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Jess Cobourn

Jess Cobourn

Meet Jess Cobourn. Newcastle started as my base but I’ve lived and studied in a few places. After years of experience, training and adventures, everything started snowballing. Since 2017 I’ve run my own professional performing arts and creative business, jessica.co.creative alongside Newcastle...

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Liam Scanlan

Liam Scanlan

Meet Liam Scanlan. I’m 23 now but I started a clothing company called Eat Your Water when I was 18. Originally I studied marine biology at Uni, but I hated it. On the first day of class I even called my mum and said “I hate this.” I went from there and started this business instead, but the marine...

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Pawel Jarecki

Pawel Jarecki

Meet Pawel Jarecki. Since I’ve moved to Newcastle I’ve been brought back to life. Before that I was creatively dead. The Sydney environment wears you down. People work quite hard just to get the bills paid, and then I came up here and I hardly met anyone with a full time job, everyone’s working...

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Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

Meet Susan Ryan. I’ll always remember the date I arrived in this city, because it was the same weekend as the Pasha Bulka came to shore, (July 2, 2007). Before that I’d been living on the central coast.Up until a few years ago, I worked part time as a medical receptionist while also looking after...

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Ethan Andrews

Ethan Andrews

Meet Ethan Andrews. I’m originally from Singleton and currently living in Wallsend. I’m 25. It’s kind of hard to look back on things and see how one particular thing leads to another but everything has accumulated and led me to where I am now. I suppose it was after saying yes to too many things...

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Josh Bruce

Josh Bruce

Meet Josh Bruce. Working here is good. It’s small enough not to be too hectic but big enough to sustain work. I’m a freelance videographer, and I do all aspects of visual production from shooting to visual effects. It helps to be an all rounder when working in Newcastle because there are more jobs...

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Shauna Ryan

Shauna Ryan

Meet Shauna Ryan. I arrived here about three months ago. Previously I’ve lived in the Lake Macquarie area and also spent the better part of a year in Los Angeles. Newcastle is vibrant and the weather’s amazing. I love that there are so many places to discover; I feel like I’ve barely scratched the...

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Carlin McLellan

Carlin McLellan

Meet Carlin McLellan. I’ve lived in Sydney, Vancouver and Berlin. Newcastle keeps on pulling me back in with its great beaches and friendly vibes. I worked as a disability support worker for ten years while also freelancing as a music producer. I’ve played in a number of bands and been lucky...

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Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s initiative to accelerate startups and create new jobs in Victoria. Before taking this position, Kate worked in a variety of...

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software companies, Niki would go on to co-found Blackbird, a venture capital firm...

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point As CEO of Freelance Limited, Matt Barrie overseas the management of both freelancer.com, a service through which 54 million freelancers offer every type of service you can possibly...

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