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Startup Governance & Founder Resilience: Why & How to build a Startup Advisory Board?

Led by two seasoned entrepreneurs and experienced board directors, this Founder experiential and active learning workshop will teach Founders about setting up the best support structures for Founder resilience and how to best build an advisory board. The economic benefits of an Advisory Board can include advice on how to: Sell to enterprise B2B/B2G; Scale into new markets, to go global; Get investment ready; and Open up networks you never thought possible. This active learning workshop would be most beneficial to almost all Founders, from startup, to those who are heading towards scale-up and considering a capital raise in the next 12 months, or already raised seed and entering Series A-D rounds or possibly considering an IPO, even newly listed companies considering bolstering their board. There's only one rule at Advisory Board Club: You can come and play on the one condition, that you are prepared to be accountable! The interactive engagement will allow Founders to go through the process of assembling their advisory board, to know the ideal board composition or best fit-for-purpose solution. Underpinned with traditional governance structures and advice on the core competencies, you need to master as your role as a Director, this program aims to open up your thinking as to what is possible with the governance oversight, strategic advice and emotional resilience support of a powerhouse advisory board. Your Board Assemblers: Andrew Donovan, a facilitator with Australian Institute of Company Directors for 15 years and a director / Chair of boards for more than two decades, his governance expertise is second to none; Andrew has a passion for entrepreneurship and collaboration to innovate. Warwick Peel, a seasoned headhunter of two decades, his past five years has been both recruiting Non-Executives and educating Directors on their board careers. He works with startups, private companies, pre-IPO, and small-mid cap ASX listed companies on their board appointments. Highly networked, he thrives on connecting people who want to change the game into his relationships.

Pitch & Networking Event: In the Gold Fish Bowl

Never pitched before…. or a seasoned presenter? Whichever is your truth, we’d love see you at our Pitch & Networking Event: The Gold Fish Bowl! It’s a unique opportunity to mingle with investors, test your presentation skills and meet likeminded entrepreneurs. We know that pitching in front of a crowd is not easy, so here’s a chance to do it in front of a friendly crowd. We already have a number of pre-bookings and are taking people on a first come first serve if you’d like to present your business to the audience… we can only fit so many in! Win a one year complimentary Hot Desk Membership at CoWork Me & a 3-month mentoring program with Catapult.

  • Wed 26 Jun, 5:30pm
  • CoWork Me
  • CoWork Me, Catapult & Launch Vic

Dream, Girl: Screening & Panel

Thursday 27 June 2019: Join SPARK Deakin and That Startup Show for a screening of Dream, Girl Film, a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring & ambitious female entrepreneurs that premiered at Obama's White House. The documentary was directed by Erin Bagwell and an all-female crew. The documentary screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring three dedicated and outstanding women from Melbourne’s own startup ecosystem. Members of the Startup Victoria Community get 50% off. Simply use the promo code 'SPARKSTARTUP' at check out.

  • Thu 27 Jun, 18:00
  • TBA
  • SPARK Deakin

Innovate Health Conference

How can we drive more engagement between startups and clinicians? How can emerging digital health companies build more effective commercialisation strategies, understand and meet regulatory requirements and navigate the complex Australian healthcare system? Where are the opportunities for investment and partnership? These questions and more will be answered at the upcoming Innovate Health Conference, which is taking place 26-7th June at RACV Melbourne this year. Speakers include:

  • Dr Prem Pillay, Medical Director, Singapore Brain-Spine-Nerves Center
  • Dan Grant, CEO, MTPConnect
  • Tony Wessling, Chief Strategy & Transformation Office, HCF
  • Bronwyn Le Grice, CEO & Founder, ANDHealth
  • Richard Tew, General Manager, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia and New Zealand
  • Angie Corbo-Lutowski, IT Business Partner - Commercial, Roche
  • John Henderson, Partner, Airtree Ventures
  • Paul D'Urso (MBBS PhD FRACS), Neurosurgeon & Executive Chairman, Anatomics Pty Ltd
  • Lee Walsh, Technical Lead (Digital Health), Medical Device Reforms and Emerging Technology, Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Dr Emma Brien, Clinician Entrepreneur in Residence, Melbourne Health Accelerator @ The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Rachel Yang, Investment Manager, Giant Leap Fund
Innovate Health provides a great platform for joining up stakeholders across the digital health value chain, showcasing exciting innovations and provoking discussion on how to promote the development and commercialisation of digital health innovations in Australia. To find out more, check out the website:

Foundry658 Demo Night

Creative Victoria, State Library Victoria and Australian Centre for the Moving Image invite you to the Demo Night of Victoria’s first accelerator program for creative startups. Following an intensive 12-week skills-building program, the Foundry658 accelerator teams pitch their creative businesses.

  • Tue 2 Jul, 6.30pm
  • Met Market
  • ACMI & State Library Victoria

Robotics - Holiday Program

Aeroboticsglobal invites student to enjoy Soccer Robotics Holiday program . Checkout our Soccer Robot Holiday programs for students from grade 1 to grade 8, which starts from 1st July and ends up on 11th July.2 day course is $299 (inclusive of GST). This price includes to take away the robot home as well. Hurry up! and Enroll your kids for Robotics Holiday Program @Aeroboticsglobal . For Details