Thursday 2 August 2018

100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009


Learn more about startups & founders from Australia & Emerging Markets!
An exclusive and relaxed networking event gathering startups and angels
Sponsored by Microsoft
Learn from amazing and inspiring stories from those local and global entrepreneurs. Get visibility and connect with founders, business angels & investors
WeWork, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009, from 6pm to 9pm.
Wine, beer, cheese and food included!

Meet our first three speakers!

Jessica Ruhfus – CEO of @Collabosaurus

Jess is the Founder of Collabosaurus, a B2B marketing software that match-makes brands for clever collaborations. Her passion for creative brand experiences & marketing moved her from a background in fashion publicity and SME education, to developing Collabosaurus. Jess now runs entrepreneurial events around Australia and has built the Collabosaurus platform for over 4500+ members.

Collabosaurus is the matchmaker for brands. They connect complementary businesses together for powerful, cross promotional events, social media and product collaborations. Collabosaurus makes finding and negotiating creative marketing collaborations simple, streamlining the partnership process to reduce the average time investment by over 75%.

Caroline Denes & Paula Beltran – @Sitter

Caroline is a busy professional working full time with 2 young children. She has an international background so she doesn’t have family in Sydney that would be able to help her out with her children when necessary.  Caroline’s husband is facing a similar situation with his grandmother back at home. That is what inspired the idea of Sitter

When Paula arrived in Sydney as an educator, she realised there was a lack for caregivers/ educators/ support workers to find a job as well as for parents to find a reliable caregiver to look after their love ones. Therefore, she joined the team to help to create a platform to connect families with qualified/ reliable caregivers. is an online caregivers referral service of nannies, pet sitters, senior caregivers, sponsored by sydneysiders and families that have been using their services.

Serge Lauriou – @My Medic Watch

With more than 20 years of IT and Software development, Serge is at the forefront of the mobile and watch application development including extensive knowledge of the ecosystem around wearable technologies and its market. Serge brings his experience to the My Medic Watch team in Cloud Computing Technologies specialised in Cloud architecture, solution design and development of mobile app Cloud application.

My Medic Watch has developed two new and innovative smartwatch applications designed to detect seizures or falls of users and activate immediate emergency assistance. My Medic Watch believes its smartwatch applications can positively impact the Australian and global health care system on both consumer and commercial levels. The applications are expected to provide autonomy for the patients for longer periods and result in the reduction for the need of assisted care. This can also be applicable to areas of rehabilitation, aged care and nursing homes.

Antoine Portmann – Founder and CEO of @Gastronom’ Wine

Immersed in the wine industry since forever, Antoine decided to build Gastronom’ Wine with the support of his brother.  From an engineering background he was able to create an innovative solution to those in lack of guidance and whose desire is to expand their curiosity and wine knowledge.

Gastronom’ Wine is a subscription service of wine and food pairing. They give you the opportunity to impress your friends and family and to educate their’s wine palates by guiding you through the preparation of a gastronomic 3-course meal, making your home the restaurant thanks to a selection of savoury products, French wines, and professional guidance.

Alesia Venuto – @Hubspot

Alesia has worked in tech for the past five years. Her role at HubSpot is now to help startups and small businesses in Australia & New Zealand get started with the HubSpot software. She helps HubSpot’s customers adapt their approach to marketing, sales and services to better engage the modern buyer.

HubSpot is a leading CRM, marketing, sales, and customer service platform. Today, over 44,500 total customers in more than 100 countries use HubSpot’s award-winning software, services, and support to transform the way they attract, engage, and delight customers. Comprised of Marketing Hub, Sales Hub, Service Hub, and a powerful free CRM, HubSpot gives companies the tools they need to manage the customer experience from awareness to advocacy.

Emily Rich – @Microsoft

Starting in startups, Emily founded Jemsoft, a machine learning and computer vision company whose proprietary software adapted artificial intelligence frameworks into different industries. Emily pursued then investment opportunities with a focus on early stage tech. Emily went on to co-found M8 Ventures, a venture capital fund, whose concentration is working alongside founders to build out robust commercialization and sustained growth strategies. Emily participated in Startmate and based upon feedback from the Sydney 2018 Cohort was quickly offered partnership in 2018 within the accelerator. Emily has joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Startups for Australia where she is committed to building out startup initiatives for this region for both startups and scaleups.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world.

Thanks to our venue partner

Once a wool storage facility, this Sydney office space has been transformed into a beautifully designed home for WeWork Pyrmont. The designers left lots of the period details in place on the third and fourth floors, such as the original rough timber beams. Offices attracting both newly founded startups and established companies overlook the Sydney coworking space’s massive atrium. Parking is available on-site, and there’s easy access to the freeways. The jewel of Pyrmont is, of course, Darling Harbour, where you’ll find fast ferry access to other parts of the city. Also on the waterfront is the International Convention Centre Sydney, bringing even more business traffic to the Pyrmont area. There’s no better place to base your Sydney office space than WeWork Pyrmont.

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