Aaron Birkby

CEO, Startup Catalyst

Aaron is a tech entrepreneur, currently serving as the CEO of Startup Catalyst, leading missions to Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel and Asia for youths, founders, investors and innovation leaders. He is also the co-founder of Peak Persona, delivering programs for startup founders with tangible, action-based routines that they can adapt to better manage their time, and to engineer their emotional state, on a consistent basis.

In 2016 Aaron was awarded the national Benson Award for Entrepreneurship, and also the Pearcey Award for Queensland.

Learning to code at the age of 8, Aaron has started over ten businesses (with 4 small exits) since the age of 16. His largest business, Arinda, which he sold in 2012, provided a cloud-based billing and authentication platform for public-space ISPs – at the time of sale that software was used by over 250 points-of-presence with over 6 million users annually in 9 countries.

Aaron previously worked as the Entrepreneur In Residence for muru-d Brisbane at River City Labs.  He is also a member of Queensland Government Startup Working Group, serves on a number of advisory boards, has facilitated over 40 Startup Weekend and corporate hackathon events, has led multiple trade missions to Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel, and has a weekly technology segment on ABC Coast FM radio station.

Hear Aaron speak at the Global Entrepreneur and Investor Exchange event on 5 April and the HYPE Sports Innovation Accelerator: Global Pitch Event on 9 April at Commonwealth House.

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