During Steve’s year long appointment as Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur he has championed Queensland’s Start up ecosystem. He plays a vital role in building and promoting the importance and contribution of entrepreneurship and investment in Queensland. One of his roles has been to connect regional and remote Queensland to foster state-wide entrepreneurship. Whether you are a founder, a business owner or an investor, you will gain valuable insight from Steve’s vast experience as an investor and entrepreneur, about balancing entrepreneurial innovation with business risks. Steve will also share his thoughts on how to identify and assess whether a start-up business is an attractive investment.
Don’t miss the opportunity to relax and network with senior business leaders and discuss what 2019 has in store for you.
Entrepreneur and Investor
At the age of 23, Steve put his life savings on the line to launch his first start-up SE Net which was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUnet. He then launched his second start-up with a schoolmate - PIPE Networks which listed on the ASX in 2005 and later sold to the TPG Group. He also spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.
Since 2010 Steve has become a major early stage investor in start-ups leading to the founding of Brisbane tech startup co-working space River City Labs. He has also been on the listed boards of Vocus Telecoms, Indoor Skydive Australia Group and OtherLevels as well as being on the board of Commercialisation Australia.
Steve has been heavily involved in the early days or founding of numerous industry groups as well as been a Shark on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank Australia for the past four seasons.
In 2006 Steve received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Northern Region and then in 2016 he received the Pearcey Medal for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Information and Communications Technology Industry.