Mark Gustowski | CEO, QUTCEA

Mark Gustowski is the CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia and has worked with innovative, fast-growth businesses for over 20 years. A significant portion of that time focussed on equity investments for startups. Mark has been involved in a number of his own startups in the biotech, real-estate tech, edu-tech and FMCG spaces, as well as an angel investor. Mark has supported businesses through the development of B2B and B2C strategies, marketing and sales strategies, IP strategies, channel management and identification, capital raising, corporate structuring and partnering.

As a specialist in supporting high-growth early stage businesses, Mark has designed and delivered investment and accelerator programs across Victoria, the ACT and Queensland and currently sits on the board of three of CEA’s investee companies where he helps steer strategic direction while supporting operational execution. As a founding partner of Zentaurus Investment Management (AFSL 401224) Mark has been involved in investment strategy and structuring (including both Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP) and Significant Investor Visa (SIV) accreditations), capital brokering and equity investments from the seed to Series-A level. He has worked with Australian governments at all levels on program structure and delivery, policy implementation and investment.

With key experience in Australia, SE Asia, the UK and the US, Mark is passionate about supporting Australian businesses compete in global markets. He has been an Australian Anthill Maven judge, is a Victorian Leaders Forum mentor and following his BAppSci, he also completed the Venture Capital Executives Program at the HAAS Business School (UC Berkeley) on a Victorian Employer’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) scholarship.