Timothy Hor

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PhD Student

Tim started his career in the early nineties as a lecturer at the National University of Singapore teaching technical and business writing to computer science and engineering undergraduates.  Returning to academia, Tim joins QUTACE to take on the grand challenge of entrepreneurship research – by carrying out and communicating ‘relevant’ research.  To design and deliver research that is useful and relevant to both entrepreneurship researchers and practitioners, he practices ‘Engaged Scholarship’ to study how high-growth digital ventures acquire financial resources.  As an ex-practitioner-in-training to be an entrepreneurship scholar-educator, Tim’s research interests – beyond his Ph.D. project – is in the new venture creation process of high-growth technology and digital start-ups.


From marketing at Cap Gemini Asia, raising venture capital funding for Asia’s first rich thin-client start-up, and leading JobsDB.com to compete with Jobstreet.com in SE Asia to scaling iProperty.com to its dominant position, Tim has three decades of ‘real-world’ business and entrepreneurial experience.  He also led the digital transformation of the largest newsprint media company in Malaysia and turned around a pre-paid mobile platform in Indonesia.  To engage and add value to the start-up community in Brisbane, he is currently a mentor-in-residence at The River City Labs and QUT Foundry.


Tim served as a bank teller for three years after his GCE ‘A’ levels before continuing his studies in the US.  Trained and educated as a technical communication-information engineering consultant, Tim has an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana and a master of technical and scientific communication from Miami University of Ohio.  Before joining QUTACE, Tim completed a 10-module coursework requirement for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at HELP University, Malaysia.