT Interactive as Marketing Manager. After three years with the firm, he moved across to Atari Infogrames as Marketing Director.
In 2002, Edward made the move to Ubisoft, where he went from strength-to-strength.
Edward has helped launch many iconic brands in the market, including; Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, the original Oddworld, Grand Theft Auto, Driver and Duke Nukem.
Outside of these roles, Edward has been a long time driving force with Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (iGEA) as both a board member and now Chairman. He was heavily involved with countless industry initiatives such as the introduction of the R18+ legislation in Australia, establishing thriving consumer events and the ever popular, IGEA Soccer Tournament.
Edward recently received a Pillar of the Industry Award at the 2015 MCV Pacific Awards.
Chief Executive Officer, TheCarousel.com
With over 25 years’ experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the founder and publisher of the lifestyle website TheCarousel.com, with a reach of over 1,000,000 viewers.
Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia’s three biggest flagship magazine brands – The Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and New Idea.
As Group Publisher of Bauer Media Group’s most successful and profitable magazines, Robyn ran Woman’s Day, Good Health, Grazia and the prestigious Hearst Magazine titles – Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and Madison.
Prior to that, Robyn was Lifestyle Editor for the Seven Network’s Sunrise and Editor-In-Chief of both The Australian Women’s Weekly and New Idea.
Robyn was voted Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women’s Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia’s best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA’s coveted Magazine of the Year award.
She was also noted as one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.
Founder, OneShift & Skilld
In 2012 Genevieve (Gen) launched OneShift on the back of a free blog and nothing but posters, duck tap and an iPad. Within the space of 3.5 years, OneShift now has over 680,000 users, 39,000 businesses across Australia / NZ and received $5 million of investment in 2013.
More recently Gen and the OneShift team have launched Skilld.com, a dynamic online marketplace that instantly connects local talent with local businesses through machine learning and artificial intelligence. In only a couple of months, Skilld has signed multi-million dollar deals with the likes of CCIQ and many other connections with thousands of Small businesses to talent locally.
Gen also co-leads several women in business and tech initiatives, including ‘Women In Tech Australia’ and the global group Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine (LMBDW), a group for entrepreneurial women which has achieved over 6000 members in less than 6 months. Which has now hold monthly events in every major city in Australia as well as SF, NYC, London, Dublin, LA, Hong Kong and many more to come in 2016.
She works with all levels of Government to support and connect start-ups, SME’s and corporate to assist each other to think and grow globally. This is achieved through partnerships with Boston Consulting Group, Council of Small Business Australia and as a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Presidents Organisation.
Peter is a Partner with rogenSi, the cultural change and sales transformation division of TeleTech, a US listed company with more than 40,000 employees around the world.
With an honors degree in politics and history, Peter began his career with Fairfax. In the early days of the dotcom era, he was appointed to the role of Sales and Marketing Manager for Fairfax Digital, where he developed and managed products, go-to-market strategies and teams across a broad portfolio that included Domain, MyCareer, and Drive.
In 2000 he moved into management consulting in the role of International Business Manager for the European sales performance consulting firm Mercuri International, which merged with rogenSi in Australia in 2002.
Since joining rogenSi, Peter became one of the youngest global Partners in the history of the firm. In 2014 Peter and his fellow Partners designed and executed a strategy for the sale of the business to TeleTech, and he is now part of the global executive team of TeleTech Consulting.
Over the past 15 years, Peter has acquired and grown many strategic accounts that have helped define the firm’s success, including Caltex, AMP, CBA, Lendlease, Telstra, and Blackmores. While building accounts, he has coached senior executives locally and internationally in the areas of leading change, sales transformation, and winning multi-million dollar bids & tenders.
In addition to his work with corporations, he is involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Opportunity International, where he serves on the Advisory Board and as an Ambassador.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, OpenAgent
Marta is the Co-Founder of OpenAgent, a site that helps Australian sellers find the best Real Estate Agent to sell their home. In just three years, OpenAgent has helped over 10,000 people in the last 12 months, representing $5billion in transaction values. 2015 was an amazing year for OpenAgent as they secured $6million in funding.
