Mark has a demonstrated track record in creating value by connecting ideas, people and capital. His focus is on entrepreneurship, business development and improving innovation capability for startup and high growth companies.
As CEO of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (IC), Mark and his team are currently assisting over 30 startup and high growth companies. In previous roles, Mark assisted a range startup ventures including Firewire, Dascom (now owned by IBM), Quickbeds.com (now owned by Flight Centre), Tracknology, Venture Commander and Storey Bridge Climb. Mark has also assisted a range of larger companies such as Unisys, Lockheed Martin, Digicel Pacific, Youi, Sandvik, ABB, Talisman Energy, IBM, Air AsiaX whilst Manager at Invest Queensland.
Mark helped introduce the Business Pitch Competition, Startup Weekend and Boardroom Briefing events to the IC calendar and also helped establish the CoderDojo program on the Sunshine Coast.
Mark has also worked in a range of business development roles in Australia, the UK and China with Shell, Peregrine Capital, The Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane Ltd and he also played a key part in establishing Australia TradeCoast (1992-98) and the ourBrisbane portal (1998).
Mark is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Sunshine Coast Business Council and was President of the Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1995. Mark has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (double major – Business Administration and Information Systems) at Griffith University and Graduate Certificate in Management at the University of Queensland.