Topaz Conway - Chair | Director | Entrepreneur | Angel Investor
Topaz Conway has been growing businesses for over 20 years, including two of her own. She started working with start-up companies in Seattle, USA in 2000, as a Founder, CEO, Venture Capitalist and finally as an Investor. Her experience spans a number of industries, including IT, e-commerce, bio-engineering, and med-tech.
Her current investments include IOT, hi-tech, software, and respiratory protection and she continues to guide these and other companies through investment, development, manufacturing, product launch and exit, in the US and Australia.
In addition to being Chair of SBE Australia since 2014, Topaz is a Director of StartupAUS and is a Commercialisation Advisor to the Accelerating Commercialisation Grant Program. She is immediate past Chair of PAFTec Pty Ltd, a respiratory protection device company, that grew under her leadership from startup to global sales of $6.4M in 3 years and has been a Director on the Telstra Industry Advisory Board.
With all her hats, Topaz is continually seeking and supporting Australia’s top innovation companies.
Sheryl Frame - Accelerating Commercialisation
Sheryl has been a strategic business consultant for over 30 years. She has held numerous senior management and board-positions in Australia and overseas. Her extensive in-depth technology, marketing, strategic planning and business skills have underpinned her success in advising, guiding and mentoring innovation and commercialisation a wide range of early-stage companies.
Sheryl currently works as a Commercialisation Adviser to Accelerating Commercialisation, a Federal Government initiative, which assists innovative new businesses in their transition from idea to commercial venture.
Sheryl is also vigorously committed to the representation of women in enterprise and government. She served on the Board of AWISE (Australian Women in IT, Science and Engineering), she has served on the committee of Women in Technology, WA (WITWA) since 2006, and is a Board Member of SpringBoard Enterprise Australia. Sheryl is also a Director of StartupWA.
Bree Claire - Company Secretary
Bree is a Jill-of-all-trades working with startups and in the tech industry for eight years. Her passion lies in helping businesses of all sizes (from single founder startups to large corporates and everything in-between) be the best they can be. From designing and implementing innovation programs for large corporates or one on one mentoring to founders just beginning their startup journey.
Due to the nature of her previous roles she has worked closely with numerous startup founders, mentors and investors across Australia, Singapore and the United States.
Outside of her day job as Commercial Operations Manager at Flamingo AI, she is an Ambassador for The Awesome Foundation Sydney and a founder of FashHack Australia.
Clare Hallam - SBE Australia
Clare Hallam has more than 10 years startup experience. She has worked with many early-stage companies across multiple industries. She’s the un-official 3rd co-founder of Pollenizer. Being the first and last employee of one of what was one of Australia’s first startup incubators. She has assisted in raising more than $20m in capital and knows the right boxes to tick for due diligence. She understands what motivates people to work in startups. Her focus is helping others to do their best work and to lead with empathy. She is committed to helping early stage startups to succeed.
Clare is an active startup coach. Director of SBE Australia and Springboard Accelerator, The Blue Knot Foundation and Pollenizer. Founder of Upperstory.
Ethy Levy - Israeli Trade Commission
Ethy is heading the Israel Trade Commission in Australia and serves as the Israeli Embassy’s Counsellor for Economic and Trade affairs. She entered into post in July 2012. Ethy has a vast experience in helping start-ups and funds raise investments in Australia and has assisted hundreds of companies in their market penetration efforts.
Ethy is the founder of The BRIDGE – the premier Israel Australia Investment Summit that has been a game changer in connecting the Israeli and Australian eco-systems.Before moving to Australia, Ethy was the Director of the Bilateral Trade Agreements Department at the Israeli Ministry of Economy. In her role, Ethy was in charge of international trade negotiations and served as the chief negotiator of several important trade agreements.
Kerri Lee Sinclair - Kin Group | Springboard Alumni 2000
Kerri Lee has over 15 years experience working across the high-growth eco-system, from co-founding her own startup, to working with some of Australia's leading tech businesses, including Intelematics and Aconex. She recently has moved into leading technical investment/venture capital in a family office.
An alumnae of the Springboard program in 2000, she has been involved since the early days of the program being in Australia. She is also an Innovation Expert on the Victorian Government's Innovation Expert panel.
Founder, Purposeful Capital
Board Member, SBE Australia
Co-Founder & Managing Director, DNA Security Solutions
Director of Business Development, Westpac
Kerri Lee Sinclair
Chief Investment Officer: Tech & Innovation, Kin Group