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The World's First Stock Market for Music Artists Meets the West

THE VALYOU X MUSIC JOURNEY - SIGN UP via Facebook (Pronounced 'Value X') JOIN US for an EXCLUSIVE evening with the Founders of VALYOU X MUSIC, the Multi-Award Winning Music Tech-Startup, who will share their Global Journey with people from all walks of Music, Technology and Innovation. The Internationally renowned Startup invites Music Artists, Music Fans and Music Businesses to ask questions and learn about technology startups from all around Melbourne's West. Proudly Supported by: Maribynong City Council - Co-Connected LaunchVic WHAT IS ? (For more info, take a look down below) WHAT'S HAPPENING: Valyou X is a diverse team of young entrepreneurs assisting musicians to get a break into the music industry. Recently winning the Alibaba Create Melbourne contest, the team competed in China for a global award winning the People's Choice Award to great accolades. A trip to China and the USA have continued to win them awards, now generating interest globally for this Melbourne based startup. The Valyou X startup uses block chain technology to create a stock-market for musicians. So what is it? How did they create it? And what is next with their exposure in China and the US? Valyou X will share their startup story and have been known to conclude their evenings with a surprise. This event will provide great insight for musicians wanting to get a break into the industry.

Fireside Chat with Joel Pennington

SPARK Deakin welcomes from Texas, entrepreneur Joel Pennington. Joel is joining us at Deakin Downtown for a Fireside Chat about his experiences as a founder of multiple start-ups, including ClearAccess (acquired by Cisco Systems in Q2'12) and his most recent venture Blackdot. ----- In his career, Joel has held executive positions in Sales, Business Development, and Marketing. Post acquisition, Joel was the Head of Global Sales for Cisco's Connected Home and was able to successfully mainstream ClearAccess' technology into Cisco. Most recently Joel has been focused on accelerating Cisco's growth in the industrial cyber-security market. Today Joel is providing custom wines through his social impact project (Slow Turtle) as well as helping a variety of companies take their IoT businesses to the next level. Prior to ClearAccess, Joel spent over 10 years based in Australia, Europe and the US holding various roles in business advisory firms and companies in the Telecom industry. While in Australia Joel held a management position in BearingPoint's Australian practice focused on the development and growth of alliances with strategic software and hardware vendors. Prior to BearingPoint, Joel served as an initial member of Jetstream Communication's EMEA sales team based in London. Joel began his telecommunications career in the US with Nortel Networks where he was selected to participate in Nortel's Leadership Development Program. Joel is an Ambassador for the Broadband Forum and holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Clemson University in addition to a Masters in Commercial Law and an MBA from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

#StartWest Meetup

Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, startups and aspiring business owners! This month you'll have the chance to speak to our amazing panel of speakers who have experience across winemaking and retailing, viticulture, and food manufacturing. Come along to hear their stories. Learn. Get inspired! Our last meetup for the year! And what a year it has been for #startwest. Come and celebrate with us. Our fabulous panel includes: Michael Ellis Head of Culture, Vinomofo Michael is the Head of Culture at Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies and a leader in innovation, disruption and values-based company culture. Vinomofo has a proud ethos of only selling wines they love – ‘if we don’t love it, we don’t sell it’. Since launching, they have grown a 500,000-strong membership base from Australia and around the world. Vinomofo has become a successful, online wine retailing business, which turns over more than A$50 million a year and is on the cusp of going global. Michael wants to live in a world where companies engage and empower people to express their unique talents, strengths and creativity as they work together to do great things. He believes companies, regardless of size, have a unique opportunity to teach and promote self-awareness and empathy, and in doing so contribute positively to society beyond the workplace. Previous roles have included; Family Business Owner, International Expedition Leader, Lonely Planet Author, Primary School Teacher, Wine Writer and Educator, Personal Development Coach, and currently Head of People and Culture at Vinomofo. Michael is fascinated by human behaviour, evolutionary psychology and is committed to helping companies identify and bring out the best in their people. Jayne Lewis Founder, Two Birds Brewing Jayne studied a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Winemaking and worked in wineries in Margaret River and the US, before seeing the light and landing a role as a Brewer at Little Creatures in WA in 2004. She was involved in developing Pipsqueak Cider before moving to Melbourne in 2007. After a stint as the Head Brewer of Mountain Goat Brewery, Jayne and her close friend Danielle Allen decided their future lay in running a brewery together, leading to the founding of Two Birds Brewing - Australia's first female-owned brewery - in 2011. Since then, the company has grown rapidly, and Two Birds is now distributed Australia wide from their brewery and taproom in Spotswood, The Two Birds Nest. James Davidson Founder, Williamstown Roasters James Davidson is a chemical engineer from Melbourne, Australia, with a passion for exceptional coffee. He is the owner and founder of Williamstown Roasters. Davison won two silver medals and one bronze at the Australian International Coffee Awards. He developed his own speciality roasting software that logs information from the roaster and controls the process. Davison has worked in the food manufacturing industry making chocolate, in the hydrocarbon industry, and as an engineering consultant and designer. He now combines his knowledge and experience of engineering with his passion for coffee. He takes a precise, scientific approach with meticulous care in search of the best possible coffee. This is one panel you do not want to miss out on.

