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Chris Andrews, CEO


Company » Taggle Systems Pty Ltd

Chris Andrews has more than 15 years experience in senior corporate management and strategy consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. His primary focus is the development and implementation of programs that drive sustainable organisational performance improvement. While he has operational roles across a range of industries, he has extensive experience in the oil and gas, building products and construction materials, airline and government services sectors.

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Leigh Angus, Acting CEO


Company » Aviator Controls

Leigh Angus photo Leigh leads the commercialisation of Aviator on behalf of University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is active in raising finances and growing a team to take product to market. Leigh currently manages and commercialises the IP portfolio at UTS as part of an agreement with UniQuest, Australia's largest research commercialisation entity and one of the world's leading technology transfer companies. She has almost 20 years experience working in training and development, international marketing and business development roles for start?up and multinationals in Israel, Argentina and Australia. Leigh has degrees in Business, Education, Social Science and Technology Management from various Australian universities.

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Tim Ayling, CEO


Company » Platform46

Tim Ayling photo Tim Ayling worked for global software company Entrust in 2000, as a technical consultant covering the UK, Scandinavia & South Africa. He was promoted to Regional Manager for Australia & New Zealand in 2003, and promoted in 2006 to Vice-President Asia Pacific - which only leaves the America's & Antarctica as the only continentents he has yet to work in. In 2009 Tim co-founded Platform46. Tim holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of York, and a Masters in Secure E-Commerce from Royal Holloway, University of London. Tim is also a CISSP - a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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Mark Bishop, CEO


Company » Ocular Robotics Pty Ltd

Mark Bishop photo Mark Bishop received the degrees, B.Sc. in physics and B.E. in mechatronics both from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1998 and 2000 respectively. From 2000 to 2007 he worked in research at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney developing sensors for projects in mine automation and autonomous vehicles. After founding Ocular Robotics in 2006 to commercialise the RobotEye technology, Mark has worked to position the company as premium supplier of high performance sensor pointing technologies to the robotics, automation and unmanned systems sectors.

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Dr Alex Brooks, CEO


Company » Marathon Robotics Pty Ltd

Alex Brooks photo Dr Alex Brooks is one of the co-founders of Marathon Robotics and acts as its CEO. Alex received a BA from Adelaide University in 1997 and a BSc/BE from Melbourne University in 2000. He received his PhD in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney in 2007, on the subject of robot navigation. In 2001/2002 Alex worked in a technical and business development role at Agilent Technologies' Advanced Networks Division. Alex attended the NSW-Enterprise-Workshop in 2007, and won the Best-Operations-Plan award. Alex has some insight into how militaries operate, having served in the Australian Army Reserves for two years.

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Dr Fang Chen


Company » BrainGauge

Fang Chen photo Dr. Fang Chen was appointed the Dean of Faculty of Electronic and Information Engineering in Beijing Jiaotong University in 1997. In 1999 she became the Team Leader in Intel China Research Centre and then joined the Motorola China Research Centre in 2000, as the founding manager of the Speech and Language Generation Research Laboratory. Dr. Chen migrated to Australia in 2002, as a Principal Research Scientist at the Motorola Australian Research Centre. Joining NICTA in 2004, she is now the Research Group Manager for the Making Sense of Data research theme at the ATP Laboratory, and started BrainGauge in 2009. Dr. Chen holds a PhD in Communications and Electronic Systems and an MBA. She has more than 100 refereed publications and 25 patents.

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Peter Clarke, CEO


Company » Scanalyse Pty Ltd

Peter Clarke photo Peter Clarke has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of WA and a M.Sc. from the University of Surrey. He has worked in technology development and commercialisation for 30 years in the mining, oil & gas, agricultural, pharmaceutical and manuacturing industries. Peter was selected as the WA Inventor of the Year in 2007 and has guided Scanalyse from a small Curtin University spin out company to its current position, poised to expand dramatically over the next 3 years.

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Stephen Coulter, Founder & Managing Director


Company » Controlabill

Stephen Coulter photo Stephen Coulter has over 20 years senior executive experience in retail, business, payments and eCommerce at National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank and ANZ Bank. He has also developed strategic payment partnerships in the loyalty market with Westpac and St George. His private company, Emerging Thought, consults and incubates innovative new businesses. Stephen is also Vice Captain of Manly Life Saving Club and a daily ocean swimmer!

