Meet the TechSydney team
Bede is Executive Chairman of TechSydney and Managing Partner of Antler Australia. He has been working in the tech sector since 2011, including five years in Indonesia, where he co-founded Lazada Indonesia and Paraplou Group. In Australia, he led the deployment of global student accommodation marketplace Student.com and is now leading Antler.co across Australia and New Zealand.
Fleur Brown is an entrepreneur who has made a significant impact on Australia’s innovation and start-up ecosystem over the past decade. Fleur is the Founder and CEO of the PR Agency, Launch Group, and she also recently founded and is the Executive Director of the TV Show ENTREPRENEURS on SkyBusiness News. She is a Co-Founder of innovation festival TEDxSydney.
Co-founder and Non-executive Director
Dean is a start-up founder, advisor and investor. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Australia’s first group buying site, Spreets.com in 2010 (which was bought by Yahoo7) and recently launched his 4th start-up, IconPark.com. Dean is evangelical about his hometown being the best place in the world to live – and committed to making it the most desirable place on earth to grow a high-growth tech company.
Sarah has been immersed in tech and STEM for most of her career, establishing Girl Geek Academy alongside four co-founders in 2014 as a social enterprise on a mission to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025. The Girl Geek Academy programs are for girls from the age of five right through to 95 and have helped train more than 10,000 girls and women. She has also worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, where she witnessed first-hand the challenges faced by women in the industry. An active community contributor, Sarah works with the Leonardo group and Science Gallery Melbourne, is a member of the Victorian Minister’s Advisory Council for Gender Equality, an ambassador for Brisbane City Council’s youth program, Visible Ink, and sits on the Standards Australia Cloud Board. She also sits on the VicHealth Youth Taskforce and is a VicHealth champion. In 2019 Sarah and Girl Geek Academy published a best-selling young adult fiction series with Penguin Books to help inspire the next generation of Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers.
Paul Towers is a 4x Entrepreneur and proud supporter of the Australian startup ecosystem. He is the Founder of Task Pigeon, a task management application, and Startup Soda, a media platform that aims to uncover and support Australian startup founders, entrepreneurs and early stage companies. Paul also mentors student entrepreneurs as part of the Genesis program at The University of Sydney.