Dr Elena Kelareva has over 15 years’ experience in innovation, technology and startups and is the founder and CEO of GippsTech, a Warragul-based digital innovation consultancy. Elena has a PhD in Computer Science from the Australian National University and has worked at Google as well as with some of Australia’s top tech startups.
Since founding GippsTech and moving to Gippsland in 2017, Elena co-founded Binary Shift, one of Australia’s top regional innovation conferences, and worked with councils to create Startup Gippsland, a project supporting startups across Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and Wellington Shire.
She has been recognised for her work on building regional startup and tech communities by being selected as one of three finalists for the Regional Development Victoria Leadership & Innovation Award 2018, and with being invited to present at conferences in other regional areas, including the Bendigo Invention & Innovation Festival and the Australian Regional Development Conference in Tweed Heads, NSW.
Elena brings to the board her expertise in innovation and digital technology, as well as her extensive experience supporting startups and small businesses, with GippsTech having coached or provided services to over 200 entrepreneurs in the three years since its founding.