ROHAN WORKMANCo-Founder and CEO
Rohan Workman has been an integral part of the Australian startup ecosystem for nearly a decade as a company founder, director and advisor.
Previously, he was the Founding Director of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) at the University of Melbourne and gained extensive experience in managing incubator and entrepreneurial programs. Under Rohan’s leadership, MAP was ranked the 8th best program of its kind globally.
In 2008 Rohan co-founded RosterCloud, an HR management software tool for events companies. He was a Director of RosterCloud until it was acquired in 2016.
Rohan started his career at a boutique corporate advisory firm where he gained experience across a number of industries including telecommunications, agriculture, retail and property. He is a graduate of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue and is a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Maxine Lee is a leading authority in designing programs that help companies from inception to growth and their first round of funding.
She is responsible for operations, diligence on potential opportunities and supporting founders through business challenges.
Maxine previously spent five years as Accelerator Manager for the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) at the University of Melbourne as one of its first employees. During her time at MAP, Maxine had significant exposure and involvement in building a world class accelerator and managed a portfolio of over 54 companies.
Prior to this, Maxine worked in brand consulting with clients in IT, supply chain and logistics across Australia.
ANTHONY GLENNINGFund Manager
Anthony Glenning is a seasoned Chief Executive and Non Executive Director with a career spanning 25 years in the software development industry, 14 of those in Silicon Valley.
In 1999, he founded Tonic Systems, a web application development company that was acquired by Google in 2007 as part of the Google doc suite of products. From 2010 to 2018, Tony was formerly the Investment Director for Starfish Ventures, a venture capital firm that specialises in Australian high growth technology businesses. During that time Anthony held directorships at Aktana, Atmail, DesignCrowd, MetaCDN and Nitro Software.
Anthony is also a Non Executive Director of ASX listed Pro Medicus (ASX:PME) and Azure Healthcare (ASX:AZV). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Computer Science from The University of Melbourne, and a Master of Science (MSEE) from Stanford University in California.
Sarah abendscheinSeed Program Administration Manager
Sarah Abendschein has extensive experience working in global operations in the startup and technology sector in San Francisco at Australian-founded PDF software company Nitro.
Originally from California, Sarah began her career in San Francisco’s booming technology industry. She has seven years’ experience in program administration, project management, and operations and relocated to Melbourne in 2018. Sarah worked at Nitro for just over five years and saw the company grow from 60 to 200 people.
Sarah oversees company program administration, culture, office and is the Executive Assistant to the CEO.
Bridget is a senior corporate affairs executive with over 20 years' experience in strategic communications and brand development in Australia and the US.
She has worked at leading domestic and global organisations including Bank of Melbourne, Committee for Melbourne, Goldman Sachs JBWere and JP Morgan.
Most recently Bridget was Head of Corporate Affairs at Bank of Melbourne. She is a Director at Lighthouse Foundation and is Chair of the Lighthouse Foundation Fundraising Committee.
Bridget is a guest lecturer in corporate affairs and issues management at RMIT and Victoria University. She is passionate about corporate philanthropy and has mentored social enterprise start-ups.
Paul LittleCo-founder & Chairman
Paul Little has a wealth of experience building some of Australia’s most successful businesses. He is Founder and Chairman of the Little Group with operations and investments across a range of sectors including property, aviation and lifestyle.
From 1986 to 2011, Paul was the Managing Director of Toll Holdings and oversaw the Toll Group’s rise to become Asia’s pre-eminent provider of logistics services.
Paul has received a Doctor of Business honoris causa from RMIT University. He has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of the transport and logistics industries, and for service to the community through philanthropic support of sporting and medical research organisations.
Paul is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is Chairman of Visit Victoria and a Director of Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). He is a former Chairman of the Essendon Football Club. He is a former member of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) Advisory Board at the University of Melbourne.
Paul has substantial experience in scaling an organisation into a globally leading company. He has invested in and mentored numerous early stage enterprises across a range of industries and is passionate about developing Victoria’s economy.
Darrell WadeCo-founder & Director
Darrell Wade is one of Australia’s most successful founders and is a recognised leader in entrepreneurship with extensive experience in designing and building significant and sustainable companies.
Darrell is a Co-Founder and the Executive Chairman of the Intrepid Group – the largest adventure travel tour operator in the world.
He was a founding member of the MAP Advisory Board where he was instrumental in assisting the design of the program. He has also been a board member of many not-for-profits and NGOs, including Parks Victoria and Good Cycles. Darrell is on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
He was selected as one of the first group of Australians to complete Climate Project training with the Hon Mr Al Gore. In 2016 he was one of 17 Australian business leaders to sign a statement of support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
His achievements include winning the NAB SmartCompany Award and being named the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Carol Schwartz AMDirector
Carol Schwartz has a passion for entrepreneurship and is one of Australia’s leading business identities, recognised as an esteemed commentator on governance, social enterprise, gender equality, women’s leadership, business and finance issues.
As Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Carol was the driver of the Women for Media initiative, which aims to increase female representation in the news media. Carol is also Founding Chair of Our Community, working to build strong communities through stronger community organisations.
Most recently, Carol was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Monash University, inducted into the Australian Property Hall of Fame, made an Honorary Life Member of the Property Council of Australia and inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. Carol was awarded a Monash University Fellowship in 2010 in recognition of her professional distinction and outstanding service as a member of the alumni.
Carol was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours list in 2006 for her achievements in business and commerce and her contribution to community and the arts. Carol also received the Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her outstanding service as a leading business executive and committee participant.
Together with her husband Alan and four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation, which works with individuals and organisations that have a vision for the future of Australian society.
Martin AdamsCo-founder & Director
Martin Adams has extensive experience in the strategic and operational management of high-tech global companies in a range of diverse sectors including online education, renewable energy and digital media.
Martin is the CEO of EMS B&K, which is a global provider of continuous, unattended environmental solutions. EMS B&K is a Spectris plc company (SXS:LSE) and was originally founded by Martin as Lochard in 1990.
Martin was a Co-Founder and the former Chairman of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) at the University of Melbourne. He was also the former Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
Martin was awarded the E&Y National Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology, Communications, Ecommerce and Life Sciences in 2002 and served on the Growing Technology Based SMEs Working Group of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council in 2004 and 2005. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree with honours from the University of Melbourne.
James CroweCompany Secretary & Advisor
James Crowe is a corporate partner at Norton Rose Fulbright specialising in technology-related M&A and venture capital. He has over 25 years’ experience at global firms in Australia and the US.
James has deep technology sector expertise and has acted for global and domestic technology companies, venture capital firms and founders in relation to acquisitions, capital raisings, liquidity events (trade sales and IPOs) and growth strategies. In addition to a law degree (with honours), James holds a degree in computer science majoring in artificial intelligence.
James is a director or advisory board member of a number of early stage technology companies and is an active angel investor. He is the former head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Melbourne Corporate group.
Ian Hanley brings a wealth of diverse experience from more than 25 years in the accounting profession with roles including Chief Executive of a major accounting firm, Partner and Specialist Advisor.
Ian has worked with numerous and varied businesses advising on financing, taxation, business acquisitions, management and operations.
He is the General Manager of Operations and Finance at the Little Group and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning.