Joel Connolly

Creative Director & Head of Blackbird Foundation at Blackbird Ventures


Blackbird is a community-driven venture capital firm. We invest in mission-driven founders in industries ranging from SaaS to Space. The social mission of Blackbird is to inspire the next generation of Australians through technology and entrepreneurship.

Prior to Blackbird, I co-founded and was Festival Director for Sydney Craft Beer Week. I grew our program from 6 events to 140 and played a significant role in the growth of the craft beer segment in Australia.

I also co-founded and ran Umbrella Artist Management. We managed Platinum selling Australian bands including The Rubens, Cloud Control and Urthboy.


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  • Creative Director & Head of Blackbird Foundation

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