With international experience, Marta has a background in turnarounds, transformation and strategy. Marta met her Co-Founder while working at one of the top business consultancy firms, McKinsey & Company. In 2012 they put their shared business acumen together to found OpenAgent.
Having been part of the Slingshot NRMA ‘Jumpstart’ Accelerator Program, Marta is across what startups face in those early years.
Prior to founding OpenAgent, Marta worked on various strategic and transformational projects for firms like Qantas and Pacific Brands. She carries an MBA from the Stanford Business School.
Managing Director ANZ, Pandora
Jane is the Managing Director ANZ for Pandora internet radio and a Non-Executive Director of SurfStitch.com.
The former CEO and Publisher of Fairfax Media (Digital), Jane is an experienced executive with a blue chip career traversing technology, telecommunication, media and music industries. With a background in harnessing disruption, Jane has deep operating experience and proven competencies in growing revenue, building and motivating teams, cross function negotiation, strategic planning, business development and partnerships.
Jane’s value comes from her extensive experience in marketing, and identifying/transitioning to digital based business models. Along with that, Jane is passionate about change, developing teams and people who drive business to succeed through strong, balanced management and good communication.
A polished and experienced story teller, Jane has contributed to many business publications, including recently published “Women of Influence” by Gillian Fox, that explores self-confidence and inner certainty amongst some the most influential women in 21st century business in Australia.
Jane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the AGSM GCCM Change Management program.
Head of Commercial Innovations, News Corp Australia
Nic is the Head of Commercial Innovations with News Corp Australia, the country’s leading media company and a subsidiary of News Corp, a global leader in media and information services. Here, Nic’s role is to maintain News Corp’s competitive edge as digital innovations by connecting with high tech, high value business.
A futurist at heart, Nic is interested in technology, behavioural economics and data exploration. With a background in digital strategy and technical applications, Nic has worked with some of the most iconic advertising agencies such as MediaCom Australia, Clemenger BBDO and M&C Saatchi.
Having founded and built his own businesses, Robot Deputy and Swarmdeck, Nic is across the difficulties many startups face in the early stages of journey, coupled with his corporate experience around creating high value relationships.
Nic has been recognised as one of ‘B&T’s Young Achievers of the Year’ and their ‘30 Under 30’ in recent years. He was also listed on ‘Adnew’s 40 Under 40’.
Nick is member of the Communications Council Digital Council and the IAB Standards & Guidelines Council.
Co-Founder & CEO, Maestrano
Stephane Ibos Co-Founded Maestrano, an innovative cloud services business management platform, in 2011. The company attracted funding from leading information technology heavyweights in its first six months of trading and was widely recognised as revolutionising the way SMBs manage business systems in the cloud. Since then, Maestrano has expanded its operations and secured a patent for its core technology Connec!™.
Maestrano now has offices in the US, UAE (Dubai), Singapore, UK (London) and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, having raised a total of $7.4M across 3 rounds of funding.
Prior to Maestrano, Stephane was an Executive Manager in a major international corporation, handling large contracts and innovation programs. Stephane is a passionate entrepreneur and business leader, dedicated to the cause of Small and Medium Businesses. He holds a Masters Degree from the Grande Ecole Telecom Paris Tech and three bachelors in fundamental Sciences.
Stephane was named one of the 30 Under 30 Leaders from Anthill in 2014. He is also a Board Member (NSW State Council) and Chairman of the SME Committee for the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
For two years running, Stephane has been an Australian Delegate at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance.
Head of Talent, SafetyCulture
Nick is a talent acquisition and culture expert, with significant experience at heavyweight tech companies such as Spotify, Atlassian, AdRoll and now Australian tech startup turned global player, Invoice2go.
