James Alexander

Michelle Deaker

Michelle is the Founder and Managing Partner of OneVentures, a leading Australian venture capital firm with $320M in funds under management. She is a former successful entrepreneur and business executive with over 18 years experience in information technology enterprise businesses targeting finance, retail, media, security, and education across Australia and the United States. A former director of NICTA (now Data61) and former member of the AVCAL VC working group, Head over Heels, and the NSW Government’s Taskforce for the Digital Economy. Michelle is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Nick Tong

Nick founded Edisse, wearable technology for elderly safety. After his exit from Edisse he mentored for Incubate. He is currently working with Sail Business Loans, utilising technology and data science to assess the creditworthiness of businesses that are being under-serviced by banks and traditional lenders.

Chris Gabriel

Chris is an experienced entrepreneur, having delivered extraordinary results in telecommunications and technology companies across five continents. He was the CEO of Zain Africa, Director of Shaka Mobile, Talent Rise and Talent International.

Hank Kingman

Hank is a Senior Media Executive with extensive startup and operations experience specialising in partnerships, sales, distribution, channels to market, and business development. He co-founded nudie drinks and consults to a variety of businesses in the media, automotive and consumer goods/services spaces.

Alfred Lo

Alfred is the former Head of AMP New Ventures. Alfred co-founded and led Singtel Innov8’s investment activities through Optus-Innov8 in Australia. He has two decades of operational and management experience from prior roles at PwC and EDS and has worked on the entrepreneurial side in both hardware and software startups. Alfred was recognised by Startup Daily as one of Australia’s Top 50 startup influencers.

 

Georgie Bottomley

Georgie is a Senior UX Researcher at Atlassian, and has specialised in bringing cheap effective research into organisations. Before working at Atlassian, she was based in London and New York working with a series of startups to get them building the right things for the right people. Georgie also co-founded ‘Ladies that UX’, an international community of women. Alongside this, she organises Talk UX, a one day conference that creates a platform for women to show the phenomenal contribution they are making to the industry.

Rick Baker


Rick is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in the best global tech startups being formed in Australia. Prior to Blackbird, Rick ran MLC’s venture capital portfolio with investments of over half a billion dollars. Prior to MLC, Rick co-founded two successful software companies: IDC Global and Right Party Connect.

Petra Andrén

Petra is the CEO of world-leading technology business incubator Cicada Innovations. Prior to this, Petra was the MD of Octapharma Australia and NZ – a blood plasma fractionation business with an annual turn over in Australia of $70M.

Specialising in research commercialisation, entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate strategy, advisory and coaching, Petra also lectures on entrepreneurship at the The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and Australian National University.

Austin Nichols

Austin is the Director of Sales at Cisco Meraki, a global leader in the wireless networking space owned by the world’s largest networking company, Cisco.

Coming from Silicon Valley, Austin has a plethora of experience in with tech companies as well as being an active mentor to many rising startups. He is a Cum Lauda graduate of UCLA.