The Jelix Team

Jelix values excellence and our team of experienced angel investors and entrepreneurs are highly respected in the Australian startup sector. We have been immersed in the sector since the turn of the century as entrepreneurs, investors, board members and mentors. We love the excitement of investing in potentially world changing and high return startups and we temper this by bringing the rigour of investment banking to our due diligence, investment processes and management. Our work benefits from our deep expertise in technology and early stage investing together with extensive connections and networks in the sector.

Andrea Gardiner

CEO and Founder

Andrea Gardiner is the founder and CEO of Jelix Ventures and an experienced technology startup investor. Andrea is passionate about providing more investors, including women, with access to the exciting, high return asset class of startups, and is equally keen to encourage confidence through education about good investment and risk mitigation strategies. She wants angel investors to have great investing experiences so they will invest again and encourage their friends to invest in this economically important sector.

Andrea learned the importance of mitigating risk first as a world class climber, then as a capital markets lawyer and later an investment banker at Lehman Brothers.

She sits on the boards of Sinorbis, an Australian company that makes it easy for Western companies to have a digital presence in China; tagSpace, an innovative AR/VR platform powering social media; and Old Hundred, a US property management company. Previously she sat on the boards of Stone & Chalk, home to 100+ financial technology startups, and Viostream, a video streaming software company.

Andrea is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

A natural entrepreneur, Andrea initiated and built a profitable cross border gearing loan business for HBOS, and earlier supported her World Telemark Ski Championship bid with a ski accessory business and her climbing career by taking to market an innovative new climbing tool.

Andrea has climbed all the big rock walls featured on the Apple screen saver.

Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner

Investment Partner & Head of Business Development

Ian is a technology entrepreneur and experienced startup investor working to grow the technology startup ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand and was until recently head of startups in Australia and New Zealand for Amazon Web Services. He co-founded and helps run Innovation Bay, a networking and angel investment group for technology startups. He is an active mentor and investor in startups. Previously Ian was the CEO and founder of Viocorp, a software company supplying a video publishing platform for corporates and government. Viocorp raised almost $10m in venture capital. In 2009 Ian won the NSW Pearcey award for Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. Ian has an Engineering degree from the University of Oxford where he also won two rowing blues in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

Alon Greenspan

Investment Associate

Alon manages our investment transactions. He Joined Jelix in Jan 2018 with 4 years corporate and banking law experience with extensive legal experience working with startups and on startup investment transactions with Arnold Bloch Leibler and prior to that, with Herzog Fox Neeman, Israel's leading Law firm.

An avid basketball fan and a fierce trivia competitor, Alon is passionate about unleashing the potential of the Australian start-up eco system.

Alon holds a Bachelor of Law and Accounting from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was on the Deans list for academic excellence.

Kym Hooper

Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer

Kym Hooper joined Jelix in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer with over 25 years of finance and operational experience in financial services with extensive knowledge of financial management, governance, investment, product development and client services across funds management, superannuation, platform, dealer group and risk insurance businesses.

Her previous roles have included Chief Operating Officer at New Forests Asset Management and EGM - CFO and Fund and Support Services at Suncorp.

Kym has extensive experience across directorship, committee and chair positions on subsidiary boards, portfolio boards and sub-committees including risk and compliance committee and remuneration committee in Australia, NZ and USA and currently sits as an independent director and investment committee member on a corporate superannuation trustee board.

Kym has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Charles Sturt University in Australia and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand). She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

An avid water polo fan, Kym sits on the committee of the Drummoyne Water Polo Club as Treasurer.

Ian Davis

Advisor, Jelix Investor and Jelix portfolio board representative

Ian has long been immersed in tech startups, as mentor/advisor at Muru D and an active angel investor. He is currently Chairman of edu-tech startup, Inkerz. He is a former MD of Telstra Television, Nine Network, AT Kearney and Boston Consulting Group. A senior executive with over 25 years’ experience, Ian has an outstanding track record as a change agent in media, education and telecommunications in both strategy and operations across Australasia and the US.

Ian is a valued advisor, active investor with Jelix and representative of Jelix on the board of Dotterel.

Simran Gambir

Technology Due Diligence

Simran’s deep technology expertise is the cornerstone of Jelix’s technology due diligence. Simran has extensive experience accelerating the growth of startups. He is a director of Ganemo a mobile and web development company and a Mentor in Residence and Technology Lead for the H2 Accelerator. He was formerly the Accelerator Manager at the AWI Ventures and ANZ Innovyz START accelerators.

Prior to that Simran was the CTO at Loyalty Pacific (Flybuys) and News Interactive (News Corp). Simran has been a board Director, advisor, investor and mentor to dozens of startups.