He was the second ever recruiter to join Spotify during a period of which the company grew from 120 to 1200 people in 3 years. He played a significant role in scaling one of the most loved apps of all time, hiring across Europe, the US, and APAC with the core focus being the Stockholm and NYC engineering teams. Following this, Nick brought in talent from all over the world to help build Sydney startup, Atlassian, into a multibillion dollar software company. He was then an integral part in AdRoll’s Sydney office launch, partnering with the MD to build a team of 25 employees and roll out HR initiatives to bring AdRoll to market in Australia. He is currently the senior manager of talent acquisition at Invoice2go, ensuring the team, the culture, the hiring and people strategy sets the company up for success.
General Manager, Aptus Accounting & Advisory Services
Garry is the General Manager of Aptus Accounting and Advisory Services. Renowned for his agility, Garry has a unique blend of academic and personal experience which enables him to take your idea and turn it into profitable, scalable businesses, quickly.
With 6 startups under his belt and having taken 3 businesses to the top 100 of BRW’s ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies’, Garry moved to corporate where as CEO of a Swire company, within 18 months achieved a 68% increase in EBIT and ISO 9001:2008 accreditation before successfully selling the company to a Sovereign wealth fund.
With a track record for leading turnarounds and startups to success, Garry has been appointed a Harvard Business School New Venture Competition Judge and Mentor for the APAC region year on year which is based out of Shanghai and has featured on Lun tao Beijing TV. Garry is also a Macquarie University Startup Mentor lecturing on Strategy and Startups.
Garry is a Foundation Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Head of AMP New Ventures, AMP
Alfred is the Head of AMP New Ventures where he leads AMP’s corporate venture capital activities. He brings over two decades of operational, entrepreneurial and investment experience to his role. Alfred previously lead Singtel Innov8’s corporate venture capital activities in Australia (Optus-Innov8) and has been involved in the Startup ecosystem as a founder, investor and advisor since 2000.
Prior to Optus, Alfred founded a location-based advertising Startup and also a mobile app development agency. Previously, he was General Manager at Rainpure, which under his leadership commercialised vacuum distillation water purification technology, establishing global manufacturing operations and sales channels into Australia, the US, Japan and Malaysia.
During his career, Alfred has held various strategy and consulting roles at EDS, Broadcast Australia, Austcorp and Mainsheet Corporate. He started his career at PwC as a cadet in their Advisory business before becoming APAC Project Manager for PwC’s E-business Consulting division.
In addition to his role at AMP, Alfred is a regular instructor at General Assembly, a mentor with Startmate and the University of Sydney’s INCUBATE tech accelerator programs, and in 2013 was recognised as one of Australia’s Top 50 Startup influencers by Startup Daily.
Alfred holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Business (AGSM) and a B.Com with Merit from the University of New South Wales where double majored in Accounting and Information Systems. Alfred is also a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
CEO, Mental Toughness Partners
Paul is an experienced Chief Executive with 25 years’ tenure in running two international recruitment businesses, Michael Page International Asia Pacific and Ambition.
After qualifying as an accountant in the UK, Paul moved into executive recruitment with Michael Page International. For the next 25 years he was a Chief Executive; ten years with Michael Page as the Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director and the next fifteen as Group CEO of Ambition, an international listed recruitment firm he jointly founded and built in 1999.
During his time as Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director of Michael Page, Paul was responsible for building the Australian and Asian footprint with new service lines and offices, growing the headcount from 15 to 250 employees.
In 1999, Paul moved on from Michael Page to jointly establish Ambition in Sydney and then Hong Kong before expanding the business with people, offices and brands throughout Australia, Asia and London. Together with his Co-Founder, Paul listed the fledgling company on the ASX and as Group CEO and board member, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the business.
In November 2013 Paul left Ambition and established Paul Lyons Advisory where he now consults on leadership, people and culture. Paul’s clients include small and mid-sized businesses seeking growth and help with the ‘what next’, training in staying ‘mentally tough’, and building resilience in their leadership, individuals and organisations.
