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
BlueRock, 16/414 La Trobe St, Melbourne, from 6pm to 9pm.
Wine, beer, cheese and food included!
Head of Operations @Startmate
Michael started as a business student following the traditional path into consulting and corporate life (Amex, PwC, KPMG) but then fell in love with the startup world growing two start-ups from a team of 2 to 5 (MadPaws) and 10 to 50+ (Expert360), including a $AUD 13M Series B capital raise. He decided to help lots of startups grow their business, rather than just work on one and joined Startmate as Head of Operations.
At Startmate, we invest in extraordinary founders who are changing the way we work, live and play, and we’re powered by the most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Australia. Startmate’s world-class community of mentors and alumni are scaling businesses from the first dollar to the next billion, and we share that knowledge through our 12-week accelerator program, 1:1 bespoke coaching and in-person events.
Founder and CEO @EdSmart
A former ABC broadcaster, Fiona is one of Australia’s earliest and most successful start-up entrepreneurs. In 2000 she co-founded Arts Hub, and grew the business to a paid subscriber base of 10,000+. Fiona also co-founded sister site, Screen Hub and various other online businesses, including REmessenger, a social platform for real estate agents, which sold to partners in Silicon Valley. She’s passionate about using technology to empower relationships and a greater good.
EdSmart is an award winning Australian start-up helping school communities evolve by strengthening work processes and governance. EdSmart’s industry-leading School Organisation System (SOS) automates data capture, simplifies communication and modernise processes so educators, parents and students can ditch the admin and get back to what matters most. Across 1 million users and 8 countries, EdSmart is redefining and liberating school communities globally.
Chief Executive Officer @Digital Classifieds Group
Mathew commenced his career as a banking and finance solicitor at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, before launching a series of businesses in the real estate and technology spheres. Early career highlights include the founding of a voice recognition company that assists real estate agents to identify and close sales opportunities and the co-founding of a utility connections business YourPorter (the third largest utility connections company in Australia).
Digital Classifieds Group (DCG) was co-founded by Mathew Care in 2013. It focuses on developing online real estate and general classifieds in emerging markets. Digital Classifieds Group has snowballed since launch and now operates real estate and general classifieds websites in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Cambodia and Laos.
Co-Founder and Head of Community @Twospace
Bill has a background in Economics with Masters in innovation and sustainability. He soon discovered that his true passion lies with entrepreneurship, this is the way to change the game. It wasn’t until he had traveled the world and landed in Australia that he became hungry and foolish enough to start a project of his own. Ecoshift was born. Bill has since worked as an innovation consultant, ran a startup accelerator and started a project called Food Hero that tackles food waste with a business model. These days he is Head of Community and Co-Founder at TwoSpace. Growing the community while creating a world class culture is where his head is at.
TwoSpace turns underutilized spaces like cafes and hotels into a network of affordable and unique co-working communities. With a fast growing trend of people working remotely & from home, we’ve created a solution so anyone can access a co-working space. With numerous success stories among members, we’re creating the go-to Startup hub for early stage founders.
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.