OUR STORY

Everyone is talking about sustainability but what about the sustainability of our organisations and their people?

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WHERE IT STARTED.

By 2013, Steve Glaveski had spent almost a decade working for large professional services firms and investment banks. He was, above all, a frustrated intrapreneur, with his ideas stifled by bureaucracy and the status quo at big firms. He raised funding to pursue his own web startup and left the world of the big corporates...for a while. 

Sean Qian had started Collins Collective, a tech startup hub that he had established in Melbourne’s CBD. Sean was a science buff and ran conferences on the topic, having brought the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson on his first appearance in Australia. It was at Collins Collective that Sean and Steve first met.

Team CC early years
Team CC 2 years

2 YEARS LATER.

Fast forward two years. Both Steve and Sean were seeking to work on something bigger, something more impactful and meaningful.

Armed with deep experience in both the corporate and startup world, the pair decided to join forces to help frustrated intrapreneurs, just like Steve was, unlock their potential to create more impact and help large organisations navigate the fast-paced, volatile and uncertain realities of today’s business landscape.

What started out as a simple experiment on Meetup - “will people sign up to a ‘lean startup for corporates’ class?” - slowly evolved into Collective Campus, a corporate innovation accelerator that works with large organisations to help them adopt the mindsets, methods and tools required to survive these new realities.

TODAY.

Today, we help large organisations to discover, not just deliver, to explore, not just execute, and we’ve worked with the likes of Clifford Chance, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, Village Digital, Asahi, MetLife, Telstra, King & Wood Mallesons, National Australia Bank, Singapore Pools, Ascendas Singbridge and numerous others across Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Auckland, Hong Kong, London, New York, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

WHO WE ARE

We are a team of entrepreneurs, designers, builders, thinkers, rebels, writers, philosophers and more.

We jump out of bed each morning to create impact on work on something bigger than ourselves.

WHY WE EXIST

“To unlock people’s latent potential to create impact for humanity and lead more fulfilling lives.”

WHAT WE BELIEVE

1. EXPERIMENTATION

We believe in the power of experimentation, in challenging the status quo, in optimising and continuously improving - every day -  in order drive long-term sustainable growth and impact.

2. EXTREME OWNERSHIP

We don’t make excuses. We don’t pass the blame to external people, factors or events. We take extreme ownership for our work. We take responsibility for all outcomes, put the customer first and always look for ways to solve problems.

3. PERSISTENCE

River cuts through rock not through power but through persistence. We drive relentlessly towards delivering on our mission, seeing obstacles in our way as necessary to help us learn, grow, build character, differentiate ourselves and move us forward.

4. IMPACT

Purpose is the world’s greatest performance enhancer. As such, we focus on the work that matters - work that unlocks people’s potential so that they can create more impact for humanity.

5. EMPATHY

We demonstrate compassion, fairness and respect by standing in each other’s and our customer’s shoes before making and acting on decisions.

6. SELF-BELIEF

We believe that a team of committed, cross-functional people with a growth mindset, an intense customer-centric focus and a culture of rapid experimentation has no limits on what it can achieve.

7. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

We demonstrate emotional awareness and intelligence in all of our interactions and believe that talents and abilities can be developed through effort, intentional learning and persistence. We don’t let ego get in the way of meaningful progress.

8. GRATITUDE

We show gratitude for the freedom we’re fortunate enough to have to practice these values, unlike many less fortunate people around the world. We work towards giving more people these opportunities and always take pause to celebrate both our and our clients’ wins.

9. RADICAL TRANSPARENCY

We engage in thoughtful disagreement and exchange ideas without creating lasting conflict, even when ideas are controversial, based on a guiding philosophy of ‘strong opinions, weakly held’. We provide constructive feedback to each other and our clients empathically so that we get better as individuals, as a company and as our clients’ trusted partner.

MEET OUR TEAM

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STEVE GLAVESKI
Co-founder and CEO

Steve Glaveski is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author and podcast host whose mission is to unlock the latent potential of organisations so that they can create more impact for humanity and empower their people to lead more fulfilling work lives.

Steve wrote the Innovation Manager's Handbook which was an Amazon bestseller, hosts two podcasts, Corporate Innovation School and Future², the latter winning the inaugural Australian Podcasting Awards People’s Choice award in the Business category, and is a keynote speaker on the topic of corporate innovation, having graced the stage at conferences such as Pause Fest, CPA Congress and IBM Symposium.

He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General's Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank.

When not working on the innovation strategies of both his clients and of his team, Steve can usually be found riding his motorcycle, in the gym, at the beach or listening to the latest record from Iron Maiden!

SEAN QIAN
Co-founder and Chief of Operations

Sean is the COO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus and Lemonade Stand.

Since joining forces with Steve to create Collective Campus, Sean has worked across all of the organisation’s projects including its bootcamps, hackathons, and corporate accelerator programs with Village Roadshow, Microsoft, Charter Hall and Microsoft.

One of Sean’s drives at CC is to connect more startups with corporates so that both entities can benefit from each other’s strengths. On this, Sean oversees and facilitates the hundreds of startup & community events that CC hosts each year, and is an active proponent of the local ecosystem, having been a guest judge at pitch events such as Microsoft’s Imagine Cup finals, Angelcube accelerator, and StartupVic pitch nights.

More recently, Sean co-founded Lemonade Stand, a children’s entrepreneurship program for 9-12 year old which has seen more than 600 students participate in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Singapore since its inception in 2016. He is now working with the team to reach kids all over the world through Lemonade Stand Online.

