Biography: Ben Heap, non-executive, independent Chairman, x15ventures
Ben Heap has over 25 years of financial services and investment experience in Australia and the United States. In 2015, he co-founded H2 Ventures, a fintech-focused venture capital fund and accelerator. H2 has invested in more than 50 fintech start-ups over the past five years.
Mr Heap is respected for his expertise in working with entrepreneurial founders and high growth companies. He is also an experienced public company director and a member of the Federal Government’s Fintech Advisory Group. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Services Council (FSC), a leading industry representative body in the financial services sector, and he co-chaired the FSC's Global Markets Board Committee.
Mr Heap holds degrees in Science (Maths) and Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of New South Wales, and he is a graduate of the AICD.
Biography: Jane Martino, Portfolio Advisor, x15ventures
Jane Martino has built multiple organisations to successful exit across the marketing, media and digital sectors.
As well as delivering strong outcomes for shareholders, she focusses on building high performing teams, knowing the key to growing successful businesses is growing their people.
Ms Martino’s experience includes founding and exiting Undertow Media (now Bastion Effect following its sale to the Bastion Group in 2009), and digital platform Shout which was acquired by ANZ Bank in 2015 where she subsequently held the role of Head of Social Segment. She was also Director at Melbourne Football Club from 2015-2020.
As a passionate supporter and participant in the Australian start up scene, Ms Martino is also an investor and advisor to high profile start-ups such as content and influencer marketplace, TRIBE, activation platform brandcrush, renowned plant-based business Deliciou, and recently launched, Sorted. She was an early stage investor and advisor at Unlockd, eventually leading the Australian start up operationally as CEO.
Ms Martino is also Chair and Co-Founder of the globally recognised tech-based NFP Smiling Mind that delivers free online Mindfulness Meditation programs to young people. Since launching, Smiling Mind has more than 6 million regular users of its individual program with the education program used in more than one third of Australian classrooms each day.
Most recently, Ms Martino held the position of Executive Director, Ventures at Light Warrior, family office of Radek Sali, managing the Group’s early stage investment portfolio.
Ms Martino is a published author with her series of six Thank You books printed in 2004 by ACP Books. In 2016 she released a book entitled Mindfulness Made Easy, now in its second print run with Hardie Grant. She has also authored five children’s books, the first two of which was published in October 2020 and January 2021 respectively.