Throughout Paul’s career in Australia and Asia Pacific, he has been able to build sizeable businesses from startup phases of hiring, developing and empowering high performance professionals that work to a compelling vision and plan.
Founder, The Spaceship
Kumar is the Founder and Creative Director of The Spaceship, an award-winning brand activation agency serving some of the world’s most iconic brands such as Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Coca Cola and Adobe.
Having spent years in the corporate world, Kumar started The Spaceship to leverage his blue-chip experience and use technology and creative talent to develop provocative and cut through campaigns. Together with his team, Kumar is renowned for finding innovative and inspiring ways to transform customers into fans, content into culture and ideas into experiences.
As a marketer, his campaigns have seen him collaborate with some of the greatest storytellers in the world including Oprah, the BBC and Disney. His deep understanding of the unique character and requirements of consumers in Asia has helped Kumar to achieve extraordinary results, including working on the launch of the Xbox video game console in China in 2014 following a decade-long ban on foreign video game consoles.
Regarded as one of the most talented marketers in Asia, Kumar has won many awards such as the prestigious 2016 Asia Pacific Stevie Gold Award for Most Innovative Marketing Professional for his entrepreneurial approach to marketing across the region. He also sits on the judging panel for leading industry awards including the 2016 M&M Global Awards.
His passion for technology and fan engagement has seen Kumar establish several startups including an artist-based fan engagement platform called On Tour, an interactive virtual pet platform called Ice Cream Dragons and a social fundraising platform called Movement.
Kumar’s former roles include Marketing Communications Manager for Microsoft and Marketing and Finance Intern at British American Tabacco.
Director, Mann Consulting Services
Richard is a senior executive with over 15 years’ experience in on-line payment service provision, online fraud, strategy and implementation within small, medium and blue-chip organisations within Australia. He has developed online payment strategies and products that have been used by tens of thousands of businesses and is passionate about helping businesses successfully transact with their customers online while minimising loss via the latest fraud prevention platforms.
During his time at DirectOne, he was at the very fore-front of online payments and had the privilege of developing one of the first hosted payments page systems in the world. At SecurePay, he introduced both iFrame and Direct Post products as a result of listening to customers and understanding the balance required between integration, security and customer experience. At Australia Post, he had the opportunity to further expand on this payments foundation by introducing new products and enhancing existing ones including Postbillpay.
Over the last 15 years, Richard has had the pleasure of speaking with thousands of businesses in varying stages of their e-commerce journeys. This has developed into a passion for a customer-focused view, with an ability to bring the customers’ needs to any conversation to deliver the most efficient outcome for both the customer and the business. He continues to be fascinated by the growth, change and disruption in the online and physical payments world and constantly keeps up to date with the latest developments and payment trends.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry from The University of Melbourne.
Managing Director, eftpos Payments Australia
Bruce was appointed Managing Director of eftpos in 2010 and is responsible for the development and management of eftpos activities, and to fulfil the company’s mission to provide the Australians with accessible, low cost, secure and contemporary payment choices.
Bruce is a seasoned executive in the payments industry and, before joining eftpos, he held a number of senior executive positions for Visa in Australia and around the globe over a 20 year period, including Executive Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, and General Manager, Emerging Products and Technology.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington and is also an INSEAD alumni, having undertaken numerous business studies in France and Singapore. Bruce is a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a current Lifeline Australia Board member and previously a Director of Save the Children Australia.
Tourism Specialist, Founder & Senior Executive
Tammy is an experienced senior executive with unprecedented experience across the tourism and hospitality industry. With a track record for results, Tammy has lead iconic brands with a passion for innovation and delivering exceptional guest experiences and quality service.
In Tammy’s last role as Chief Operating Officer at TFE Hotels, a leading hotel operator across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia, she focused on operational excellence, quality service, designing the guest experience, property development, food and beverage, and optimising financial performance.
