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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.

How iflix Built a Growth Team & is 10x-ing Their User Base

Is experimentation part of your growth engine? Matthew J Barnes, Engineering Lead and Growth Hacker at iflix believes it has to be. Matt was part of building a culture of experimentation at iflix that lead to 3x growth of their user base spanning across South East Asia and are on track to grow 10x by the end of 2019. Join us for a fireside chat about building a culture of experimentation in your organisation and learn how Matt works with the team to unlock exponential growth. 👉🏾 Here’s what you’ll learn 👈🏼 - How to build a culture of experimentation, acceptance, failure and learning within small and large organisations - How to collect, analyse and get deep on data, and knowing when to go with your gut - How to hack the fastest route to validation - How to create an environment of creativity, idea generation, brainstorming and a process to back this up 👉🏾 Who should attend 👈🏼 - Startup founders that need to start scaling user base - Organisations who are looking to build on or embrace a culture of experimentation - Entrepreneurs - CTOs of small teams - Product managers - CMOs & Marketing Managers 🎙Who’s the speaker: Matthew J Barnes Matthew is the Engineering Lead at iFlix, the world's leading entertainment service for emerging markets with the widest and most compelling selection of TV shows, movies, hyperlocal originals, premium live sports and up-to-the-minute news from around the world to stream or download on any internet connected device wherever, whenever. It’s free to attend, so why not take an hour or two out of your evening to learn about building a culture of experimentation in your business (and change your business for the better as a result)? When: Thursday, June 27 Where: Academy Xi Agenda: 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Presentation 7:30pm - 7:45pm: Q&A 7:45pm onwards: Networking Location: Academy Xi Melbourne - Level 3, 45 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Please note we might share registration data with our event partner Academy Xi. If you would rather we didn’t please let us know.

Supercharge Your Digital Marketing Fundamentals

Are you always looking for the latest and greatest thing? Are you looking for the next order of magnitude to improve your marketing? What are the low-hanging fruits that could shift the needle in your marketing performance? Are you always looking for a “silver bullet” to take your marketing to the next level? Have you reviewed your marketing fundamentals lately? Join Growth Colony for our very first breakfast webinar hosted by Luke Marshall and Shahin Hoda. 👉🏾 Here’s what you’ll learn 👈🏼 - The 80/20 Rule of Marketing - Why paying for traffic can be a mistake when you're page isn't converting - Why investing in good content can sometimes be an over-investment of time and resources - Benchmarks and what areas of your website you should focus on - The benefits of playing in multiple channels and how to avoid over stretching your marketing resources - How to choose 1-3 things that work instead of trying to do everything 👉🏾 Who should attend 👈🏼 - CEOs, CMOs, or Heads of Sales & Marketing - Growth Marketers - Business owners, founders and entrepreneurs - Marketing students wanting to learn about fundamentals RSVP to make sure you get a seat: 🎙Who are the speakers: Luke Marshall & Shahin Hoda Luke is the Group Account Director at Tiger Pistol, a social ad automation company founded in Melbourne, in 2011. Tiger Pistol is a Facebook Marketing Partner and Google Premier Partner, and works with over 100 multinational brands across Australia and the rest of the world. Luke has worked in big tech and agencies, working with clients such as L’Oreal, Mondelez, P&G, Mars, and Unilever Luke is a social media marketing guru, and he’s here to share his expertise with you. Shahin is the Founder of xGrowth, an agency helping B2B technology firms build and maintain predictable, revenue-focused growth engines. Shahin and his team work with brands like VicRoads, Byte and Village Roadshow, maximising their marketing efforts with great results When: Wednesday June 12, 8:00 am (Brekkie Webinar) Don't forget to RSVP here: to get a spot! Agenda: 7:45 am - Login 8:00 am - 8:45 am: Presentation 8:45 am - 9:00 am: Q&A

