01 Sep Aussie entrepreneur challenges companies

Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Sydney, Australia. An Aussie female entrepreneur is challenging Australian tech companies to prioritise SE Asia in their start-up or scale-up plans. Gemma Manning, founded Gemstar Technology with a clear vision to bridge the gap between Australia’s growing tech sector and the trade, investment and market opportunities that exist in SE Asia.

The company is getting noticed for this vision and its strong network in the region. As a result, Gemstar was recently invited by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) to showcase Australian companies at this month’s TechVenture, a leading event that brings investors, venture capitalists and tech companies together to collaborate in commercialisation. It’s the first time in the conference’s history that Australia’s tech sector will be showcased.

Managing Director and Founder of Gemstar, Gemma Manning, says, “I am delighted to see Gemstar’s vision come to life. Australia produces many smart technologies and innovations and it is now time to unearth these into Asia. Therefore, being invited to showcase some of Australia’s top start-up and scale-up technology companies at this month’s TechVenture is an accomplishment for the company. We have some great Australian companies joining us including CarbonTRACK, progressclaim.com and Scann3d to name a few.”

In a move to fast-track the growth of the business and capitalise on the opportunities that SE Asia presents, Gemstar recently announced two key strategic appointments. Martin Christmas joins Gemstar as General Manager and will play a critical role in the day-to-day operations bringing the business more than two decades of commercial finance experience. Geoff Gourley joins as Director of Strategy. Geoff is a leading Global Social Entrepreneur & Impact Investor. He is the Co-founder of $100Million Impact Investment Fund and Entrepreneurs & Co and Founder of One10, and a champion of female entrepreneurs.

“I am pleased to welcome Martin and Geoff to Gemstar. Together they bring valuable skills, experience, insights and networks as we capitalise on the opportunities that SE Asia offers Australian businesses, particularly tech companies”, says Ms Manning.

Mr Gourley comments, “I’m very excited to join Gemstar and work closely with the team to promote the trade and export of great Australian innovations into international markets. And as a champion of female entrepreneurship, I’m particularly encouraged by Gemma’s work and her passion in assisting not only Australia’s tech sector but female techpreneurs and business owners.