Startup Victoria appoints Judy Anderson as new CEO

Startup Victoria has announced its new CEO, appointing innovation consultant Judy Anderson to the role.

Previously manager of the national innovation program at Deloitte and board member of the Awesome Foundation, Anderson has been at innovation consultancy Inventium since late 2013, helping organisations “make innovation repeatable, scalable and profitable” through a science-based approach.

Scott Handsaker, cofounder of Startup Victoria, said the organisation received over 80 applications for the role following the departure of former chief Georgia Beattie and is confident it has appointed “an outstanding leader who will embrace, drive, and strengthen the community”.

“We’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years ensuring the future financial viability of the organisation. At times this has had to be at the expense of some community building activities,” Handsaker said.

“Judy’s role will focus on strengthening and enhancing community engagement, ensuring that the products and services that we offer are totally empowering for our members.”

Anderson added, “Startup Victoria has had a focus on supporting early-stage founders, but we will also look at how we can expand our activities with more established founders as their businesses meet the challenges of growth.