Our Team

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Judy Anderson


Prior to leading Startup Victoria, Judy spent four and a half years at Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium. Judy has built a reputation as a world-class thought leader and keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, science based innovation & building startup communities. Before joining Inventium, she managed the National Innovation Program for Deloitte Australia, helping the organisation to experiment new products, services and ways of working to sustain its competitive advantage. Judy now leads Victoria’s startup community, organising the largest startup events in Australia. She works closely with practising and aspiring startup founders, investors, ecosystem service providers and government policy influencers. Judy is on a personal mission to make Victoria one of the best places to build a high growth tech startup in the world.

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Alex Orr

Community Engagement and Content Manager

Alex moved to Melbourne from the UK in March 2018 after graduating with a Master’s degree in January. Upon arrival, he began interning for Startup Victoria in events, marketing, and PR, and in May became Events and Marketing Coordinator. In March 2019, Alex left Melbourne to travel the world, whilst continuing with a new role at Startup Victoria as Community Engagement and Content Manager. Alex manages Startup Vic’s social media, website content and writes the weekly newsletter remotely. Prior to working for Startup Victoria, Alex worked in the music industry in the UK and Europe, specialising in live music and festival production, which he still does in his spare time!

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Olivia Kennedy

Events and Community Coordinator

Olivia is Startup Victoria’s Event and Community Coordinator, meaning she does all things events! Olivia recently graduated from Clemson University (Clemson, SC, USA) with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Olivia plans to move back to the USA in the future to continue planning events with in the startup community. When Olivia is not planning events, she loves to hangout with friends, explore new places, and try new foods!

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Jared Jones

Digital Content and Community Coordinator

Jared is a Utah native, but moved across America to study Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston. He will be graduating Summer 2020. In the office, Jared interns as the Digital Content and Community Coordinator, managing the website and helping with events. Outside of the office, Jared is a fan of reading, art, nature, and board games.

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AJ Gilbert

Community Intern

AJ, our community intern, was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. The young aspiring entrepreneur fell in love with the Startup world ever since he could remember. He graduated from high school in 2019 and decided to take a gap year in one of the most thriving Startup ecosystems in the world: Melbourne Australia! When he isn’t working, you can find him breaking ankles on the basketball court! AJ plans on taking the knowledge he gains from the Melbourne startup ecosystem, and applying it back in his home city of Detroit.

Our Board

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Peter Cameron

Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairperson since May 2018

Peter has more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur in the tech industry. He is the CEO of Avalanche Technology Group and a Venture Partner at the Giant Leap Fund, Australia’s first VC fund dedicated to investing into “impact businesses”. He is an active angel investor and startup advisor with over 15 investments in early-stage businesses and venture funds. Pete previously founded, owned and was CEO of the APAC business for AVG Technologies, which he exited in 2012.

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Scott Handsaker

Independent Non-Executive Director, Co-founder and Treasurer

Scott’s a serial founder who’s been helping to drive Melbourne’s startup ecosystem for many years. Since 2008 he’s been Cofounder and CEO for Eventarc and Attendly, as well as cofounding Startup Victoria, the biggest founder-focused non-profit in the country. He also spent five years as a mentor and member of the investment committee for Angelcube, Melbourne’s first venture accelerator, and is now the founder and CEO of CyRise, a cyber security venture accelerator here in Melbourne.

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Morgan Ranieri

Independent Non-Executive Director, Secretary

Morgan is currently the co-founder and CEO of YourGrocer and was previously a co-founder at Thankyou Water (now Thankyou Group). He has received a lot of value from the Startup Vic ecosystem, having met his co-founder at a pitch night. Morgan is extremely passionate about helping existing founders become better founders.

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Gus Balbontin

Independent Non-Executive Director

Born and bred in Wild Patagonia, Gus never allowed his small town and humble beginnings to get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and severe case FOMO (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17. By the age of 22, he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few years and he was leading the company globally working with companies such as Google X, Nokia, and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures, and high performing teams. Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, and he loves even more knowing those stories make a difference to people and help in their own business and life.

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Nic Hodges

Independent Non-Executive Director

Nic works at the intersection of technology, creativity, and culture. He has led digital and innovation for some of Australia’s leading creative and media agencies and media companies, and currently runs Blonde3 – a boutique consultancy advising startups and media companies on strategic growth. Nic previously founded Robot Deputy, a media technology startup.

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Daniel Ross

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dan is the CFO and Head of Financial Services at LUNA, a startup studio that exists to help founders launch and grow game-changing businesses. Prior to joining LUNA, Dan spent 6 years at PwC working with large domestic and international organisations across a variety of disciplines. Dan’s passion for grass roots, early stage businesses led him out of the corporate world so that he could leave his mark on Victoria’s startup ecosystem. He loves disruptors, dreamers and people who see the world differently. Nothing excites him more than a growth story.