The Hanger is the front foot of Victoria University's Startup and Innovation engine.  

 

Footscray, City, Yarraville

 

Melbourne, Victoria

The Hanger is the premier entrepreneurial space in the West of Melbourne. In the Hanger the evidence-based experimental approach of lean startup thinking meets the practical nature of business where salaries and bills need to get paid at the end of the month.

 

 

The four Entrepreneurs in Residence at Victoria University are dedicated to making a significant positive impact on the West of Melbourne.

 

100% industry specific 

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anyone, any idea, any time.

The Hanger unlocks the state-of-the-art facilities and in-depth domain expertise of Victoria University for local innovators. Being part of the Hanger means access to office space, and the significant experience and networks of the Entrepreneurs in Residence. The Hanger is also home to world renowned creative studio Black Lake, with creatives from Black Lake offering up their services to residents of the Hanger.

The Hanger is open to everyone who is keen to address some of society’s biggest, hairiest and most audacious problems. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, academic, staff member, local business owner or if you have no ties to the university or the West. All we require is an inquisitive mind and the drive to talk to customers to identify and analyse their problems.

 

Advice from mentors, not teachers.

 

" THING BIG, START SMALL"

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Design, Build, Grow

 

We are a diverse bunch with a single common defining characteristic: We believe in the importance of developing entrepreneurs. 

But at least as important as our common defining characteristic are our unique characteristics, the qualities and experiences that make us truly diverse, different and representative of the context we work in. 

This is not an average team. We have mixed experience, cultural backgrounds, gender, trajectories and areas of focus, to work on start ups, local businesses and initiatives that matter. Matter to society, matter to education, matter to the economy, matter to the community, matter. We make it Matter.

As with all teams, this is the tip of the iceberg, there is a large network of supporters, affiliates, family and friends that help us be rad. Come get involved and meet them all!

 
 Gus Balbontin. EIR  Gus Balbontin is the former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet. Gus worked with some amazing companies such as Google X, Apple and Nokia to help Lonely Planet tackle the digital revolution and muscle through a decade of disruption.  Gus is currently deeply involved in the start-up scene as a founder, investor and advisor.  When he’s not working on his latest project, Sneaky Surf, Gus can be found travelling with his family

Gus Balbontin. EIR

Gus Balbontin is the former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet. Gus worked with some amazing companies such as Google X, Apple and Nokia to help Lonely Planet tackle the digital revolution and muscle through a decade of disruption.

Gus is currently deeply involved in the start-up scene as a founder, investor and advisor.

When he’s not working on his latest project, Sneaky Surf, Gus can be found travelling with his family

 Hannah Gee  Hannah is a senior leader who passionate about building great learning cultures. A genuine collaborator, problem solver and leader. Hannah’s career has encompassed partnering with organisations to get great outcomes for and through people, technology and learning.  Hannah has a background in customised learning design partnering with Global Companies to design customised blended learning solutions. Hannah was Director for The School of Life Australia where she launched a rigorous and fun emotional skills Learning and Development offering. Hannah and her team partnered with 47 organisations over 2 years to embed the TSOL emotional skills learning and development program. A feat she is super proud of all in the quest of building more emotionally intelligent workplaces. For 6.5 years prior to TSOL Hannah was the Marketing Director and lead the Account Direction and visual design team with Australasian based learning design company Inspire Group as Inspire grew into the Australian market partnering with top performing global organisations. Hannah’s early career saw her leading the HR contracting practice at both Wheeler Campbell and Hudson in New Zealand after graduating with her honours in Psychology. Hannah hustles, develops individuals and teams and loves building stuff.

Hannah Gee

Hannah is a senior leader who passionate about building great learning cultures. A genuine collaborator, problem solver and leader. Hannah’s career has encompassed partnering with organisations to get great outcomes for and through people, technology and learning.

Hannah has a background in customised learning design partnering with Global Companies to design customised blended learning solutions. Hannah was Director for The School of Life Australia where she launched a rigorous and fun emotional skills Learning and Development offering. Hannah and her team partnered with 47 organisations over 2 years to embed the TSOL emotional skills learning and development program. A feat she is super proud of all in the quest of building more emotionally intelligent workplaces. For 6.5 years prior to TSOL Hannah was the Marketing Director and lead the Account Direction and visual design team with Australasian based learning design company Inspire Group as Inspire grew into the Australian market partnering with top performing global organisations. Hannah’s early career saw her leading the HR contracting practice at both Wheeler Campbell and Hudson in New Zealand after graduating with her honours in Psychology. Hannah hustles, develops individuals and teams and loves building stuff.