Founder to Founder Firesides: Matt Bullock

Don't miss this exclusive lunchtime founder fireside chat with serial entrepreneur Matt Bullock. Matt is the current CEO and Founder of Spinify, previously the CEO and Founder of eWAY which revolutionized the online payments industry, recently acquired for US $50 million. Shortly after selling eWAY, Matt instantly established Spinify, a new venture focused on workplace engagement and staff motivation. Spinify Leader boards reflect Bullock’s learnings and experience in running global Sales and Service teams and the continuous requirement to engage and motivate them to do more of the metrics that matter and that drive business outcomes. Over the last 3 years, Bullock has switched his focus on giving back to the Start-up community, through inspiring early-stage corporate philanthropy. Matt has been the recipient for numerous awards, in 2016 he received the Exit of the Year award by Australian Growth Company Award. You’ll hear Matt’s unique insights from his vast experience as an early-stage founder, helpful advice on managing your Startup’s growth and meeting customer expectations. As well as plenty of time for your questions in an informal environment. - Shared experiences as an early stage founder - How to manage the transition from being a highly technical founder to a well-rounded business CEO. - As CEO/Founder of a startup with a successful exit, Matt will provide tips for how to manage rapid growth in your company. - Shared experiences in helping to grow eWAY from $0 Rev. and few employees to US $50 Million exit - Raising funding is not the end-goal, but building a big company is. What to do after you raise funding and what to expect. - What expectations customers have through the new payment systems (Banks, Merchants & end users) - And much more, including your questions! If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is a talk you do not want to miss!

SelectUSA Australia High Tech Webinar

Webinar: December 4 at 2pm PST/December 5 at 9am AEST The U.S. Commercial Service and Austrade are hosting a webinar for Australian tech firms and start ups to explain U.S. and Australian government programs designed to facilitate entry into the United States. The webinar will feature speakers from the U.S. and Australian governments, the Australian tech sector, and business facilitators in the Bay Area. From this webinar you will: • Learn about the SelectUSA program and Summit aimed at helping Aussie and other foreign investors enter the USA. • Learn about Austrade's Landing Pad program designed to familiarize Aussie tech firms with U.S. tech culture, best practices and the secret to success in the U.S. market. • Hear Aussie tech leaders share their wisdom about U.S. and Australian programs and how they succeeded in the USA. Featured speakers include: • Douglas Wallace, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in SF • Frances van Ruth, acting Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in SF • Manish Goyal, Business Development Manager at the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development • Geoff McQueen, CEO and Founder of Accelo and Executive Director of the Aussie Founders Network • Ben Brophy, CEO and Co-Founder of Upwire A Prime Opportunity for Australian Tech firms The United States has the most advanced software and information technology (IT) services industry in the world. More than a quarter of the $3.8 trillion global IT market is in the United States. The industry accounts for $1.14 trillion of U.S. value-added GDP and 10.5 million jobs. There are more than 100,000 software and IT services companies in the United States which draws on a highly educated and skilled U.S. workforce. For more information, contact: Commercial Specialist Duncan Archibald Email: Tel: +61-2-9373-9212

Focus Dinner with Jane Martino, Smiling Mind

We’re thrilled to be wrapping up our last Melbourne event of 2018 with a very special guest, Jane Martino founder of Smiling Mind. Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life. The app and program is used by more than 30,000 educators, 3,000,000 individuals and a growing number of companies, including IBM Australia, Google, and most recently, Virgin Australia – helping passengers who have a fear of flying. Jane Martino has history of success on her entrepreneurial journey, building socially conscious businesses that generate exits by gaining the interest of bigger corporates. The communications agency, Undertow Media, which she founded in 2002 was acquired by Bastion Collective in 2009, and her tech start up Shout was acquired by ANZ Bank in 2014. Following which she held the position of Head of Social Segment at ANZ. Jane is also an investor and advisor to high profile start-ups including influencer marketplace, TRIBE, and was an early stage investor and advisor at Unlockd, going on to lead the business operationally as CEO in late 2017/ early 2018. We hope you can join us for an evening of good food, indepth and lively conversation, in the company of Jane and other founders from the local ecosystem. We hope to see you there!

