iThink - A Podcast All About Leadership

Interview with Maria MacNamara (CEO Advance)

November 05, 2020 Crispin Blackall & Melissa Brown Season 2 Episode 2
iThink - A Podcast All About Leadership
Interview with Maria MacNamara (CEO Advance)
Chapters
2:51
Can you tell us about how your career started?
6:36
Who has been the leader who has been your biggest mentor?
7:46
Its often said Australia bats above its weight in innovation - what is the best way for innovators to generate a startup community around them
11:13
How much of an issue is it to get seed funding?
13:18
Do you think that innovators are only in 20s or 40s?
16:19
Is there a trend of 40+ people going to startups because they have funds and ready to go?
17:46
Are there common characteristics in the people you are seeing as successful entrepreneurs?
18:57
Is this the time to transform and so that Australian's dont have to go overseas to grow their businesses?
21:46
Have you got any examples of leaders who have leveraged the Australian Diaspora?
25:49
For those 350,000 who are returning to Australia how should they start to network?
28:50
Do you think there is an opportunithy to startt busineses with the talent returning to Australia?
30:31
What makes Australian Talent so different?
iThink - A Podcast All About Leadership
Interview with Maria MacNamara (CEO Advance)
Nov 05, 2020 Season 2 Episode 2
Crispin Blackall & Melissa Brown

iTHINK is hosted by Melissa Brown and Crispin Blackall, series two is asking the question "Do You Have a Start Up In You?"  interviewing founders of startups small and large, leaders who have taken their business offshore and those that have stayed in Australia. 

Beyond the founders we talk to advisors, accelerators, educators, marketers and funders.

In this episode we talk to Maria MacNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Advance, Maria spent over 25 year working in the professional services sector before her transition to government and sparking her passion for innovation and start ups.

She is an active participant in and supporter of the Australian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Maria sits on the board of the Spark Festival, and the International Women’s Forum (Australia). She is also a Voting Mentor for the Genesis program at the University of Sydney, a member of the Board of Advisors for Idea Spies, and an Advisory Council Member for the Future Minds Accelerator.  Maria is also the inaugural Convenor of the Australian Innovation Council.  She was recognised in the 2018 International Women’s Day Showcase, was a nominee in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards and is the winner of the Startcon Australiasian Community Most Valuable Person Award in 2018.

Show Notes Chapter Markers

iTHINK is hosted by Melissa Brown and Crispin Blackall, series two is asking the question "Do You Have a Start Up In You?"  interviewing founders of startups small and large, leaders who have taken their business offshore and those that have stayed in Australia. 

Beyond the founders we talk to advisors, accelerators, educators, marketers and funders.

In this episode we talk to Maria MacNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Advance, Maria spent over 25 year working in the professional services sector before her transition to government and sparking her passion for innovation and start ups.

She is an active participant in and supporter of the Australian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Maria sits on the board of the Spark Festival, and the International Women’s Forum (Australia). She is also a Voting Mentor for the Genesis program at the University of Sydney, a member of the Board of Advisors for Idea Spies, and an Advisory Council Member for the Future Minds Accelerator.  Maria is also the inaugural Convenor of the Australian Innovation Council.  She was recognised in the 2018 International Women’s Day Showcase, was a nominee in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards and is the winner of the Startcon Australiasian Community Most Valuable Person Award in 2018.

Can you tell us about how your career started?
Who has been the leader who has been your biggest mentor?
Its often said Australia bats above its weight in innovation - what is the best way for innovators to generate a startup community around them
How much of an issue is it to get seed funding?
Do you think that innovators are only in 20s or 40s?
Is there a trend of 40+ people going to startups because they have funds and ready to go?
Are there common characteristics in the people you are seeing as successful entrepreneurs?
Is this the time to transform and so that Australian's dont have to go overseas to grow their businesses?
Have you got any examples of leaders who have leveraged the Australian Diaspora?
For those 350,000 who are returning to Australia how should they start to network?
Do you think there is an opportunithy to startt busineses with the talent returning to Australia?
What makes Australian Talent so different?