Isaac Coonan


Isaac Coonan is Director of the REACH Australia Accelerator. He brings close to a decade's worth of experience in community thought leadership, community building, government relations and corporate stakeholder management.

Isaac works directly with some of the countries top proptech scale ups and knows what it takes to scale a company globally. Prior to joining Second Century Ventures, he was the General Manager for Fishburners, Australia’s largest community of tech startups with physical locations in Brisbane, Sydney and Shanghai. Isaac's experience, additional roles noted below, have well prepared him to take on the role of Director of the REACH Australia accelerator.


  • Fishburners General Manager, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to creating highly scalable Australian tech startups. Voted Australia’s #1 community for scaling tech startups in 2017 and 2018. Largest community of tech entrepreneurs in Australia supporting over 600 startups nationally. In 2018 Isaac worked with the Brisbane startups to create a total revenue pool of $36M and over $25M in investment. Brisbane grew from 49 startups to over 100 in the 12 months Isaac led the team. Isaac directly brought on and/or managed partners such as Australian China Innovation Center, Horizon, Advanced QLD, Brisbane Marketing, Optus, Google, Queensland University of Technology, The Australian Property Institute and many more, securing over $500K in partnerships. Though his extensive network, Isaacs core value add to the startups are connections to industry, corporate and government with over 260 connections made in the first year.
  • Partnerships Manager at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia managing multi-million dollar partnerships with key stakeholders nationally and internationally (US, UK and Australia). Acted as the main contact point for securing collaborative opportunities between industry, corporations and early stage startups. Overseeing a community of 200+ creative tech entrepreneurs, Isaac and his team serviced two accelerators, a business incubator, a coworking space and four major events per year leading community outreach and engagement.
  • President at Pride Business Network, a NFP bringing together some of Australia’s top LGBTIQ+ industry experts to formulate growth opportunities in Australia. Managing a community of over 500+ business and 1000+ members, Isaac and his team developed bespoke events and content to aid in the development of individual businesses.
  • Assessment panel for Queensland Government’s Arts Business Innovation Fund.