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You are Silicon Coast

Silicon Coast ignites collaboration as the leading representative body for entrepreneurship, innovation and technology on the Sunshine Coast. We support and develop the regional ecosystem and celebrate the spirit of Silicon Coast. This spirit is embedded in the give first value-driven approach where we recognise those who amplify the entrepreneurial community. We facilitate introductions between entrepreneurs, share knowledge to improve skills and facilitate connections with leaders.

Our Board

Ben Duncan

Chair

Co-Founder & Chairperson, responsible local and state Grants a serial entrepreneur and experienced CEO and CTO for the past 18 years. Ben seeks to work with an inspiring technology company while utilising his technology and management skillset to create world-class products while being part of an amazing team who are creating a positive impact for the world.

Ben is also the co-founder of a local programming and entrepreneur group on the Sunshine Coast, QLD since 2013. Ben hosts frequent technical meet-ups presenting new technologies, from using Caffee, building apps in EmberJS, introduction to Tensorflow, how members have built high-performance systems, and more.

As a Sunshine Coast resident, Ben's vision is to promote the growth of tech startups in the
community. Leading a successful campaign for local government to invest in digital
infrastructure, supporting our growing tech scene.

Ben has successfully aligning the interests of the community, mayor, and stakeholders in government, a $4M investment was allocated to build a 750sqm digital hub in our local community of Peregian Beach. Opened in Jan 2018, the precinct encourages local talent to build and launch new startups in the Noosa region. The master-plan includes over 2,000sqm of green-space for community use and recreation, footsteps from the beach.

CJ - Craig Josic

Executive Officer

Craig Josic’s philosophy is to inspire and be inspired. He loves all things digital, and is passionate about innovation, education, gamification, improving the way people engage online, and collaborating with business, local government, organisations and communities.
As chief digital and business development officer Craig has experience working in digital services for schools, businesses and organisations and has travelled extensively in Queensland and around Australia, speaking on a range of topics and collaborating with key partners at events and conferences.
As the co-founder and executive director of Silicon Coast; a not-for-profit organisation which ignites collaboration and is the leading representative body for entrepreneurship and innovation on the Sunshine Coast, Craig fosters the vision to become the most innovative and collaborative region in Australia.
He is a collaborator, mentor, speaker, educator, volunteer, strategic planner and business development guru and has been involved in multiple events and projects over the years, including events that bring people in the creative, entrepreneurial, business and tech space together. Supporter and advocate for the new Maroochydore City Centre, International Airport expansion and International Broadband Submarine Cable Project, Craig believes that these projects are the game-changers that will transform the region.
Craig has many years of experience in SME’s and business management, surrounded by technologists, CEOs and start-ups, working on everything from corporate strategy, digital transformation, the Lean Startup Methodology and marketing to help businesses get above the noise. His rounded knowledge allows him to proactively work with stakeholders to set up mutually beneficial partnerships.
Craig thrives within collaborative ecosystems, sharing knowledge & working with other like-mind people. His productive and collaborative relationships with local, national organisations led to Craig being recognised by Advance Queensland as the 2017 Community Digital Champion for his ongoing commitment, involvement and collaborative projects.

Dr.Retha (de Villiers) Scheepers

Treasurer

Co-Founder & Treasurer, responsible for engaging with youth entrepreneurs, and based at the University of the Sunshine Coast, has a deep knowledge of the obstacles entrepreneurs face and processes to overcome these and contributes to Silicon Coast’s capacity building and skills development initiatives.

Sean Bannister

Co-Founder responsible for Silicon Coast events and website development is an experienced internet marketer and serial entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of web development and brings together a number of entrepreneurial meetup groups to ensure Silicon Coast serves their needs.

Coby Sullivan

Coby has a background in digital marketing and has held leadership roles with some of Australia's biggest companies including Flight Centre and Griffith University. In 2010, she was offered a marketing position in the NYU Polytech Incubator, and it was during her time here she discovered she loved the unpredictable, fast-paced environment of startups. She went on to work with The Urban List and The Lens, then later managed Advance Queensland's $1m Innovation Program on the Sunshine Coast. In 2019, she secured a spot in MIT's Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and since then has been enjoying sharing her learnings with founders and helping to coordinate various accelerator programs, including EarthTech and The Australian Health Accelerator. She recently launched her very own incubator, and after nine months, welcomed the first graduate - her daughter, Lundin.

Our Volunteers

Julian White

Luke Humble

Ben Walker

Louise Bertram

Jordan Josic

Alex Murray

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