An entrepreneur, angel investor, Director, Advisor, mentor and advocate for the creation of a stronger Australian innovation culture, Topaz works extensively with early stage Founders and their companies on commercialisation strategies and investment. This passion was built on top of her international experience as a Founder, CEO, Venture Capitalist and Angel investor, traversing a number of industries including medical devices, hi-tech, e-commerce and engineering. Topaz loves helping founders grow businesses, especially generating revenue!
Topaz started working with start-up companies in Seattle, Washington in 2000, as Founder of her own companies and CEO of Cytopeia (a bio-engineering company). Upon returning to Sydney in 2010, she was hit by the lack of ecosystem to support entrepreneurs, and committed to help build one from that point on.
Today, she works with Larry Lopez helping deliver the Accelerating Commercialisation Programme as a Commercialisation Advisor – the greatest source of investment deal flow in Australia! In 2012 Topaz co-Founded and was Chair of SBE Australia-Springboard Accelerator (a world-class NFP Accelerator for women-led companies), is a Non-Executive Director of StartupAUS and Cicada Innovations, is an Advisor to ARIAC (Alberta Research & Innovation Advisory Council), and is a member of federal Minister Karen Andrew’s Industry, Innovation and Science Women’s Advisory Roundtable