Anna Rooke | Managing Director, Creative Tech Venture Fund

Anna Rooke was the founding CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) and led the organisation for over a decade. Under her leadership, CEA established accelerator programs, a coworking space, an annual Creative3 event, business loan and investment programs and the CEA Startup Fund.

Anna created and secured capital for the CEA Startup Fund in 2014 as Australia’s first early stage fund for creative ventures in Australia. She was responsible for the design of due diligence, investment, risk and compliance infrastructure together with the establishment and management of the Investment Committee. Anna was responsible for all portfolio management, fair valuation policy and asset management working closely with Risk & Finance Committees as well as internal and external auditors on the valuation of assets.

Anna took a hands-on management of CEA Startup portfolio including as a Board member for TrademarkVision, Metaverse Makeovers, GiggedIn and as the Chair of Fame & Partners Pty Ltd until February 2016, supporting the company from startup through to Series A investment.

Anna has over 20 years’ experience leading commercialisation, incubation, investment and business development initiatives in Australia and the UK, and has worked with companies spanning the fields of biotechnology, information technology, and the creative industries. Prior to her relocation to Australia in 2006, she was the Director of the UK’s first National Science City and created the first $1 million ‘proof of principle’ fund in Yorkshire to enable entrepreneurs to exploit their commercial potential.

Anna is passionate about building a vibrant and scalable creative industries sector in Australia. She was a founding partner of the Arts Business Investment Fund (ABIF) in Queensland in 2016 which addresses the need to strengthen income generating and entrepreneurial capacity for non-profit arts and cultural enterprises. ABIF is supported by the Queensland Government and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and delivers investment in the form of a grant and no interest loan.

In July 2018, she was appointed as the Managing Director of the Creative Tech Ventures Fund and as a Non-Executive Director of CEA’s Board. She is an authorised representative of CEA’s AFSL.

Anna is also a member of the Advance Queensland Expert Panel, Queensland Startup Committee and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.