Runway is a not for profit that exists to help entrepreneurs transform themselves, and the world – for good.

The world has changed…

…a global pandemic, climate emergency, and increasing geopolitical pressures leave people searching for new directions and answers.

The moral, ethical and economic imperatives are intense

People and business of all shapes and sizes, struggle with what to do, and how to adapt; and applying a 20th Century mindset to solve 21st Century problems can leave us hopelessly ill prepared

The spirit of entrepreneurship is central to the answer

Under constraints the entrepreneurial spirit thrives, experimenting with possibilities and defining new pathways to profitability, enabling adaptation and transformation.

Runway takes a strong leadership position

Building the capability of entrepreneurs to be successful, creating new solutions for an economy and community that is fit for the 21st Century

The Runway Team

Our people are the engine room of our success with broad and deep expertise, and real world experience starting, pivoting, and growing successful businesses all over the world.

Nick Stanley

Nick Stanley

Executive Chair

Linda Wong

Linda Wong

Managing Director

“The Facilitator”

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Why did you join Runway?
For its AMAZING people, AMAZING spaces and AMAZING programs

What would you like to be known for?
An expert and go-to-person in experiential learning and just for making a difference.

Who would you invite to dinner?
Nelson Mandela

Sue Pollard

Sue Pollard

General Manager Facilities & Events

“The Organiser”

Geelong

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Why did you join Runway?
To add a female touch to a male dominated environment.
Because I have a lot of respect for the founders, Pete and Nick.
It gave me the opportunity to explore a different career path and be part of such an innovative idea.

What would you like to be known for?
Not being afraid to give anything a go.

Who would you invite to dinner?
Baby GROOT (and I would have to invite Bradley Cooper as well so he could translate for me)

Nichola Sleight

Nichola Sleight

Head of Operations

“The Inventor”

Ballarat

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Why did you join Runway?
Every day I get to share in the energy of new business – the excitement, enthusiasm, challenges and successes. I get to see people use their knowledge to shape their own futures and to create new solutions. What’s not to love about that!

What would you like to be known for?
I would like to be known as someone that encourages others to be the best they can be.

Who would you invite to dinner?
I’d have dinner with anyone if I didn’t have to cook, however I think dinner conversation with Coco Chanel would be scintillating.

David Spear

David Spear

Head of Partnerships & Professional Services

“The Creator”

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Why did you join Runway?
Because now, perhaps more than ever, business innovation and entrepreneurial spirit are required to build an economy fit for the 21st Century; and I wanted to be part of the team taking the lead on that.

What would you like to be known for?
My ability to bring new ideas into reality that are strategic and create impact.

Who would you invite to dinner?
Elon Musk!

Evelyne Nyamwiza

Evelyne Nyamwiza

Community Liaison

 “The Formulator”

Ballarat

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Why did you join Runway?
When I first read about Runway, I was very excited and knew I had to join the team because I am passionate about helping people. I also like being a part of a team that is committed to seeing that individuals and businesses in Ballarat develop their ideas and dreams.

What would you like to be known for?
I would like to be remembered for being a person that is not afraid of taking on new challenges.

Who would you invite to dinner?
Any big eater would be my dinner guest
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David Huggan

David Huggan

Business Development

“The Connector”

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Why did you join Runway?
I joined Runway because the company is helping regions around Australia to grow their startup communities, and are doing particularly well with the Runway Virtual platform right now as we all grow more used to working from home. The team is very friendly, positive and innovative.

What would you like to be known for?
Being professional and humorous; easy to work with.

Who would you invite to dinner?
Stephen King, Jacinda Ardern and Bruce McAvaney – what an interesting chat that would be!

Zoe Cleverdon

Zoe Cleverdon

Events & Projects Facilitator

“The Instigator”

Ballarat

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Why did you join Runway?
I like the cut of their jib.

What would you like to be known for?
I think I have a pretty good phone voice.

Who would you invite to dinner?
Haruki Murakami – my favourite author of all time. The way he talks about food is amazing… I would be insisting that he narrated the whole meal.

Jaykob Dostis

Jaykob Dostis

Administrative Assistant

“Woke”

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Why did you join Runway?
I joined Runway for the experience of working in a business space. I feel like working in such an innovative space is a great opportunity for me to build my skills and learn about different areas and practices in the business community.

What would you like to be known for?
I'd like to do something that has a positive impact on the wider community. I'd like to "change the world" in a way that benefits most people.  

Who would you invite to dinner?
Probably Quentin Tarantino. 

Kath Nettleton

Kath Nettleton

Community Liaison

“The Enabler”

Ballarat

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Why did you join Runway?
I had recently relocated from Brisbane, and was looking for something a little different in my life for work, and along came Runway. Working at Runway has allowed me to put my skills to work in a different way. The positive way of lifting people up, encouraging and educating them to be their best self and follow their dreams was inspiring.

What would you like to be known for?
Being helpful, thoughtful, a go-to person to get things done. But also a little no-nonsense, but fair.

Who would you invite to dinner?
I miss having our big dinners with friends, as I love to cook, and always cook too much for our little family. So, people who are willing to eat, have a great time and good conversation.

Nick Stanley

Nick Stanley

Co-founder & Chair

Linda Wong

Linda Wong

Director & Company Secretary

Leesa Soulodre

Leesa Soulodre

Board Director

Simon Quirk

Simon Quirk

Board Director

Michael McKeand

Michael McKeand

Board Director

We believe in the power of experiential learning; delivering hands on practicle programs that can be applied immediately to create impact in the real world.

Our partners

Runway is grateful for the support and collaboration of its key partner organsations.

How can we help you?

Start a business

Learn and apply techniques used by successful startups all over the world to develop and launch a new business.

Grow or pivot your business

Find new growth opportunities, activate growth plans and reduce your investment risk at the same time.

Build a community, work and connect

Access an entire ecosystem connecting you with valuable resources and the right people at the right time to catalyse your success.