Thursday 19 September 2019

Come and meet startup founders, investors and advisors talking about their inspiring journeys!
Learn more about startups & founders from Australia & Emerging Markets!
An exclusive and relaxed networking event gathering startups and angels
Learn from amazing and inspiring stories from those local and global entrepreneurs. Get visibility and connect with founders, business angels & investors
Blue Rock, Level 16/414 La Trobe St, Melbourne, from 6pm to 9pm.
Wine, beer, cheese and food included!


Kahlia Meschiati

Managing Director

@Hiya App

Kahlia is a co-founder and Managing Director of Hiya, with 8 years’ experience in both white and blue collar labour hire, permanent recruitment and recruitment consulting. In addition, she was instrumental in launching Hiya’s internal recruitment arm Office People in 2010 and, as its General Manager, led Office People to profitability in its first year. 

Hiya has developed a proprietary digital recruitment platform which incorporates video technology and is designed to streamline the recruitment process for employers, candidates and recruiters alike. Hiya’s all-in-one integrated recruitment tool encompasses candidate identification via a searchable marketplace of video resumés, screening and selection. Central to the platform is video functionality, enabling candidates to present themselves via a video resumé, answering questions in the form of a one-way interview designed to replace several of the time-consuming stages typically present in the current hiring process.

Jane Kou

Founder & CEO

@Bring Me Home

Jane Kou is the Founder & CEO of Bring Me Home, an app that helps people rescue delicious food from cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores with discounts. Bring Me Home’s mission is to cut retail food waste by making surplus food affordable and accessible to everyone.

Launched in August 2018 Melbourne, the Bring Me Home app has grown to over 14 suburbs in Melbourne and is in the process of expanding to Sydney. Bring Me Home was also listed as the top 10 startups in 2019 on SmartCompany.

Judy’s career has had a laser focus – to help people and organisations make innovation repeatable, scalable and profitable. Prior to leading Startup Victoria, Judy spent four and a half years at Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium. Judy has built a reputation as a world-class thought leader and keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, science based innovation & building startup communities. Before joining Inventium, she managed the National Innovation Program for Deloitte Australia, helping the organisation to experiment new products, services and ways of working to sustain its competitive advantage.

Startup Victoria is a non-profit organiser of the largest startup events in Australia. Startup Vic’s community numbers 19,000+ practising and aspiring startup founders, investors, ecosystem service providers and government policy influencers. Startup Vic’s mission is to support founder success.

Fiona has a professional background in investment banking, corporate advisory and wealth management. She has come from a property and construction family business that 15 years ago entered into venture capital investing.
Fiona has taken an active role in managing the ventures and was recently appointed CEO of Significant Capital Ventures, an ESV fund that is driving collaboration between private wealth and universities with a mandate to commercialise and co-create applied tech opportunities for global markets.

Emmanuel Goutallier

Partner Executive

@One Point

Emmanuel is a seasoned Senior Executive in business and digital transformation with 25 years experience in tech and consulting. Sharing his life between France and Australia, he worked in regional and global leadership positions for Hitachi and Hewlett-Packard and took multiple businesses from zero to several hundreds of millions of dollars. More recently, Emmanuel joined the entrepreneur community, advising European mid-size tech companies (like OVH) with their Asia Pacific expansion. He then moved back to management and tech consulting to kick-
start and lead the expansion of Onepoint across Asia.

Onepoint is a niche transformation consultancy offering advisory and tech delivery services. Created in 2002 out of Paris, the company now spans 3 continents with 2,300 professionals. In APAC, Onepoint operates from Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore. Onepoint has a distinctive approach, co-constructing human-centric innovation through collective intelligence. Advisory services include innovation, enterprise agility, operational excellence/lean, employee collaboration and architecture. Delivery services include project/product/change management, software engineering, cloud adoption and data/AI. Onepoint runs a transformed consulting model with only 3 levels of management and autonomous/collaborative communities of expertise. This helps attract the best talents.

Kyran McDonnell

CEO & Founder


Kyran McDonnell is the founder and CEO reVolt. Advocate of Australian startups, Kyran is mentor to top accelerators, speaker, and host of Founder’s Club, the Australian organisation for early stage startup investors to network with entrepreneurs. Recognised polymath and advisor in numerous fields, Kyran’s knowledge ranges from metacognition to biology; cultural evolution to systems thinking. With original works in neural network architectures, Biomimetic Problem-Solving, practical philosophy, and propagation of exponential technologies.

reVolt is the Australia’s first 100% green energy provider and reward sustainable behaviour using state of the art technology to improve the environmental efficiency of all appliances in people’s homes. It is not only a start-up energy retailer, but a solution to connecting everything, such as household appliances, on the Internet of Things.

Thanks to our venue partner!

Blue Rock is a specialist entrepreneurial advisory firm. They look after business owners providing solutions in all areas related to accounting, law and wealth management.
They work alongside our clients, often speaking to them daily to ensure that excellence in service means that they become valued business advisors.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Australiance logo vertical-blue

Australiance is a consulting & recruitment company.  Founded in 2010, the company helps international professionals and businesses to settle in Australia and Australian companies to expand their business in Europe. They have also developed their international talent acquisition recruitment activity. Thus, they help their B2B clients to find the right people for their organisation.

OVH is a global provider of hyperscale cloud, which offers businesses a benchmark for value and performance in the sector. Founded in 1999, the group manages and maintains 30 datacentres in 12 sites across four continents, deploys its own global fibre optic network, and manages the entire supply chain for web hosting. Running on its own infrastructures, OVH provides simple, powerful tools for businesses, revolutionising the way that more than 1 million customers work across the globe. Respect for individuals’ right to privacy and equal access to new technologies is central to the company’s values.

Thanks to our community partners!

Some pictures of the event!