Chris Heuer | Lead Entrepreneur in Residence
Chris is a serial entrepreneur who will relocate from Texas, USA to Brisbane next month to mentor and support founders of 10 creative tech startups within the Collider Accelerator Program.
Chris has launched or co-founded a dozen different companies, including several creative agencies, a few software companies, a fashion modelling network and a global non-profit known as Social Media Club which enjoyed popularity around Australia for several years. In the mid 1990’s he launched the web design program at Miami Ad School. In the late 1990’s, Chris helped lead the US federal government’s launch of an ecommerce system for the United States Mint. In addition to serving as an IBM Futurist focused on the future of work and the future of marketing, he has spent the last few years as one of the lead mentors in Google’s global Launchpad Accelerator program.
“It is a true honour to have the opportunity to work with creative entrepreneurs. There’s nothing more energizing than working with people who not only imagine bold new concepts, but put their heart, sweat and time into bringing it to life. ,” Chris said.
“Working with startups puts me in my happy place and investing my days brainstorming, problem-solving and connecting the dots is my jam.
An amazing program has been put together for the Collider Accelerator and I can hardly wait to see which startups are chosen and to get down to Brisbane to work with them to share their gifts with the world.”
Chris will take on the roles of goal-setter and leader of 2019’s cohort and will help Collider’s founders not only establish their goals but keep them focused and on track to meet them. Chris also brings an incredible wealth of creative vision to the Program.
Chris will be there throughout the intensive three-month Program to support founders through their highs and lows; their successes and failures; and their business paths and pivots.
Jamie Pride | Entrepreneur in Residence
Jamie Pride is a senior technology executive, former venture capitalist and author on a mission to help build better founders and a better venture capital ecosystem to support them.
He has more than 20 years’ experience with international technology and digital media organisations, including leading realestate.com.au and senior positions with Deloitte Digital, salesforce.com, Red Hat, Veritas, and Cisco Systems.
As an entrepreneur, Jamie sold his first startup, Velteo, to New York–based System Integrator Bluewolf, and has founded over six technology startups. As an investor, he has raised more than $16 million in funding for startups via private and public markets, including completing an IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2016.
Jamie is also a sought-after public speaker and regularly comments on startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, disruptive innovation and design thinking.
Having worked extensively as both an entrepreneur and an investor he has a unique insight into what it takes to make a startup successful and what it takes to get funded.
Jamie is the author of Unicorn Tears: Why Startups Fail & How To Avoid It - published by Wiley, February 2018.
Peter Laurie | Entrepreneur in Residence
Peter is a Brisbane based ecosystem builder and well-respected tech startup mentor, combining over 20 years of experience in software engineering, business strategy with a strong passion for innovation and technology.
Peter is the director of a company that focuses on technology based startups. They produce prototypes and proof of concepts to clients ranging from enterprises to 'one person with an idea'.
Peter is the Mentor in Residence at River City Labs, a co-working space that focuses on internet and mobile startups. He is also the Technical Lead for Startup Catalyst.
Ian Mason | Mentor in Residence | Virgin Startup
Ian is CEO of Rainbow Bridge Education, a company he founded to create accessible resources for parents to use in the home learning environment. Rainbow Bridge is one of several start-ups founded by Ian over the last decade; his portfolio includes multiple companies in the education, technology, publishing and not-for-profit sectors.
Ian was instrumental in the creation and growth of Virgin StartUp, Sir Richard Branson’s not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs, which has now supported over 11,000 entrepreneurs with over $75million.
Ian is immensely passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, an endeavour which has seen him take up roles across the world, including Global Entrepreneur in Residence for the Collider Accelerator Program in 2017 and Visiting Entrepreneur at The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.
Prior to Virgin StartUp, Ian was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at London Chamber of Commerce, a role which saw him advising the UK Government on business policy in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and gain credibility as an economic commentator.
Ian campaigns on a number of issues, including social mobility, youth leadership and financial literacy. As an active youth leader on the global stage, he was also appointed Leader of the UK’s delegation to the Y20 Summit in 2015 and 2016, as well as participating in the 11th UK/South Africa Bilateral.
The CEA Programs Team
Mark Gustowski | Chief Executive Officer
With over a decade of corporate advisory and management consulting experience, Mark has supported businesses through the development of B2B and B2C strategies, marketing and sales strategies, IP strategies, channel management and identification, capital raising, corporate structuring and partnering. Mark has also been involved in the development of four start-ups and has successfully run his own commercialisation advisory firm supporting fast-growth and innovation based companies prior to joining the CEA team.
Previously, Mark has been responsible for driving international business development for a major UK based design and engineering firm including working on major projects such as London2012 and more recently has assisted the iconic Tonino Lamborghini brand build an Australian presence. Across Australia Mark has worked with over 1,500 businesses across almost all industry verticals and currently sits on the Advisory Board of a number of creative industries, innovation, FMCG and technology companies.
