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. 

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.

Supporting founders from idea to IPO

We have two distinct communities for founders, Canopy (for early-stage founders), and Summit (for later-stage founders & CEOs). Our communities enable founders to form lasting peer relationships, and tap into valuable collective wisdom.

Our Story

Join the Innovation Bay Team!

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.

Join us

CEO & Co-Founder

Phaedon Stough

Co-Founder

Ian Gardiner

Head of Operations

Marley Harmon

Head of Partnerships

Hayley Rynehart

Head of Marketing & Communications

Ella Petite

Head of Events

Nicole McKay

Head of Founder Communities

Coby Sullivan

Founder Scout

Graeme Caplen

Community Manager – Horizon

Julian Luca

Community Director – Summit

Phoebe Bardsley

Event Manager

Stephanie Yoon

Events & Marketing Manager

Sophie Voice

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