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David Williamson | CEO

0423 792 204  |  david.williamson@melbourneinnovation.com.au

I have been a part of MIC for nearly a decade and enjoy working across a number of areas of the business. This has included mentoring many businesses through their start-up and growth phases. I really enjoy supporting people through some of the most challenging and rewarding times of their lives.

Chief Executive Officer's Role:

  • Lead the development and implementation of MIC's strategy
  • Manage MIC's strategic partnerships
  • Execute the establishment, activation and roll-out of new campuses
  • Managing MIC's financial sustainability
  • Continue to iterate the incubation and accelerator models

What I can assist businesses with:

Including but not limited to:

  • Strategic planning
  • Business model design
  • Management consultancy
  • Lean/Agile
  • Digital strategy
  • Attracting capital (Crowdfunding rewards/equity, VC, Angel, Debt etc.)
  • Online and traditional marketing
  • HR, Governance and compliance
  • Broadening networks and qualified introductions
  • Government relations
  • Public relations
  • A general pick-me-up!
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George Jakowenko | Operations Manager

0417 371 423  |  george.jakowenko@melbourneinnovation.com.au

I have been at MIC since its inception in 1997, assisting small businesses through the critical initial growth phase and facilitating business growth. I delivered the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) from 2000-2014, assessing and supporting participants with business planning, financial obligations, and growth. I organise available workspace across the various MIC incubator sites.

Operations Manager’s Role:

  • Maintain the facilities and services of MIC
  • Support business entering and leaving the Incubator
  • Assist business growth and development within the Incubator Program
  • Assist business mentors within MIC
  • Support the CEO in day-to-day operations of the Incubator

What I can assist businesses with:

Including but not limited to:

  • Business planning
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Networking
  • A sounding board
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Vivian Vo | Program Manager

0435 803 181  |  vivian.vo@melbourneinnovation.com.au

I have been at MIC for over five years. I have managed various government initiatives and currently run and present workshops around business innovation and entrepreneurship for LGAs and as part of MIC’s Incubator Program. I am also a contributing columnist for the Herald Sun’s business section, providing business advice and solutions for startup businesses.

Program Manager’s Role:

  • Development of incubator and acceleration programs
  • Organise and promote business workshops and events
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders 

What I can assist client businesses with:

  • Business Models
  • Design Thinking
  • Personal branding
  • Business & Marketing Plans
    • Online marketing strategy 
    • Social media strategy 
    • SEO strategy 
    • Website development planning
    • Email Marketing Campaigns
  • Monitoring and tracking campaigns
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Blanche Wang | Accountant and Financial Manager

0423 760 103  |  blanche.wang@melbourneinnovation.com.au

I have worked with MIC for three years, specialising in small business and startup financial controlling, accounting systems, and taxation. I have completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing; Masters of Professional Accounting, and am an associated CPA member. I am fluent in English, Mandarin, and Shanghainese and can assist business with translation in these languages.

Accountant and Financial Manager’s Role:

  • Managing all finance and accounting operations
  • Coordinating and managing the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts and report variances
  • Preparing and publishing timely financial statements
  • Developing and documenting business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings

What I can assist client businesses with:

Day-to-day general accounting and bookkeeping, including but not limited to:

  • Accounts payable and receivable 
  • Managing creditors
  • Quotations 
  • Fixed asset and depreciation
  • Inventory
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Bank reconciliations

Internal business financial operations, including but not limited to:

  • Profit & loss actuals vs. budget comparison
  • Business financial performance
  • Revenue projections
  • Cash forecasts / budgeting
  • Relative cost position and sustainable cost advantage

Payroll, government and general tax compliance, including but not limited to:

  • Payroll system and process
  • Superannuation reports and payment
  • Business Activity Statement (BAS) and Instalment Activity Statement (IAS)
  • End of year consolidations

Other areas included but not limited to:

  • Accounting system design
  • Existing accounting procedure audit
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Company tax and sole trader tax
  • Individual tax
  • R&D (research and development tax)
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Maddy Williams | Media and Communications

9499 9100  |  madeline.williams@melbourneinnovation.com.au

I have six years’ experience supporting the growth and promoting the success of startups at MIC. With a degree in professional writing, I work in content and design, assisting startups with content creation, website development, and copywriting and editing. I am passionate about the journeys of our business and love putting those stories into words.

Media & Communications Role:

  • Assist the Program Manager in the delivery of MIC’s programs and initiatives
  • Develop training materials for MIC’s events
  • Develop and deliver internal and external communications
  • Develop and maintain MIC’s and client’s websites

What I can assist client businesses with:

  • Interview clients about their business and write a feature article for the MIC newsletter, blog, social networks, board report, and pitch article to Darebin Council’s Business Connection for possible publication
  • Development of client websites (primarily WordPress and Squarespace)
  • Copywriting
  • Copyediting/proofreading
  • A second opinion!

Maddy works part-time, Monday-Wednesday.

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Charlotte Diack | Communications Officer 

9499 9100  |  charlotte.diack@melbourneinnovation.com.au

I hold a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations. I have experience in PR, media release generation, social media communications, creating digital strategies, event management, building a brand’s online presence, and working closely with small business.

Communications Officer’s Role:

  • Manage MIC’s social media platforms
  • Develop and execute marketing strategies
  • Manage the delivery of MIC’s training and networking events
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of MIC’s and client’s websites
  • Business consulting for internal and external clients

What I can assist client businesses with:

  • Social media creation and management
  • Facebook advertising
  • Online event management creation, such as Eventbrite
  • Construction of media releases