Mark is passionate about supporting Australian businesses compete in global markets, has been an Australian Anthill Maven judge, is a Victorian Leaders Forum mentor and following his BAppSci completed the Venture Capital Executives Program at the HAAS Business School (UC Berkeley) on a Victorian Employer’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) scholarship.
Anna Rooke | Managing Director, Creative Tech Ventures Fund
Anna Rooke has over 20 years’ experience leading commercialisation, incubation and business development initiatives in Australia and the UK, and has worked with companies spanning the fields of biotechnology, information technology, and the creative industries.
Anna was the founding CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) and led the organisation for over a decade. Under her leadership, CEA established and expanded its offerings to include accelerator programs, the Coterie, Creative3 and the CEA Startup Fund. The CEA Startup Fund started its journey in 2013 and is Australia’s first early stage fund for creative ventures in Australia.
Anna took a hands-on management of the portfolio including the role as Chairman of Fame & Partners Pty Ltd until February 2016, supporting the company from startup through to Series A investment.
Prior to her relocation to Australia in 2006, Anna was the Director of the UK’s first National Science City and created the first $1m ‘proof of principle’ fund in Yorkshire to enable entrepreneurs to exploit their commercial potential. Anna is passionate about building a vibrant and scalable creative industries sector in Australia. In July 2018, she was appointed as the Managing Director of the Creative Tech Ventures Fund and as a Non-Executive Director of CEA’s Board.
Anna is also a member of the Advance Queensland Expert Panel, Queensland Startup Committee and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Philippe Ceulen | Head of Programs
Philippe is passionate about communities and technology. Cambodia was his home for most of his professional life where he was actively building the startup ecosystem and running his co-working space, The 1961. He co-founded the travel tech startup WOW, worked with Airbnb to grow the Cambodian market and has been a volunteer with Techstars for several years. His current focus is data analytics and data science. He now lives in Brisbane where he incorporates all of his startup insights into the growth of our community at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia.
Philippe brings a unique and valuable background in supporting international startups from the ground up and is an on-hand-lifesaver when colleagues run aground while dabbling in the digital realms. He has implemented ERP solutions for multiple organisations – because of this he has developed an in-depth understanding of what is required to establish, maintain and leverage data and knowledge management platforms.
Marvin Fox | UX Champion
Marvin champions the importance of enterprise skills growth and development. With a background in International Business, Marvin has built a career in business and education in China and Japan. He also worked in a role in marketing for UNSW in Sydney. Now in Brisbane, Marvin recently worked at the QUT Business School, where he facilitated the engagement of students through co-curricular activities that consolidate their skills in preparation to take on the future workforce. With his focus on social entrepreneurship, he was also the Faculty Advisor for Enactus QUT, a student association at QUT that runs social enterprise projects to make a sustainable difference in the community. After winning the national Enactus championships in Sydney, he took his team of students to represent Australia at the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley, USA.
Now at QUT CEA, Marvin helps deliver programs focusing on the quality and impact of the learning experience for creative entrepreneurs. He also runs his own photography business and is an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.
Timothy Hui | Programs & Investment Associate
Timothy is driven by community, helping to develop growing entrepreneurs and building capacity for startups.
Tim was a Founding Executive of QUT Starters – a QUT student society that worked towards fostering entrepreneurs. Over the last three years he has helped to build Brisbane’s early-stage startup ecosystem through countless events and workshops. His most notable achievements include becoming the Director of Startup Hatch and co-architect of Disrupting Law. Startup Hatch is a student pre-accelerator program turning students from being observers into achievers. Over his years building the student entrepreneurial ecosystem he has mentored numerous new ventures and enjoys continuing to give first.
Tim has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to leading the creative economy:
QUT – Student Leadership Excellence Award (2017)
Australian Institute of Management – Leadership Excellence Award (2016 finalist)
QUT – Volunteer of the Year Award (2016)
16th National Student Leadership Forum – Sponsored Delegate (2014)
Prior to joining QUT CEA, Tim was frequently exposed to digital strategy, corporate innovation and medical devices (both with regards to design and execution). Tim has now joined CEA as the Programs Coordinator and Investment Analyst and has recently graduated with a double undergraduate degree in Medical Engineering and Business Management at QUT.
May Jungpakdee | Program Coordinator
May Jungpakdee supports QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s (CEA) programs team with administration, coordination, planning and execution of a range of CEA programs.
Having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore, the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and Clifford Chance Bangkok, Thailand May brings her depth of international experience to the team. As an Australian born Thai, she is fluent in both English and Thai and has honed her Thai language skills with her work at the Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra and Royal Thai Consulate, Brisbane. She is an active member in the Australian-Thai community and was voted by the community to be the youngest Vice-President of the Thai-Australian Association of Queensland in 2018.
Additionally, as an admitted lawyer in Australia, she has worked in the areas of tax, commercial and civil litigation law. With her particular interest in business, law and multi-lingual capabilities she has developed seminars with key Thai government ministries and delivered bi-lingual multimedia tax pieces at Grant Thornton Australia to a range of clients and key stakeholders. May now works with QUT CEA to further strengthen the company’s relationships in Thailand and international activities throughout South East Asia.