Founder of @PayDock
Robert‘s entrepreneurial journey began in 2003 in Sydney when he founded and ran a digital marketing agency focused on serving the not-for-profit sector. Rob is passionate about helping other Startup founders persevere and succeed. His key values are impact, financial inclusion, travelling, his family and of course his beloved 34-year old Landcruiser.
PayDock startup won our last B2B Rocks Startup Awards. PayDock is best described as a ‘Universal Payments Adaptor’, allowing merchants to rapidly construct payment systems through a single platform. Today, more than a quarter of businesses work with 3 or more payments partners and, as new payment methods are entering the market rapidly this number is growing and PayDock makes the navigation through the payments jungle easier than ever.
Founder of @Piloroo
Piloroo is a B2B marketplace for the hairdressing industry. We connect hair professionals (Educators, Stylists, Assistants) with hair salons that are looking for hair education or require on-demand hair stylist services. We make it easy for hair salons to find the right hair professional for their needs by providing them direct access to hair educators, stylists and assistants who can be hired on demand. The hair professionals on our platform set their own prices and determine their own availability. Piloroo provides them with exposure and customer support and helps them to market their business.
Managing Partner @Artesian Invest
Gilles is a Managing Partner at Artesian, the largest early stage Venture Capital firm in Australia. Based in Sydney, Artesian also has offices in Shanghai, London, Singapore, New York and Melbourne. With over 200 startups in its portfolio, Artesian invests across all innovative technology sectors: including AI, ioT, Clean Energy, AgTech, MedTech, FinTech and consumer internet.
Gilles has more than 25 years of international financial markets experience, holding Senior Executive and Board positions at Fortune 100 corporations in Tokyo, New York, Singapore, London and Hong Kong.
Petko’s last experience was launching a UK SX listed company to the Australian market as a Director. Previously an intrapreneur growing a data department within a digital agency to $5m turnover with 50% EBIDTA. He specialises in partnership building, process development & team management. His style is everything is possible and the crazy solutions first. “Out of the box” thinking is his daily snack.
At its core CHEFIN is a web platform that provides customers with a personalised dining experience. It brings the consumers and creators of food closer together in a multitude of environments. At CHEFIN they are passionate about providing unique, creative and exciting culinary experiences to take your foodie adventures to the next level!
Founding principal @Hunter Bay Capital
John was previously a partner with PwC with 24 years experience auditing and advising clients from start ups to family businesses to multinationals and public companies. Since leaving PwC, John with his business partner Steve McCarthy has successfully launched a new business called Road Runner Mobile Tyres, a full tyre service business but mobile.
Hunter Bay Capital Partners specialises in providing trusted professional advice and services in the following areas for start ups and early stage growth companies. They help raising growth capital from Angel/Strategic investors or Venture Capital or Private Equity, they assist with preparation of business plans and financial modelling, they help execute your overseas expansion strategy in particular, into Korea, Japan, Indonesia and China markets.