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.