Scaling Secrets: Breakfast with Women Who've Done It Before

What better way to start your Friday morning than at breakfast with amazing founders who know how to scale! Taking your business from startup to scaleup comes with a whole new set of challenges. In partnership with One Roof, we're pleased to bring you this panel event focusing on how to navigate these steps, and the unique experience of women on this journey. It will be an intimate discussion with Alison Hardacre and Heidi Holmes, moderated by Georgia Beattie. Our panel will look at how to establish credibility as an entrepreneur, how to scale, how to take your business global, and more. Register a ticket, and we look forward to seeing you there! This event is also part of our female founder focus this month, which will culminate in a Female Founder Pitch Night on 3rd December.

  • Fri 23 Nov, 7:45am
  • One Roof
  • Startup Victoria

One Roof x RedZed Paving the Way

One Roof is disrupting old and traditional ways of doing things. As Australia's leading coworking space for women-led business we are on a mission to be the driving force that puts Australia on the map as the number one destination in the world to be a female entrepreneur. This is a journey, and whilst big change like this doesn't happen overnight, we're on the right path and we wanted to shine a light on the industry leaders also paving the way. Like us, these entrepreneurs are doing things differently, shaking it up and championing change. Join us for a panel discussion where our 3 panelists will share their story as trailblazers and how they are paving a new way in their industry, as entrepreneurs, leaders, parents, drivers of impact and disruptors. You can expect to hear inspiring stories, a very honest conversation and tools and tactics for success. At One Roof, we love to strip away the veneer and have the real conversations. This event will bring you inspiration to pave your own way. We know it takes a lot of courage, innovative and ambition to make this happen. Vinomofo will be supplying a great selection of wine and there will be delicious nibbles provided. THE LINEUP // Cyan Ta'eed, Envato: Executive Director and Hey Tiger: Founder Start Small, Experience Big. Cyan Ta'eed is the Founder of Hey Tiger and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer and in 2006 founded Envato out of her parent's garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 7 million members buy and sell digital stock and services, and Envato has delivered over $600 million dollars of earnings to their community of creatives so far. In 2017, Cyan founded Hey Tiger, a speciality chocolate company based in Melbourne. Each chocolate bar is handmade from quality and ethically sourced ingredients combining surprising and delicious flavours. A passionate social enterprise, Hey Tiger benefits cocoa farming communities in West Africa, where 60% of the world’s cocoa is grown. Cyan is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises the community to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Last year New Day Box distributed over 2,000 boxes to women around Victoria. Cyan was 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, Australian Financial Review’s 2016 100 Women of Influence Enterprise Winner, and InStyle Magazine’s 2017 Woman of Style, Business Enterprise Category. “Take a chance, challenge yourself, make an impact. You know more than you think, but you do need to start. ” Justin Dry, Vinomofo: Co-Founder and CEO Justin Dry is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Co-Founder + CEO of Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies. Launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide, Vinomofo now operates in Australia, NZ and Singapore where it has grown quickly to over $50m in annual revenue, 500,000 members, and a team of 100. Winners of Fastest Growing Company at the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Awards 2013, Online Business of the Year at the Australian Startup Awards 2014, Best Startup at the SmartCompany Startup Awards 2014, Online Retailer of the Year 2015 at the ORIA’s, Telstra Business of the Year - Victorian Telstra Business Awards 2016, Hot Innovator 2017 at the Power Retail awards and Hottest Aussie Online Retailer in 2018, Vinomofo is focused on expanding globally in 2018. Justin is a proven game-changer in the wine industry, taking on retail giants and challenging the ‘Bowties and BS’ attitudes of elitist wine snobs. Awarded Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year at The Australian Startup Awards, Justin has been named one of the Top 50 People in E-Commerce 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Internet Retailing. Justin is a regular on TV and radio shows which have included Squawk Box - CNBC Asia, Bloomberg Asia, Sky News Business, The Business - ABC, Channel 9 News, Insight – SBS, The Entrepreneurs Show – Sky Business and was one of the stars of the film ‘The New Hustle’ – a feature-length documentary that follows the personal journey of three of Australia's most successful startups. Outside of his business endeavours, Justin is a self-confessed wine nerd and islomaniac. Hannah Spilva, LVLY: Co-founder Professional problem solver, risk taker and rule breaker. Having spent most of her career in the advertising industry Hannah is highly creative and known for bringing immense energy and enthusiasm to everything she does. Hannah is the Cofounder of LVLY. Born on opposite sides of the world, Hannah and her business partner Verity's advertising careers collided when they took on senior roles at award-winning digital agency Isobar - Hannah wearing the hat of Strategy Director and Verity, Client Services Director. Fast forward to today and they find themselves as best friends and cofounders of LVLY. "We wanted the challenge of building a brand from scratch, creating a company with a clear purpose, world class customer service and an inclusive, creative team culture" LVLY is a gift delivery service conceived with one simple purpose - to make people's day. They exist to make more people smile more often. They know that small gesters can make a big impact and with a strong focus on 'just because' gifting, they make sending a gift quick, simple and affordable. Founded in 2015, the company has quickly made its mark within the Australian gifting market. Despite the juggle of running a business with the demands of their young families, the dynamic duo quickly grew LVLY from a team of two to twelve generating an annual turnover of over $2M and recently opened a second office in Sydney as well as a distribution outlet in Brisbane. Over time the product range has expanded from one vertical (flowers) to a range of LVLY gifts including body care, candles, food and beverage, stationary and fashion accessories. The delivery coverage area has extended from same-day Melbourne to include same-day Sydney and Brisbane as well as next day national. "Running a startup isn't for the faint hearted or the self-entitled. In our case, we're as comfortable helping the team pack boxes and sweep the floor as we are diving into the P&L and negotiating contracts. It's true to say, Verity and I have worn every hat in this business so far - including being delivery drivers. It's the only way to really know your business." OUR SPONSOR // Borrowing money is no small deal. RedZed, helps to make a huge commitment less complex. They know every individual’s situation is different, so their credit decisions aren’t made by computers. Just like us, their experts are living, breathing and empathetic. That's what makes RedZed not just a lender, but a partner in your ambitions. RedZed - powering the self-employed.

