Larry Lopez | Director of Accelerating Commercialisation, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
We are so pleased to announce that Larry Lopez will be joining us again as a judge for Croc Pitch 2019!
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.
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. 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.