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Machine Reveal Party!

FAB9 is Melbourne’s newest makerspace that empowers inventors. The space has been purpose-built so startups, designers and makers of all skill levels can access the training, tools and prototyping equipment needed to turn their ideas into physical realities. The construction of FAB9's space is now complete and our machines are being delivered so what better reason to throw a party! Come, join us for a tour of our brand new makerspace, have some drinks and snacks, and check out our new machines. Some of the machines we will have are : Sawstop table saw Teknatool lathe Festool drop saw JET sander Laguna vertical band saw Teknatool drill press Ultimaker 2 FDM 3D printer NVBots FDM 3D printer We can’t wait to be part of the Melbourne’s design and making community and look forward to sharing more about our crowdfunding pre-sale campaign during the night.

Craft In The Age Of Digital Fabrication Presented By FAB9 x General Assembly

Craft is an art, trade or occupation, requiring special skills, typically manual skills involving patience and dexterity. Often, what defines craft is that within the process of making, the final piece is ‘at risk’, that a certain outcome is not guaranteed. The Internet and the advent of digital fabrication have reimagined how we make things by changing our relationship to production, through computer aided design and additive and subtractive manufacturing. These digital processes, seem at odds with the definition of craft. Hans Chang, the founder and CEO of FAB9, Melbourne’s newest high-tech makerspace will chat to a panel of contemporary makers, on the vanguard, who are integrating new technologies in their making and will discuss with them: What does it mean to be a craftsperson, in the age of digital fabrication? How has digital fabrication tools and techniques changed your making process? What are some advantages and disadvantages of hand craft vs digital techniques? Speakers: Sarah Ceravolo, Convolo Design As a designer committed to exploring the potential of technology, Sarah Ceravolo has embraced computational design processes and fabrication methods to achieve optimal and dynamic functional form. With a background in Fine Arts and Architecture, Sarah has developed a design-focused skillset ranging from gold and silver-smithing to conceptual technology driven architecture. Having already exhibited at the Beijing Biennale, Sarah presented to members of NASA at the 2012 Venice Biennale Space Symposium. She launched a collection of work at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Design Week exhibition and Wanted Design in New York. Her solo Melbourne exhibition, Tango of the Minimal Surface launched Convolo Design and took place at fortyfivedownstairs. Sarah is an advisor on thee 3D Manufacturing Industry’s Advisory Committee, Australia. Jem Selig Freeman, Designer - Like Butter Jem Selig Freeman is an industrial designer and furniture maker, whose primary areas of engagement are CNC machining and manufacturing, 3D computer modelling and animation, digital and analog photography. Jem is one half of Like Butter, a design and fabrication studio in Kensington which he runs with his wife sculptor Laura Woodward. Like Butter functions across multiple industries, from its own furniture and lighting products, to film and animation production, to one-off commissions for significant design and fabrication projects. Like Butter has gained a reputation for its approach to design and fabrication that is based on flexible and lateral thinking, strong aesthetics and considered detailing. Bin Dixon-Ward, Jewellery Maker Bin Dixon-Ward brings a distinctive lens to contemporary jewellery and a new way to understand and engage with the urban fabric and the role of digital technologies in jewellery. Her solo exhibitions include The Grid Reimagined At RMIT, Oomph! for Radiant Pavilion and This is What's Left of the West Gate at The Substation. Her work is held in public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Musee des Artes Decoritifs (The Louvre) Paris and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Bin is a sessional lecturer teaching digital modeling and 3D printing in the RMIT School of Art.

Make the product! Make the money!