Prior to joining TFE Hotels, Tammy was SVP Head of Commercial for Carnival Australia, where she focused on commercial responsibilities and strategy, destination development and management, supplier relationships, distribution, shared services, and Head of Commercial for leading brands P&O Australia and UK and Cunard. Previous positions held include the Managing Director of AAT Kings; startup venture Inspiring Journeys, Managing Director of iconic youth travel brand Contiki and Contiki Resorts and the Head of Sales and Marketing at Alpine World.
Tammy is a member of the Australian Institute Company Directors.
Founder & CEO, LeanStack
Ash Maurya is the author of the international bestseller “Running Lean: How to iterate from Plan A to a plan that works” and the creator of the one-page business modelling tool “Lean Canvas”. His latest book is “Scaling Lean: Master the Key Metrics for Startup Growth”.
Ash is praised for offering some of the best and most practical advice for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs all over the world. Driven by the search for better and faster ways for building successful products, Ash has developed a systematic methodology for raising the odds of success built upon Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Bootstrapping techniques.
Ash is also a leading business blogger and his posts and advice have been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and Fortune. He regularly hosts sold out workshops around the world and serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and guest lecturers at several universities including MIT, Harvard, and UT Austin. Ash serves on the advisory board of a number of startups, and has consulted to new and established companies.
Co-Founder & CEO, Afterpay Australia
Nick is the Co-Founder and CEO of Afterpay.com.au which allows an online customer to buy online and pay in the future without having to supply any information above what they would normally provide during the checkout process.
Having recently listed Afterpay on the Australian Stock Exchange, Nick is the youngest CEO in history to have founded and listed a scaleup.
When he was in his teens, Nick became the biggest seller of jewellery on eBay Australia. He went on to found iceonline.com.au, one of America’s largest online jewellery retailers and brought this to Australia.
Now with several startups under his belt, Nick was listed in the 2015 Anthills 30 Under 30 and StartupSmart 2013 Top 50 businesses.
Founder & Managing Director, The Remarkables Group
Lorraine is the Founder and Head of Relationships at The Remarkables Group, the first dedicated influencer talent agency in Australia. Launched in May 2012, The Remarkables group represents a boutique group of 26 of the leading influencers in Australia – who have a combined reach of 8 million people a month.
Lorraine has built a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost experts on influencer marketing, whose work has been recognised with numerous high-profile awards and media coverage such as 2016 B&T Women in Media Entrepreneur of the Year and 2013 BRW ‘Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch’. The agency has scooped awards including: Content Marketer of the Year, Emerging Agency of the Year and Australian Start-up of the Year.
Lorraine brings a background in PR and communications strategy to assist brands in reaching their target audience by creating integrated campaigns across multiple social media channels. She is an advocate for social media campaigns that deliver incredible results for brands and also support bloggers, an avid trend-watcher and a participant in social media who lectures in the strategic use of social media at both the University of New South Wales and Sydney University.
Lorraine is passionate about entrepreneurship, especially about inspiring more women to start their own businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Diploma in PR, Event Management & eCommerce from The Fitzwilliam Institute.
Founder, Digital Affair
Digital Affair’s founder Tim Mundy is considered a thought leader and industry influencer across Australian and global recruitment markets. He has turned around the Employment Branding & Recruitment functions of National & Global Brands.
Well known in the Australian Recruitment industry Tim has built a reputation for innovating National and Global brand’s approaches to recruitment. With extensive experience as an Executive Search Consultant recruiting for brands such as Telstra, Origin Energy, AGL and Monsanto to name a few, Tim moved into internal recruitment several years ago and achieved great success as a creative marketer and savvy sourcer.
Known for his work turning around the recruitment functions and employment brands of Crown Melbourne and Telstra, Tim has led the way in defining best practice for our industry.
Responsible for taking Employment Brands to market and tactical campaigns, Tim and his team have pioneered new mapping and insights strategies for Strategic Workforce Planning, introduced Gamification to selection processes and run Strategic Sourcing forums across various recruitment solutions.
Recognised as an expert in global Sourcing and Employment Branding, Tim is known for his passion. As the founder of the Australian Employment Branding & Talent Acquisition Roundtable, Tim is a regular guest speaker at industry events and is a true specialist when it comes to new market strategy and discovering new ways of working.
