LaunchVic’s new chair Laura Anderson sets goal to eliminate tall poppy syndrome in the startup ecosystem

LaunchVic has appointed company director, philanthropist and businesswoman Laura Anderson as its chair, filling the role vacated by ex-Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour earlier this year.

Anderson stepped into the role on Monday, and hopes to bring her years of experience as a corporate advisor and international company director to the role.

In addition to her role as LaunchVic chair, she is also chair of SVI Global, Melbourne Fashion Festival, The Good Foundation, OneGlobalVenture, LKG Advisory Boards and the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools. Anderson is also board member of companies such as the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Fed Square Pty Ltd, and the Defence Council Victoria.

Anderson takes over from Fahour, who in February left the role as chair of Victoria’s $60 million startup body. He was replaced in the interim by Mirvac director Elana Rubin.

The appointment of a new chair comes after a challenging few months for the government-backed body, which culminated in the termination of the 500 Startups-run 500 Melbourne accelerator program in August.

LaunchVic had announced in July that it would be putting the 500 Melbourne project on hold while it waited for 500 Startups to address cultural issues within the organisation by successfully implementing a “remedial plan”. Read more

Angela Castles – Smart Company – 6 Oct 2017