  • Wed 12 Jun, 8:00
  • Online
  • Growth Colony

5 Steps To Growth: Lessons from TransferWise

TransferWise is excited to present an exclusive masterclass for the Australian business and startup community, featuring TransferWise VP of Growth, Nilan Peiris. Join Nilan at Stone and Chalk, Melbourne, where he will share TransferWise's growth journey as well as explain how running an organisation of autonomous independent teams, has enabled TransferWise to scale at supersonic speeds to become Europe's most valuable fintech. Nilan will also reveal TransferWise's secrets to generating and managing growth, how evangelism can be the biggest driver of growth, and how you can replicate TransferWise's strategy for your organisation. Nilan has been with TransferWise since 2014, and is responsible for the product and marketing teams as well as managing the global expansion of the product. Prior to TransferWise, Nilan was VP Growth at HouseTrip, in charge of scaling the company’s growth in the European market. He also advises a number of early-stage startups on growth and getting traction. TransferWise is one of Europe’s most successful fintechs, making it easy for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally to transfer money across borders. With its simple money transfer platform and borderless accounts, it makes managing your money quick, easy and painless. It is one of the world’s fastest growing tech firms having raised $689m in primary and secondary funding from investors such as Lead Edge, Lone Pine, Vitruvian, IVP, Merian Global Investors, Andreessen Horowitz, Sir Richard Branson, Valar Ventures and Max Levchin from PayPal. Over five million people use TransferWise, which processes over £4bn in payments every month, saving customers over £1bn a year. Doors will open at 5.30pm. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Connect with Nilan Linkedin: Twitter:

Go global with Landing Pads - Apply by 20 May

The Landing Pads Program provides market-ready startups and scaleups the opportunity to land and expand in global innovation hubs. More than 200 Australian scale-ups have gone to Berlin, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Tel Aviv through the program – You could be next! Find out more about how a 90-day residency within an established startup hub can transform your scale-up. Back your ideas and allow us to help your company realise its potential! Applications open until 20 May 2019. Questions? Reach out to us at

  • Mon 13 May, 9:00am
  • Austrade

Girls In Tech - Catalyst Conference

The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference is a can’t miss opportunity to get amped about your career and meet the community of people who can help get you where you want to go. No matter who you are. Featuring high-energy keynotes, inclusive panel discussions, and breakout sessions led by leaders at the forefront of the technology and business sectors, attendees will walk away with tactical skills, the know-how to navigate the twists and turns of their careers, and a genuine community full of role models, mentors, and new friends. It all happens in Melbourne, Australia, on May 15-16. Catalyst welcomes everyone - from software engineers, product marketers, human resources pros, investors, college students, data scientists, digital marketers, startup founders, and more. Studies show two of the biggest reasons people drop out of tech careers are the lack of role models and mentors. At Catalyst, we offer both, and then some. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to change careers, Catalyst is for people ready to take the next step in their personal and professional lives.

Zoho One Seminar - Melbourne

Learn how to use one platform of integrated apps to help enhance your business' productivity, increase customer satisfaction, and increase growth. At our free educational seminar we'll discuss how using cloud-based business apps can help you drive sales and even make collaboration seamless. Benefits of joining this seminar: -Get an overview of the Zoho One platform, and hear from a Zoho One expert about how you can enhance productivity and increase efficiency with streamlined apps. -Learn best practices for managing your business online, from finance to HR and CRM to support, we'll help you optimize your business processes. -Learn how to maximize your CRM to drive sales and get a unified overview of your business. -Bring all your questions for our Zoho One experts to answer. Breakfast and lunch are included. Please note that these seminars will be an overview of the Zoho One platform, so they are intended for those completely new to Zoho, not existing customers. **Walk-in registrations are welcome!

Make the Time to Turn your Idea into Reality // Ned Dwyer EIR at Neighbourhood

Building something from scratch isn’t easy. It takes time and energy in any available nights & weekends to make it a reality. To develop your world-changing idea, validate it in the market, generate your first sales and ultimately prepare yourself to make that “side-hustle” your day job. To help get you go from ground zero to finding your first customers, and potentially becoming investor ready, Neighbourhood ( is excited to welcome entrepreneur Ned Dwyer to Melbourne as our Expert in Residence in May 2019. Over four transformative weeks, Ned Dwyer will guide you through the following: 🤔 Idea exploration: Finding “the one” you’re going to spend the next 5-10 years building ⏲️ Designing experiments for idea validation on the path to product/market fit 💰 Sales 101: getting your first revenue pre or post-product 💹 Investment readiness: A pragmatic approach to the VC path 👥 1:1 mentoring hours Ned Dwyer is a Melbourne-born, San Francisco-based entrepreneur building the future of corporate spending as CEO of Spritz ( 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. This four-week program is ideal for: 🌱 Early stage startup founders 🌏 Founders looking to find their Next Big Thing 🏪 Part-time founders looking to make the leap to full-time 💵 Businesses looking to join an accelerator in 2019 Places are strictly limited. Register your business today at Thanks to support from LaunchVic, this program is completely FREE for accepted participants. ABOUT NEIGHBOURHOOD Neighbourhood is two coworking spaces in Fitzroy, designed specifically for creative professionals. Inspiring buildings, limited seats, familiar faces, and more opportunities to create. We make it feel a bit nice to come to work every day.

