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OUR STORY

Stone & Chalk plays an integral part in accelerating the progress of technology in Australia. We support and work with startups, scaleups, corporations, the government and the wider ecosystem (including experts, investors, mentors and universities), to drive emerging tech innovation for positive impact.

Founded in Sydney in 2015, Stone & Chalk has emerged as a serious contributor to startup success and ecosystem building. We have expanded to Melbourne to support Agtech, Medtech and deepen our footprint in cyber security. In 2019, we expanded our community to Adelaide and have now established a network with both national and international reach across all emerging tech sectors. We are committed to catalysing success for startups and helping scaleups export through our curated communities and flagship programs.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to transform Australia into a sustainable technology-driven economy.

This requires a twofold focus: Help Australia’s best startups succeed and rapidly scale, and Help corporates and governments transform faster, cheaper & better by innovating from the outside in with startups and scaleups.

OUR BELIEF

We believe that human connections, passionate entrepreneurialism, brilliant minds, relentless bravery and curiosity can change the world, one new idea at a time.

OUR PURPOSE-DRIVEN GROWTH

We operate under a very strong ethos of doing the ‘right thing’ and leading by example. We are not-for-profit, carbon neutral, and working on our B-Corporation certification. We strive to create positive impact on our planet, our country, our economy and our society.

OUR EXPERTISE & NETWORKS

Our world-class expertise and networks provide unrivalled knowledge, access to capital, infrastructure and guidance that drive emerging tech innovation. We have enabled our residents, alumni, community and partners to achieve incredible success by leveraging the best of what the ecosystem has to offer.

OUR ADVOCACY

We believe that a balanced workforce makes for a better workforce. We are proud to stand alongside many great organisations that are advocating for diversity and women’s rights in society and in the workforce. From Women of Colour, Women in FinTech program, Heads over Heels, Springboard Enterprises, Spark Festival, Advance, Refugee Talent and TechFugees.

OUR ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

We seek out creative challenges, explore new approaches, question deeper to constantly learn and display an unflagging energy to do things better, take risks, push the status quo, think and behave in unconventional ways to drive better business outcomes. We foster an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to flow and we do it with a sense of fun and humour, as it turns out humour helps you think more broadly and creatively.

OUR SECTORS

Founded in 2015, the Stone & Chalk Group today supports the development of many verticals, providing much-needed support to startups, scaleups, corporations and government across all emerging industries.

FinTech / RegTech / InsurTech

Home to FinTech Australia, Insurtech Australia, the RegTech Association and the Blockchain Centre as well as all the core financial corporate partners. From open banking, cryptocurrencies, RegTech and InsurTech to blockchain, our community is the centre of gravity.

Quantum

Quantum computing promises to deliver a huge leap in technology which increases our ability to solve new and exciting problems. Stone & Chalk supports companies working at the forefront of emerging technology.

Space

Neighbours to the Australian Space Agency, we are core partners to the space industry. We partner with government and industry to champion the next frontier.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Alongside pioneering academic institutions, we support the development and applications of AI across all other tech arenas and facilitate the gateway for emerging talent in this space.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Connected devices are impacting nearly every sector and industry in Australia. It holds the promise to have massive impact on productivity, economy, and social/community as well. Stone & Chalk supports companies with global ambitions, leveraging AI and IoT to propel innovation.

Automation

Automation utilises the power of technology to end repetitive tasks and create new opportunities for creating customer and business value at scale. Stone & Chalk supports companies focusing on the technologies which will enable an intelligent digital workforce.

Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality

Augmented, Virtual and Mixed reality deliver a whole new way for humans to interact with technology. Stone & Chalk is supporting companies that are enhancing our interaction with the physical and digital world.

Defence

With strong alliances across all tiers of government, we support the evolution of defence tech and facilitate the pathway to procurement through our partnerships.

AgTech

With key alumni like Agridigital and home to Agtech associations like SproutX, we provide the foundation for Agtech to grow.

Data Analytics

The rising demand for data technologies is a growth opportunity for Australia, and we have residents leveraging data in multiple industry verticals and horizontals.

PropTech

Currently, the real estate market is bigger than the ASX. Consequently, several companies are working to innovate in the way real estate is traded, managed, used and operated in Australia.

Blockchain

The adoption of blockchain technology in Australia is growing at a rapid pace, and Stone & Chalk residents are seizing the opportunity in sectors such as energy, crypto, data platforms, asset management and education.

MEET THE TEAM MAKING IT HAPPEN

We have the right people in the right places. Our highly experienced management team brings a wealth of best-in-class skills, knowledge and expertise that are critical to driving success in emerging tech innovation.

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Michael Bromley

Group CEO

Michael is always searching for true innovation and what comes next. This passion often manifests in his never-ending collection of gadgets and gizmos… some of which actually work.

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Marie-Anne Lampotang

General Manager, Sydney

Marie-Anne is passionate about startups, property, travel and food.

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Annie Le Cavalier

General Manager, Melbourne

Annie is a passionate community builder who thrives on navigating unchartered territory. She opened Australia’s first co-working space in 2008 and helped launch Australia’s first fintech innovation hub, as employee number 2 at S&C.

