Leslie Delaforce

Indigenous Entrepreneurship Director, Minderoo

Les is the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Director at Minderoo Foundation, Board Director of StartupWA and Non-Executive Director of HelpingMinds. Les is an experienced founder, board director and advisor to startups such as Experlio.

At Generation One, Les leads the Indigenous Entrepreneurship stream with a focus on investment, education and research.

A proud Gumbaynggirr man and 40Under40 winner in 2020, Les built DreamSpark and Covocate, the first Indigenous startup to raise venture capital, scaling internationally with teams in Israel and Canada and an exit in 2019.

In 2017, Les was recognised in the Inside Small Business - Top 50 Business Leaders and in the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow out of 3000 businesses in Australia plus featured in the book, Stories of Grit.

Prior to jumping into the tech sector, Les worked in a variety of Government roles and in 2014 was awarded the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30.