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Swinburne Innovation Precinct (The Firestation)

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66-68 William Street

Hawthorn, VIC 3122

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One of the dilemmas faced by startups, researchers, academics, and entrepreneurs when establishing their business, is the decision of whether to be the CEO of their new venture or whether to let someone more experienced take the lead. It's a tough decision for anyone that has spent a long time building their professional career to step away and risk it all on a new venture. Balancing that decision with raising a family or caring for older parents, and knowing when a founder should recognise that they may not be the right CEO to take their technology all the way through exit are other considerations. When is the right time to step out, or for that matter to step in? How do you make the decision to CEO or not to CEO?

SBE Australia and Swinburne University’s Innovation Precinct (The Firestation) are excited to be working together to explore the FOR’s and AGAINST’s and “When/why to CEO or not to CEO?” We’re assembling a fabulous team of entrepreneurs, founders, CEO’s and investors, with a range of experiences, that will share their insights as we explore this topic through a light hearted debate. We thank LaunchVic for their support in making this possible.

Join us for:

  • 30min debate/discussion with panelists of varying CEO experiences
  • Followed by 20 min audience Q&A
  • Followed by 45 min networking drinks

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Kerri Lee Sinclair

Kerri Lee has over 15 year’s 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 and is the Chair of SBE Australia.


Panelist Profiles

About Michelle Gallaher

I'm passionate about small business and entrepreneurship, ethical digital marketing and communication particularly in the STEMM industries. I want to see social media used as a tool in public health, research, industry engagement, investment attraction, opinion leadership in public health and science advocacy. I'm a champion for Women in STEMM and strive to level the playing field to ensure women have an equal future in innovation, and that diversity and inclusion are more than buzz words.


About Mimi Tang

Prof Tang is an Allergist at the Royall Children's Hospital, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne. She has an international reputation in allergy research, clinical care and policy. She developed a world first treatment for peanut allergy, which is patented in Australia, New Zealand, USA and EU. This technology has been licensed to Prota Therapeutics for $15M. Prof Tang has received >$27M in research funding and authored >270 publications.


About Ariane Barker

Ariane Barker has a background in international investment banking and as an Australian migrant with over a decade working in Asia, brings a diversity of insight and perspective to strategic decision-making.

Ariane began her career as an analyst with Merrill Lynch in New York. She subsequently worked in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australasia in senior executive and leadership roles with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JBWere. Ariane has keen interest in Education, Healthcare and the Arts, thus her interests working with NFPs.


About Grainne Oates

Dr Gráinne Oates is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Swinburne Business School. As well as teaching in Australia, she has sought international experience and has taught in Vietnam and Singapore. She is a passionate educator and is motivated to improve the student learning experience through innovative technologies. She is the originator of the idea behind Quitch, a content neutral-gamified mobile learning platform which she developed at Swinburne for her first year accounting students. Quitch was spun off from the University in March 2016. Gráinne is the founder and CEO of the company.

About Penelope Lane

Penelope’s career as an international business executive has been inspired by her motivation to improve healthcare across the national and global landscape.

Experienced in leadership and operations for complex public and private health services and medical products across multiple and diverse markets, including Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and Africa.She offers extensive stakeholder relationship management, organisational management and strategy expertise at the board and C-Level.

About Elane Zelcer

Elane is passionate about helping start-up and early stage companies to develop and refine their strategies for capital raising and commercialisation. She is an experienced CEO, senior executive, board director and consultant whose career includes executive, board and advisory roles in the private sector (start-up, SME & multinational), universities, CRCs, and on Federal and Victorian government committees.

She understands the need for risk management and strong governance, and has assisted more than 150 companies, university spin-outs and research teams, including those she advises in her current role as a Commercialisation Adviser for the Australian Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program.












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Swinburne Innovation Precinct (The Firestation)

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66-68 William Street

Hawthorn, VIC 3122

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