Job Capital managing director Jo Burston has been appointed to the advisory board of LaunchVic, a $60 million body designed to accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria.
As part of a team of industry experts Jo Burston will work to strengthen and build the current operating environment of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.
Her appointment was announced by Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis at the Above All Human Conference in Victoria this morning. Women make up 54 per cent of the team and, according to Mr Dalidakis, it is the first board in the innovation sector to include more women than men.
“This is an amazing team to steer LaunchVic and is one that has some extraordinary success stories and a wealth of experience in this space – there has never been a more exciting time to be a startup in Victoria,” said Mr Dalidakis.
“The calibre of women on this board should also, absolutely, dispel the myth that government and corporate boards cannot meet a 50/50 target,” he said.
Jo Burston, who is also the founder of the global entrepreneurial movement Inspiring Rare Birds, says she is “thrilled” to be involved with an organisation that represents such a progressive move.
“The Victorian Government has consciously chosen talent and board members that demonstrate value for these initiatives, with an exceptional view to equality and inclusion. To be on a board that has a 50/50 gender inclusion is a true act of modern leadership,” she says.
“I’m looking forward to outcomes that impact the SME, startup and innovation scene in Victoria and I’m very excited about the long term ripple effect socially and economically, and to see the State’s progression,” she says.
LaunchVic was unveiled late last year. It is designed to invest in core infrastructure, improve access to funds for local startups, advocate on Commonwealth legislation and regulation, and engage in startup events, campaigns, competitions and mentoring programs. The $60 million fund will be provided over four years.
Advisory board members
Ahmed Fahour, managing director and group CEO, Australia Post (Chair)
Elana Rubin, director, Mirvac Group (Deputy Chair)
Jo Burston, managing director, Job Capital and Inspiring Rare Birds
Tim Fawcett, director corporate and government affairs, Cisco Systems Australia
Dominique Fisher, executive chair and managing director, CareerLounge Pty Ltd
Con Frantzeskos, CEO, PENSO
Phillip Kingston, managing director, Trimantium Capital
Jane Martino, head of social segment, ANZ Bank
Rachael Neumann, managing director Australia, Eventbrite
Kee Wong, managing director, e-Centric Innovations
Susan Wu, head, Stripe Australia and New Zealand