Fishburners welcomes new CEO Annie Parker
Sydney, Thursday, July 20, 2017: Leading Australian startup community Fishburners has appointed Annie Parker as interim CEO, to lead its next stage of growth.
Ms Parker takes the reins from outgoing CEO Murray Hurps and will begin her role on Monday, July 24.
Under Mr Hurps’ leadership Fishburners has progressed from one small tenancy in Ultimo to soon having more than 750 desks in Brisbane, Shanghai and the newly announced Sydney Startup Hub.
“Having grown the Fishburners community to 845 startups and secured our new hubs in Brisbane, Shanghai and Sydney, I am confident I have left Fishburners in a position to remain the leading community for scalable tech startups in the region,” Mr Hurps said.
“I’m incredibly proud of what the Fishburners team and our members have achieved in my time and the fact that I’ve led the organisation through this period of growth and success. It’s now time to find my next challenge,” he said.
Annie Parker, a co-founder of the muru-D accelerator program, a director of Code Club Australia and is well known in the Asia Pacific region as an exceptional startup innovator and leader.
Ms Parker said she was looking forward to the next stage of the growth journey for Fishburners.
“Fishburners has nurtured some amazing startups in the last few years and the ongoing interest from new startups in being part of the program it runs speaks to the successes it has created,” Ms Parker said.
“I look forward to continuing the great work that has already been undertaken and maximising the opportunity provided by the new premises in the Sydney Startup Hub,” she said.
Fishburners is an anchor tenant in the newly announced Sydney Startup Hub, which will see its existing startups move from Ultimo to Wynyard in Sydney’s CBD into a space more than twice the size.
Ms Parker said interest in the new spaces had been strong and she encouraged startups thinking of joining to act quickly to avoid missing out.
“We anticipate we’ll be very likely full, or very close to full, almost immediately upon the Sydney Startup Hub opening,” she said.
“The new space in the Hub allows us to not only focus on early stage startups, but gives a home to them as grow and mature without losing the DNA that the Fishburners’ community provides.
“If you’re thinking of beginning a startup or looking for a great community in which to grow an existing one, come and talk to us, or register for any of our events to meet our team and discuss opportunities,” she said.
Fishburners exists to inspire and grow Australian tech startups. One of Australia’s first startup spaces, in six years we have expanded to 390 desks across Sydney, Brisbane and Shanghai, and hosted 845 validated startups run by 1,417 entrepreneurs.
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