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Maria Pelipas

Director – Corporate Ventures

Melbourne

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Maria is an experienced project manager who has spent 10 years working in different roles in innovation ecosystem, including 6 years in export strategies consulting and 3 years in the VC fund of funds and startup accelerators. She has worked in Russia, Belgium, the USA and Australia and has a proven track record of building international partnerships with global stakeholders in innovation ecosystems in different countries.

Maria’s engagement included managing partners recruitment for the corporate startup accelerator, for the export accelerator specifically tailored for medium size fast-growing companies, and business development and international partnerships management for the engineering contests in disruptive technologies. Maria has also participated in numerous initiatives aimed at supporting the growth and global expansion of tech startups, through consulting assistance as well as non-profit initiatives.

Maria holds two Master’s degrees in international relations and political sciences from Tomsk State University, Russia and University of Brussels, Belgium as well as qualifications in project management, venture deals and tech transfer management.

Maria is a believer in startup culture and tech entrepreneurship. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, jogging and hiking.