Tim if the co-founder of the Australian Employment Branding & Talent Acquisition Roundtable – Table Talk.
Having started working in the tech space in 1998, Simon Co-Founded Eservices, a Melbourne based SaaS and Professional Services startup in the marketing technology space. Eservices became the largest email marketing cloud software and services provider in APAC, working with well known global brands such as Qantas, Telstra, Vodafone, News Corp and BMW. In 2011 Eservices sold to Responsys, Inc (US) and Simon joined the senior executive team that saw further global expansion, growth and establishment on the NASDAQ.
In 2014, Simon joined Emma, Inc’s (US) executive team as Head of Global and Partnerships. In this role, Simon established the AsiaPac regional office in Melbourne and guided the restructuring of Emma’s operations to reflect a global offering and customer support approach. During this time, Simon also established a new partnership program and team, with key successful global partners including Oracle, EventBrite and InfusionSoft.
Today, through ODayMTC, Simon taps into his experience and advises US and APAC tech companies, as well as investing and managing several early stage startups. Simon is the Executive Director of HitchData.
As the former Chairman of the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) Digital Council, Simon is a well-known educator and continues to work as a presenter and lecturer.
Founder & Director, Creative Method Collective
As experienced Media Director, Maya is the Founder of The Creative Method, a PR firm specialising in supporting and collaborating with people and brands who are thought leaders, innovators, creatives and problem solvers.
A former account manager at the PR Group, a well-known PR agency for tech entrepreneurs, Maya is renowned for working with local companies launching into the Australian market place and fast growth and disruptive Startups.
Maya has been a seasonal lecturer and tutor at Monash University in Melbourne for Online Public Relations and Engagement, Publicity and Promotion. She was also a shortlisted in the B&T Women in Media Awards 2016.
Rishni is passionate about applying rigorous thinking and assumption testing to developing and managing innovation projects. With a PhD in Mathematics and 14 years of university teaching experience, Rishni is renowned for being able to communicate complex concepts in a clear and interesting way. His entrepreneurial experience includes founding a high end real estate agency, an innovation agency developing projects for the public and university sectors, and now a technology company developing applications for artificial intelligence.
Rishni joins Slingshot to help the startup teams understand and manage the uncertainties involved in their ideas, and to further develop and refine the Slingshot Accelerator program content.
Director of Engineering, Ryvuss, carsales.com.au
Michael is the Inventor and Development Manager for Ryvuss, a multi-facetted search platform that powers numerous sites such as Carsales, Boatsales & Bikesales. He leads a team of dedicated, committed and intelligent individuals who have helped take Ryvuss to the next level – including 2 patents. Ryvuss now powers both the Australian and International Carsales sites in Korea, Mexico and Brazil (Soloautos.mx, Encarglobal.com and WebMotots.com.br).
Michael has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, during which he has built complex IT solutions, managed teams of talented people and projects, and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with the next generation of techies.
Michael thrives on a good challenge and enjoys managing teams, especially when the path to success seems like a difficult one. Drawing inspiration from companies such as Atlassian, Netflix, Amazon, and Zappos, he gets a real sense of achievement from solving complex problems in new and innovative ways. Michael believes in integrity, passion, impact, mastery & autonomy and aims to practice what he preaches.
Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from RMIT and was the 2010 ACE award winner – carsales.com’s most prestigious annual award for continued excellence.
Executive Manager, Strategy, Business & Private Banking , Commonwealth Bank
Róisín is currently the Executive Manager for Strategy for the Business & Private Bank at Commonwealth Bank. In this role, Roisin is responsible for delivering on the division’s growth strategies which includes looking at new technology based innovations that will support the business and private bank’s strategic objectives.
Throughout her career, Róisín has been an entrepreneur, investor, and business coach. She previously founded GLOSSYBOX USA, a successful beauty subscription ecommerce company and was an investor for the Pergament fund, a private equity fund based in New York that invested in early stage, high growth companies.
