Trey Zagante – Venturetec
Trey Zagante is Founder and Managing Partner of the Venturetec Group, an Asia Pacific-based innovation and venture firm. Trey is a globally experienced consulting executive, he advises large enterprise and government organisations on enterprise innovation strategy, innovation management, enterprise lean start-up adoption, and corporate venture capital. Trey is actively involved in the start-up and venture capital ecosystems in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore; he is a member of the Australian Government’s expert network for accelerating commercialisation and an advisor for the innovation programs at CSIRO. Previously, he was Co-Founder of VanceInfo Technologies Australia; acquired by a China-based, NASDAQ-listed technology services company (now part of the Blackstone Group). Trey holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Go Girl Topic: Lean start-up workshop.
This workshop will take you on a journey to innovate and validate solutions using lean start-up methods.
What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
Being at the forefront of innovation and getting a glimpse of what the future might look like.
As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
Not exactly, I wanted to be an astronaut when I was young.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
Personally, I joined the Army Reserves when I was 17. This was an amazing experience and helped me develop a strong mindset, discipline and work ethic. Professionally, it was very cool launching Venturetec.
Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
I have worked with many awesome females in technology and have seen the remarkable insights they bring to this field. My mentor is a female who is at the forefront of technology and she has launch 2 technology companies! I hope that everyone will have a chance to have amazing mentors like I did, this is why I am so passionate about bringing diversity into technology.
What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Get out and see the world. Travel, travel travel!