Our Team


Heather Kelly, Director, Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge

Jen Perks, Director, Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge

Team Members

Leanne Nelson, Communications & Event Co-ordination

Advisory Committee

Aamir Qutub, General Manager, ICT Geelong

Anne-Marie Ryan, CEO, Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN)

Jason Steinwedel, Programme Manager, Deakin CADET

Peter Rudd, Director, Propaganda Screen Printing

Philippa Bakes, Business Adviser, Philippa Bakes Advisory

Stephanie Davies, Lawyer, Harwood Andrews

The Judging Panel

Nick Stanley, Founder, Runway Geelong

Maurice Grasso, Membership Chair, Melbourne Angels

Georgia Beattie, CEO, Startup Victoria

The Big Ideas Awards Judging Panel

Tina Perfrement, Future Proofing Geelong

Matt Dingle, M Dingle Pty Ltd

Jackson Docherty, Dunroamin' Leadership Academy

Philippa Bakes, Business Adviser, Philippa Bakes Advisory

Our Sponsors