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Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, BlueChilli, 17 Sept, 2015


Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, BlueChilli addressed a private KPMG –AICC Innovation Series Lunch for 24 senior business executives in an interactive discussion on “Transforming ideas into reality”.

How often do you wake up in the morning thinking that you have come up with an incredible idea that can transform the way we do things forever? How often do you think to yourself, something needs to be done to disrupt a particular industry. Unfortunately, not all of us were blessed with the skill set required to create great technology and successful businesses.

Now, with the establishment of Venture Technology firm, BlueChilli, all you really need is a good idea – the talented and experienced team at BlueChilli will look after all other necessary components that make a business viable, including, mentoring and support throughout the process.

BlueChilli builds, grows and invests in tech startups, with an audacious goal of building a portfolio of 100 new tech startups by 2016. BlueChilli gives startup founders a complete digital team to build their technology, support through Sydney, Melbourne and US startup incubators, and training via a six-month accelerator program. Startups that complete the accelerator program and have technology platforms engineered by the BlueChilli product development team are eligible for matching seed funding through the $10M BlueChilli Venture Fund. Corporate innovation partners include Westpac, University of Technology Sydney, ZenithOptimedia and Charter Hall Securities.

Under Sebastien’s leadership, BlueChilli was named BRW’s 3rd most innovative company of 2012 and 7th fastest growing tech company in Asia Pacific by Deloitte.

Eckersley-Maslin was awarded top post-graduate researcher at UNSW for a technology that lands unmanned aircraft on warships. He commenced his engineering career as a weapons engineer with the Royal Australian Navy where he was deployed to Iraq.

Eckersley-Maslin has been recognised as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is three-time “30-under-30” winner. He is a board member of the Sydney chapter of the Awesome Foundation, and represents the Australian tech startup industry in lobbying at State and Federal government levels.


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