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.
Co-Founder and CEO @Twospace
Tashi Dorjee is CEO and co-founder of TwoSpace. Before TwoSpace, Tashi’s startup journey began with a love for the environment. Tashi is a Director of Carbon Conservation (CC): the first company to use carbon finance to conserve tropical rainforests. CC was winner of Environmental Finance Magazine’s Carbon Finance Deal of the Year with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for the Ulu Masen project in Aceh aiming to conserve 700,000 hectares of forest in Indonesia. Tashi is also an Australian Ambassador for the United Nations Women Singapore Committee and the Project Inspire program, which helps young change-makers create a better world for women and girls in Asia Pacific.
TwoSpace is a startup founded in Sydney which turns restaurants that are closed during the day into a network of co-working spaces. Today, TwoSpace has grown networks in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and across Australia. Members work from gorgeous restaurants, rooftop bars, funky hotel lounges, and beachside venues with ocean views. TwoSpace is gearing up to launch a global network, with the first international co-working community growing in Hong Kong.
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.
Bevan is a Director at Bluerock working with small to mid sized enterprises to manage the financial hygiene and growth of their business. Utilising his family business experience and that gained in accounting, consulting and technology roles in public practice he is adept at partnering with clients to resolve any challenges presented to business owners on a day to day basis.
BlueRock 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 their clients, often speaking to them daily to ensure that excellence in service means that they become valued business advisors.
Director @PwC Ventures
Francois is an experienced professional in Investment Funds with extensive expertise in Venturing and Private Equity, leading investment and strategies to facilitate company’s ambitious growth plans with successful startups and corporates.
PwC’s Ventures invest and grow new businesses, by identifying meaningful problems for clients that can be solved through technology. PwC Ventures identify a clear path to leverage PwC’s clients network, brand and capabilities in order to unlock growth for the businesses they invest, in Australia and Asia-Pacific.
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.