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La Trobe Accelerator Program Graduation Cohort 3

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The La Trobe Accelerator Program Graduation is an opportunity for our alumni teams to present their startups to industry experts, members of the Melbourne entreprneurship ecosystem, leaders at the university, venture capitalists and their peers.

At the completion of the 12-week intensive, teams have done extensive research to discover their market, plan their business and begin the stages of customer acquisition. Many have spent extra hours with mentors, attended external training, travelled countless miles, devloped, pivoted, failed and tried again.

The graduation includes pitches from a selection of the cohort, speeches by Dr Kate Cornick (LaunchVic) and Jeanette Cheah (Hacker Exchange), and presentation of prototypes in our booth pop-up.

Prof. John Dewar, Dr Cerasela Tanasescu, Dr Kate Cornick and Jeanette Cheah headshots

Professor John Dewar - Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University
Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, a position he has held since January 2012. Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995.

Dr Cerasela Tanasescu - Director, La Trobe Accelerator Program
Cerasela is the Director of La Trobe University Accelerator Program, with the primary role of overseeing the development and implementation of a strong entrepreneurial program all over Victoria and in all La Trobe Campuses. Passionate of innovation, Cerasela truly thinks that sustainable start-ups are the key for a better future. She perceives fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as one of the core missions of academia.

Dr Kate Cornick - CEO of LaunchVic
Dr Kate Cornick is CEO of LaunchVic, an independent company established by the Victorian Government to support and grow the state’s start-up ecosystem. Kate has extensive experience in both business and academia and has also served on the board of Broadband World Congress. Kate holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and has previously served as CEO of an ASX-listed technology start-up, Rision.

Jeanette Cheah - Co-founder, Hacker Exchange
Jeanette Cheah is the co-founder and CEO of The Hacker Exchange, a tertiary-accredited organisation connecting the next generation of leaders to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond. Through their immersive programs, The Hacker Exchange encourages students to develop global citizenship, entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and to embrace lifelong learning.

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