Banking on growth: Closing the financing gap for SMEs

About the Webinar

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a major source of job creation, innovation and growth, employing 60% of the Australian workforce and accounting for 50% of GDP. SMEs were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many ceasing to operate due to depleted cash reserves, unable to weather the times of economic uncertainty.

As the backbone of our economy, SMEs are also the key to lifting the nation out of economic decline. Providing businesses with access to credit and other financial support will be crucial to helping manage their recovery.

In this webinar, our panelists will discuss how the emergence of fintechs, improved access to and usage of data with open banking, comprehensive credit reporting as well as government support can provide SMEs a lifeline and help rebuild Australia’s economy in the post-COVID era.

Meet our speakers

Bronwyn Yam

Chief Product Officer, Tyro

Bronwyn has over 20 years’ experience in financial services and consulting. Prior to joining Tyro, Bronwyn held several senior roles across various divisions within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She also had a consulting career with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in the U.S. and across Asia working with clients from various industries. She has extensive experience in challenging the status quo and delivering on innovative processes and solutions.

Ian Boyd

Director of Partnerships, APAC, Xero 

As Xero’s Director of Partnerships for APAC, Ian oversees engagement with the financial industry and third-party apps, helping connect small businesses and their advisors with the best digital tools and sources of capital. Ian’s team is driven by a desire to create collaborations that produce lasting benefit for Xero customers and external partners. Ian has held leadership roles in client management, product development, and technology sales at Visa, Barclays and ANZ.

Ana Marinkovic

Ana Marinkovic

Executive General Manager, Business Direct & Small Business, NAB

Ana Marinkovic is a senior executive whose career spans more than 15 years in financial services. Her current role is Executive, Business Direct and Small Business at NAB, where her team looks after the financial needs of five hundred thousand businesses across Australia, through a suite of products and services to support every stage of a business’ journey.

Beau Bertoli

Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Prospa

Beau is a Co-Founder of Prospa and has been an Executive Director of Prospa Advance Pty Ltd since 2013 and a Director of the Company since April 2018.


Beau has 16 years’ experience in financial services and has founded a technology start-up and managed a consumer product retailer. He is responsible for Prospa’s Go To Market capability and strategies to deliver revenue for the Group.

Vic Wolff

Director of Financial Services, Thoughtworks Australia

As the Director for Financial Services, Vic helps grow Thoughtworks' presence in the financial services sector, forge new partnerships, and help our clients thrive in an increasingly disrupted landscape by transforming how businesses deliver customer value. 

Vic brings 30 years of banking experience at ING and HSBC in retail product management, customer experience, marketing and analytics.

Ian Kelsall - Host

Product Principal for BFSI and Fintech, Thoughtworks Australia

As the Product Principal for BFSI and fintech, Ian leads the strategic direction of the financial services stream and works closely with key enterprise and fintech clients across APAC. With experience across financial, retail, travel and media sectors and from multinational corporates to fledgling startups, Ian brings a diverse set of expertise and enthusiasm to each new client.