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Eleanor Carey

Innovator, adventurer, and leader, Eleanor Carey encourages young people to step out of their comfort zones and into the unknown.

Eleanor Carey is an adventurer, entrepreneur and author. Eleanor was the first Australian woman to row across the mid-Pacific Ocean, spending 62 days at sea in a 7.5m ocean rowing boat, she battled extreme seasickness, sleep deprivation, multiple hurricanes and forty foot waves to set two Guinness World Records as part of a trio.

Originally a physiotherapist, Eleanor shifted gears into the business world becoming the co-founder and CEO of The Generator Innovation Hub which she successfully sold in 2019.  She is also a Startup Catalyst Mission Leader, accompanying high growth companies, policy makers, investors and community leaders to Silicon Valley and London. Eleanor is the Adventurer In Residence at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), drawing on the parallels between the worlds of business and extreme outdoor adventures.

Eleanor now shares her experiences of adventure and entrepreneurship - the good, the bad and the ugly – speaking in and coaching companies and schools to build grit and resilience, improve wellbeing and help people realise their fullest potential.