She has also held several positions in finance, strategy and management consulting in the UK, USA and Australia. She is graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) with First Class Honors and Bachelor of Arts from University of Queensland.
Founder & CEO, Inspire9 Dev
Nathan first founded Inspire9 Development in 2006, a web product development company where he partnered with startups to build high quality web and mobile products.
In 2009 he founded Inspire9, a coworking and startup community based in Richmond, Victoria. Inspire9 is at the heart of tech startup entrepreneurship scene in Melbourne, with over 40 startups who base themselves from the space and a greater network of over 1,000 members. A large number of community groups also call Inspire9 home and hold their monthly meetups and workshops at the space, including Lean Startup Melbourne, who’s meetups attract over 300 people.
Nathan’s other entrepreneurial interest includes being founder of Melbourne’s startup seed accelerator AngelCube which was sold to Slingshot in 2016.
Sam has over 15 years of experience across the FMCG, Financial and IT Advisory Services industries.
Sam’s professional career commenced at KPMG, where for over six years he led projects and provided strategic, regulatory and financial advice to leading blue-chip clients.
In 2008, Sam joined Menora Foods, a national leader in fast moving consumer goods. Menora is a marketer and distributor of some of Australia’s most trusted brands including Chobani, Cobram Estate and Philips Lighting and also developed and owns the highly successful brands Wattle Valley and Peckish. As Managing Director, Sam led a nation-wide team of over 150 staff with responsibility across domestic and international operations. Under Sam’s leadership, Menora developed an innovative business model and invested in their people, brands and infrastructure that took the business to unprecedented levels of growth. In 2015, Menora was acquired by Monde Nissin, one of the leading branded food manufacturers in the ASEAN region.
Sam is a Director of SecondBite, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia.
Head of Accounting, Xero
James is an award winning chartered accountant with an entrepreneurial spirit.
As the Head of Accounting at Xero and alongside his role as Founder and Director of Aptus Accounting and Advisory, James is the voice of Xero and Xero partners to the accounting industry and business community. With a focus on customer and partner needs, James has been instrumental in developing innovation roadmaps and delivering this vision to the accounting industry as they continue their journey towards a modern practice.
James’ former roles include Director, CTO and Owner of EFS Strategic, and Founder of Shoebaby.
In 2013, James received a Recognition Award for his ongoing commitment to the Macquarie University Faculty of Business and Economics. James is a guest lecturer at both Swinburne University of Technology and Macquarie University, and is the Treasurer & NED for Kids West Western Sydney Pediatric Fund Raising Inc.
James is a judge for the Macquarie University MQU Student Start Up Pitch competition.
Founder & CEO, BrandHook
Pip is the Founder and CEO of BrandHook, an award winning keynote speaker, regular industry commentator, and thought leader. Pip has worked on both agency and client side having started her career in the UK in 1992.
After working in agencies such as Saatchi’s and Grey Advertising in London running the Global Procter & Gamble business, Pip was then appointed Marketing Manager to launch a new Virgin business, Virgin Energy, a Richard Branson Startup. Prior to founding BrandHook, Pip was the Brand and Communications Strategy Director at Carat where she undertook extensive consumer insight, brand and communications planning for Cadbury Schweppes, Fonterra, Nintendo, Just Jeans, HBA, and GlaxoSmithKline brands.
Pip is a regular speaker on customer experience, brand advocacy and consumer behaviour and is currently authoring her first book entitled ‘Closing The Gap: Between Consumers and Business’’, to be published in late 2015. Pip holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), a Bachelor of Psychology and is very curious.
Founder and Chairman, Investors Organisation
Adrian is the Founder and Chairman of Investors Organisation (IO). IO is Australia’s premier Collaborative Forum for high net worth investors with a focus on investments in startup technology companies.
