StartupAUS appoints new board member, CEO Peter Bradd moves to chairman
Australia, 14 December 2015: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, today announced plans for expansion, with the announcement of a new board member, Queensland based tech entrepreneur and founder of Red Eye Apps, Wayne Gerard.
In other board changes, StartupAUS’ current, interim CEO, Peter Bradd, will finish his six-month tenure early in the New Year, with a new full-time CEO announced at this time. Mr Bradd will continue the organisation’s mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship as StartupAUS Chairman. The Chairman’s position is a rotating role, and incumbent Chairman, Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand, Alan Noble, will remain on the StartupAUS board.
Over the past six months, StartupAUS’ focus has been primarily on policy work and fundraising. During this time StartupAUS has been instrumental in shifting the political debate, particularly towards the policy settings outlined in the Prime Minister’s recent innovation statement – with many of the recommendations around technology and innovation coming from StartupAUS’ annual, action-oriented Crossroads Report.
As a not-for-profit, StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities in 2016 ahead of the next election. The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce, Xero and Google Australia and philanthropic support from successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, and Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, who had a key role in the establishment of the private equity sector in Australia.
Commenting on his tenure, StartupAUS CEO, Peter Bradd, said: “It has been a rewarding six months, with the past week’s Federal policy announcements a huge high point, bringing together two years worth of research, debate and awareness-raising around Australia’s startup ecosystem. Malcolm Turnbull’s statement outlined many critical changes that StartupAUS has been advocating for and it was a huge win for the Australian tech ecosystem, and something that we are very proud of.
“StartupAUS has a proven track-record and expertise and we look forward to continuing to work with government, industry and entrepreneurs to achieve the ambitious goals outlined in the Innovation Statement and our own Crossroads Report,” Mr Bradd said.
Mr Bradd has partnered with founder of the Entourage, Jack Delosa, to found their new initiative, The Beanstalk Factory, which provides workshops for individuals within corporates to improve their ability to innovate faster using world leading innovation tools, such as Design Thinking and the Lean Startup Approach.
Wayne Gerard Bio
Wayne Gerard co-founded RedEye in 2012. He is a passionate entrepreneur and focused on sharing his experiences to help build the startup ecosystem. Prior to RedEye, Wayne co-founded Waterline Projects, a multi discipline engineering company in the mining and engineering sectors. In 2005 Wayne founded SDG, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning and professional development.
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. www.startupaus.org