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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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