Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin is the founder and CEO of Venture Technology firm BlueChilli. BlueChilli builds, grows and invests in tech startups, with an audacious goal of building a portfolio of 100 new tech startups by 2016.
BlueChilli gives startup founders a complete digital team to build their technology, support through Sydney, Melbourne and US startup incubators, and training via a six-month accelerator program. Startups that complete the accelerator program and have technology platforms engineered by the BlueChilli product development team are eligible for matching seed funding through the $10M BlueChilli Venture Fund. Corporate innovation partners include Westpac, University of Technology Sydney, ZenithOptimedia and Charter Hall Securities.
Under Eckersley-Maslin’s leadership, BlueChilli was named BRW’s 3rd most innovative company of 2012 and 7th fastest growing tech company in Asia Pacific by Deloitte.
Eckersley-Maslin was awarded top post-graduate researcher at UNSW for a technology that lands unmanned aircraft on warships. He commenced his engineering career as a weapons engineer with the Royal Australian Navy where he was deployed to Iraq. Eckersley-Maslin has been recognised as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is three-time “30-under-30” winner. He is a board member of the Sydney chapter of the Awesome Foundation, and represents the Australian tech startup industry in lobbying at State and Federal government levels.
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