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Judges

Jane Lu

Jane is the founder of Show Pony. An online store aimed to bring fun and affordable fashion to girls worldwide through their online store showpo.com

Jane also has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and have had 3 years of corporate experience with Ernst & Young and KPMG. After travelling over 40 countries during her uni days, she could not imagine settling down back into the humdrum corporate life.

With no experience in retail, fashion or entrepreneurship, she ventured into a business with friends in 2009. This was an utter failure.

She bounced back from the catastrophe of this failed venture and started Show Pony the following month. Despite a slow start, Show Pony grew its bricks-and-mortar retail presence and had 3 stores in Broadway, Bondi Junction Westfield and Pitt St Westfield.

Soon enough online sales started skyrocketing to over $450k a month, along with Show Pony's Facebook following of 215,000+.

John Haining

John leads the Research Engagement and Commercialisation function for UTS, which has a major emphasis on achieving economic, social and environmental impact from UTS research.

With UTS degrees in law and business from UTS, John has been obsessed with the ways research and innovation make the world a better place for over seventeen years. He has worked in consulting for research and development, innovation culture and strategy, capital raising and technology commercialisation with global organisations, startups and small companies; raised millions of dollars of capital and shaped the future of many organisations

John is also a co-founder of the startup community company PushStart.

David Cunningham

David initially started his career in JPMorgan London in 1999 and later in JPMorgan Asia until 2002.

He then pioneered into the emerging market of China where he co-founded the multi award winning real estate investment company "Shanghai Vision Ltd" in 2002. In just 11 months Shanghai Vision Ltd had sales offices in Ireland, UK and Australia. The headquarters in Shanghai, which included a mortgage broking division, facilitated the sale of over 600 residential apartments to individual non-Chinese investors in just the first 3 years of trading. In 2005 "Shanghai Vision Ltd" was successfully sold in a MBO (Management Buy Out).

David then founded a rental and property management company in Shanghai, SVAM, with over USD184 million AUM (Assets Under Management). Recently acquired in Sept 2013.

In June 2008, David moved into the travel industry by founding an ecommerce company, www.ourexplorer.com . OurExplorer was built up to be the #1 private tour guide website in the world and subsequently purchased by the Carlyle Group in the USA through Viator Inc. in October 2010.

David now seeks to invest in and work with some exciting early stage growth companies in Sydney via the incubator 25fifteen based in Bondi Junction.

Garry Visontay

Garry Visontay has had nearly 30 years of business experience spanning both the corporate world and start-ups. He has successfully grown five businesses across a variety of industries, is an active angel investor with significant board-level experience, and has a passion for internet businesses and mentoring start-up founders.

He currently serves as a General Partner in the Sydney Seed Fund - an early stage investment fund investing in Australia’s most passionate tech founders; co-founder and Chairman of RecruitLoop, an award-winning global platform to automate and outsource parts of the recruitment process on-demand; Chairman of DesignCrowd - one of the largest online marketplaces for graphic design in the world; Chairman of Oneflare, Australia's fastest growing local service marketplace and co-founder and Director of The Fresh Venture Group, a multi award-winning corporate services company.

Garry holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Computing from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been a judge and guest speaker in the AGSM Entrepreneurship class and is an active mentor at the Founder Institute, Fishburner's Fast-Track programme and a member of Sydney Angels and Innovation Bay.