Not-for-profit organisation and startup advocacy group, StartupAUS, has appointed Teresa Engelhard.
She joins the board with a strong experience and background with startups and growth-stage technology companies, spanning roles in executive and venture capital.
Since arriving in Australia ten years ago, Engelhard has assisted Antipodean companies access overseas investment, markets and exits and her global startup outcomes include a multibillion dollar US listing, three US company trade sales and five Australia and New Zealand company trade sales to overseas buyers.
StartupAUS founding director and chairman, Peter Bradd, said Engelhard’s global expertise with startups and track record of support for entrepreneurial companies offers enormous value to the board.
“We are delighted Teresa has agreed to join the passionate team on our board to help champion the growth of Australia’s startup ecosystem. With a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change, it has never been more important to have the guidance of strong, experienced voices in the national conversation around innovation and startup growth,” he said.
“With her extensive experience in investment management and technology entrepreneurship, Teresa is well placed to help us recognise and respond to the priority growth challenges for Australian startups.”
Engelhard said, “I’m excited to be joining the StartupAUS family and working with the team that has been instrumental in helping Australia understand the importance of startups.”
“Having had the privilege of working with many local entrepreneurs who are equal-in-talent to the best-in-the-Valley, I am optimistic that StartupAUS’ goals for Australia are achievable,” she added.
Currently, Engelhard also sits on the boards of online marketplace, RedBubble, medical device and Internet of Things (IoT) product developer, Planet Innovation and Daintree Networks, an IoT smart building systems developer.
She also serves on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, the sub-committee of the Innovation Australia Board for the Australian Government.