Lauren Capelin

Principal, Startmate

What do you do at Blackbird?

Scour the region for Australia and New Zealand's best founders before they even know it!

What did you do before Blackbird?

Platform Partner/Head of Community @ Reinventure Group - strengthening Australia's fintech ecosystem.

Chief Knowledge Officer/Community Director @ Collaborative Lab - growing the global sharing economy movement with author Rachel Botsman.

What projects have you led at Blackbird?

Apart from building the pipeline of incredible future Startmate founders, I am focused on our diversity and inclusion efforts.

What ideas are you excited by right now?

We have a once in a generation opportunity to reshape the rules of society and the economy right now. Innovation can and will come from anywhere, opportunity is more distributed than ever before and the possibilities technology provides are almost limitless. I want to work at the intersection of these forces to uncover the next world-changing startups from our own back yard.