EQUS seminar series: tech start-up panel

Speakers: Bernadette Hyland-Wood, Natalie Hurtado, Jo’anne Langham and Emily de la Pena (moderator)

Title: Scholars founding tech start-ups

Abstract: In this moderated panel discussion, learn from scholar–founders building start-ups and ask questions about the journey from PhD to start-up founder.


  • Bernadette Hyland-Wood is serial tech founder, CEO and Global Change Scholar at UQ, researching data culture and leadership.
  • Natalie Hurtado is the founder and CEO of Arteh, a digital platform to help companies assess and report on their corporate climate action, notably against science-based targets, so that progress can be tracked against global ambition to limit warming to 1.5 °C or well-below 2 °C scenarios.
  • Jo’anne Langham is the founder and CEO of SparkTank, an innovation and idea generation platform designed specifically for people who facilitate meetings, workshops or other engagement activities. The platform enables fast and unbiased ideation, capturing and reporting all ideas.
  • Emily de la Pena is the ilab manager of UQ Ventures, founder of Coding Kids, and an award-winning business woman, educator and business coach.  Emily took a leap of faith from a career as a civil engineer and started Coding Kids, teaching children to code.

Recordings of past seminars are available to EQUS members via the Hub (requires login).

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.