The Team

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
Co-Founder

Ian is an Investment Partner at Jelix Ventures and a Co-founder of Innovation Bay. He is a technology entrepreneur working to nurture and build the Australian startup ecosystem.

Accomplished leader of high-growth technology businesses. Strong understanding of technology and how it can be used to build competitive advantage.

Passionate about mentoring and investing in startups.

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Phaedon Stough
Co-Founder

Phaedon has over 18 years working with entrepreneurs and high growth tech startups globally.

Founding Mitchellake in 2001 to help entrepreneurs scale their companies via human capital solutions. Then cofounding Innovation Bay in 2004.

Phaedon was on board of Australia’s first incubator, Pollenizer and it’s Chairman in 2009-11. Moving to  San Francisco in 2012 he established Innovation Bay in the Bay area, and later co-founded The Australian Founders Network to help Aussie entrepreneurs living overseas collaborate, share experiences and support each other.

Sian Priest
General Manager

Over 12 years working in and with tech and digital startups with a proven track record of success translating startups ambitious vision into successful businesses. Relishes the role of ‘chief problem solver’; executing business strategy, establishing business operations and processes, ensuring efficient productivity and helping businesses achieve success.

As cofounder and Chief Ops Officer of Edtech game studio, Kuato Studios, grew the company from coffee shop start up to fully operational games studio. Later as General Manager at Rainmaking Loft – a London hub designed to support startups and entrepreneurs – helped establish the space as a leading player in the London tech landscape.

Emma Lister
Community Manager

Communications and event planning professional. End to end planning and execution lead on large scale events. Experience with crisis communications and last minute event reorganization. Experience with community organization and grassroots communications campaigns. Consistent work on internal and external communications campaigns. Excel in relationship building and networking to develop communities and organizations. Comfortable in a fast paced, “start up” environment. Generally inquisitive and curious about the details in the world around me.

Claire Tester
Events Manager

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Our Ambassadors

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.

Jason Neave

Adelaide Lead

Craig Swann

Adelaide Ambassador

Noelle Smit

Adelaide Ambassador

Bernie Woodcroft

Brisbane Ambassador

Joe Thorp

Adelaide Ambassador

Tudor Marsden-Huggins

Brisbane Lead

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