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Peter Argent

Pete is the director of Coder Factory, a coding school for anyone wanting to learn how to build web applications and apps. Coder Factory's students are aspiring tech startup entrepreneurs, university students and career professionals. Pete has been working at the intersection of technology and education for over fifteen years. Prior to starting Coder Factory he led a number of educational teams at IBM, specialising in software training at enterprise and government levels.

Ross McIntyre

Co-founded Wattblock with Brent Clark, winning a place in Telstra's muru-D start-up accelerator, judged Australia's Best Social Change Entrepreneur, and closed a $500k capital raise and City of Sydney Environmental Innovation Grant for a Virtual Energy Assessments Program. See the Wattblock Explainer Video and 3 minute pitch.

Ross has a Masters in Applied Finance & Investment and 10 years experience focused on data analytics, visualisation and insights from large and complex data sets. He also has a background in product development and commercialisation.

Brent Clark

Brent is CEO and co-founder of Wattblock an energy efficiency startup for residential buildings. Wattblock recently raised $500k investment after pitching to investors in U.S., Asia and Australia. Brent previously worked in technology innovation for Commonwealth Bank and three prior startup companies, one of which was sold for $73m. He has launched products into 30 countries, has degrees in computer science, law and an MBA.

Thai Huynh

Thai is the co-founder of Kapcher, an invitation-only marketplace for talented freelance photography and videography creatives. Kapcher was the most voted Australian startup in the Global Startup Battle and also ranked among the top 15 most voted under E-commerce category in the Global Startup Battle organised by Startup Weekend.

Before founding Kapcher, Thai was the Finance Director of AIESEC Australia, a local branch of a global organisation that provides youth leadership development through international internship programs in over 110 countries. Towards the end of his term, he was also selected to be part of the International Congress Committee Team that organised the largest youth leadership conference for 800 young leaders from over 110 countries in Egypt during the political turmoil.

Outside business hours, Thai is interested in bringing people together to collaborate and create. He has successfully organised Sydney Startup Weekend for 120+ people and GovHack Sydney for 150+ attendees.

 

Stephen Rutter

Stephen Rutter, Manager of the Executive Programs unit has 18 years' experience in global business environments in the Entertainment, Travel and Logistics disciplines. He has worked for Cathay Pacific Airways and as General Manager of Showfilm; a $30m business unit of Show Group, Australia's largest entertainment logistics company.

Stephen is managing Executive Programs to facilitate the Business School's engagement with UTS faculty and industry on Open Programs, Customised Corporate Offerings, Unique Events, Student Programs (such as Integrated Business Consulting and Entrepreneurial Integrated Practice) as well as Entrepreneurial Activities.

 

Benjamin Chong

Benjamin has a track record of investing in and building successful Internet-related businesses over the last fifteen years. These include Online Agility, an incubator and developer of online concepts, and Jetabroad, one of Australia's leading online travel companies. Benjamin has served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours, Benjamin began his career consulting in the areas of ecommerce strategy, online marketing, and technology for major clients such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Volvo, Sony, and Toyota. Benjamin was named National Young Business Person of the Year by Young Achievement Australia and is a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), and Sydney Angels.

Benjamin serves as the co-director of the Founder Institute in Sydney.

 

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is currently Legal Manager at LawPath, Australia's largest and fastest growing online legal platform. Prior to joining LawPath, Dominic spent time in both the commercial and criminal legal sectors. Dominic is a thought leader in Australian legal start ups and disruption and was recently recognised as a winner of the Australian Legal Invocation index.

Brett Fox

Brett Fox is the co-founder of online photography school, Photzy.com. Over the last 2.5 years Brett has grown Photzy to over 50k online students, with only a very small team of remote contractors. He spends a few months a year travelling and playing music.

Alfred Boyadgis

Alfred is an award winning industrial designer who is also the Founder and Director of R&D for Forcite Helmet Systems.

