Larry Lopez was appointed Director of Accelerating Commercialisation in January 2016. In this role he provides support and advice to the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the delivery of the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.
Larry has extensive experience speaking at industry conferences and working with the media. He has been featured in numerous print articles and on BBC World and Bloomberg Financial live broadcasts on stories related to innovation and the globalisation of venture capital.
Raised and educated in Silicon Valley, USA, Larry began his involvement in financing early stage and emerging growth companies in the late 1980s when he joined Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to joining the bank, he worked in trade finance and commercial lending supporting family owned businesses and small and medium sized enterprises.
Larry has been involved with hundreds of start-ups, early stage and emerging growth companies and has worked across the spectrum of early stage funding including:
• venture capital investment
• investment banking
• pioneering the use of venture debt.
His experience includes working with companies and investors across the USA, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Larry has extensive experience in executive management and strategic planning and has been the founder of several successful companies. He has been involved as a director of many venture capital funds, start-ups and early stage companies.
Larry has also worked closely with numerous innovative companies through his funding activities.
Since moving to Australia in 2006, Larry has focused on commercialising innovative ideas and technologies. He has worked with professional investors, universities, governments, corporate investors and innovators across Australia.
He is the Chairman of the OzApps/West Tech Fest Organising Committee and Curtin University Commercialisation Advisory Board. He is also a director of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation. Larry currently serves as a director of several private and not-for-profit organisations and companies in Australia and California.