Prior to starting Collective Campus, Sean founded startup coworking spaces Collins Collective and Queens Collective. He also co-founded a national events and touring company which he exited in 2012.

CHARITY DE LA CRUZ
Chief Experience Officer

Charity leads digital marketing at Collective Campus and is also Head Designer, overseeing all marketing and branding of the Collective Campus identity.

As a designer with over ten years’ experience, she brings with her a keen eye for detail, combined with a strong passion for technology. Charity was also one of the earliest members of the Collective Campus team. Her positive attitude and genuine nature placed her as a natural fit for the Chief Experience Officer role. Charity ensures that the coworking aspects of Collective Campus consciously nurtures an attitude focused on fostering a strong sense of collaboration.

SHAY NAMDARIAN
General Manager in Customer Strategy

Shay is the General Manager of Customer Strategy at Collective Campus. He has over 9 years of experience working across a wide range of projects focusing on customer experience, design thinking, innovation and digital transformation. He has gained his experience across several consulting firms including Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Accenture.

A regular facilitator/speaker, Shay has worked with and provided advice to leading Australian and Global organisations including NAB, Westpac, Qantas, Coca-Cola, Clifford Chance and BNP Paribas. As the resident Design Thinking expert, Shay has supported organisations in upskilling employees in the human-centred approach, while also driving culture change.

Along with his understanding of the corporate world, Shay has a successful background in startups. Shay has co-founded two fashion startups that have had products stocked in over 40 stores across Australia. After building strong social followings, his brands have also been featured in key publications including GQ and The Daily Telegraph.

In his free time, Shay (aka DJ Shaymeless) is an aspiring DJ and an avid NBA fan.

FRANCES GOH
General Manager of Strategy and Innovation

Frances is the General Manager of Innovation and Strategy at Collective Campus. She is an innovation consultant, brand strategist and customer champion. Her career spans the private and not-for-profit sectors in finance, business operations, marketing research, project management and business model development. She is passionate about empowering organisations to achieve innovation excellence, whether it’s in delivering outstanding customer experiences or cultural transformation.

With her innovation consulting expertise, Frances has been a trusted advisor to her clients’ branding, service quality and product development needs. She brings experience across a broad number of sectors including telecommunications, FMCG, education, energy, logistics and real estate. What excites her is using innovation methodologies that generate actionable strategies for organisations. She is most fulfilled when these strategies inform commercial decision-making and new growth opportunities.

BIN TEO
GROWTH HACKER

Bin is the Growth Hacker at Collective Campus. He is obsessed with helping Collective Campus impact more enterprises and startups.

With a background in conversion copywriting, he enjoys the challenge of being a full stack marketer. He spends most of his waking hours pouring into the latest growth hacking trends - ranging from artificial intelligence to persuasion to data analytics to storytelling.

Before joining Collective Campus, he worked with many B2B & B2C companies. Key achievements include helping clients execute profitable Facebook advertising and email marketing campaigns within highly competitive niches.

ALEC SLOMAN
TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST

Alec Sloman is a technical facilitator who speaks on subjects including computing, technology, public policy, and Blockchain. He is interested in the intersection of computing and law which he considers to be a very special and very uncertain area - perfect for a curious mind. A software developer at heart, he has taught classes at General Assembly, Code for Australia, Global Law Firms, and many others. He’s a confident and passionate speaker, sure to both entertain and illuminate.

PAULINA PINOS
VP of Miscellaneous Stuff

Paulina has over 8 years of experience and a proven track record in business administration, lead generation, social media marketing, and research, with clients from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, and Singapore. She is also a professional academic and content writer.

Outside of her professional career, Paulina is extremely passionate about animal welfare. She founded and ran a non-profit animal welfare group to rescue stray, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats. The group raised funds for their veterinary care and rehabilitation, and found them good homes once they were fit for adoption.

BIRCAN TOPBAS
COMMUNITY MANAGER

When you walk into CC Labs, chances are you will be greeted by our friendly Community Manager - Bircan Topbas.

Having previously worked in the International Marketing department at Mavi Jeans, she was responsible for preparing seasonal collections for buyers globally. She also worked as the Marketing Assistant for Aynida Textile. In this role, her dedication toward crafting delightful customer experience resulted in a boost in sales.

Through getting inspired by entrepreneurs around the world, she decided to launch her business called Fabricon. This newfound purpose led her to relocate to Australia where she enrolled in iStar - a program designed to groom future entrepreneurs.

A humanitarian at heart, she aspires to set up her business with the goal of giving back to her community and contributing to humanity.

OUR TALENT NETWORK

BRIAN RHEA

Colorado

UI, UX

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MARIA PATINO

Colombia

Design Thinking, Customer Experience

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Angelo DAVID

Melbourne

Growth Hack, Agile, Web Development

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JOHN LEACH

Denver

Agile, Design Thinking, Lean Startup

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Anita Bortolotto

Melbourne

Marketing, Content Strategy

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SHWETANK VERMA

Singapore

Lean Startup, Digital Transformation

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BRIAN COTTER

Ho Chi Minh

Design Thinking

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PAUL XUEREB

Melbourne

Strategy, Corporate Innovation

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SHAN SHARNA

Melbourne

Design Thinking

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WARREN CAMMACK

Sydney

Digital Transformation

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Humphrey Laubscher

Melbourne

Agile, Design Thinking, Lean Startup

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RENEE COMAN

Sydney

Lean Startup, Design Thinking

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Cayetana Martinez

Brisbane

Agile, Lean Startup, Corporate Innovation

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GAVIN BRYANT

Melbourne

Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Corporate Innovation

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