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Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin on the three pillars of innovation culture

Speaker(s): Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

  • Date recorded: 1 May 2017

  • Duration: 28:06

These are the future leaders of our country right here – offer them moral support, offer them investment, a partnership, anything. That's what we can all do to make Australia and ultimately our ecosystem a much better place.

– Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

About this video

In this engaging and inspirational discussion, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin reveals his entrepreneurial beginnings as an eight-year-old selling sunscreen for 50 cents a squirt at his local beach. As an adult, his 10-year career in the Navy was followed by a series of successes and failures in the start-up world.

It was this experience that led Sebastien to found his agency, BlueChilli, which connects entrepreneurs, investors and corporates to solve the world's biggest challenges by building and investing in new tech start-up ventures.

Central to Sebastien's discussion is his belief in the three core pillars to create a culture of innovation: speed of execution, tolerance of failure and empowerment of people.

Sebastien also shares examples of BlueChilli's initiatives, including Club Kidpreneur, a national program aimed at budding entrepreneurs, and SheStarts, a program to promote female leadership in innovation.

This talk was held at the State Library on 1 May 2017, as part of the 'Big ideas under the dome' series. These talks bring together great minds in the arts, culture, social justice and sciences to reflect on the big ideas and issues of our time.

Note: this video includes occasional strong language.


Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin is the founder of start-up incubator BlueChilli. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, BlueChilli works with non-technical entrepreneurs, investors and corporate customers to build, grow and invest in venture technology start-ups.