Meet our new Head of Accelerator, Richelle McNae

Headshot photo of Richelle, who is a young woman smiling with red hair and a front fringe.

Richelle has joined the Remarkable team as our new Head of Accelerator. Richelle has just returned to her home in Queensland from a stint living in the UK and brings a wealth of experience in the startup space to the team. She has a relationship-first approach to her work and in her spare time, you’ll find Richelle advocating for greyhounds as pets through her charity side-hustle! Learn more about the truly remarkable Richelle below! 

Tell us a bit about you and your background experience

I’ve recently returned from three years living and working in London and phew what a rollercoaster. Whilst there, I worked in Imperial College London’s White City Incubator providing strategic support to our 17 deep tech startups from ideation to Series A that employed about 200 staff. Like most roles in the startup community I wore many hats and was involved in a range of programs and innovation activities including entrepreneurial learning programs, community building, one-off events and workshops both for the Incubator and across Imperial more broadly. Prior to that, I worked for the Queensland Government as part of their Advance Queensland innovation initiative leading the Australian-first startup attraction program Hot DesQ. My background is stakeholder engagement and communication which I think is a skill set well suited to the innovation ecosystem as I really enjoy building connections and helping others

What attracted you to work with Remarkable?

I had actually worked with Remarkable alumni in my previous role so I knew it would be a great team of people which is one of the most important factors. After working with science-focused companies over the last few years at the Incubator, I knew I wanted to continue to work in a field that contributes to building a better society and driving positive change. There is a really fantastic collection of “things” that happen when technology solutions are driven solely for human-centric improvements and Remarkable is really doing great work in bringing more of this innovation to the market.

What part of the program are you most looking forward to?

I have already joined the virtual Bootcamp that was hosted pre-program and it was fantastic to see the early connections, virtual cheer squads, collaboration offers and acknowledgment of “great people” – so probably just seeing those hyper-focused connections and knowledge sharing over the 16-weeks and beyond is what gets me excited.

We’d love to get to know you a bit more, what do you like to do in your free time? It might be that you’ve got a special skill or interest to share with us?

I am a founding management committee member of an independent greyhound adoption charity and a passionate greyhound as pets advocate and foster carer, so if you need to fill an hour or five – ask me about greyhounds. You could also find me in the kitchen cooking and baking or in search of the best local coffee and hopefully in the not too distant future over-planning my next trip overseas.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your work life that you would like to pass on to the startups?

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of done. Now I am not saying send out that investor pitch without spell checking your email, but if you are spending weeks arguing over the by-line of your website or making your first “prototype” that has every single feature – that is time you are missing out on validating in front of your customers.

Do you have an inspiring book / podcast / tv show you would like to share with the startups and the Remarkable community?

I really love the Masters of Scale and The Full Ratchet podcasts. Full of actionable advice – Masters of Scale especially does a great job at providing an overview of the number of viewpoints acknowledging there is not just one way.

Any tips for remote working now that we’re an online program?

Set time aside for non-scheduled social engagement, informal conversations and asking/answering questions with the cohort. Online environments are really challenging to continue to have those adhoc conversations where you share that your best friend works in a field that is super valuable to another participant, or finding out that they share a key pain point as your target market and can share some insights. You’ll only get out what you put in, so get engaged – even if it is just a thumbs up so we know you’re there.

Thanks Richelle. It’s been great to get to know you. Feel free to reach out to connect with Richelle on LinkedIn.

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