CREEDA team members are not just consultants, but practitioners, who develop and manage business incubators, accelerators and other business support and development services around the world. Led by Julian Webb in Australia and Thea Chase in the USA, teams are constituted on a case-by-case basis, drawing on networks across the world and experience in more than 50 countries.
JULIAN WEBB, AUSTRALIA
Mr. Webb has been a pioneer and leader in the small business development and business incubation industries since the 1980s. He ran award winning business incubators for many years in Australia, the first outside the USA to win a coveted Incubator of the Year award, and business advisory services. Now, he expresses his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship through his work with the World Bank, as a director of Australia’s industry association Business Innovation and Incubation Australia (BIIA), and with CREEDA Projects, which has helped business incubators, seed accelerators, innovation and entrepreneurship hubs, governments and development agencies in more than 50 countries.
THEA CHASE, USA
A highly regarded business and economic development practitioner in the USA, Ms. Chase has managed award-winning mixed-use business incubators, founded university entrepreneurship centres, seed accelerators and regional innovation & entrepreneurial eco-system programs. She has performed international consulting work in the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, aiding developing economies catalysing their economic growth through entrepreneurship.
CREEDA has a broad range of consultants and networks on which to draw upon as required, some of whom are:
DR STEPHEN HAMPSON (UK)
Experienced director and CEO-level executive. Internationally recognised for success in the commercialisation of science from universities, value generation and an extensive track record in both technology and business model innovation. Developed the award-winning Canterbury Innovation Incubator and took to IPO PowerHouse Ventures an incubator commercialising science. A creative problem solver, driven to achieve exceptional outcomes for stakeholders. Recent work includes venture building with Imperial College in London and development of a venture builder commercialisation program in Saudi Arabia.
ROBERT SANDERS, FRANCE
Co-designer of the EBN Soft Landing Platform – a global club of incubators offering short term business support to international client companies from abroad. The Internationalisation Service’s main objective is to offer companies easy and practical solutions from “smart take-off” to “soft landing” to ensure that businesses entering or expanding into new markets are introduced to the country’s business practices, culture and opportunities more effectively.
JESSIE BEKER ALEXANDER, USA
Jessie Becker Alexander is the co-founder and founding CEO of Alydia Health, a medical device company aiming to redefine the treatment for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), the #1 cause of maternal death in the world. As a result of her work at Alydia Health, she was named one of “Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare” in 2015 and honoured as the first recipient of Cal Poly’s College of Business Green Award. As a founding member of the Cal Poly Entrepreneurship Club, and one of the first employees of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), she created and led programs for student entrepreneurs. Jessie brings a unique perspective to the CREEDA team, having participated in several different entrepreneurial ecosystems as a student, an entrepreneur and an ecosystem builder.
TOM STRODTBECK, UK
Since 2005, Tom has assisted entrepreneurial initiatives of all kinds, helping them identify effective strategies and build high-impact programmes for the companies they support. He has partnered with large, international organisations including the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), the European Investment Bank, The International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA) and governments all over the world. His primary focus is on strategies that help transform technologies and new business ideas into high growth companies, and contribute to the transformation of regional innovation ecosystems and economies. He has worked with stakeholders in over 30 countries. He runs a broad-based entrepreneurship program for the Liverpool John Moores University.