Chris Joannou

Melbourne Chapter Director

Chris is a Parallel Entrepreneur, Digital Alchemist, and Startup Pusher with businesses in everything from Tech to Tequila. CEO and Founder of Startup MelbournePerceptar (live mobile to mobile video application) and the Startup Grind Melbourne Chapter Director.

Outside of Tech he runs J&D Consortium an innovative private label food and beverage business that primarily imports for the Retail and Foodservice markets within the Asia-Pacific.


Arj Selvam

Sydney Chapter Director

Arj has a background in business development and strategy and most recently worked at Vodafone Australia within their sales & distribution strategy team. In 2009 Arj created his own eponymous fashion brand and presented his collection at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week in 2011. Arj is currently developing a social-commerce platform to disrupt the way fashion is broadcast and sold online. Arj holds honours degrees in B.Eng (Mechanical) and B.Com (Corporate Finance, Investment Finance) fromThe University of Western Australia.

Adam Muniz

Sydney Chapter Co-Director

Adam Muniz, 27, is the founder and director of renowned Australian e-commerce and media website For Tomorrow. Founded in 2007, For Tomorrow specializes in niche high-end fashion and lifestyle products. In 2010, Adam founded For Tomorrow Creative, which is the digital media and creative arm that provides coverage of fashion weeks around the world as well as providing e-commerce and digital marketing solutions for external clients. The For Tomorrow website is a custom built platform and has a large following inAustralia and key fashion centres around the world. Adam splits his time between Sydney, Paris, London and New York, travelling the fashion week circuit, as well as provides mentoring to younger designers. Adam studied a degree in commerce, majoring in marketing at The University of Wollongong.


Jason Cross

Adelaide Chapter Co-Director

Jason is the Co-founder & VP of Innovation Engineering at Aston Club Pty Ltd, a mobile payment platform. He has been developing software since the young age of 8, where Jason self taught himself how to code in multiple languages. Jason has always been a hustler, looking for the next thing to develop and sell. The idea of working 9-5 for someone else has never stuck to Jason, he has always wanted to run his own companies and has had a few startups in the last 10 years.

He has helped many startups get off the ground from advice to developing MVPs, most notably Jason lives and breathes startups, he lives to educate others about the startup life.

Michael Reid

Adelaide Chapter Co-Director

Michael runs Majoran Distillery, Adelaide's tech coworking space, which went from 5 members in the first month to over 50 members a year later and is still growing. Michael's first exposure to startups was entering the local Startup Weekend with a business idea that didn't take off, but Michael was hooked. He knew he wanted to be surrounded with startups, so he, along with two other guys, set out to open a tech coworking space which Adelaide was in desperate need of. Michael's drive and excitement about coworking and the startup life is shown throughout everything Michael is involved with, including Startup Grind.