Every big thing starts off small and every bright idea has the potential to become a successful business.
He holds key positions on a number of national boards and associations including Chairperson of Business Innovation and Incubation Australia and a member of the Enterprise Connect Manufacturing Advisory Board.
Amanda lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 16 years as an Economics, Business and Politics Publisher for Pearson, Macmillan and Oxford University Press. Amanda holds a Master of Arts from Curtin University and Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and Diploma of Training Design and Development.
Prior to joining Business Foundations Gabor has held senior management positions at Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship, Arnott’s Biscuits, McWilliam’s Wines and Palandri Wines as well as prestigious B2B organisations like Kailis & France Foods. He holds a B. Bus. degree with a double major in Marketing and Information Technology as well as an MBA and is the founder of two start-up businesses as well as serving on the WA Regional Council for Redkite Cancer Fund for Children and Young Adults.
In the mid ‘90’s Jim had the opportunity to participate in the NEIS program himself and became the Proprietor/Director of Steppin’ Out Dance and Drama Academy (SODDA).
For the past 10 years, after successfully completing his Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Business qualifications, Jim has been involved in working with ‘at risk’ youth and adult job seekers; assisting them with career advice and the development of their work readiness skills and qualifications.
Jim’s passion is people and supporting them in their endeavours to become successful entrepreneurs and believes that everyone has the ability to achieve.
Carmelina has worked in senior finance and management positions in commerce, government and not for profit organisations. In addition, she has operated her own consulting business and understands the challenges faced by small business owners.
As a Business Advisor and Mentor with Business Foundations, Carmelina enjoys assisting and empowering small business owners in all aspects of small business set up and management. She especially enjoys guiding small business owners to succeed in their business ventures towards self-employment.
Stakeholder management with Corporate, Government and NGO’s is critical to engaging with business leaders and bringing together the leadership and proprietorship of emerging and existing business opportunities in the region.
On behalf of Business Foundations Peter Bowler extends an invitations to anyone with an idea, a vision, a burning yearning for entering the fascinating world of business ownership to visit him at “ Make Place” Mandurah – the central innovators hub.
Clients include an impressive range of businesses including high profile, local and national organisations in public, private and government sectors as well as SME’s. Brian excels at designing marketing strategies and implementing and facilitating personal performance and business performance, organisational development and associated business improvement strategies.
Effective leadership coupled with people development programs supported with 1on1 coaching measured against bottom line improvements are key to driving any business to success. Brian is passionate about improving business performance especially through people and their personal performance generating motivated, upbeat and challenging workplaces which in turn produce a more productive and profitable business.
She holds a degree in Sustainable Development, a Cert IV in Small Business Management, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and has over 7 years experience in creating and running two successful businesses, Organic Waste Solutions and Helitech Services Pty Ltd. Kim was recently invited to be a key speaker at the Women Leaders in the Green Economy forum hosted by City of Perth, and also volunteers as a business mentor for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia. Kim is also a qualified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, and has taught yoga in both Australia and Japan.
From running her own Direct Sales Company to working for large Corporates, Diana has a solid understanding of what industries leaders do to increase revenue.
Now back in Perth, Diana started her business ‘Training for Growth’. Her passion is working with Micro and Small Business owners helping them to maximise their growth by turning conversations into sales, giving them the competitive edge.
She holds a Bachelor of Business degree, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Management and Diploma in Retail Management.
Diana’s passion is attending and learning from personal development courses. She also loves bushwalking and completed the 100km Oxfam walk with her team in 2014
Carissa has previously worked at CSIRO and Baker IDI Research Institutes in industry engagement and commercialisation. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology with first class honours and a Master of Business for Commercialising Science and Technology, both obtained from Monash University.
Ken was previously a Director with a UK Photonics startup which grew from 8 to 80 staff over 10 years and ended in a trade sale to the world’s largest optics manufacturer. He has been involved in university spin-outs from Southampton University and technology acquisitions out of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London.
He has also held technology transfer and industry engagement roles in the UK for big science projects such as Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) at the European Southern Observatory and the ‘Aurora’ mission to Mars for the European Space Agency.
Most recently Ken was involved in establishing Commercial IP diligence processes for a major UK clearing bank that enabled them to enter the Venture Debt market to finance growth companies rich in intangible assets but lacking traditional security provisions.
Over the past seven years, Angela has provided assistance to over 130 small to medium businesses, providing an objective and professional outsider’s perspective on the health of each business and practical recommendations aimed at improving business performance. Angela has worked across a wide range of industry sectors which include the five growth and tourism sectors identified as eligible for support through AusIndustry’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme. Angela has qualifications in business management (MBA) and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course.
Originally studying optoelectronics and laser engineering, Andrew moved into fundamental research in biophysics before returning to applied research in the field of optical sensing; here he gained experience of sensor development, early phase prototyping, and project management. Facilitating connections between SMEs and the research community is aided by the 3 years Andrew spent in technical sales of scientific equipment within Australia, wherein Andrew became familiar with the research capabilities of a broad section of the Australian research community.
As an innovation facilitator in South Australia, Andrew is passionate about providing opportunities for SMEs and PFROs to collaborate for impactful outcomes.
Don has served as CEO with two primary industry co-operatives in Western Australia, and has been intensely involved in food processing, value adding, and export of food products to areas in Asia and the Middle East.
Don was named Telstra SW (WA) Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 1997 in recognition of export and business expansion achievements. Now living in Bunbury, Don has more recently been involved with small business in the South West of Western Australia. He was Business Manager of Bunbury Air Conditioning and Electrical Services (2005-07), during which time the company won awards including overall winner in the 2007 WA Regional Small Business Awards.
Professionally, he has immensely enjoyed working with SMEs to generate IP for the creation of profits and jobs. Since 2008, he has also supported a Papua New Guinea NGO, the Foundation for People and Community Development that is working with seven forestry communities resisting the entrance of commercial logging operations. Overseas experience includes time in the US teaching at Chicago’s DePaul University, part of a team driving an instruments start up firm in North Carolina and living in Ghana and travelling parts of West Africa.
Mary has been involved with R&D companies whose origins were University based both in the USA and Australia and she has worked as a catalyst, facilitator and champion of applied academic research for a number of years.
Gary has also worked as a consultant to SPIE, the international Society for Photonics Instrumentation Engineers, increasing their engagement with the European Photonics industry. Here, he also implemented and chaired conferences on industrial photonics and imaging. As a strategically capable director, executive, manager and mentor Gary has also been an active council member for the Scottish Optoelectronics Association and was company secretary for the trade body for a period of two years.