Forcite combines current and emerging technologies into a new helmet system that provides officers with enhanced communicational abilities, active footage streaming and number plate recognition all displayed on the HUD of the helmet.

Jeffrey Duncan

Jeffrey is a business strategist and entrepreneur with experience across Australia, UK, Asia and the Middle East. As a management consultant, Jeffrey has worked alongside CEOs, Boards and senior managers and provided strategic and operational advice across various industries.

In 2015, Jeffrey co-founded GradAustralia to help every university student get the best possible start to their career.

Eric Ziehlke

Eric is an intellectual property lawyer and a Partner at Swaab Attorneys. Prior to taking up law, Eric spent many years as a marketing manager which gave him a real appreciation of the value of innovation in products and services in delivering a marketing edge.

Eric is a strong advocate of the identification, protection and exploitation of intellectual property as an engine for profitable and sustained growth.

Kuppal Palaniappan

Kuppal is a management consultant in the Social Impact Consulting and Technology Advisory Practice' at Deloitte Australia. She is passionate about bringing together the public, private and social sectors together to work on the most challenging and pressing social challenges in particular the areas of capacity building & entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities, mental health and employment for the most disadvantaged.

In her spare time, Kuppal and her business partner work on their startup, Soleful Shoes. Soleful Shoes believes that all women should have access to beautiful shoes that fit them and be able to make a difference at the same time.

Soleful Shoes is an Australian social business catering to women with feet sizes 4, 5, 4.5, 10 & 11 (shoes sizes which are impossible to find!).

Ryan Hunt

Ryan is currently Innovation Manager at News Corp Australia. He is an Enthusiastic and motivated Technical Product Manager (Software) with a proven track record of success and delivery. Having worked at places like Skype (London) RealNetworks (Seattle, WA).

Ryan has been a Product Manager on consumer software (Skype, RealPlayer), mobile apps (Feature Phones, Android) and enterprise software.

David Kettle

David is the Founder and Managing Director of nettHQ.com is a B2B networking and messaging application connecting clients and suppliers across more than 25 countries. Uniquely, nett facilitates desk to desk connections which ensures continuity of relationship between organisations, even as staff come and go.

Rizvi Mridha

Rizvi is one of the founders of Bindle. Rizvi has previously worked in economic/financial consulting, competition economics/regulation and government policy relating to innovation, entrepreneurship and open data.

Rizvi is passionate about bringing positive change to the world by reducing inefficiencies in existing systems - particularly monopoly systems. Rizvi's greatest strengths are his leadership skills and his business acumen give him 5 minutes and he'll be able to pair a sustainable business model to any innovative idea.

Rosary Coloma

Rosary currently works in business development for Executive Programs at UTS Business School. In this capacity she is involved building key client relationships and other key activities such as facilitating entrepreneurial activities and representing UTS Executive Programs at external events in the startup ecosystem.

Rosary is also about to complete an MBA at UTS (with a focus on subjects in entrepreneurship and innovation) and has also been involved in creative ventures, social ventures and consulting to startups on design, brand and customer experience strategy. Rosary is passionate about the power of using creativity and entrepreneurship to tackle societal and environmental challenges.

Matthew Ho

Matthew is head of product at Tapmint, a technology consultancy. He has also worked at Next Digital, Deloitte, airbnb. He cofounded Native Tongue which creates language learning games for mobile. His apps Mandarin Madness and Spanish Smash have 500,000 downloads and 4.3 star rating.

He has expertise in mobile apps, mobile/web analytics, product marketing and product management. He has worked on 13 mobile/web products. This includes venture capital backed startups, financial services, education, software as a service, and marketplaces. His personal blog Inspiredworlds is one of Australia's Top 20 business blogs. He regularly writes about mobile apps and online marketing.

Matt has has been a guest writer for Tech In Asia for 2+ years. He is a mentor at Muru-D (Telstra accelerator program). He is recognised as one of the Top 50 startup influencers in Australia by Startup Daily. You can find Matt here:

Blog: inspiredworlds.com
Twitter: @inspiredworlds