Following a successful executive career at IBM, Adrian became a serial entrepreneur who managed multiple exits across the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2010, seeing the need for startup support, Adrian formed AngelCube, Melbourne’s first venture accelerator, that provided seed funding and mentoring for technology startups. AngelCube won the StartupSmart magazine’s “Best Startup Investor” award in 2013.
Outside of his current role, Adrian continues to mentor and guide startups that are in concept stage, assisting them to develop their businesses and investment pitches, and providing connections with investors to Australia, Silicon Valley, New York and the UK.
Chief Marketing Officer, Oneflare
Michelle is a marketing and digital professional with over 15 years’ experience. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Oneflare, having also worked for well-known brands including Philips, Sanofi and APN Online. With a foundation in brand building and communications, Michelle cut her digital teeth in publishing, followed by leading the digital and digital marketing programs for FMCG and Health.
Michelle builds end-to-end digital transformation programs across consumer experiences, digital marketing, operational processes and business models. Using technology and digital channels, Michelle builds digital into the core of the business, while building digital marketing strategies that bring to life ATL and PR programs. Michelle also builds digital teams and capability across organisations.
Greg is a results-oriented, strategic executive and coach with extensive product innovation and technology leadership experience and a proven track record of delivery in both established enterprises and startups.
Greg is highly active in the Australian startup ecosystem and is the co-organiser of the Sydney Lean Startup Meetup group. He has extensive CTO experience with the likes of Cudo, POSSIBLE, CarsGuide.com.au and most recently Menulog. He is also the founder of LeanSlate, a mentoring, transformation and advisory services company for early-stage businesses, corporate ventures and investment groups, particularly in online technology, digital media and eCommerce / transactional finance products.
Greg is restless with the status quo and a proponent of change, disruption and transformation to deliver inspiring outcomes underpinned by operational excellence. His experience spans software development, distributed systems and platform architecture, pre-sales / technical advocacy and product and operational strategy and leadership.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in computing & information systems from The University of Brighton, a Graduate Certificate in IT management from UTS and an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management.
Former Non Executive Director, Innovation & Science Australia
Susan is an example of the innovation triple helix, an executive and non-executive leader with a career across global, cross-value chain and multisector business (Pfizer, BD, Sanitarium, AMCOR, Progen and others), government (education, innovation, international trade and investment) and research and development. She weaves these skills to build Australia’s science and innovation agenda through business mentoring, management consulting and government advisory; particularly in brokering strategic change and providing policy, program and regulatory insight and implementation across her expert verticals of advanced manufacturing, health, agri-food and technology.
Susan’s work is committed to the economic value that adept brokers working across the public-private sector seam can add, with recent executive, non-executive and mentoring appointments across the innovation, commercialisation, entrepreneurialism and internationalisation areas; including Innovation & Science Australia, Deakin University, the Manufacturing Industry Innovation Precinct, the CRC Committee, Entrepreneurs’ Program, CSIRO, Austrade and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
She is particularly interested in innovation knowledge translation, industry-research-government collaboration, cluster and workforce development, and the digitisation of mature sectors. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) from Macquarie University, a Masters of Business Administration (Strategy) from Macquarie University and is a Member Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Community Development Director, AU/NZ, SoftLayer, an IBM company
Brendan is an experienced technology entrepreneur, mentor and investor whose career in online started at age 14 when he developed an online service that his friends with 300 baud modems could dial into.
At aged 19, Brendan worked for the world’s first commercial online service CompuServe while studying a degree in technology.
Brendan worked at Optus Vision in Australia deploying cable modems in a world first trial on an HFC network.
In 1999 Brendan founded ShopFree.com which expanded to 7 countries and over 1 million members. In 2004, Brendan relocated to San Francisco to further ShopFree’s push into the USA market.
As a mentor and consultant Brendan has worked with VinoMofo, Shop A Docket, SportsBet, the Australian Radio Network and rock band INXS.
Brendan currently is Director of Community Development for SoftLayer, which was recently acquired by IBM. He recently retired as an Advisory Board Member for the Make-A-Wish Australia.