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CBA’s x15ventures ramps up leadership team with Jane Martino and Ben Heap signing on

- January 27, 2021 2 MIN READ

Commonwealth Bank’s venture scaling entity, x15ventures, has made two key appointments, including its first non-executive, independent chairman in Ben Heap, while Jane Martino will become x15’s first external portfolio adviser. Heap is prominent in startups and investment, as founder of fintech VC fund H2 Ventures, having invested in more than 50 fintech start-ups over the… Read more »

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Chris Ridd on 2020’s best and worst, the year ahead and books he’s reading this summer

- December 23, 2020 5 MIN READ

Ask anyone in Melbourne, where they spent 111 days in a second major lockdown to get Covid-19 under control, about 2020 and they’ll give you a mixed reaction, including startup advisor and investor Chris Ridd. On the upside, he’s a Richmond Tigers supporter.  As part of our summer series looking back on an extraordinary year… Read more »

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Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams on the best & worst of 2020, the lessons learnt and books she’ll read this summer

- December 16, 2020 5 MIN READ

Its been a big year for Cicada Innovations and CEO Sally-Ann Williams in her first full year as CEO. Australia’s first ever incubator celebrated its 20th anniversary, with the Sydney deep tech venture having nurtured more than 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise over $450 million in venture capital and government grants.… Read more »

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9 Indigenous startup founders changing Australian entrepreneurship

- November 12, 2020 3 MIN READ

With NAIDOC Week currently underway and celebrating the history, culture and achievements of First Nations people in Australia, we asked Dean Foley, founder and CEO of indigenous accelerator program Barayamal, to share his take on entrepreneurship in the Indigenous community and highlights up and coming entrepreneurs. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people have the oldest culture… Read more »

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Australia’s next Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has an incredible life story

- November 9, 2020 2 MIN READ

Physicist and CSIRO chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley will become Australia’s next Chief Scientist, replacing Dr Alan Finkel in 2021. She’s just the second woman to lead the nation’s scientific endeavours, 13 years after Professor Penny Sackett ‘s tenure from  2008-2011. Dr Foley was appointed the CSIRO’s chief scientist in 2018, having risen through the… Read more »

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Former Hotelscombined.com boss Hichame Assi is replacing Collis Ta’eed as Envato CEO

- October 20, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

  Digital travel industry veteran Hichame Assi has been chosen to replace Envato founder Collis Ta’eed as CEO of the Melbourne-based tech marketplace.  The choice of the former HotelsCombined.com boss, who has a Masters in eCommerce from the University of London, follows a year-long global search. Ta’eed announced in August that he would step down… Read more »

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Investible’s Trevor Folsom joins UNSW Founders as Entrepreneur in Residence

- August 27, 2020 2 MIN READ

Entrepreneur and angel investor Trevor Folsom is joining UNSW Founders program as Entrepreneur in Residence to support early stage startups. Folsom is co-founder of Investible as well as Club Investible – its global network of active early stage investors – making more than 80 direct investments. He was an early investor in Canva and chairs… Read more »