Scale to the US and Beyond: Breakfast Networking with Viki Forrest

SPARK Deakin is running a breakfast event with our partner The Hacker Exchange for our Geelong community. Startups often talk about ’scaling up’ -- but what does that actually mean? If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to grow a business that can go global, or simply curious about the US market, join us for a breakfast chat with US market entry expert, technologist, and startup adviser Viki Forrest, one of the most well-connected Australians working in Silicon Valley today. At this intimate discussion, Viki will share her insights on: - scaling your business overseas - attributes of successful global founders - the US political and economic climate and how it impacts startups - tips and tricks to raising capital in the US - how to avoid 'bro culture' in your business and much more! About Viki Forrest: Viki Forrest is one of the most well-connected Australians working in Silicon Valley today. Originally from Sydney, Viki’s experience in the technology sector spans more than 30 years across Australia, Asia (Singapore, China, Korea, India) and the United States. She has held a variety of positions including software developer, corporate executive, entrepreneur and startup mentor, and advisor. Following a successful tenure as Director of Sales Support at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), Asia Pacific, she joined Bullant in Sydney as employee No. 5 and was instrumental in helping the company raise $25m and relocating it to San Francisco in 2001. As the CEO of ANZA Technology Network based in San Francisco, Viki has showcased over 200 Australian and New Zealand companies in Silicon Valley and is credited with bringing 70 Australian companies to the US. Her innate ability to fast-track companies to growth-stage is reflected in her clients successfully landing strategic partners and closing early customer deals. In a world where only 0.6% of startups successfully raise venture capital, Viki is proud to have helped 20% of her Australian companies raise in excess of $43m in seed and A-round financings. About the organizers: The Hacker Exchange: The Hacker Exchange (HEX) is a global entrepreneurship education program based in Melbourne, Australia, and San Francisco, USA. Drawing from an international network of mentors, we partner with leading universities to help students and founders cultivate global mindsets and skills to launch high-impact, competitive startups and contribute to future innovation. HEX programs are university accredited and take founders to Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Melbourne and beyond. SPARK Deakin: A startup ecosystem designed to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. We Invite everyone. Teach the curious. Empower the best. Create Your Future with SPARK. Accelerator Programs, Startup Hackathon, FREE Monthly Events. An initiative by Deakin University. Please email with any queries.

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

Led by two seasoned entrepreneurs and experienced board directors, this Founder led 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, governance board. The economic benefits of an Advisory Board can include: Strategy, risk and governance How to sell to enterprise B2B/B2G; Scaling into new markets, to go global; How to get investment ready; and Opening 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. (Sometimes it takes 6 month to secure your advisors)

Investment Terms for Startups

An interactive workshop for start-up investors, founders and anyone else passionate about the success of high-growth start-ups. Melbourne Angels is the #1 Angel group in Australia. Our workshops run all year and are designed to share the knowledge and skills that help turn pre-revenue ventures into high-growth successes. This workshop is designed to demystify terminology and to facilitate in-depth discussions of the terms and conditions commonly used by Angel investors in funding early-stage entrepreneurs. We will introduce many of the terms available for use in Angel deals and provide an opportunity to discuss each in the workshop as follows: Purpose: Why do we and should we care about investment terms? Context: Which factors influence our choice of terms? Terminology: What are the most common terms and what do they mean? Strategy & Process: What are we trying to achieve with terms and how do we conduct the negotiation? Terms - Structuring the deal: How the investment will happen. What is a Terms Sheet? What type of security? What kind of corporate entity? Rights: How the investors and founders will operate once the investment is complete. What rights are reserved for us as investors? Exits and liquidations: Terms governing ownership change over time. A comprehensive workbook is supplied to all attendees including template documents developed and used by Melbourne Angels (terms sheet, shareholders' agreement, lead investor assignment, constitution for start-up company). This workshop is facilitated by Jordan Green, an internationally experienced and respected Angel investor, serial founder and venture capitalist.