Come learn from two local startup founders and hear how they commercialise their ideas and take the products to market following different paths. Should you license your invention or produce it yourself? How to structure the early-stage teams to take a product to market and the pros and cons of each path. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: • Dr. Jamie Flynn Dr. Jamie Flynn is Co-Founder and Director of Rapid Phenotyping, a new company focused on delivering real-time, accurate chemical analysis with light-based technology and machine learning. Jamie has a background in medical science, developing custom hardware to answer research questions, but has more recently been applying those skills to agricultural data collection and analysis. He now manages the development of Rapid Phenotyping's new generation spectroscopy devices that combine high-performance optics with miniaturised electronic and mechanical designs. About Dr. Flynn's talk: Dr. Jamie Flynn will be describing his experiences and learnings around building a good team, picking the right suppliers and effective hardware prototyping. Jamie will highlight each of these areas with stories from a range of hardware projects and technologies from the medical lab to the farm. • Ziv Shalev Ziv is a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur and an inventor. For the past 3 years, Ziv led his company Coffee Innovations to a commercial success by licencing few of their patterns to one of the largest global coffee machine manufacturers. Since then, Ziv have managed the development and commercialization process working closely with an international R&D team. The first product is about to be launched globally early next year. About Ziv's talk: Ziv will talk about IP licensing as a viable commercial strategy. Expect to find answers to the following questions: - How does licensing work? - Should you license it or produce it yourself? - How to find a licensor? This event is supported by: FAB9 - provides tools, technology, and training for anyone interested in making.

Can technology solve the problem of medication non-adherence?

Non-adherence to medicines is a major health care problem and a significant $ burden on healthcare. Non-adherence results in reduced effectiveness of prescribed medicines leading to potential patient death. Technology has the potential to help people manage their medication use, cut costs, and ultimately – prolong lives. Do you have a tech solution to this major problem? Are you interested in investing in tech that manages medication use? At this event we get the clinician, pharma and technologist prospective on the gravity of the problem and understand some of the medication adherence strategies that support effective medication management. Learn about adherence and compliance apps from startups that have been used at Pfizer and how startups can engage effectively with Pfizer Healthcare Hub. More information about our speakers here:

Design Tour at FAB9 Maker Space

The DIA Victoria / Tasmania branch together with event partner FAB9 invites you to an exclusive tour and preview of the brand new FAB9 Maker Space only 15 minutes from the Melbourne CBD and a short walk from Footscray station. The space has been purpose-built so designers and makers of all skill levels can access the training, tools and prototyping equipment needed to turn ideas into physical realities.FAB9 is made up of five distinct labs under one roof, including a Timber shop, a Digital Fabrication Lab, a CNC Lab, an Electronics Lab and Metal shop. You can access the space for a monthly membership fee, with special offers for guests on the night. This event is part of the DIA’s ongoing commitment to equip our members with access to the latest tools and processes and connect them with other like-minded and passionate designers to share ideas and inspiration. Light refreshments will be provided. When: 6:00pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 27 November Where: FAB9, Ground Floor 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray This is a free event, however bookings are essential. We look forward to seeing you there!

Innovation in Fashion and Retail - how technology has changed the way we buy.