The Reality of Building a FinTech in Aus: Lessons Learned w/ Ben Pfisterer

Join us for an exclusive session with Square’s Ben Pfisterer, hosted by Startup Victoria and FinTech Australia, that will shed light on the reality of launching and growing a FinTech in Australia. The discussion will be moderated by Startup Victoria CEO Judy Anderson, and explore the potential challenges and pitfalls FinTechs may encounter and how to overcome them, the trends that are influencing the industry, the complexity of bringing new brands into Australia as well as the lessons that local founders can use to scale their businesses effectively. As a growing payments company now in five markets globally, Square is no stranger to big challenges, as its founder and CEO Jack Dorsey (of Twitter fame) will tell you, and deploying an established brand from scratch in Australia was no exception. Australia’s financial sector is one of the strongest and most competitive in the world, with the proliferation of new tech disruptors and the current spotlight on our financial services sector creating a dynamic space to be part of. We’re excited to share some of the intimate details of Square’s journey so far, along with their biggest learnings and successes, to help prime the next generation of FinTech founders for success. Register your spot, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Fulfilio & Auspost Breakfast Discussion

It's a subject we talk about all the time. Corporates and startups love to partner together in the pursuit for innovation. But how does this partnership actually work? On Wednesday, September 26, we're hosting a Melbourne brekkie discussing the synergy between corporates and startups. Our speakers: Rick Wingfield, GM of Innovation at Australia Post, and Mathew Galt, Co-Founder and CEO of Fulfilio, will divulge the workings of their corporate-startup relationship. Between both parties, there's much to learn about the benefits from collaborating together. From leveraging each other's resources, to introductions to distribution channels and key partners - most recently, striking a partnership with eBay. Our host for the chat, Justin Williams, will be digging up the origins of the relationship. What worked and what didn't, their future plans working together and their thoughts on the future of corporate/startup venturing. Don't miss out and be sure to grab a ticket!


Hosted by General Assembly in partnership with One Roof, join inspiring female leaders from the tech and business world as they share their learnings, failings and secrets of success in a fun format. This event is an opportunity to learn from the best - serious wisdom, from seriously cool women, all designed to supercharge you and your organisation’s success. Come along if you want to learn, be inspired, connect with great people and have some fun while you’re doing it. Speakers include Sheree Rubinstein, Founder and CEO of One Roof, Anna O'Dea, Managing Director, Agency Iceberg, Founder of #LeadingLadies, Maria Chetcuti (Moderator), Project Manager, Victorian Women's Trust (VWT), Sarah Last, Co-Founder, MimicTec, Hima Tk, Founder, InquiBox.

