Hazel MacTavish-West | Seedlab Australia

Hazel MacTavish-West

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Food Science & Technology, Connected Communities

Hazel is a strong believer in ‘together we are more’ and three years ago Hazel had a vision to help start-up businesses start, scale and grow. This vision led to Hazel and her partner Darren co-founding Seedlab Tasmania, an incubator/ accelerator program to support start-ups.

Hazel’s contagious passion combined with the high economic and social impact delivered by accelerator program drew interest from the Woolworths Group. In 2021, the Woolworths Group committed to $4M of funding to help small businesses and Founders become retail-ready and pitch to national retailers. Seedlab Australia was born.

As co-Founder and CEO of Seedlab Australia, Hazel leads an Executive team of trusted advisors, nurtures a connected community of over 300 Founders and has made dreams real for Australian entrepreneurs.

Prior to Seedlab, Hazel spent most of her career as a curious food scientist working on diverse and award-winning projects including flavours for dried cheese snacks and gin, converting oysters into sauce and vodka. Hazel consulted to many agri-food businesses and she still regularly writes articles and provides media commentary.

In recognition of her success, Hazel has been awarded the Churchill Fellowship and Tasmanian Telstra HTC Start Up Business Award.

Hazel’s dream is to own a property overlooking Marion’s Bay and enjoy the wide open space with her husband Darren and their two dogs Winston and Corran.

Hazel has attained a PhD from University of Tasmania and a Bachelor of Science, Agriculture from University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology; Chartered Agriculturalist, Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants and Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology.