About

Vision & Mission

SunCoast Angels facilitates connections between Entrepreneurs and Investors.

 

We do this by conducting regular monthly pitch meetings and other events.

 

Having an active investment group on the Sunshine Coast provides a first stop for local entrepreneurs looking for investment.

Leadership

Mike Greeff

Mike Greeff

Founder

Michael Greeff is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an affiliate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Mike Founded SunCoast Angels in early 2017 and the Sunshine Coast Mentoring & Investment group in 2014.  He’s an active Angel Investor in Brisbane Angels since February 2014.

Mike opened The Hive Business Space in March 2017 and successfully exited in April 2018.

Prior to emigrating to Australia in 2009, Mike was a founding Shareholder and Director of The Reclamation Group Pty Ltd, South Africa’s largest international recycling company.

Mike has served on a number of Boards during his career and maintains a number of philanthropic pursuits.

Dean Alle

Chair and Director

Dean Alle is a leader in the innovation space, he adds value to startups around Australia as an investor, director, advisory board chair and executive.  Dean has a wealth of experience as a startup investor, due diligence and supporting startups to commercialise new technology.  In addition to investing, Dean has launched several technology related startups, led major commercialisation projects with Australian Universities and established spinoff and startup companies.

Dean moved to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney in 2013.  Dean can often be found as the Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) for Innovation Centres and Universities, he is a facilitator for the Australian National Innovation (ON) Program, a judge for investment pitch competitions and a keynote speaker at events.  Dean grew up in Sydney and Sunshine Coast QLD, graduating from Maroochydore State High School with a TE Score of 990 then completed a PhD in Atomic and Molecular Physics from The Australian National University Canberra.  Refer to www.deanalle.com for more information about Dean and hear from startups that Dean has invested time and money into.

Dean Alle
Darrell Edwards

Darrell Edwards

Director

Darrell is an inspirational leader and collaborator, who creates a high-performance cultures, through teamwork and valuing and empowering people. With a global view of business, connections across Asia, USA and over 30 years of commercial banking background, Darrell has experience in export facilitation, finance, acquisitions and growth strategies. Darrell has owned and operated childcare businesses and understands challenges and opportunities in a competitive environment. In his previous role as CEO of RDA Sunshine Coast, Darrell encouraged innovation, digital adoption and skill development in small to medium enterprises. He is currently founder of a nano technology start up, experiencing the highs and lows of commercialisation.

Darrell supports the growth of SMEs through non-executive board roles, contributing as a member Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance Committee, Sunshine Coast Business Awards Committee, and Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Committee. Darrell is a connector, identifying opportunities for collaboration within his network.

Sheree Cross

Director

Sheree is an independent Consultant for various public and private organisations specialising in business strategic planning, implementation of growth initiatives, organisational development and financial forecasting. Sheree has over 17 years experience as a medical research fellow in drug delivery kinetics, formulation design and commercialisation strategies. Sheree is currently engaged as the Manager Research (Research Governance and Development Unit) for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Sheree also has over 10 years experience as a Private Equity Investment Director specialising in mergers and acquisitions, new opportunity assessment, due diligence, financial restructuring and preparing businesses for sale and investment attraction.

Sheree has a passion for supporting businesses grow and succeed on the Sunshine Coast.

Hugh Butler

Director

Hugh has been in the business of commercialising innovative technologies for the last 25 years. He has a wealth of experience in business startups and knows first hand how difficult to move from a great idea to a great business.   Hugh has spent the years in business startups or turnarounds, working with fantastic people, investors, mentors, and other professionals in new businesses. He has a passion for supporting new businesses, and getting involved as a mentor or actively involved. His passion for the Sunshine Coast was to to see new generation businesses supported - be they in renewable energy, or STEM business on the Coast, supported by government and individuals. Not just centres of excellence such as the Innovation Centre, Peregian Digital Hub, but the other ecosystems that sustain from creation to business success.

Hugh moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1997 after selling a global business. Three months of sandology convinced him that boredom was not a lifestyle, neither was travelling.  Hugh grew up in rural New Zealand, completed a degree in Agricultural Science, a PhD in Weed Science from Oregon State University but moved to commercial innovation in early 1990's.

History

Mike Greeff, an active investor with Brisbane Angels, initiated discussions in early 2017 with several other Angel Investors in South East Queensland with a view to starting an active angel investment group on the Sunshine Coast, leveraging off curated deal flow from Brisbane Angels.  These discussions resulted in the formation of SunCoast Angels, with the first pitch meeting held in July 2017.  Thereafter monthly pitch meetings were held and a number of local and other startups had the opportunity to pitch to Investors on the Sunshine Coast, with some securing much needed investment.

Towards the end of 2017 Mike secured a small grant from Advance Queensland’s Regional Angel Investors Support Program, and this became the catalyst to formalise SunCoast Angels.

Expressions of interest to form the inaugural SunCoast Angels Pty Ltd Board were called for in late 2017 from the existing community of interested Angel Investors and others on the Sunshine Coast.  Those who wished to participate in the vision of SunCoast Angels formed SunCoast Angels Pty Ltd in April 2018 and the first Board of Directors was formed.

Contact Us

Interested in pitching or becoming an angel investor, for further information please contact us at ua.mo1562888034c.sle1562888034gnats1562888034aocnu1562888034s@nim1562888034da1562888034 or use the contact form below.