We all know technology has affected our lives in ways we never thought possible – and no industry is immune, however one industry to embrace the technology shift is fashion and retail. With the shift from brick-and-mortar retail shopping, technology’s impact has been difficult to ignore – especially with e-commerce in full force. As in all sectors, tech is revolutionizing how businesses operate, with the use of data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual technology and so on leading to streamlined and efficient processes. In light of these technologies, the retail sector is growing, and the need for retailers to embrace and adapt in this evolving landscape is paramount in the fashion. Hear from three Australian retailers who have embraced technology in their retail businesses and seen the enormous positive impact this has brought to their bottom line. You will hear from experts from: Michael Elias, Co - Founder and CEO of online business - Manrags and soon to be launched MS Sous Like many entrepreneurs Michael’s journey was born from a personal need. An experienced Senior Leader with over 11 years experience in strategy, marketing and distribution working for ANZ Banking group, Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of MANRAGS and MS SOUS, the unchallenged Leader in premium basic essentials, socks and underwear, by subscription and the only established apparel brand in Australia to have completed an equity capital raise under the recently legislated equity crowdfunding. MANRAGS offers uniquely designed and sourced essentials, socks and underwear, by subscription. As the fastest growing men’s subscription club in Australia, MANRAGS is also on it’s way to stamping its presence internationally currently distributing to over 31 countries globally. The demonstrated success of the model and response to the product has led to the upcoming launch of what is set to be Australia’s first and only women’s essentials subscription club, MS SOUS. Simon Rawadi, Co-Founder - Slyletica Simon knows apparel. Co-founder at Slyletica, he’s been a driving force since Slyletica first opened its doors in Australia. Since then, he’s grown Slyletica into an international brand, serving fitness personalities and companies across 13 countries. His years of experience in sales, marketing, and textile manufacturing help Slyletica continue to grow, expand, and maintain a consistently high quality standard You may not have heard of Slyletica before - But they’re the brand behind some of your favourite brands! Working with top Instagram influencers, sports figures and TV personalities from around the world. As well as established fitness franchises like Tough Mudder and Fernwood Fitness. Simply put, they are a company that makes activewear for people who sell activewear. Today they’ve expanded worldwide with sourcing offices in Hong Kong. As well as a distribution centre in China. Their Melbourne based team specialises in fashion design & production, digital strategy, product development, manufacturing, as well as marketing and e-commerce and Jonny Wallace - Operations and Merchandising - Assembly Label Going from school to the floor of a suburban surf store in 2004, I knew that a career in retail was the path for me. Buying surf wear for a family owned store at age 18, I soon went on to cut my teeth as a Junior Buyer at streetwear retailer, General Pants and finished my tenure there as the Denim Buyer. From there I went on to apply my experience as Buying Manager at sneaker retailer Hype DC, and now have the privilege of working across a rapidly growing lifestyle brand. Established in May 2011, Assembly Label strives to construct simplified clothing and lifestyle pieces for the everyday needs of people who appreciate purposeful products for relaxed coastal living. Each touch point of the Assembly Label brand is free of complexity, opting for relentless quality and refined simplicity. We appreciate minimalist design and support local designers, photographers, architects and artists, in an effort to inspire, innovate and communicate. Held in Fitzroy, the heart of Melbourne’s Rag Trade at the architecturally designed UnitedCo, come along for a fun evening of insightful conversation, delicious nibbles and a drink or two, and hear from these retail businesses who have embraced technology in their businesses and reaped the rewards. Book Now!

Scale Up

WHAT IS SCALE UP? Scale up is a curated day for small businesses to step out of the day to day of their business to work ON their business. Held at One Roof on Friday 19th October, the day has tools and resources to help your business thrive. From support on closing deals to investment and legal advice, a productive space to work and a community wine-down, One Roof provides everything a business owner needs to move forward, grow and smash their goals day in and day out. ITINERARY 8.00am: Arrive, settle in and enjoy a delicious breakfast from Famishd Catering 8.30am: Working Breakfast. Michael Furey is a sales specialist who helps companies refine their communication to close more deals. He will teach us how to make sales simple, and overcome objections with easy sales hacks. 11.00am: Scale Investor Office Hours Female entrepreneurs will be provided with a brief overview and presentation of Scale Investors and the Scale investment process. Attending 'Office Hours' provides an opportunity to ask for advice from the Scale CEO and the Investment Manager. This is not a forum to pitch for funding, and does not guarantee attending entrepreneurs that the entrepreneur will be considered for investment by any Scale member. 12.00pm: Find a desk and work away or seek out some experts at their Office Hours. We have everything you need for a productive afternoon. #Corporateadvice will be offering free legal, accounting and strategy consults tailored specifically for startups, helping entrepreneurs to turn ideas into reality. 5.00pm: Wine Down, it's time to wind down with wine, cheese and good conversation!

Staying on Track: Financial Control And Monitoring

In this revealing workshop you will get the exact tools to drive your business forward week by week with knife-sharp certainty. Staying on track is very important and crucial in future success. If you run off course too much, that could create real, difficult problems that are hard to turn around. Join us at the "Staying on track: Financial control and monitoring" event to better your understanding on the importance on financial control and how detrimental it is to your company. Have you got some valuable advice you can contribute to the session? Would you like to join our panel? We would love to hear from you! Please express your interest to