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Chris Kirk

General Manager, Adelaide

Chris has cycled solo from the pacific to atlantic across America and still boasts the best haircut at Stone & Chalk

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Jenny Tian

Group Executive, IT

When it comes to food, there is nothing Jenny won't try. She also believes that you can never spend too much money on books and travel.

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Juliette Connolly

Group Executive, People Experience

Juliette is a passionate world traveller with more than 60 countries under her belt. She loves hiking and cooking as well as spending time with her husband and dogs and cheering home her two racehorses.

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Scott Williams

Group Executive, Operations

Scott is always looking for creative ways to do things differently, so that they can be done better. He is the person to chat to about stand up paddle-boarding, good wine and great dogs.

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Mimi Curran

Group Executive, Partnerships

Mimi is an admitted tech nerd from the US, now Aussie citizen, and a passionate sustainability champion, home organic food farmer and novice golfer.

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Steve Forbes

Group Executive, Products

Steve is passionate about building great customer experience through products and services. He loves travelling and hiking with his young family, and has an unhealthy obsession with soccer.

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Chris Busson

Group Executive, Advisory Services

Chris is a digital & innovation change agent with more than 20 years of transformation experience across financial services and consulting. He has helped businesses transform into digitally innovative organisations through the implementation of lean, agile & design practices to create exceptional customer and employee experiences.

OUR CURATED COMMUNITIES

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SYDNEY

Sydney is our first location and the home and hub for fintech innovation, and increasingly, emerging tech innovation in Australia

Sydney Startup Hub Level 4, 11 York Street Sydney NSW 2000

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MELBOURNE

Partnering with LaunchVic at the Victorian Innovation Hub, we are home to Founders from all tech sectors. Our resident accelerators include SproutX - Agtech, Cyrise - Cyber, Medtech Actuator - Medtech and Barayamal - Indigenous entrepreneurship

Victorian Innovation Hub 710 Collins Street Docklands VIC 3008

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ADELAIDE

Our new home of entrepreneurship, at Lot Fourteen in partnership with FIXE, is home to over 130 entrepreneurs across all emerging tech industries with a focus on Cleantech, Space, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence and Defence

Lot Fourteen North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

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With homes across three states, Stone & Chalk’s communities are built on the strengths of each state and city. We are now home to 850 full-time residents and partners – the perfect place to start, scale and grow your business.

Located in the heart of each city - our spaces balance rustic aesthetics with technology. We provide an inviting contrast between work and play, while being architecturally-designed to promote connection and collaboration between teams, team mates, partners, investors and customers.

Much more than just a physical space operator, Stone & Chalk provides a full-service model of innovation services to startups, scaleups, corporations and government.

Residents, commercial and community partners become a part of a national network. Residents and alumni in Sydney are able to work from any location as well as participate in any Stone & Chalk program nationally and access investors, mentors or customers from across Australia.

Stone & Chalk provides a full-service model of innovation services to early stage technology companies, corporates and government.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Richard Kimber

Chair

Chair of Stone & Chalk Group, Chair of AustCyber and a Non-Executive Director of Daisee, an AI software company he founded in 2017, Richard is the former CEO of ASX Listed OFX Group, CEO of FirstDirect Bank plc and was the first Regional Managing Director of Google in South East Asia, which included Australia and NZ. Richard has over 30 years of international experience having worked in HK, USA and the UK.

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Aris Allegos

Director

A non-executive Director at Stone & Chalk and is a co-founder and the CEO of Moula one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders. Aris was also previously a Director at Credit Suisse and Nomura.

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Anthony Eisen

Director

A non-executive Director at Stone & Chalk and is currently the Executive Chair and CEO of Afterpay. Anthony has over 20 years’ experience in investing, building companies, maintaining public company directorships and providing corporate advice across a variety of sectors with a special focus in financial services and technology.

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Janine Stewart

Director

A non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Stone and Chalk. Janine’s executive career in leadership roles has spanned a diverse range of ASX 10 industry sectors including Financial Services, Media and Aviation. A strategic focus on creating value for shareholders through talent, future capabilities, culture governance and digital transformation.

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Debra Taylor

Director

A non-executive Director at Stone & Chalk, Debra has been an entrepreneur in the fintech space for over 25 years. Debra has founded over 10 startup businesses ranging from telcos, electronic payments and fintech.

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Caroline Trotman

Director

A non-executive Director at Stone & Chalk, Caroline has been a resident at Stone and Chalk for the past 2 years. Stone and Chalk has been instrumental in WordFlow’s growth from a startup to a scaleup company.

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Kirsty Rankin

Director

Kirsty is a highly experienced senior executive in the payments industry, specialising in data-driven digital transformation. Kirsty started her career at American Express before joining Pinpoint Pty Ltd, a startup in the financial services and loyalty marketing space. She was at the leading edge of ideating and creating customer-centric solutions for financial institutions, merchants, acquirers and government entities, leveraging data and technology.

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Trent Alston

Director

A non-executive Director at Stone & Chalk, Trent has over 30 years in the construction, development, real estate investment and funds management industries during his time at Lendlease, Colonial First State Global Asset Management and Challenger Limited. More recently, Trent has taken on a non-executive career with directorships at ASX-listed Abacus Property Group, the NSW Government's state-owned corporation Landcom and a number of advisory roles.