The Business Centre is very pleased to announce that Lena Vestad Hansen has joined their dynamic team as a Business Advisor.
Lena is already meeting with clients to support them on their business journey and working on some of TBC’s programs including its innovation accelerator Start House. She is also producing the Start Up Xpress road trip to Sydney this year which is now being overseen by Hunter iF.
Lena was a participant of the Startup Xpress program last year when she was the Sales and Marketing Manager for one of the startups, Anditi, who took part in the road trip to Sydney, the CeBIT conference and the huge Pitch Night event ‘Bringing Newcastle to the World’ at EY.
She will now produce the Start Up Xpress, which is now sponsored and will be overseen by Hunter iF.
“It was a wonderful experience to be part of Startup Xpress and to be producing it this year is really exciting,” Hansen said.
“I saw first-hand how valuable the networking opportunities were and am very pleased to be working on this project this year and to be offering those same opportunities to this year’s cohort of startups.
Lena’s vast international experience and her love of diversity, sustainability and technology will stand her in good stead at the Business Centre which is undertaking a hugely varied selection of projects this year.
“I love being part of the dynamic workplace that is the Business Centre. There are so many exciting projects underway and I feel like I joined TBC at a really exciting time.”
Born and raised in Norway, Lena has lived in France, Spain, South Korea and she made Australia her home 13 years ago. Her appointment adds to the Business Centre’s international talent pool.
With 15 years spent in international marketing and business development, Lena’s experience spans from multinational corporations to SMEs and her own consultancy business.
Passionate about people and technology, she is always on the lookout for smarter, more sustainable ways of doing things! Having had a keen involvement in the startup community since arriving in Newcastle in 2017 Lena helps businesses grow by connecting them to their true value and their customers’ needs.
Lena is an expert in commercialisation, sales and marketing strategy, startups, customer experience and customer engagement. She has a high level of cross-cultural understanding and can speak 6 languages – English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, French and Spanish.
IMAGE | Lena Vestad Hansen adds international flair The Business Centre team