Annie Parker | Pay It Forward
Annie Parker speaks with passion and humour about leaving her successful corporate career for a more satisfying life of helping others. Annie inspires her audience to live a more rewarding life by “paying it forward”.
Annie came to Australia in 2013 to launch Telstra's startup acceleration programme – muru-D - which invests in 10 startups every 6 months, gives them amazing advice to help scale their idea, connects them with experience to have them be successful and connections to boot.
Annie's experience is in the digital, telco and new business launch space. She has extensive commercial marketing knowledge from having run a billion dollar P&L in the UK and before Australia, Annie ran operations across Europe for Telefonica’s accelerator programme – Wayra.
She’s seen thousands of pitches, overseen investments in over 100 startups globally & is a passionate supporter of anything that helps to grow the startup scene across Australia & South East Asia.
A personal passion is also to inspire kids to learn digital skills which had Annie launch Code Club Australia in April 2014. It's a nationwide network of volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The long-term goal is to get the national curriculum changed here in Australia so that all children are taught basic coding skills from primary school onwards.