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
Ryan Walker
Head of Product
Brady Flockart
Head of Investments
Maisy Bennett
Head of Platform
Jason Fang
Head of Finance & Fund Operations
Matthew Kolomyjec
Fund Ops Manager
Kel Spoerk
Head of Projects and Community
Ben Simai
Investment Manager
Akshat Pande
Finance Manager
Emma Grife
Chief of Staff - Founders
Cameron Ensor
Project & Community Manager
Renee Bibby
Operations Associate
Niel Reitmann
Marketing Associate
Kaya Moore
Program and Community Manager
Holly Brooks
Content Marketing Lead
Mia Millman
Program and Community Manager
Kate Herbert
Investments Associate
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