 Jordan Gian. EIR  Jordan Gian is a designer and thought provoker - But mostly a creative entrepreneur. With a background in Design Jordan unknowingly used many Human Centered Design methods in setting up 15 SME's before his 25th birthday.  Jordan's time is split between design commitments for leading global brands, running ecom businesses, Hospitality venues and consulting on strategy and innovation.  If we cant find him, we start looking at the beach or in the mountains.

Jordan Gian. EIR

Jordan Gian is a designer and thought provoker - But mostly a creative entrepreneur. With a background in Design Jordan unknowingly used many Human Centered Design methods in setting up 15 SME's before his 25th birthday.

Jordan's time is split between design commitments for leading global brands, running ecom businesses, Hospitality venues and consulting on strategy and innovation.

If we cant find him, we start looking at the beach or in the mountains.

 Georgette Karagiozis

Georgette Karagiozis

 Thomas Anbeek. EIR  Thomas is a builder with a passion for entrepreneurship and startups. After spending a number of years as a management consultant, the Erasmus University and the Rotterdam School of Management engaged Thomas to aid in establishing the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE).  After moving to Australia Thomas became the first employee at Startup Victoria. At Startup Victoria Thomas was responsible for growing the community from 3,000 to 11,000 startup enthusiasts, and taking the organisation into sustainability.

Thomas Anbeek. EIR

Thomas is a builder with a passion for entrepreneurship and startups. After spending a number of years as a management consultant, the Erasmus University and the Rotterdam School of Management engaged Thomas to aid in establishing the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE).

After moving to Australia Thomas became the first employee at Startup Victoria. At Startup Victoria Thomas was responsible for growing the community from 3,000 to 11,000 startup enthusiasts, and taking the organisation into sustainability.

 Jaxson ‘J.B.’ Benjamin  Following her assortment of passions from the food industry to the arts sector, J.B. has been moving and shaking through different fields, personifying an entrepreneurial mindset. Along the way, she has become addicted to understanding and improving human connectivity, leading to her exploration of communities across the globe. She is committed to aiding work in inclusion for all people.  J.B. is a Philadelphian transplant to Melbourne and proud to have completed her B.A. in Community Development here in Australia. She can often be found connecting folks, color-coding files or planning her next adventure.

Jaxson ‘J.B.’ Benjamin

Following her assortment of passions from the food industry to the arts sector, J.B. has been moving and shaking through different fields, personifying an entrepreneurial mindset. Along the way, she has become addicted to understanding and improving human connectivity, leading to her exploration of communities across the globe. She is committed to aiding work in inclusion for all people.

J.B. is a Philadelphian transplant to Melbourne and proud to have completed her B.A. in Community Development here in Australia. She can often be found connecting folks, color-coding files or planning her next adventure.

 

The ethos

 

01/ think like a startup, act like a business.


Startups can get hung up on buzzwords and view investment as the ultimate validation of their business. We do not agree, validation needs to come from customers and is expressed in growth. At the same time small business often gets stuck in working in the business, they don’t have the capability to look at the bigger picture and think disruptive. With the Hanger’s unique approach, the disruptive thinking of a startup gets married with the practical nature of small business, for both startups and small business alike!

02/Small challenges, big outcomes.


The Hanger is all about tackling big, hairy and audacious problems. At the same time, we realise that we need to start small to truly have an impact on some of the biggest problems. Want to solve poverty, create world peace or feed the world? What about getting one person of the streets, solving one conflict or feeding one person. These small experiments will lay the foundation for world changing initiatives.

03/Make it matter.


One of the first questions we often get asked is “What is in it for you?”. The answer to this question is simple but at times hard to convey. We care about people, we care about the west. Victoria University has been kind enough to provide us with the space and resources to help people take control over their own lives and at the same time uplift the fastest growing region in Australia. This is what matters to us and having this impact is all we need.

 

To see how we think and discovers some of our FAQ's visit the Stash - Our cheat-sheet to all things lean startups.

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