Ewa Lobaza

Head of Partnerships

previously Head of Partnerships

What is your role at Startmate?

We engage with so many different organisations here at Startmate, and I manage our external relationships and partnerships. I connect with startups, VCs, government agencies, NFPs, tech companies and industry bodies who we can provide value to and who can help us strengthen the startup industry across Australia & NZ.

Favourite Quote?

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire."

I'm a Charles Bukowski fan.

Favourite Book?

The Beach by Alex Garland is the first that comes to mind.

What’s the first job you’ve ever had, and what did you learn from it?

I worked at an Independent Cinema in Melbourne called the Sun Theatre and learned business operations on the fly. Everything from cleaning and making choc tops, to running events, managing people, customers, film schedules and distributors, settling accounts, running film projection, calling an ambulance in emergencies, and learning how to evacuate hundreds of people out of a building built in the 30s during a thunderstorm...

What would be your alternative career?

Winemaker, or perhaps running a wine export business with headquarters in Spain, Italy and France.

Startmate Team
Phoebe Pincus
Chief of Staff
Ryan Walker
Product Manager
Bronte McHenry
Head of Media
Brady Flockart
Head of Investments
Maisy Bennett
Head of Operators
Euwyn Goh
Accelerator Associate
Cameron Ensor
Student Fellowship Associate
Renee Bibby
Operations Associate
Matthew Kolomyjec
Fund Operations Associate
Kel Spoerk
Women Fellowship Program Leader
Julia West
Program Leader
Ben Simai
Operations Associate
Akshat Pande
Finance Manager
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