Annie is a startup ecosystem and community leader. She’s built and run 15+ accelerator programs globally with deep knowledge of startup communities across the US, Europe and Australasia.
She’s invested in hundreds of startups through these programs and has lost count of how many entrepreneurs she’s worked with over the years.
Annie joined Microsoft earlier this year as the global head of their Startup programs, based out of Sydney. This role covers the broad market offers Microsoft provides to the startup community, and also the ScaleUp initiative. The ScaleUp program works with later stage enterprise startups to help them get ready to sell to a large customer audience. Based in 8 cities globally, the ScaleUp programs offer a genuinely unique opportunity for startups not only to grow in their home markets, but into international locations as well.
Prior to Microsoft, Annie held a number of roles in the startup ecosystem covering early stage co-working space Fishburners, as well as a number of accelerator programs. Annie co-founded muru-D – Telstra’s startup accelerator program with 5 locations in Australia and Singapore.
Annie was also Head of Operations for Wayra, Telefonica’s startup accelerator program which had 7 startup hubs across Europe.
Annie also co-founded Techfugees Australia a global movement connecting the technology ecosystem together with newly arrived refugees in Australia to help solve some of the problems they face. Through Techfugees, companies have been created, jobs found and most importantly lives changed for the better.
Passionate about diversity and inclusion, and helping wherever she can, Annie is an active angel investor and mentor and loves helping founders achieve their full potential.