  • Thu 25 Oct, 5.30pm
  • Academy Xi
  • Catapult Business Accelerator

Startmate Melbourne Demo Day

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. Demo Day showcases this talent. For the past three months, Startmate Melbourne has been supercharging 13 amazing startups working on technology that will shape our future. From electric flying taxis and aircrafts for medical transport to automated legal services and a marketplace for surplus food. These teams will be pitching their companies in both Sydney and Melbourne. Startmate is Australia's leading startup accelerator, running in both Sydney and Melbourne. Since our inception, we have invested in 81 startups. Success stories include: Everproof - $1.5M AUD Seed (Feb 2018) Mentorloop - $1M AUD Seed (Nov 2017) Morse Mirco - Series A (Oct 2017) Vero — $4M AUD Series A (June 2017) Flirtey - $16M Series A (January 2017) Happy Inspector - $7.5M Series A (October 2016) Propeller Aerobotics - $3.1M Series A (May 2018) UpGuard - $17M Series B (August 2016) Bugcrowd - $15M Series B (April 2016) Edrolo - $2.6M Series A (May 2015) Come along, show your support for Australia’s emerging startups, get to know the Startmate family and see what it is all about. Tickets include food, drinks and vibe. The Starmate Team

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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Create @ Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest

This month we're proud to be partnering with Alibaba Cloud and City of Melbourne to bring you the Australia and New Zealand chapter of the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest, a global series of contests for global entrepreneurs in the technology field. Melbourne finalists will be invited to pitch in Shanghai in September with startups from Shanghai and Boston. The 6 finalist teams from Shanghai will be invited to pitch at the Global Final in November 2018 in Hangzhou, China.

Pitch Night: Cybersecurity

As data becomes more ubiquitous, and personal and sensitive information gets collected in greater quantities, the importance of one industry is especially on the rise: cybersecurity. Where there is sensitive data, there is risk. Startups in this space are innovating for a world where we can continue to use applications which require data, because when such information is well protected, the beneficial use of it far outweighs the alternative. Join us as we showcase four up-and-coming tech startups that are looking to impact the cybersecurity industry. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries.

Pitch Night: 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. Advances in automation, the proliferation of co-working spaces, the rising gig economy and the creation of new blockchain-based applications, are a few trends that are having a profound impact on the future of work. To shed light on the changing world of work, Startup Victoria is partnering with Spacely this month to showcase four up-and-coming tech startups that are looking to impact and shape the way we will work in the future. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries. This month we'll be trialing an exciting new format for the People's Choice Awards - in partnership with VoteAbout. You will receive a unique voting code on the night of the event to cast your vote.

Innovate Health

This event is about accelerating the growth and uptake of digital health innovations, encouraging widespread engagement and navigating successful commercialization journeys across the health industry in Australia. It will bring together healthcare professionals, startups & entrepreneurs, health tech specialists, innovation leaders, government stakeholders, regulators and business leaders for thought leadership, networking and productive discussion. It will showcase emerging digital technologies for the health industry, encourage meaningful communication and collaboration, explore crucial go-to-market steps and learn from digital health success stories. Crucial to the event is ensuring that emerging innovations really meet the needs of clinicians and healthcare professionals and address ongoing health challenges in Australia.

Pitch Night: Automotive Tech

As the world has become smaller and more connected, consumers are demanding more from their car and transportation options. Demand for uniqueness, technological advancement, connectivity, ease of use, fuel efficiency - these are all impacting factors into why so many lines within the industry have been blurred and crossed. Of course, demand for so much innovation has led to a host of startups within the industry, looking to answer the questions and fill the gaps of an increasingly demanding generation of consumers. Startup Victoria is partnering with GUD this month to showcase four up-and-coming tech startups that are looking to impact and shape the automotive industry. There will be a room full of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from a variety of industries.

  • Tue 29 May, 6.30pm
  • TBA
  • Startup Victoria

Future of Automotive Tech Hackathon

Startup Victoria is partnering with GUD for all things automotive tech in May, including hosting our first ever hackathon. With the aim to address several problem statements within the automotive industry, this weekend-long competition will see teams ideate, create and execute a new, innovative business or prototype as they compete for a cash prize and spot on our pitch night. Entry is now open!