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A little more about us...

Innovation Bay was founded in 2003 with a simple goal: to create a network for founders to connect, share experiences, and learn from their peers. Hundreds of events later, Innovation Bay has evolved to create community across the tech landscape – between angel investors, VCs and founders at all stages. 

A little more about us...

Investing in the future of Australian startups

We have two communities for investors: Horizon (for angel investors), and Aurora (for VCs). We bring the investment community together to learn, collaborate, and shape the future of the industry.

Investing in the future of Australian startups

Supporting founders from idea to IPO

We have two distinct communities for founders, Canopy for early-stage founders, and Summit for growth-stage startups. Our communities enable founders to form lasting peer relationships, and tap into valuable collective wisdom.

Supporting founders from idea to IPO

Our story

2003 - Innovation Bay founded

Ian Gardiner and Phaedon Stough co-found Innovation Bay to establish a much-needed community for Australian tech entrepreneurs. Early events are run in the mornings at Home Club in Cockle Bay Wharf.

2004 - Focus Dinners

Innovation Bay hosts our first private founder dinner. These intimate events provide founders with a platform to share their "scar tissue" with a room of fellow entrepreneurs.

2010 - First pitch events

We host our first-ever pitch events called Founder Dinners where emerging technology entrepreneurs connect with a community of investors over a relaxed dinner.

2014 - National expansion

Innovation Bay launches events nationally in Melbourne, Perth & Adelaide.

2017 - First national sponsor

KPMG joins as Innovation Bay’s first National Sponsor.

2017 - Podcast launches

Innovation Bay launches Open the Pod Bay Doors, a podcast that shines the spotlight on the best and the brightest founders and investors in the Australia and New Zealand startup ecosystem.

2018 - First Venture Downunder

Innovation Bay runs the first Venture Downunder, a venture capital conference in New Zealand’s stunning South Island.

2018 - National sponsor

Macquarie and AWS join as Innovation Bay's second and third national sponsors.

2019 - Summit launches

Innovation Bay launches Summit, an invite-only community for exceptional growth-stage founders.

2020 - Launch Aurora

Innovation Bay launches Aurora, a community that unites the venture capital industry in Australia and New Zealand.

2020 - Launch Horizon

Innovation Bay launches Horizon, an exclusive community of passionate, experienced angel investors.

2020 - Virtual events

In response to COVID-19, Innovation Bay hosts our first virtual events to continue to address and educate our community throughout the pandemic.

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We're always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our growing team. If you're passionate about Australia and New Zealand's startup ecosystem, check out our latest open opportunities.

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Phaedon Stough

Co- Founder / CEO

Phaedon Stough

Ian Gardiner

Co-Founder / Director

Ian Gardiner

Anna Tyndale

Chief of Staff

Anna Tyndale

Hayley Rynehart

Partnerships Manager

Hayley Rynehart

Claire Tester

Events Manager

Claire Tester

Julie Elefante

Marketing & Events Intern

Julie Elefante

Gav Parry

Program Director, Canopy

Gav Parry

Michelle Zaccaria

Program Manager, Horizon

Michelle Zaccaria

Sarah Catford

Program Manager, Summit

Sarah Catford

Christie Jenkins

Program Director, Horizon

Christie Jenkins

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