Scott Gillespie, Ecosystem and Venture Architect

Scott Gillespie is a global leader in developing practical solutions for regional economic developers (macro) and founders (micro); for T2 Venture Creation (T2VC) Scott splits his time between the UAE and Australia, architecting regional startup ecosystems (macro) in: Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Palestine, Jordan, USA, Malaysia, and Colombia. In parallel Scott is a growth adviser and mentor to ventures (micro) around the globe helping founders transform their: ideas2products, products2sales, and ventures2businesses; with global revenue streams. 

Scott has supported GIST/CRDF: in Abu Dhabi as a mentor at the MIT Business plan competition; at the Malaysia Bootcamp as a presenter, mentor and judge; at the Dubai GES/EVA as an organizer, presenter, mentor, and judge; at the Tanzania Bootcamp as a presenter, mentor and judge; at the Dubai Bootcamp as a presenter, mentor and judge; on TechConnect webinars, plus in program development. 

Scott is also the Founder and Director of the Jigsaw Group, a business accelerator which connects: founders, talent, customers, markets, and channels; with global opportunities. Jigsaw Group has delivered outcomes and programs, for a variety of entities. For universities, Jigsaw has: set up research centers, improved tech transfer offices, and developed and delivered courses on: innovation, entrepreneurship, risk management, and strategic marketing. For startups, Jigsaw has implemented mentoring programs for: new market entry, startup founders, women entrepreneurs, winners of innovation & entrepreneurship competitions, and angel investors. Jigsaw has also developed programs for not-for-profits including: Sydney Angels and Yacht Aid Global (YAG) which transports education and medical supplies to natural disaster areas using mega yachts. Jigsaw Group has also delivered outcomes and programs to government agencies (i.e. innovation and entrepreneurship training, incubator and accelerator support) and corporates (e.g. regional headquarter selection to first 100 day roadmaps after private equity’ investment). 

Two Jigsaw Group initiatives of note include: ExpatriateConnect, a mentoring and training program that supported export-motivated Australia ventures, by enrolling >2,000 mentors who were matched with more than 400 ventures to support their global growth, and the Center for the Study of Choice which grew from 3 academics into a tier 1 UTS research center with global partners (Motorola, Bose, Boeing,..). 

Prior to the Jigsaw Group, Scott was the Executive General Manager for Business Development of MFP Development Corporation. His team coordinated over $25M in investments from major firms such as SGI, Telstra, Microsoft, Motorola, Stanford Research Institute, and Australian Commonwealth while leading the development of two technology parks (over 2,000 staff), establishing a regional incubator network, and hosting a global conference on Learning, Education and Training. 

Is his early career Scott served in a dozen roles for Unisys Corporation, a global technology services organization including as Chief Financial Officer for the South Pacific, industrial engineer, and Finance Director for Japan Operations.