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Bootstrap, Accelerator, Venture Capital: Financing Options for Early Stage Companies

Neighbourhood (http://neighbourhood.work) and LaunchVic present Bootstrap, Accelerator, Venture Capital: Financing Options for Early Stage Companies. We’re in a golden age of financing options for early stage companies. There are billions of dollars of venture capital available and hundreds of accelerator programs - and that’s just in Australia. It’s also never been easier to bootstrap an early stage business, with the tools to build physical, virtual or service-based companies being highly prevalent and cheap. As an entrepreneur your challenge is to find the right option for you, your business and ultimately your customers. In this curated panel discussion we’ve brought together people with a range of experience across the spectrum: from bootstrapping, to accelerator, to venture capital. Our aim is to give a balanced perspective to help entrepreneurs make the right decisions. This will be a panel discussion lead by Ned Dwyer, Expert-in-Residence at Neighbourhood, with a question and answer session for audience participation at the conclusion of the evening. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Nick Crocker is a Partner at Blackbird Ventures where he invests in Australian founders with global ambition. Previously, he has worked on Product Strategy & Operations at Under Armour and Product Manager at MyFitnessPal. In 2012, he co-founded Sessions, a health coaching company, which MyFitnessPal acquired in 2013. Sessions was backed by Collaborative Fund, Blackbird Ventures, SV Angel and Joshua Kushner. Sessions is a Rock Health company. He also co-founded We Are Hunted, which was acquired by Twitter in 2012. In 2010, he was a Product Manager at Boxee, helping to launch the Boxee Box. He holds a Political Science and Law degrees from the University of Queensland. While studying, he worked as a journalist with News Ltd. His work has been published in Wired, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. Holly Cardew is the Founder & CEO of Pixc.com. She started the company while building ecommerce stores for retailers in regional New South Wales. Being in a regional town, she decided to hire remote talent from around the world to help her scale the company. Holly has hired hundreds of remote team members and is passionate about the future of work. Holly has spent time in the startup ecosystems in San Francisco, Sydney, Brisbane and now Melbourne. And has been part of muru-D and 500 Startups. Ned Dwyer is a Melbourne-born, San Francisco-based entrepreneur building the future of corporate spending with Spritz (http://spritz.works) From agency owner to second time startup founder he has a range of experience in going from zero to one both in Australia and the US. For his previous company, Elto, he raised capital from Blackbird Ventures before taking the business global and ultimately an exit to Nasdaq-listed GoDaddy in 2015. Ned has been a part of the Australian startup ecosystem for 10+ years as not only a founder but a community builder (The Hive), investor (Startmate/Sapling), consultant and mentor. In a market filled with 9-figure funding rounds Ned is proud to have bootstrapped his current business to their first customers. ABOUT THE SPONSORS: Neighbourhood is two creative coworks in Fitzroy, making it feel a bit nice to come to work every day. Neighbourhood was created specifically with creative professionals in mind. There's no 'hustle' neons, no shrine to Silicon Valley, and no tech bros. Just beautiful, quiet, creative spaces to think and make amazing work. http://neighbourhood.work LaunchVic is leading the development of a globally-connected startup ecosystem. With the help of startup founders, entrepreneurs and investors, corporates and universities, they aim to build a startup ecosystem that can strengthen the economy, encourage more people to work with and for startups, and represent all Victorians. Their focus lies in the areas of funding, community building and global recognition for the Victorian startup ecosystem.

  • Thu 23 May, 6.30pm
  • TBA
  • Neighbourhood and LaunchVic

Angels, VCs, Families and Crowds: The Truth Behind Startup Investment

When it comes to raising investment, it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. For the first time, this is an opportunity to hear what it’s like from both sides of the boardroom table. Luna and Startup Victoria welcome you to join us for a panel featuring both investors and founders sharing their experience with four different types of investment vehicles:

  • Angel investment
  • Venture capital
  • Family offices
  • Equity crowdfunding
Our panel will explore what it's like to raise at each of these stages, what investors are looking for, and how founders and investors come together. When it comes to raising investment, it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. For the first time, this is an opportunity to hear what it’s like from both sides of the boardroom table. Luna and Startup Victoria welcome you to join us for a panel featuring both investors and founders sharing their experience with four different types of investment vehicles:
  • Angel investment
  • Venture capital
  • Family offices
  • Equity crowdfunding
Our panel will explore what it's like to raise at each of these stages, what investors are looking for, and how founders and investors come together.
Representing Angel Investment: Alison Hardacre Alison Hardacre is a global health technology entrepreneur. She co-founded HealthKit, a global health platform for practitioners, patients and people everywhere used in over 50 countries around the world, that makes healthcare efficient, effective and accessible; HealthKit has recently launched its European office in Cork, Ireland.  In 2016, Alison was named one of the Top 50 Australian and New Zealand Women in Tech, and in 2015 received the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. Before HealthKit, Alison was an accomplished general manager in health and banking, and a director of numerous health organisations. She speaks five Asian languages, and holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and Law and Arts degrees from Monash University. Representing Equity Crowdfunding: Alan Crabbe Originally from N Ireland, Alan is the co-founder and CEO of Pozible & Birchal. In 2010, Alan launched Pozible and introduced Crowdfunding to Australia and Asia pacific. The platform was developed to help creatives build audiences, raise capital and get ideas off the ground. The site has hosted fifteen thousands of projects in Australia and distributed over $70 million since its launch. In late 2017, Alan launched a sister platform called Birchal - one of the first licensed equity crowdfunding platforms for local brands to connect with investors. @birchalco @pozible birchal.com pozible.com Jonathan Byrt Jonathan is the co-founder and co-CEO of memobottle. In 2014, Jonathan launched memobottle on crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter with close friend and co-founder Jesse Leeworthy.  The flat water bottle concept was designed to overcome two major frustrations; single-use water bottles, and the inability to fit round bottles in bags. Memobottle has sold 350,000 bottles globally, ships to over 80 countries and in stocked in 1,200 retail stores. memobottle products are endorsed globally by influencers and celebrities such as Ann Hathaway. Jonathan is a chartered account and prior to memobottle, spent 5 years in Big 4 Accounting across Australia and the US.  Last year he was named the Monash University 2018 Most Outstanding Alumni. @memobottle www.memobottle.com@jonathanbyrt jonathan@memobottle.com *further panellists representing Angel Investing, Venture Capital and Family Offices to be announced*

Different Funding Options And What To Expect

Raising funds is crucial to the success of a start-up or scale-up. There are varied ways you can raise funds in today's market – venture capital, crowdsourcing and peer to peer lending for example, each having a different impact on your business. Whatever you decide, the intricate details of funding options and investor requirements can be overwhelming. This session will be a panel discussion on the basics of these different ways of fundraising, as well as a discussion on which path is best for different businesses. Panel: • Venture Capital funding (Kurt Tiam, DLA Piper Melbourne Corporate) • Crowdfunding expert (Nick Motteram from On Market) • P2P lending expert (Tim Dean, Credi & Board Member of FinTech Aus) This is a satellite seminar as part of the Intersekt Festival 2018.

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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