The Studio Board
DR. MAGGIE HAERTSCH
Company Secretary and CEO
History of The Studio
The Studio Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation, established in November 2015. The Studio’s community grew through its meetup group and is over 10,000 strong and still growing.The success of The Studio is the curation of a community of high growth startups and scaleups where knowledge sharing is key.
Founder and CEO of The Studio, Chantal Abouchar, launched the organisation following findings from her thesis research. Completed in 2014, “Inventing the Future: Accelerator Programs and the Screen Industry”, drew on Time Warners’ accelerator program as a key case study.
In 2017, The Studio raised co-investment and was successful in a Federal Grant application. At the same time, it was successful through a competitive tender process to be an anchor tenant in the new Sydney Startup Hub. The Studio commenced operations in the Sydney Startup Hub, 1st March 2018, and was officially opened by Scott Morrison in July, 2018.
The Studio is also a founding member of the Sydney Culture Network.
The Studio is an independent not-for profit organisation, focused on fostering and supporting Australian media-tech and creative tech-startups so they can thrive and compete on a global scale.
Donations to The Studio are tax-deductible via the Australian Cultural Fund.