Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby

Aaron is a tech entrepreneur, currently serving as the CEO of Startup Catalyst, leading missions to Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel and Asia for youths, students, founders, investors and innovation leaders.

In 2016 Aaron was awarded the national Benson Award for Entrepreneurship, and also the Pearcey Award for Queensland.

Learning to code at the age of 8, Aaron has started over ten businesses (with 4 small exits) since the age of 16. His largest business, Arinda, which he sold in 2012, provided a cloud-based billing and authentication platform for public-space ISPs – at the time of sale that software was used by over 250 clients with over 6 million users annually in 9 countries.

Aaron previously worked as an Entrepreneur In Residence for muru-d Brisbane at River City Labs. He is also a member of Queensland Government Startup Working Group, serves on a number of advisory boards, has facilitated over 30 Startup Weekend and hackathon events, has led multiple trade missions to Silicon Valley and Europe, and has a weekly technology segment on ABC Coast FM radio station.