Japan’s Startup Ecosystem & Business Opportunities - Seminar & Networking

Japan’s Startup Ecosystem & Business Opportunities Seminar & Networking – Melbourne As part of the 4th Industrial revolution, Japan is seeking to attract innovative foreign companies and VC firms to its shores, to strengthen and lead Japan’s international competiveness. There are many multinational organisations working across Australia and Japan, and many have started to realise that innovation and entrepreneurship is an important activity for growth. This has opened new opportunities for Australian startups to do business and engage in innovation in Japan, and enhance linkages between the two countries. Since June 2018, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) has expanded its range of support to include startup companies, in addition to traditional Japanese foreign investment. At this seminar, we aim to encourage Australian tech/services startups to consider the attractiveness of the Japanese startup ecosystem and investment environment, and promote their entry into Japan, with the support of JETRO & Austrade. Melbourne Date: Friday 1/3/2019, 4:30-7:30pm Location: YBF Ventures. 520 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Organisers: JETRO, Austrade Supporters: VIC Government, City of Melbourne Event Outline 16:00 Reception 16:30 Seminar start 16:30-16:35 Welcome remarks (Mr Hiroyuki Nakazato, Managing Director JETRO Sydney) 16:35-16:40 Opening remarks (Consul-General Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga [MELBOURNE], Consul-General Mr Keizo Takewaka [SYDNEY]) 16:40-17:10 Japan’s startup ecosystem and business environment by JETRO (Ms Misaki Shinozaki, Mr Adam Sims) 17:10-17:25 Success story of Japanese investment ① Hivery Mr Jason Hosking, Founding Director & CEO 17:25-17:40 Success story of Japanese investment ② (TBD) 17:40-17:55 Japanese industry accelerators and incubators Orange Japan, Mr Hiroshi Nishikawa, Partnership Manager 17:55-18:10 Introduction to Austrade’s support for startups (Ms Hannah Wade [SYDNEY], Mr Leo Bremanis [MELBOURNE]) 18:10-18:25 Q&A Session 18:25-18:30 Closing remarks (Austrade TBD) 18:30-19:30 Networking session

  • Fri 1 Mar, 4:30pm
  • YBF Ventures
  • Japan External Trade Organisation

Startup Investment 101

Are you new to the startup investment world? Are you keen to start exploring what form of capital would be right for your business? Join us for an intimate workshop as we guide you through the basics of startup investment! Facilitated by industry experts from Luna, we’ll spend an hour walking you through the basic terms and concepts you need to know to become literate in this space. Topics covered include:

  • Types of funding available / different funding rounds
  • Cap tables + dilution
  • 15 min Q&A with an investor from Giant Leap
Snacks provided, so please feel free to bring your lunch! This workshop has been prepared specifically for those who want to skill up ahead of the startup investment event run by Luna & Startup Vic:

Build Better Products Faster with Design Sprints: An Introductory Course.

Half Day Workshop, $299 + GST Join us for this half day, hands on workshop and see how using Design Sprints can give you a fast path to building winning products. A Design Sprint is a flexible, user centric, design framework that significantly increases the chances of building products that people want; it’s a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more—packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use. Developed by Jake Knapp when at Google Ventures, it has been used by both startups and global brands alike to help drive successful product development. By using a Design Sprint you can shortcut the endless-debate cycle of a conventional approach and compress months of time into a single week. Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product to understand if an idea is any good, you’ll get clear data from an effective, realistic prototype. As Jake said, ".. a Design Sprint is like having a superpower: with it you can fast-forward into the future to see your finished product and customer reactions, before making any expensive commitments..." For newcomers to Design Sprints, you’ll see how to discover customer needs and new product ideas, how to validate product hypotheses and how to make key product decisions quicker. If you’re familiar with Design Sprints but are yet to use one, this is a great way to gain initial insights on practical issues such as facilitation, planning and integrating Design Sprints into an overall product development process. What the course covers This introductory course shows you how to use Design Sprints as a fast path to build winning products and is the first of our range of instructor led Design Sprint Workshops. * Background to Design Sprints; What is a Design Sprint? * The 5 Day Design Sprint Method. * When you can (and when you shouldn't) use a Design Sprint. * Key tools and techniques used in a Design Sprint. * A hands on, fast path through a case study to see how to deliver rapid and impactful outcomes. Who should attend: This course is ideal for both start up companies planning on taking innovative ideas to market as well as enterprise teams looking to extend product portfolios or enter new markets. * Startup founders. * Executives at large companies. * Marketers and Product marketers * Product owners and managers * Product Designers and Product Developers. * Project managers and leaders. Or anyone in CX/UX, design or product marketing with an interest in Design Sprints.

