28 November, 2016
Board member and investor, Teresa Engelhard, announced as Chair
Australia, 28 November 2016: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, has appointed entrepreneur, angel investor and director Topaz Conway to the board of the organisation and announced existing board director and Redbubble investor, Teresa Engelhard, as Chairman.
Topaz Conway is Chair of Springboard Enterprises; a NFP Accelerator that helps women-led technology businesses achieve high growth, scale and investment. An active champion of Australia’s innovation culture, Ms Conway 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.
StartupAUS CEO and Executive Director, Alex McCauley, said Ms Conway’s long-held commitment to the growth of early stage startups and her leadership within the diversity area brings great value to the board.
“We are excited to welcome Topaz the StartupAUS board. Topaz is a passionate entrepreneur who is deeply committed to helping other Australian entrepreneurs succeed and to building a diverse startup ecosystem in Australia. We look forward to benefitting from the perspective Topaz will bring to the expert team within the StartupAUS board as we roll out a number of exciting initiatives in the coming 12 months.”
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Conway said, “I am delighted to join such an influential and passionate group who are creating real change to benefit the sector and the broader Australian economy. I strongly believe that the goals we share are critical but also achievable.”
Earlier this year RedBubble Non-Executive Director, Teresa Engelhard, was appointed to the StartupAUS board and has since been appointed Chairman – a rotating position that has been formerly been held by StartupAUS Founding Director & The Beanstalk Factory’s Co-Founder and CEO, Peter Bradd, as well as Engineering Director at Google, Alan Noble.
StartupAUS’ current focus is on establishing technology startups as the central part of the growth engine in Australia’s economy, picking up where the mining boom left off. Through policy work and fundraising, StartupAUS has been instrumental in shifting the political debate around innovation, particularly towards the policy settings outlined in the Prime Minister’s innovation statement – with many of the recommendations around technology and innovation coming from StartupAUS’ annual, action-oriented Crossroads Report to be launched at International Towers, Barangaroo on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Current StartupAUS board members are: Peter Bradd, Alan Noble, Bill Bartee, Glenn Smith, Andrew Larson, Wayne Gerard, Teresa Engelhard and StartupAUS CEO Alex McCauley as an Executive Director.
StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.