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Workshop 2#: Managing People (New and existing employees)

Changing circumstances require new learnings such as onboarding a new employee, they’ll need appropriate training to fulfil their roles. To achieve this may need to rely on your existing staff members. Your existing employees may need to up- skill- not only to assist the business but also to develop their own careers and keep them challenged and engaged. This workshop will cover; - How to create systems and processes (Workplace authority, productivity and accountability) - Ways to encourage new learnings and develop the skills of your existing employees - Creating and implementing an effective communication strategy - How to establish and maintain a positive work environment through staff collaboration - Creating and providing challenges for personal and professional growth

Workshop 1#: Managing people (Employment Processes)

When it comes down to hiring new employee’s as a start-up founder or a small business owner it proves to be quite a challenge. Understanding what you're looking for can simplify the recruitment process, in making sure you find the right employee who is able to impact productivity, employment relationship, work culture and a positive impact on the work environment. This workshop will cover; - Identify the need for the position - What to consider when preparing the position description - Creating some effective recruitment selection criteria - Finding the right fit for the position - Onboarding new employee(s) - Understanding casual, part-time and full time - Payroll management *Participants will be asked to develop task list during workshop.

Startmate Pitch Coaching @Inspire9

Thanks to the support of LaunchVic and Inspire9, Startmate is hosting Pitch Coaching Workshops to help founders hone their pitch. The workshops are free and sell out fast. The workshops are hosted by Blackbird Ventures partner and Startmate EiR, Nick Crocker. Nick was previously co-founder of Sessions (acqd. by MyFitnessPal) and We Are Hunted (acqd. by Twitter) and has funded and raised funding for multiple successful ventures. This is an awesome opportunity to learn from a serial founder and investor how to craft the best possible story for your startup. The pitch coaching workshops cover: • What is an investor pitch? • What is the ideal format and length? • How to structure a one-liner. • What are the key elements of the pitch - problem, solution, team, timing, traction and ask. • Best practices for deck design and flow. • Common mistakes and how to avoid them. • What not to include in the pitch! • Example slides from successful pitch decks. • Live review of founder decks for immediate feedback. The workshops held to date have had exceptional feedback with founders rating them 9.1/10 on average. Places are limited and have been oversubscribed in the past. See you there!

Braneshop 3-Day Deep Learning Workshop

Venture into AI and deep learning with this three-day workshop. You will be taken from the mathematical and theoretical foundations, to building models and neural networks in TensorFlow. The second day will be dedicated to gaining a hands-on understanding of TensorFlow, and the third day will be centered around group projects.

  • Mon 25 Feb, 9am
  • CBD
  • Noon van der Silk

Pitch at the Melbourne Founder Dinner

Applications are open for the next Melbourne Founder Dinner which will take place Tuesday, 19th February 2019. To date, Innovation Bay has helped Australian startups raise over $35 million in funding, get expert advice and make valuable connections to supercharge growth. This is an opportunity for startup founders to get in front of a room full of investors, people who can make a difference to an early stage venture through advise, introductions, and funding to help supercharge the company's growth. Our aim with the Founder Dinner is to connect exciting entrepreneurs with the right investors, advisors and connectors, within a relaxed and open environment. We do not take a clip, we do not charge entrepreneurs, we simply promote, support and connect. To apply, complete the form and which includes a 90 second pitch video. The successful startups will be selected by our investment panel and invited to present at the dinner in Melbourne. Application close 1st February 2019. Apply here: If you have any questions you can email

Social Entrepreneurship - can business solve a social problem?

Join Law Squared and guests at this FREE event as we discuss the role of Social Entrepreneurship - can business solve a social problem? Speakers for this flagship event include: Matthew Boyd from Vollie and Loretta Bolotin from Free to Feed and Now to Launch. Vollie is an online marketplace that connects skilled people to non-profits and charities for skills-based online volunteering. Vollie projects are exclusively online, meaning that people can donate their skills and experience from anywhere in the world, and around their busy personal and professional schedule. Matthew will share his journey of creating a social enterprise and the role it can play in solving a social problem, and the trials and tribulations he has faced as a founder and co-CEO. Loretta Bolotin is the Co-Founder and Partnerships Manager of Free to Feed is a Melbourne based social enterprise championing people who have sought refuge and asylum in Australia. Free to Feed’s advocacy is delivered through employment in food-based initiatives – cooking classes, immersive experiences and events, and ever-evolving, curated offerings. Free to Feed is also the partner of Now to Launch, an exciting entrepreneur program helping new arrivals to realise their culinary dreams. Loretta will share her journey of creating a Social Enterprise and the journey from working for not-for-profit to founding a social enterprise. Come along for a networking, grazing platter and some drinks! More speakers to follow - watch this space! This event is brought to you by Law Squared.

  • Thu 28 Feb, 6pm
  • WeWork
  • Law Squared