  • Tue 18 Sep, 6pm
  • One Roof
  • One Roof and General Assembly

Tequila & Tech: A Fireside Chat with Bismarck Lepe

Startup Victoria hosts Bismarck Lepe, Founder and CEO of Wizeline

Wizeline and Startup Victoria are bringing the best of Silicon Valley and Mexico to Australia with Tequila & Tech: A Fireside Chat with Bismarck Lepe. The son of two immigrants from a small town in Jalisco, Mexico, Bismarck left a successful career path as an early employee at Google to start his own online video platform company, Ooyala, which he sold for $400M to Telstra in 2014. In 2014 he founded Wizeline, a global product development company that helps startups and Fortune 500 companies solve their biggest challenges with design and technology. Wizeline works with technology leaders to build innovative end-to-end products, and Bismarck has led the company to more than $62M in funding, with offices in four countries and more than 10 million users. Passionate about driving economic growth in global communities through investment in education and technology infrastructure, Bismarck is credited for contributing to the transformation of Guadalajara into Mexico’s largest technology hub. He has also created more than 1,500 jobs and attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments for companies with operations in Mexico and Silicon Valley, through Wizeline and his various education and investment initiatives. The fireside chat will be moderated by Anna Reeves of That Startup Show with food by The Taco Truck - providing a taste of Mexico for the evening.
Bismarck Lepe - Founder and CEO of Wizeline Bismarck Lepe, founder and CEO of Wizeline, is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. He is passionate about driving economic growth in the global communities where Wizeline has operations through investment in education and development of technology infrastructure. Bismarck is the founder and chairman of StartupGDL, a non-profit with the goal of increasing the number of technology companies in Guadalajara, Mexico. The non-profit focuses on computer science education programs for high school students and economic development initiatives to drive the creation of Mexican subsidiary of Silicon Valley startups in the region. StartupGDL has a soft landing program that helps companies find office space, get incorporated and attract/hire talent. Anna Reeves - CEO of That Startup Show Anna is a former in-house counsel and business affairs/brand manager who has worked for Australia’s leading media production houses including CordellJigsawZapruder, XYZ Films/Foxtel, and Renegade. As the senior advisor at Film Victoria, she advised on large-scale productions such as Irresistible, Ghost Rider, Macbeth, and Noise. She has advised for and founded several not for profit & social enterprise initiatives, such as Stand in My Shoes, focused on empathy education and Strategic Partners, an international co-production program. In 2011, she was the US Campaign Director for a high profile worldwide anti-poverty campaign with Hugh Jackman. Returning to Australia she created That Start Up Show, a Melbourne based web-series focused on start up culture in Australia, and founded the Start Up Legal Clinic which operates out of Australia’s premier co-working space Hub Melbourne.
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Above All Human

Above All Human is a technology and innovation conference about driving change and solving big challenges. We bring together all kinds of people for a day of insights and innovation from the world’s most pioneering minds. The spirit of Above All Human is, at its core, about technology and science in the service of humanity: we are curious about opportunities, mindful of values and driven by a desire to effect change in our lifetimes. We don’t talk about tech for tech’s sake. We don’t trade off current buzzwords or trends. We foster expansive thinking and new ideas, big and small. We carefully curate the experience of above all human to be as impactful as possible; we want you to be energised, inspired, dig in and get nerdy (we come from tech roots, after all) and maybe come away with an idea to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved yet.

Fireside Chat: The Future of Work

What do the gig economy, co-working spaces and evolving organisational structures all have in common? They are shaping and defining the future of work. Changes in culture, advancements in technology, and wider economic effects are not only changing how we work, but where we work, how we are paid, and perhaps most importantly, the jobs actually being carried out.

Startup Victoria is pleased to present a Fireside Chat with professionals currently involved in the changing world of work. Weploy’s Tony Wu, WeWork’s Jamie Dawson, Hall & Wilcox’s Joni Pirovich and RMIT's Julian Waters-Lynch will come together to discuss the ways in which technology and innovation are influencing the future of work. The conversation will be moderated by Spacely's executive manager, Georgia Beattie.

  • Wed 11 Apr, 6:00pm
  • WeWork
  • Startup Victoria