Welcome to the new LaunchVic board members

Published: 8 July 2020

Four new board members including a new chair have been appointed to LaunchVic, bringing new skills and experience to Victoria’s startup agency.

The appointment of Leigh Jasper, Ilona Charles, Teresa Engelhard and Aneetha de Silva was announced for a term of three years – with Constantine Frantzeskos and Catriona Larritt reappointed to the board.

New chair Leigh Jasper is the co-founder and former chief executive of Victorian startup success Aconex Limited, CEO of Saniel Ventures and a director of the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Salta Properties, Buildxact and Seek.

The Victorian Government continues to promote women’s leadership with the new-look LaunchVic board, bettering its target of 50 per cent representation of women in new appointments to government boards.

LaunchVic is leading the development of a globally connected startup ecosystem in Victoria that attracts investment and generates jobs. In the past four years, LaunchVic-funded programs have supported 386 organisations and more than 4800 entrepreneurs – providing mentorships, accelerator programs, bootcamps and other initiatives.

Victoria has more than 1800 technology-based startups, providing new-economy jobs which will be vital in supporting our economic recovery.

Through LaunchVic, the government has played an instrumental role in driving this growth, with over $45 million invested in grants, research, sponsorship, events and other programs.

The Victorian Government acknowledges the work of outgoing chair Laura Anderson and inaugural board members Tim Fawcett and Anne Bennett for their leadership, dedication and oversight since the establishment of LaunchVic.

Visit the LaunchVic website.