Liz Jakubowski | Director and Founder , Ribbit


Ribit is a platform out of CSIRO’s Data61 which algorithmically matches innovative small businesses to tertiary students for entry level roles and internships in key ‘skill-shortage’ areas – particularly tech and digital skills.

As well as being an online marketplace platform, Ribit introduces students to innovative businesses from growing or transforming areas of economic activity through ‘speed networking’ events for meaningful, career-building roles.

The platform also collects data on innovative companies, and starting to provide insights around new skills shortages and demand.

Ribit now has 30,000 students from 40 universities and 2,500 of Australia’s most innovative companies, and is establishing partnerships with a range of educational and industry participants.


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Liz is an industry expert in technology, networks, policy and research and Director and Founder of the Ribit platform ( Developed in CSIRO's Data61, Ribit is an online platform which matches tertiary students with digital and STEM skills to growing and transforming  businesses.

Liz has worked as a senior executive at the ABC,  NSW Health and NICTA. She has made documentaries and developed new technology services.

She is currently an advisory board member to Swinburne University’s  Centre for New Workforce (CNeW) the Studio and the China Australia Millennial project (CAMP).

In an increasingly disrupted world of work, Liz is passionate about helping students develop their entrepreneurial capabilities and connecting them to startups and innovative companies to create new jobs and help grow Australia's economy.


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