GSTEP - Global funding for startups

Global Funding: How accessible is it? There are many different models and pathways to investment. Funding from within Australia is one way. Have you considered Israel or China ? This is a chance to learn about investment for startups outside of Australia and what is required to attract funding from the Israel, China and other global VC markets. There is significant opportunity and support for startups globally and considering Australia as the only option for funding may limit your chance for growth and global success. Can you get funding for your startup overseas? How possible is it really? How do you attract VC interest and potentially take your startup global? VC funding for startups is available in many regions, with opportunities including Israel, China and US. What is the difference between each market and how do they operate? Who do you pitch to and what is expected? At this event we aim to answer these questions, placing you in the box seat to develop an understanding of the key differences to sourcing funding in different regions. There will be a panel of experts and VC's who will share their insight and an opportunity to build your networks in the global financing arena. Keynote Speaker: Curt Shi, Founding Partner, Follow The Seed A global data-driven venture capitalist firm Rainmaker, venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Curt leads investment in TMT, sports, entertainment and gaming startups. With over 10 years in the industry, Curt is an experienced investor and entrepreneur who is focussed on crossover opportunities in China, the US, and the South Pacific. He works with portfolio companies to set up, access and compete in the world’s largest yet complex market. Achievements: Since 1999, Curt has been actively participating in China’s TMT entrepreneurial community and as a typical entrepreneur-turned-investor, Curt has been successfully managing venture funds in China and Australia for more than a decade, with successful exits both on American and Australian capital markets. One of his recent successful cross-border investments was Catapult Sports, which is a leader in wearable sports analytics technology and was listed on Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:CAT) Dec 2014 (15x return in 18 months). For his professional performance, Curt was the 2016 winner of CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance by Australia China Alumni Association and a finalist for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alumni Award by Western Sydney University for 2017. Expertise: Corporate development, deal engineering, venture capitalism, action sports lifestyle, cross border transactions. Following the keynote: Expert panel and Q&A

  • Thu 29 Nov, 6:00pm
  • RMIT

Preparing to Raise Startup Investment

Join us for an intimate workshop as we address pain points, explore solutions & share learnings related to preparing for investment. Guided by two startup industry experts, you'll have the opportunity to deep dive into the critical topics currently facing your business and learn from like-minded founders who're facing similar challenges. Topics Covered: The workshop will cover everything you need to know on startup investment, including tools and tactics for raising capital. Topics covered include: Types of funding available / different funding rounds Cap tables + dilution How to put a pitch deck together Common investor questions Facilitators: Ronen Heine | Founder & CEO of #CorporateAdvice Ronen is a commercial lawyer, startup and social enterprise strategist, and an entrepreneur. Ronen founded #CorporateAdvice to help startups, for-purpose businesses and social enterprises build & grow successful businesses. Ronen lives and breathes startups and is extremely passionate about developing and supporting an ecosystem in Australia. Adam Milgrom | Venture Partner, Angel Investor & Strategist Adam is a highly proficient strategist with over 10 years experience across a range of industries. He is an active angel investor in early stage Australian and international businesses. He is also a Venture Partner at Giant Leap Fund. Adam is committed to making a positive impact and has combined his interest in technology with the desire to work on projects which accelerate us towards a better future. Snacks & drinks provided!

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.

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

Cremorne Launch Event #DIFvic

This is a launch event for our network of tech scaleups (AI, Blockchain, Fintech, Proptech) investors and ecosystem leaders. We promoting Cremorne as the next tech hub in Melbourne. We're also putting on a special Whisky and Wine Tasting experience as part of this launch event. If you're a tech scaleup, investor, coworking or innovation ecosystem leader, please join us for this fun networking event with peers at LaunchPad in Cremorne and supported by the Blockchain Centre.

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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