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 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 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 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.
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 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.
After software development adventures in the early days of the PC, Brad founded BIS in 1991 as a custom software development company. In 1998 the company pivoted to focus on corporate expense management which was a growing B2B sector. Brad and his team grew the company to 65 large organisations including Woolworths, AMP, GPT, the ATO, the Northern Territory Government and many others. Brad exited in 2014 but the company, now https://www.expense8.com/ is going strong.
Since then Brad has been working with early stage startups at USYD and UTS as well as visiting as many Mediterranean accelerators and co-working centres as humanly possible.
Brad is also a Tom Peters and Edward de Bono fanboy.