About Us

We're on a mission to change how we support emerging founders globally.

Galileo Ventures is a seed VC to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

We're changing the model – more money, more support for the next generation of global founders. Working alongside industry and university affiliated startup programs to identify talented entrepreneurs early.
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What We Believe

A revolution in entrepreneurship is underway.

Anyone armed with a laptop, an internet connection and a great idea can build a business that reaches people around the globe – with just $5,000 or less. They don’t need any prior business education, networks, product or market knowledge.

The world's next greatest ideas are hidden in our most ambitious emerging founders.

  • 40% of students are involved in or want to start their own company – but it's difficult find and receive investment in unproven teams.
  • Our universities are full of emerging founders: university-affiliated programs graduate over 300 startups per year in Australia alone.
  • There's a gap in support for emerging founders, who are typically too early for VC and have limited access to sophisticated angel investors.
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Who is an emerging founder?

Untapped Potential

High-potential founders, young or young-at-heart, typically graduating from university to work full time on their startup.

Expert Insight

Experts in their field or special insight into an opportunity that may create an entire new product category or ideas on a growing industry trend.

Outsized Ambition

Outsized ambition to create a high growth, high impact business that will change the world.

Our values guide how we invest.

What we believe makes a great partnership in the very early days.

Trust in
Founder Vision

A small group of founders with a strong vision is a powerful force for change.

New Technology for the Greater Good

Bringing to market new technology for the ultimate benefit of humanity, not just a few.

Investing for the
Long Haul

It takes (a long) time to build an impactful business, we're along for the journey.

Great Teams with Sustainable Businesses

Good ideas need great teams and business models that ensure they thrive and grow.

Meet our team of founders and operators.

We're operators, experts and emerging founders ourselves. This is just some of our team that will help you to grow.
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James Alexander

General Partner
James is the Co-founder of Galileo and has supported over 200 founders launch tech startups across various industries since 2012. Previously he founded INCUBATE, a leading university accelerator and worked in global software startups.
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Hugh Stephens

General Partner
Hugh is a builder and co-founder of Galileo. Previously, he founded Sked Social, a marketing platform with over 10,000 customers globally. Hugh has consulted on go-to-market strategy across government, startups and top global brands.

Luddy Graham

Head of Platform and Community
Luddy brings her experience helping scale some of Australia's most pivotal startups, Shoes of Prey, Koala and recently global VC Antler, to Galileo's platform offering for founders. Ludweenah specialises in scaling early-stage operations, building high performing teams, and cultivating thriving founder communities.

Zac Altman

Program Coach
Zac is a multi-time founder, most recently founding LoungeBuddy, a leading travel app (recently exited to American Express). Zac brings his CTO experience to our teams, including building and leading software teams across San Francisco and Sydney.

Elyse Daniels

Program Coach
Elyse is the founder of Exodus Wear, a leading custom apparel company (sold in 2018). She brings deep expertise in sales, manufacturing and global operations to our startups.

Julia Wells

Program Coach
Julia was an early employee at WhatsApp (exited to Facebook) and has worked with hundreds of startups in Silicon Valley including Dropbox and Atlassian. She is brings operational, biz dev, marketing and PR experience to our teams.

Dr Olga Oleinikova

Program Coach
Olga is CEO and founder of Persollo, a leading social ecommerce and analytics platform with customers across 16 countries. Olga brings her expertise in building effective global and remote teams,  sales and marketing automation, and fundraising experience to our teams.

David Rohrsheim

Investments & Program Coach
David is part of our investments team and was previously founding Manager at Uber Australia and New Zealand (IPO NSYE) and investor at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (San Francisco) where he advised 17 startups.

Austin Nichols

Program Coach
Austin is a Site Director at Samsara, leading sales for one of the fastest growing IoT companies globally. Previously, Austin led sales at Dedrone and Meraki (exited to Cisco) for Asia Pacific where he grew the business from $3m to over $120m in 5 years. Austin brings deep enterprise sales expertise to our teams.

Luke Fay

Investments & Late-Stage Advisor
Luke is part of our investments team and helps with our companies follow-on opportunities. He has led over 400 investments, deploying over $150m in capital across APAC.

Jo Morrison

Founder Executive Coach
Jo is the leadership coach for our founders, guiding and supporting their personal success to become better management leaders within their growing teams. Previously Jo was a Director at INCUBATE, growing the team, operations and supporting the founders.

Martin Wells

Program Coach
Martin is a multi-time founder including founding Playcraft Labs (exited to MinoGames) and advising founders and CTOs. He has helped raise over $200m across Australia and the USA and assisted with 10 acquisitions, to acquirers like Facebook, Zynga and AOL.

Felicia Coco

PR Coach
Felicia is the co-founder of LaunchLink, a tech focussed PR firm based across Australia and the US. She has strong media relations in the Australian business and technology sectors and has represented some of the most innovative startups and respected technology companies including Dropbox, Eventbrite, Square, Airtasker, Invoice2go and many more.

Andrew Dent

Program Coach
Andrew is a multi-time founder, most recently co-founding Zeetings (sold to Canva) and HubSpan (sold to Liaison Technologies). He's an expert on key technology and product decisions.

Shane Verner

Program Coach
Shane has over 20 years experience in leadersship and enterprise technology sales with iconic US vendors, systems integrators, scale-outs and startups (including his own!). He specialises in negotiations of large, complex software sales involving multifuncitonal teams. He also mentors Irish tech startups launching in ANZ.

Jeremy Colless

Fund Advisor
Jeremy the Co-founder and CEO at Artesian Alternative Investments and has over 20 years capital markets experience. He advises Team Galileo on our fund and continued growth in the Asia region.

We're growing!

We're always on the look out for startup coaches and future hires. Referrals are always valued but we welcome the right people to get in touch.
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