The StartupAUS board serves in a voluntary capacity providing strategic direction and oversight.
Having spent three years as an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv, Alex joined StartupAUS in 2015 as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS’ extensive contribution to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. He also wrote the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015.
During his time in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation, policy and cooperation.
Alex has qualifications in law, political science, and economics from the University of Sydney.
Teresa Engelhard is the Chairman of StartupAUS. Ms Engelhard is a Silicon Valley native whose two decades of experience with startups and growth-stage technology companies includes venture capital, executive and NED roles. Since moving to Australia ten years ago, Teresa has maintained her Silicon Valley roots by helping Antipodean companies access overseas investment, markets and exits. Her global startup outcomes include a multibillion dollar US listing, three US company trade sales, and five Australia and New Zealand company trade sales, all to overseas buyers.Teresa is currently on the boards of RedBubble, a creative online marketplace for made-to-order products featuring designs by independent artists; Planet Innovation, twice named “Australia’s Most Innovative Company” by BRW and a global leader in medical device and IoT product development; and Daintree Networks, a developer of IoT smart building systems deployed in more than 1000 U.S. commercial buildings. She also currently serves on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, a sub-committee of the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia Board.
Pete Bradd is Co-Founder and CEO of The Beanstalk Factory, Founding Director of StartupAUS, a serial entrepreneur, and one of the most influential tech leaders in the Australian entrepreneurial community.
Peter became a founding director of StartupAUS in 2013 and was appointed CEO in 2015. He is currently Chairman of the not-for-profit organisation where he’ll continue the mission to transform Australia through high-growth technology entrepreneurship.
A successful Aussie startup founder himself, in 2008 Peter formed the personalised postcard app, ScribblePics. He was also a founding director of Australia’s largest startup co-working space, Fishburners, where he transformed it into a thriving, sustainable place for startups, speakers, mentors and corporates to connect with each other. Fishburners is currently home to over 125 technology startups.
Over the past two years Peter helped Australia’s largest companies in banking, insurance, retail and media by applying the start-up mindset and toolsets to create new business models.
As a regular speaker and featured thought leader, Peter has delivered an occasional address for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS, hosted Google’s CFO, Airbnb CTO and oDesks CEO, has appeared in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, BRW and Boss Magazine and has participated as a judge for many entrepreneurial competitions including SydStart, StartupWeekend and OZApps.
Alan Noble is the Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand. He joined Google in 2007, and has overseen the growth of the Australian engineering operation from 20 engineers to 400 engineers. In 2005 he founded NetPriva, a networking software company based in Adelaide. NetPriva was acquired by Expand Networks in 2007, and in turn acquired by Riverbed. From 1986 until 2002 he lived in California. He worked for Schlumberger for 8 years, then in 1996 founded NetMind, developed the Internet’s first change detection service. NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (now part of Nokia), where he was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002. In addition to being a co-founder and director of StartupAUS, he is also a co-founder of SA Angels. He also serves on the advisory boards of several Australian universities, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Industry Advisory Committee and the advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of Australia. He attended Adelaide University and Stanford University. He hold 7 US patents and has others pending. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, kitesurfing, snowboarding and coding.
Bill Bartee is a co-founder and Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures and of Southern Cross Venture Partners. He has co-founded several successful companies. At Southern Cross Bill focuses on early-stage software, security, and internet companies. From 1997 to 2001, he helped build and lead the early stage investing for Macquarie Technology Ventures (MTV), a balanced venture fund focused on software, telecommunications, internet and life sciences. At MTV, Bill led investments in several market leaders including Altium (ASX: ALU), LookSmart (NASDAQ: LOOK), Seek (ASX: SEK), Telera (acquired by Alcatel), and onebox (NASDAQ: OPWV). At Southern Cross Bill has led investments and is a Board Member or Observer in Mocana, Bislr, Mantara, Liaise, and Shoes of Prey. Before co-founding Southern Cross, Bill was the start-up CEO of Mantara, a company that makes high performance, content-based message routing systems. Prior to moving to Australia, Bill had 12 years of research, operational, and entrepreneurial experience in the United States. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science, MBA and Juris Doctorate degree (University of Richmond).
Glenn Smith is an entrepreneur (first and foremost), venture growth architect and venture investor, Glenn’s philosophy has been built around creating shared value, a concept which focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress. His success to date has been built around being involved in and/or growing businesses at all stages of the growth cycle (listed and private), from existence (start-ups), to survival (<$5M), to success (<$100M), to take-off (>$100M), through to resource maturity (>$1B). He is Founder and Executive Director at ATW Capital, Advisor-GEO at SpotJobs (www.spotjobs.com) and Chairman at FitUsIn (www.fitusin.com). Glenn has also held positions with SingTel Optus (ASX: SGT), Resonance Health (ASX:RHT) and his international expansion leadership experience has delivered numerous private and public sector agreements with organisations such as Kimberly-Clark, Novartis, Cardinal Health, Keeler, Sonic Healthcare, LG Household and Health Care Ltd, Amazon Web Services together with Australian, USA, European and Asian government and public sector agencies. Glenn has a focus on working with future entrepreneurs on a one-to one basis to help facilitate the growth in numbers and readiness of those entrepreneurs, which is a strategic deliverable for Australia’s future prosperity. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and as “un amateur de vins” is completing a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Melbourne. Wine is life.
Andrew Larsen is passionate about Australian startups. Andrew co-founded Perth’s first technology focused co-working space; SyncLabs and is an active venture investor in the early stage technology sector. Andrew is a Director of multiple award winning WA based startups, namely Healthengine and Seqta. Andrew has worked in numerous technology focused roles in both the public and private sector, and is enthusiastically supportive of local entrepreneurship, and showcasing Australian technology on the world stage. Andrew is an active Adviser, Mentor and Judge within the WA ecosystem. He holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) along with a Master in Computer Security from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Western Australia.
Wayne Gerard is a passionate entrepreneur and in 2012 he founded RedEye, a QLD start-up. RedEye is a cloud-based software solution that facilitates the way professionals work with and manage their engineering drawings and data. Wayne is passionate about growing the start-up QLD eco system and is a frequent speaker at global start-up events. In 2015 he was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year (QLD) award.
Topaz Conway is an entrepreneur, angel investor, Director, and an advocate to the creation of a stronger Australian innovation culture. Ms Conway is Chair of Springboard Enterprises; a NFP Accelerator that helps women-led technology businesses achieve high growth, scale and investment. She also works as an advisor to the Australian Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program to help early stage businesses commercialise their technology. Ms Conway’s international experience diving into various industries such as hi tech, biotech and ecommerce led to her roles as Chair of PAFtec Pty Ltd and Biothoughts, Director – NSW Council on Women’s Economic Opportunity, as well Telstra’s Industry Advisory Board.