Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ian Cody

Mentor and Investor in South Australia's Start-Up Community
Former Senior Scientific Advisor: ExxonMobile Research and Engineering

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Team leadership
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Technology development and deployment

Ian’s career was primarily in North America with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. Over 33 years he led teams that invented, developed and deployed new catalytic petroleum process technologies, created new products and improved energy efficiency. Ian has over 70 US patents, most in support of technology that was subsequently commercialised.

Ian was appointed Senior Scientific Advisor at ExxonMobil in 2002 and elected Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada in 1995.

Since retiring in 2009, Ian has been engaged with entrepreneurial programs in Adelaide, including MEGA, The Australian eChallenge and Thinclab as mentor, judging panellist and investor.

Bill Chin

PhD, Cert IV in TAA, BBus (Hons, MIS),  AssDip (Bus Mgt),  Senior Technical Officer (Telecommunications)

Areas of specialisation:

  • Strategic partnerships
  • Global business development
  • International marketing
  • Consulting and education

Gary’s expertise is predominantly in new venture start-up, development, and growth. He has started, grown, managed and exited several businesses in various industries. Gary is also passionate about enabling and assisting people to be entrepreneurial, he believes this is important no matter whether they are intending to start a business or just want a fulfilling and rewarding life.  After extensive experience in business (small and corporate), leadership of not-for-profit organisations, consulting, and education, Gary left full time work as an academic in The University of Adelaide to concentrate on travel, mentoring, and living a fun life; one of the perks of successful entrepreneurial behaviour!

Stuart Synder

Co Founder and CFO - Your Amigo

Areas of specialisation:

  • Technology developer
  • Export business and marketing
  • Strategy and governance

Stuart was co-founder, Director, and CFO of YourAmigo Ltd which was South Australia's exporter of the year in 2008. YourAmigo was incorporated in 1999 and successfully commercialised novel search technology acquired from the Flinders University.

YourAmigo’s is a technology leader in the search marketing space with installations on web sites in over 30 different countries including many of the world’s top 100 e-commerce companies. Headquarters are currently in Adelaide although virtually all sales are now export.

Stuart grew up in Silicon Valley, starting his career as a CPA with KPMG in San Jose, California and migrated to Adelaide in 1993. He is now an investor in three South Australian's start-ups; Happy Inspector, Portalalink Solutions and Frontier microscopy and currently a limited partner in Blackbird Ventures.  Stuart spends time mentoring entrepreneurs and volunteering.

Wojtek Swietek

Non Executive Director
Judge and Mentor, Australian E-Challenge

Areas of specialisation:

  • Health and aged care
  • Disability and housing
  • Governance and policy
  • Not for profit and charitable sector
  • Health safety, environment and quality
  • Risk management and regulatory compliance
  • NFP merges and acquisitions
  • Translating strategies in operational and business plans

Wojtek is an experienced Chairman, Company Director, CEO, Consultant, General Manager and Director of Nursing. He has held numerous consulting and executive roles in the service industry including over 20 years’ experience in disability, health and aged care which is demonstrated in his personal commitment in quality service delivery.

Wojtek's professional affiliations include; the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Adelaide University MBA Alumni Association. He also enjoys donating his time to charitable organizations and over the last 7 years, being a judge and mentor in the Commercialisation and Innovation Centre's "Entrepreneurs' Challenge."

Raising four children, he enjoys travelling and adventure activities such as four-wheel driving, scuba diving as well as snow and water sports.