BSc, BA(Hon), MA (Innovation Commercialisation)
Director, Strategy and Educator
I have an audacious goal of inspiring one million people and helping them work towards achieving financial independence by having their own successful entrepreneurial businesses.
My first entrepreneurial project was in 1985 which I did for for the Australian Red Cross.
Since then I have worked with many entrepreneurs to help them recognise opportunities, and generate new ideas.
And I built a successful consultancy in IP commercialisation and innovation, advising universities and other large R&D organisations.
These include Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, and Meat and Livestock Australia (Australia’s 3rd largest R&D funder).
As a result, I have done hundreds of feasibility studies and evaluations on startup ideas.
I have raised $215m in venture funds, and I have launched 22 startups, in all sorts of industry sectors.
Of these 22 startups, 6 were our own businesses, 13 startups were for consulting clients, including a new listing (BluGlass) on the Australian Stock Exchange, and I am also an Angel Investor and Mentor in 3 startups.
Some of these 22 startups failed fast, but 45% of them are still operating successfully. In the world of entrepreneurship, this is a massive success rate.
You can find my complete resume on LinkedIn!
Who am I
I grew-up in The Netherlands and lived in California for a while, before moving to Australia to study Marine Biology.
This was followed-up with a Post-Graduate Degree in Social Sciences, and a Masters Degree in Innovation Commercialisation.
My diverse background in science, politics and business has given me an unique insight, from all different angles, and this is the foundation of my success.
I absolutely live, love and breathe entrepreneurship
It demands the ability to dream big and solve problems, as well as a firm grasp of the real world, a place that is at once chaotic and organised.
I know for a fact, startup entrepreneurs absolutely need our personal advice and help, but unfortunately they can’t afford to pay for it.
So when I was offered my own column in FastThinking – Australia’s premier innovation journal – I saw that as was a way to help aspiring entrepreneurs.
However, it wasn’t until I launched – BusinessNavigate and BusinessNavigateAcademy – an entrepreneurial education and training organisation that allows me to achieve my goal.
My goal of inspiring one million people and helping them start their own successful entrepreneurial businesses.
I lead and mentor the BusinessNavigateAcademy program development team, and am also one of its chief educators.
One of the unexpected side-benefits from this is that it sparked my interest in documentary film making, and Artificial Intelligence.
Oh yes, I continue my quest of perfecting my home barista skills, striving for that perfect cup of coffee … still a long way to go on that one!
My favourite book and movie of all time is “A Good Year”, set in the south of France.
It is about the importance of mindfulness and to focus on what the French lovingly call “joie de vivre”