Meet the StartSomeGood Leadership Team

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Tom Dawkins - CEO and Co-Founder

Tom Dawkins is Australian, but lived in the US from 2008-2012 which is where he met his original StartSomeGood co-founder Alex Budak. Before StartSomeGood he founded Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka in Washington DC and was the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. Tom has organized dance parties and film festivals, youth journalism projects and new media conferences, co-working spaces and Burning Man theme camps. Tom has also supported numerous non-profits, governments and arts organizations to build community using technology and culture. Tom has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the World Summit Youth Awards, The International Youth Foundation, Nexus Australia, the Social Enterprise Awards and the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards.


Renata van Diest - CTO

Renata van Diest has a Computer Science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she took her first programming class because one of her classmates dared her to. Upon graduation she worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, building backend systems as well as desktop and mobile applications. She graduated from London Business School, and has worked with several startups in the London area. She is passionate about businesses that combine technology with a social mission in order to improve people's lives. When able to escape from behind her laptop, Renata enjoys photography, snowboarding, documentary films, travelling, and playing the guitar and piano.


Matt Perfect – Partnerships Manager

Matt Perfect believes you shouldn’t have to quit your day job to do good. That’s why he joined the team at StartSomeGood to help bridge the gap between big business and grassroots changemakers and social entrepreneurs. With a background in corporate procurement and management consulting, Matt has learned a thing or two about how corporates and governments work and he is passionate about harnessing their scale and resources to help accelerate social innovation, wherever it comes from. Matt also works as an independent coach and facilitator helping purpose driven leaders and small businesses to harness the power of social entrepreneurship to grow personally and professionally. Matt lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia and enjoys sailing and singing (sometimes at the same time!)


Ayush Jain - Crowdfunding Coach

Ayush works at the intersection of entrepreneurship and social change as a Crowdfunding Coach at StartSomeGood, where he empowers and supports social entrepreneurs making a difference in their community. In his previous role at SPARK Deakin, he helped run an accelerator program and curated events to connect students to the booming startup ecosystem in Melbourne. Ayush has lived, studied and worked in major international cities such as Singapore, Dubai, and Sydney. He has also worked on projects with multinational corporations to startups such as the Woolworths Group, Lowe Lintas Group, State Bank of India, and Social Change Central. He is also super interested in hospitality based social enterprises and is learning about micro-franchising and the open hiring model, while also designing his own master's degree.


Caleb Maru - Crowdfunding Coach

Caleb is a community builder, program manager, strategist and storyteller with a passion for youth engagement, codesign and storytelling for social change. Caleb is a Crowdfunding Coach at StartSomeGood, where he supports individuals, organisations and community groups in creating successful crowdfunding campaigns and in community building. Caleb is also a YLab associate, which puts young people in the centre of co-designing solutions to big challenges, and Communications Director of Matu Consult LLC, a development policy research, analysis and evaluation consultancy with core operations in the Horn of Africa. He is currently completing his double degree in Law and Arts, and when he isn’t busy working or studying, he’ll be at a local gig or backpacking through a different country.