We’re a very young company with an old soul. We are a group of founders, mentors, entrepreneurs, Angel Investors, dreamers, pragmatists and doers.


Our combined experience covers most sectors and the full business cycle from startup to exit and even close. Our business is not our name, or logo’s, or address – our business is the relationships we’ve formed over our many past, continuing and future endeavours.

We are interested in working with inspiring individuals who share our ability to dream big and do big and are motivated to become part of a family of visionaries. We believe in finding solutions which solve real-life problems. Be it a product, process or service, i4 Connect will guide you to make your entrepreneurial journey and vision a reality.

Individually, we’ve achieved much, lost some and learned more. Together we’re an organisation with many ready answers and even more very good questions.

We aspire to do better for the community, society and our planet. i4 Connect pushes the boundaries to make entrepreneurship and ownership of small businesses a more achievable and enjoyable journey for Australians.

Together we can dream, succeed and power the world through research, innovation, creativity.

Take the next step towards commercialising your vision with i4 Connect.

Connecting problems, talent and capital for high growth venturing.

Become the default ‘commercialisation’ standard.



Diversity, Balance, Robustness, Fairness


Curious, Questioning, Learning, Agile


By our clients’ creativity and opportunity and the job we do to help them commence and then deliver their projects


Clearly identifiable transferrable value



MEI (2004)
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Company Directors Diploma (2006)


Norm Jenkins

Fourteen years in the military and a lifetime starting, growing and exiting his own businesses. Technically trained in the military, Norm brings skills in robotics, fabrication and maintenance businesses delivering products and services in the Energy, Mining, Defence and Manufacturing sectors.

Norman underpins his leadership of i4 Connect with a strong focus on culture, partnership, collaboration, empathy, and a mind that just can’t let go of finding ways better to serve his customers and greater cause – innovation.

Startup / Experience

7 startups and exits

Business Intermediary on over 30 sales up to $6M in value to ASX listed companies
National General Manager of Customer service – a P&L role with a $20M budget for Pioneer Electronics (a $250M+ multinational consumer electronics company)
Founder & CEO of i4 Australia Pty Ltd trading as i4d (Innovate for Defence) Australia – bringing problems and sponsors from Defence together with talent from University and Industry to rapidly develop solutions
Program Director, X-Lab Ventures Pty Ltd – a startup enabler
Current Government Security Clearance


Monash University
MBA, 2019
University of Adelaide
LLB (HONS) , 2010
College of Law, Victoria
GRAD DIP Legal Practice , 2011


Suzanne Paynter

Also responsible for managing the delivery of i4 Connect’s commercialisation program, Suzanne has extensive Government and private sector experience with key portfolio areas including Government relations, defence, industry and trade, mining and resources, automotive and health. This includes experience in providing strategy and policy advice plus expertise in corporate communications, stakeholder management, public relations, marketing and events at a local, state and international level.

Startup / Experience

Practised as a criminal defence Solicitor
CEO of Future Business Council
Director Murrumbeena Community Bendigo Bank
Over seven years experience with the South Australian Government in a variety of executive and leadership roles including
Ministerial Adviser to the Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Industry & Trade
Senior Project Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager
Project Officer –Aerospace & Naval
Executive Officer – Defence Industry Advisory Board

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