ACS appoints Todd McGregor to lead Startup Catalyst
2 December 2019
ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has appointed Todd McGregor as General Manager for Startup Catalyst.
Startup Catalyst, acquired by ACS in September 2018, takes Australia’s best tech talent to startup hotspots all over the world to meet with the most innovative global tech companies, inspiring them to build the next generation of high-growth global technology giants.
Todd joins Startup Catalyst after a global career conducting business in over 45 countries across five continents and living in three. Roles included VP and GM level positions with global technology advisory firms Gartner and Forrester.
Since returning to Australia in 2009 he has initiated, grown and subsequently sold several businesses to both private and ASX 25 companies in the telco and IT sectors.
Todd said of his appointment: “I look forward to engaging with Australia’s most forward thinking corporations, all levels of Government, Venture Capitalists and the broader ICT Industry alike to ensure we have direct pathways for our best and brightest talent that foster’s the growth of our leading Australian tech start up and scaleups on the world stage.
“Achieving both domestic and international commercial outcomes is a key imperative in our role of guiding, mentoring and enabling our most innovative tech minds and ideas – and we will leverage all of the greatest attributes of ACS, our three start-of-the art innovation labs and standing in the Australian ICT sector to ensure success.”
In his role, Todd will be responsible for leading the business in line with ACS’ broader strategies along with managing Startup Catalyst’s missions and the Entrepreneur in Residence function at River City Labs.
A key factor in Todd’s appointment is his understanding of the business application of technology across a wide range of industry verticals.
Siobhan Casey, Director of ACS’ Scale-Ups and Innovation Labs, added: “I am very excited to welcome Todd McGregor to Startup Catalyst and the broader ACS team.
“Todd’s vast international business experience, coupled with successfully exiting several startups uniquely positions him to lead the dynamic Startup Catalyst program, which focuses on the cultural transformation of the Australian economy to one that is fast paced, startup aware, and global first.”
Todd takes up the role today and will operate out of ACS’ Brisbane office.
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Startup Catalyst takes groups of youths, startups, investors, corporates, and innovation leaders to international startup hotspots including Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel, and Asia with the goal of transforming the startup and innovation landscape in Australia. Our goal is to assist in the cultural transformation of the Australian economy to one that is fast paced, startup aware, and “global first”.
ACS is the professional association for Australia’s technology sector. More than 45,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed.
The Society strives for technology professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, along with promoting the formulation of effective policies on technology and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.