Fishburners: Join Australia's Largest Startup Community

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Who we are

Fishburners is Australia’s longest-enduring and largest tech startup community. Our purpose is to create a better world by enhancing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Fishburners empowers all entrepreneurs through education, support, resources and experiences that ultimately define our community. Fishburners is the epicentre of the startup ecosystem, building a diverse and inclusive community of operators, founders and partners, powering early stage entrepreneurs to learn and grow. If you’re looking for a community that fuses legacy with innovation, and fosters digital and physical connection — Fishburners has a place for you.

Since 2011, Fishburners as an ecosystem has grown over:

Our Story

Fishburners was established in 2011 by successful tech entrepreneurs Mike Casey and Pete Davison to provide a vibrant community of like minded entrepreneurs who could share ideas and learn from each other as they forged new frontiers, using technology to innovate and develop new products and services and to create new jobs.

That legacy continues and has grown and strengthened to become Australia’s largest startup community with over 35,000 entrepreneurs creating the innovations and jobs that are fueling our economy, today and tomorrow.


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Our Team

Martin Karafilis CEO Fishburners

Martin Karafilis

Sabrina Zeng Head of Ecosystem Fishburners

Sabrina Zeng
Head of Ecosystem

Majella Campbell Head of Product Fishburners

Majella Campbell
Head of Product

Aayush Patel Finance Manager Fishburners

Aayush Patel
Finance Manager

Tegan Harlow Memberships Manager Fishburners

Tegan Harlow
Memberships Manager

Sharon Li Events Manager Fishburners

Sharon Li
Events Manager

Ilakkiya Elangovan Program Lead Fishburners

Ilakkiya Elangovan
Program Lead

Michael Acolentaba Operations Lead Fishburners

Michael Acolentaba
Operations Lead

Our Board

Clive Mayhew Fishburners

Clive Mayhew
Chair of the Board

Bilyana Smith Fishburners

Bilyana Smith
Board Member

David Jones Fishburners

David Jones
Board Member

Taryn Williams Fishburners

Taryn Williams

Board Member

Jess Walker Fishburners

Jessica Walker
Board Member

Rod Bishop Fishburners

Rod Bishop
Board Member

Sam Martin Williams Fishburners

Sam Martin Williams 

Board Member

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