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Dr Roger Edwards, CEO


Company » Neural Diagnostics Pty Ltd

Dr. Edwards is a mechanical engineer with a doctorate in Medical Engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland. He has broad experience in all facets of technology innovation, management and commercialisation. While CEO of the Food and Packaging Cooperative Research Centre, he instigated the formation of Plantic Technologies Ltd as a founding director. Plantic is a Biotech company now listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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Simon Goodrich, Managing Director


Company » Portable

Simon Goodrich photo Simon has quickly established himself as a leader in the digital industry in Australia. He is currently National President of AIMIA as well as the Australian Ambassador for the Webby Awards, the Oscars for online, and the World Summit Award mobile, coordinated by the UN. Simon sits on the board of Design Victoria, is a past President of the Victorian Chapter of AIMIA, and has been recognised by Smart Company and Anthill as one of the Australia's leading young entrepreneurs. He established Portable in 2006, with Andrew Apostla.

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Dr. Jason Held, Director


Company » Saber Astronautics Australia

Jason Held photo Prior to founding Saber Astronautics, Dr. Held was a US Army Major and Army Space Support Team (ARSST) leader for USSTRATCOM (formerly Space Command) and deployed internationally in support of military space missions. He was a lead instructor at the Interservice Space Fundamentals Course, teaching satellite design, propulsion, and orbital dynamics. His civilian engineering experience consisted of hardware-software integration for the Wide Field 3 (WFC3) instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope and testing for the Intermediate Command Module (ICM) of the International Space Station.

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Bruce Joy, Founder & Chairman


Company » VastPark Pty Ltd

Bruce Joy photo Bruce Joy is a veteran of film, media & web who has run businesses for almost 20 years and worked with many of the biggest brands in Australia and around the world. He began programming games from age of 13 and built a research team focused on virtual worlds back in 2003. He founded VastPark Australia in 2007 and VastPark US in 2010. His studies have included venture capital finance at the business school of HAAS, UC Berkeley and he has previously been listed as a Top 10 Web 2.0 entrepreneur in Australia.

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Jeremy LeBard, Co-founder & CEO


Company » ReadCloud

Jeremy LeBard photo For the past 10 years Jeremy has specialized in media and technology consulting for blue-chip companies throughout Asia Pacific. He is also the founder and CEO of ReadCloud.com. Jeremy was highlighted in 2008 as a Digital Young Gun by B&T's Digital Magazine which described him as one of the "rising stars of the new digital economy". The article noted Booktagger.com, his first venture into online cataloguing and sharing of literature.

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Gour Lentell, CEO


Company » biNu Pty Ltd

Gour Lentell photo Gour is co-founder and CEO of biNu. He has over 20 years experience in the IT, internet and digital media industries. He spent ten years in IT consulting roles with Price Waterhouse and Oracle, based in London and Sydney, before moving in the mid-90s to work full time in the fast emerging internet industry with OzEmail. Since then his entrepreneurial career includes co-founding and growing two successful digital media technology companies, Sabela Media and Decide Interactive, both of which were acquired by NASDAQ listed online media company, 24/7 Real Media, which itself was subsequently acquired by WPP Plc in 2007.

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Matthew Macfarlane, CEO


Company » iCetana Pty Ltd

Matthew Macfarlane photo Matthew Macfarlane is the CEO of iCetana and is an experienced venture capital investor, IT start-up entrepreneur, and Chartered Accountant with over 11 years international M&A experience in telecommunications and multi-national data communication companies. Matt currently sits on the Boards of numerous technology focused businesses in Perth and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Matt is an Investment Director of Yuuwa Capital LP, a $40m early-stage venture capital fund and has a particular interest in new technology investments including software, web-based developments and communications.

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Ramin Marzbani, Director


Company » Event Zero

Ramin Marzbani photo Ramin Marzbani is a director of Event Zero, having worked with David Tucker and Lloyd Ernst in the last two companies founded by David (the last company being XtreamLok, acquired by Symantec in 2005). Ramin is general partner of Indigo Venture Capital Partners based in Sydney and has been an active investor and entrepreneur in the Australian technology space over the past 15 years. Previously Ramin was a consultant with Booz-Allen and had worked at IBM for a long time. Ramin sits on various boards and advisory boards.

