Learn more about our alumni entrepreneur's through this series of conversations with our Executive Director, Professor Rowena Barrett
Greg Dower is a co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer of My FootDr, Australia’s largest podiatry group. Greg, a Podiatrist, obtained his bachelor degree from QUT in 1992. In 2016 Greg was the recipient of QUT Faculty of Health Alumni of the Year Award. He is passionate about innovation and technology in podiatry.
Michael Fox co-founded Fable Food Co with fine dining chef and mycologist Jim Fuller and organic mushroom farmer Chris McLoghlin. Fable Food is plant-based meat company start up and has partnered with Heston Blumenthal to launch its first product. Its plant-based pulled pork and beef brisket is served at the restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Michael is an alumnus of the Class of 2005, QUT Faculty of Law.
Fifth-generation cattle farmers David and Melita Smith developed a device they liken to a ‘Fitbit for cows” in an attempt to help farmers keep track of their livestock. The pair co-founded start-up Ceres Tag in 2016 and have developed a smart ear tag that produces similar data to that delivered by smartwatches. Melita obtained a Master of Education at QUT in 2013.
James Burnett is the Founder and CEO of ORIGO Education. He started the company because he is passionate about education and is continually striving to improve the way mathematics is taught. Over the past two decades, he has authored and co-authored more than 300 mathematics resources for teachers and students aged 5 to 12 and regularly speaks to audiences across Australia and North America. James obtained a Master of Education from QUT in 2003.
Before starting The Bearded Chap, Luke Swenson was an executive in the alcohol industry. Always wearing a suit and tie, remaining clean shaven, Luke wasn’t happy with what he was doing; plus hated not being able to grow out his beard. When he left his job and started growing out his beard again, he saw an opportunity to start his own business. Thus, The Bearded Chap was born. Luke is currently working with distributors to get The bearded Chap’s products stocked across 37 countries in Europe as well as Canada.