Our Team

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Jodie Imam | General Manager

Jodie started her entrepreneurial journey with two-sided marketplace, Occasional Butler, which was acquired by rival Airtasker. During this time Jodie started Melbourne coworking space depo8, a community of creatives, startups and entrepreneurs.

Jodie was recently a mentor and co-leader of the Wade Inc Accelerator program at the Wade Institute. Prior to which she spent 9 years as the General Manager for leading Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston, where she oversaw strong business growth. And was an Account Manager for Ericsson Australia and also for NCR Corporation in both Sydney and London.

Jodie is excited to be part of the SBE Australia team, and is looking forward to supporting women entrepreneurs in scaling their businesses.


Emmelie Stapel I Business Operations and Partnerships 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 big, global and 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. 

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Larisa Chisholm I Biotech and Life Sciences Program Manager

With 20 years of expertise in innovation and the translation and commercialisation of life science research, Larisa has developed, managed and executed successful business development strategies.  Larisa's core skills include IP management, in-licensing, out-licensing, business development, communications, stakeholder management and corporate strategy.

Prior to joining SBE Australia, Larisa was a key member of the leadership team at ASX and NASDAQ listed Immutep (Prima BioMed Ltd) for 14 years, enjoying a cross-functional operational role working with clinical and manufacturing teams to ensure a consistent IP/BD and corporate strategy across all areas of the business.