Julie Demsey | General Manager
After 23 years in San Francisco, 20 of those spent working for tech companies in the Silicon Valley, Julie moved to Sydney in September of 2016. Her goal was to help the startup ecosystem build strong sustainable companies and with a passion and vigour that fits so nicely with SBE Australia, she joined the team January of 2017. Julie has worked in all sizes of tech companies, having started her own, worked at early stage startups on through to large tech companies in a variety of verticals. She has helped build teams, products and companies into successful business.
Throughout Julie’s career she mentored women working in technology to help them navigate their careers, companies and to reach their full potential.
Sue Hogan | Program Manager
Sue brings over 25 years’ industry experience in marketing, events and innovation to SBE Australia. Prior to joining us, she spent six years as the General Manager of Innovation Bay, a key network for Australian-based technology entrepreneurs. There, she produced popular programs and sell-out events aimed to help tech startups succeed.
Sue is excited to be part of the SBE Australia team, and is looking forward to developing new programs that contribute to the support of female founders—helping them build bigger, better and more sustainable businesses.
Liz Kaelin I Head of Community
Liz has experienced the founder journey first-hand from idea to scale to exit. As a first-time entrepreneur and CEO, Liz built her tech startup Caitre’d, an office catering platform, into a leading Australian food tech startup, driving the growth of the business from a mere idea into turning over $1 million yearly upon its acquisition in 2017. Caitre'd was a muru-D Class #2 Syd alumni and was featured on Season 2 of Shark Tank Australia.
Liz is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs on their journey (especially emotionally) and has experienced first-hand how an accelerator can benefit and grow your business.
Prior to founding her startup and her work at SBE, Liz worked as a dietitian and nutritionist for such organisations as Nestle, the World Health Organisation, and Harvard University.
Emmelie Stapel I Partnerships & Business Operations Manager
Emmelie is a driven business developer with a passion for digital innovation. With a background in working for accelerator programs in the Netherlands in the fields of web & mobile, smart energy, digital health and A.I. she is excited to be part of the startup ecosystem here in Australia and keen to work on programs at SBE Australia that contribute to the support of female founders and the creation of sustainable businesses.
In prior roles, Emmelie has helped expand business' into new international markets, execute new business strategies and built strong strategic partnerships connecting corporates and startups to drive innovation.