Why We Exist

We exist to champion the Australian startup ecosystem. Our future depends on our ability to create great companies, drive new innovation, and encourage a spirit of entrepreneurship. We want to live in a country where technology improves the lives of everyone.
Innovation Bay has been supporting technology focused entrepreneurs for over 15 years. We are a trusted, independent organisation at the centre of the ANZ tech ecosystem. Providing a platform for entrepreneurs to learn, raise capital, network, and collaborate.
We curate a range of events and content to encourage our community to share ideas and learn from each other. We help founders take the next critical steps to turn their ideas into viable businesses. Connect them with investors, mentors and leaders. And our team invests its time, knowledge, networks, to help them reach their goals

At the centre of the Australian technology ecosystem

How We Help


Community Members


Seed Funding Raised


of valuable connections made


Startups Funded


of Founder Stories shared

The place to foster relationships across the Startup Ecosystem

Who We Are

As entrepreneurs ourselves we intrinsically understand the challenges and uncertainty others face. Whether we assist with investment support through pitch events, education and resources, or simply providing networking opportunities, the Innovation Bay team is here to help  to ensure more meaningful and connections are made across the national ecosystem.

Ian Gardiner


Phaedon Stough

Co- Founder

Anna Tyndale

Chief of Staff

Claire Tester

Events Manager

Cj Holden


Samantha Clarke

Membership Manager

Alison McHugh

Marketing & Comms

To ensure the health and wellbeing of the Innovation Bay team and our valued community we are implementing a series of procedures related to COVID-19:

  1. The Innovation Bay team has opted to work from home until further notice.
  2. Innovation Bay in-person events have been postponed until at least 27th April 2020.
  3. All meetings to be virtual via video conferencing or phone. Any scheduled face to face meetings to be rearranged as video calls.
  4. All domestic and international business travel prohibited until further notice.

We are keeping up to date with the latest COVID-19 information and advice by monitoring the Australian Government Department of Health and any advice from state government agencies.

We have also joined a coalition of Australian business leaders trying to #StoptheSpread of COVID-19. This initiative was started by Melanie Perkins from Canva and we encourage other business leaders looking to commit to doing your part to contain this situation to add your name to the pledge.

As this unprecedented situation evolves further, we will continually update you with any additional changes within our business. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you, your teams, family and friends well in this challenging time.