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Jeremy Pollard, CEO


Company » Punchcard

Jeremy Pollard photo Punchcard CEO Jeremy Pollard brings strong entrepreneurial experience to the company, having spent four years with Rising Sun Research (RSR) as VP of Sales and as a key part of the management team. During this time, RSR won Australian Anthill's Coolest Company Award; RSR's innovative cineSync software won the Guy Manson Award at the annual ANZA Gateway to the US conference in Silicon Valley; and Mr Pollard grew the business over 40% year on year for three years to help engineer a successful trade sale exit for the company's flagship product, cineSpace.

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Don Richardson, CEO


Company » Ceebron Pty Limited

Don Richardson photo Don worked in the international food industry with Nestle and Pillsbury for nearly 30 years. These companies' committment to quality and safety lead to Don forming Ceebron, with a sole mission of improving the 'integrity of cold chains'. Food products were increasingly moving to chilled/fresh or frozen convenience, with ever increasing supply chains, and the greatest hazard to the safe delivery of same was in 'refrigerated transportation'. Don set out to harness the best minds to research, develop and prove a patent-protected solution that the company he founded could market globally. Don has served as Ceebron CEO since inception and navigated through the difficulties of GFC, TechWreck and now has more potential customers locally than the company can serve.

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James Simpson, Chief Information Officer


Company » Solvexia Pty Ltd

James Simpson is the CTO/CIO for Solvexia, responsible for R&D. In this capacity he works directly with clients to understand their business needs, evaluates constituent technologies, and drives the design and implementation of new technology concepts that are integrated in the Solvexia platform. James is also an investor in Solvexia Holdings Pty Ltd. Prior to SolveXia, James spent 12 years with Microsoft. He spent many years building up the Australian R&D capabilities of Microsoft. In this work, he holds a patent for components in the Windows operating system. In his final 3 years at Microsoft, James was the director of business applications in Australia, responsible for the sales and marketing of ERP and CRM / SaaS software.

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Steve Telburn, Co-founder and CEO


Company » Scalify Pty Ltd

Steve Telburn photo Steve Telburn is the Co-founder and CEO of Scalify Pty Ltd. Steve is a serial entrepreneur that has spent the last 10 years transforming new Australian IT&T research projects into international technology ventures, including CEO and executive roles within four venture-capital backed IT&T start-ups. Steve established Offspring Ventures and Secret Sauce IP Ventures, technology commercialisation firms that have provided advisory services to Australia's leading venture capital firms and research organisations. Previously, Steve held various senior management roles at Telstra led spin-off ventures from Telstra's research labs.

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Trent Telford, Chairman & CEO


Company » Cocoon Data

Trent Telford photo Trent is an experienced technology entrepreneur with a track record of driving, growing and exiting a technology company in partnership with one of Australia's most respected and successful public companies. Trent has acted as an Risk and Identity Management (IDM) and Security Consultant to companies such as National Australia Bank, AMP, The Federal Government of Australia, Telecom New Zealand, and Australia Post. Trent founded start-up technology company SMS Intelligence with Singleton Ogilvy Mather Advertising Group which grew to be one of Australia's leading new media technology and marketing communications companies with a 'blue-chip' client list.

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Khimji Vaghjiani, CEO


Company » Solar-Gem

Khimji Vaghjiani photo Khimji has 20 years experience in R&D, commercialisation, telecommunications, manufacturing and banking, as well as five years as Director of a $100m Australian government funded technology incubator. Prior to Westpac Khimji was at Telstra, and Siemens in the UK. After leaving Westpac in 2008, Khimji set up an Indian IT company focusing on the skills shortage, and also consulted to a large insurance company, as well as SME's on entry strategies. Khimji also founded the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Sydney chapter, a chapter of the successful Indian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Khimji holds a BEng, C.Eng, MBA, MSc (Tech), and is writing up his PhD at UNSW on Interent and Mobile adoption in Australia and India.

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Michael Zimmerman, CEO


Company » BuildingIQ

Michael Zimmerman photo Prior to BuildingIQ, Michael was a General Partner at Technology Venture Partners where he invested and worked with internet, software and mobile companies including ThreatMETRIX, Engana (sold to Finisar), MIG33, Viator, and Eurekster. Prior to TVP, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Altos Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and a senior executive at iOwn Holdings, one of the leading internet mortgage and real estate companies (sold to Citigroup in 2001). Previously, Michael worked with Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs and The Mentoring Partnership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

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