Passionate professionals

It takes a special and committed group of people to create an environment and program like iAccelerate.

Our people are passionate professionals who believe deeply in the potential of our programs and residents to drive a revolution in innovation and technology – in our region, the nation and beyond.

They’re a fundamental part of our community, living and breathing our vision to create sustainable positive change.

Don’t underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.

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Meet our people

Paul Di Pietro

Dr Paul Di Pietro

Dean of Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation, UOW

As Dean of Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation, Dr Di Pietro will focus on creating a thriving RKET ecosystem and promoting entrepreneurship at UOW by leading iAccelerate and the Innovation and Commercial Research Unit. He is developing coordinated RKET strategy and framework, facilitating RKET professional development, leading UOW’s Business Development Network and its Research Infrastructure Working Party.

Tamantha Stutchbury

Dr Tamantha Stutchbury

iAccelerate Director of Research, iAccelerate

As the iAccelerate Director of Research I hold a primary purpose of enhancing multidirectional training and opportunities in entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge exchange and translation for researchers, research students and iAccelerate. I will use my experience in bringing together diverse groups of people (from university, community, government and industry) to facilitate transformative projects with real impact.

Jeri Childers

Dr Jeri Childers

iAccelerate Director of Education, iAccelerate

Dr Jeri Childers joins the iAccelerate team as the Director of Education.

The iAccelerate Director of Education has carriage of developing and upscaling UOW’s entrepreneurial educational offerings to enhance student experience and improve graduate employability. More broadly, this role will co-lead with the iAccelerate Director of Research the development of a new strategic model and direction for UOW’s iAccelerate.

John Kerr

John Kerr

Program Manager, iAccelerate

As Program Manager I am responsible for the relationship management and execution of startup engagement at iAccelerate from pre-program entry (recruiting & pipeline management), their journey through the program, and post-program support. I support businesses already based at iAccelerate by focussing on creating the best possible environment in which early-stage companies can grow and succeed, particularly through business coaching and business plan oversight.

Chris Petersilge

Chris Petersilge

Ecosystem Evangelist, iAccelerate

I am the Ecosystem Evangelist for iAccelerate: Helping share our 14-week Educate program with our regional partners, like the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. I also look after our networks of mentors, investors, and international partner programs. You can find me at events around Wollongong and regional Australia.

Sabine Straver

Sabine Straver

Educate Program Manager, iAccelerate

Hi I’m Sabine, I am the Educate Program Manager here at iAccelerate. I manage our education program that is built around delivering key knowledge areas critical to rapidly building a successful startup business.I have over ten years working experience from the University of Wollongong. I was also involved with the team that designed and ran the “Learning to Teach Online program” which was the Universities Central COVID-19 response training over 900 academics over a period of several weeks.

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