Made by entrepreneurs,
Meet your Runway team
We believe real life experience is the best way to learn.
A carefully curated team of experts await you at Runway. Someone is always on hand to answer your questions and challenge your thinking.
Founder & Chair
Nick is an active entrepreneur with a focus on the success of regional startups. Simply put, Nick loves startups; leading them, investing in them, growing them, and helping others to achieve startup success in whatever way he can. Tech, startups and innovation are his purpose.
Founder & CEO
Peter has over 15 years business experience in senior management and executive roles as an intrapreneur and 15 years as an entrepreneur in 4 businesses he started. Peter’s exposure to over 30 different organisations has given him a great depth of business operating experience across different industries.
“Runway is genuinely invested in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, succeed and create jobs and opportunities for the region. It also is uniquely placed in regional centres to unearth undiscovered startup talent.”
Sue is the office manager at Runway and with her excellent organisational skills manages all of Runway’s administrative tasks including, managing the Accelerator schedule, community engagement with the startups, mentors and business partners, payroll and generally ensuring the Runway office runs smoothly.
Linda combines over 25 years of professional consultancy and industry experience. Amongst Linda’s strengths is her ability to bring together the knowledge that she has collected over her career and adapt it to various cultures and circumstances in a non-confronting and engaging manner. Her dedication to people and team work has seen her leading large change programs to meet the vision and mission of organisations.
Originally from Geelong, Jo spent many years having adventures in distant lands before making the Surf Coast her home. Her passion is story telling through images – be they photographed, videoed, or illustrated. She is inspired by the buzz of creativity at Runway and takes pleasure in capturing that vibe and sharing it with the wider world.
Director Stakeholder Relations
Janelle has over 10 years’ experience in strategic communications and marketing. She combines this with an innate ability to quickly understand the culture of an organisation. After working with some of the world’s top PR agencies, in both the UK and Australia, Janelle launched The Little PR Company in 2009, utilising her international learnings of the PR industry.
Programs and Inventions – Runway Ballarat
Nichola comes with extensive project management experience having worked in State and Local Government for over ten years. She brings with her a knowledge and appreciation of the value of collaborative government and private enterprise relationships. Nichola is particularly passionate about regional development and what fostering innovative start up culture in regional areas can do for it.
Entrepreneur in Residence – Runway Unearthed, Great South Coast
Nathan Elliott is a fitter and turner by trade and also an active entrepreneur, founding and co-founding several businesses of his own. With a focus on new technology, manufacturing, Nath is passionate about the success of regional startups. His experience in starting a new business, knowing how to navigate the early-stages and his warm and approachable personality, makes him a great connector and facilitator for the Great South Coast.
Marketing and Events Director
Tess offers over 25 years corporate marketing, communications, events and business development experience. She has also run her own marketing consultancy for the last 5 years, as well as establishing several fashion startups. Tess’s strength is her ability to coach business owners to find clarity in their brand presence and leverage it as a meaningful offer to an audience.
With you all the way.
Runway genuinely cares. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur looking for some advice, a startup looking for an introduction, or a new ecosystem interested in the Runway model, we will do whatever we can to help.
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