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Melbourne Design Week 2019: Mobility and the City

The horseless carriage’ was once the name for the motor car. In 2017, 80-year-old Japanese car manufacturer Toyota announced that it was no longer an automotive company, but 'a mobility company'. Around the same time, 'Uber' became accepted as a verb. The convergence of ‘mobility-as-a-service’ with the shift away from the car as the dominant form of transport means a truly integrated multi-modal transportation system may soon become a reality. So what does this mean for those who design vehicles? And how will these new modes and systems of transport affect the design of the city? As part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, FAB9 - Melbourne's newest makerspace - is hosting a panel talk with industrial designers, urbanists, technologists and engineers about the future of mobility, and its impact on the city. Speakers Peter Williams, Chief Edge Officer, Deloitte Centre for the Edge Dr Mark Richardson, Lecturer Industrial Design, Monash University Bree Trevena, Research / Foresight, Research + Innovation, Arup Mark Neil Johnson, Senior interior designer, Ford; Mobility design lecturer, Monash University Hans Chang (moderator), Founder & CEO, FAB9

  • Thu 21 Mar, 06:00pm
  • FAB9
  • FAB9

Masterclass#9 - Simple Techniques to Assess Market & Competition

In order to succeed, a startup must properly understand their market. First by assessing the attractiveness of their startup to the market, and then understanding the potential market size and the behaviours required to succeed in that market. Standing out also means understanding your competition. Market research can prepare you for evolving markets and prevent your business from being overshadowed by your direct competitors. Gather information about competing products and services, pricing, positioning and branding, and market reputation. Determine your own competitive advantage based on this information. Here’s a sample of some of the topics we’ll discuss: Importance of knowing your customer Simple techniques and tools for assessing your market and competition Market validation process and defining your unique proposition This masterclass is for entrepreneurs who want to: Gain greater knowledge of their market and customers Learn about market research tools and resources Register for this masterclass to learn how to gain a clear understanding of your market and competition. MASTERCLASS MASTER: Jeanette Cheah is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of The Hacker Exchange, a global, tertiary-accredited program connecting curious entrepreneurs to opportunities in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and beyond. She is the co-creator of the Gingerbread Demolition non-profit event for Save the Children Australia, and has spoken at or created events for General Assembly, SXSW, Google Launchpad, and Melbourne Knowledge Week to name a few. Jeanette was also listed in Smart Company’s International Women's Day Showcase, 2018. With a background in economics, sociology, marketing and UX design, Jeanette loves blending the excitement of the startup world with the power of the business world, and believes the best results come from diversity of thinking and a 'never stop learning' mindset.

Masterclass#10 - Minimum viable brand

To define a brand, we have to start with the target audience. The Minimum Viable Brand (MVB) framework is used to quickly identify the purpose, promise and positioning of the business. In this Masterclass, we’ll prototype a MVB and cover how brands shape design for your business. MASTERCLASS MASTER: Jordan Gian is a designer and thought provoker - But mostly a creative entrepreneur. With a background in Design Jordan unknowingly used many Human Centered Design methods in setting up 15 SME's before his 25th birthday. Jordan's time is split between design commitments for leading global brands, running ecom businesses, Hospitality venues and consulting on strategy and innovation. If we can’t find him, we start looking at the beach or in the mountains. Register for any iHarvest Meetup or Masterclass and receive a complimentary mentoring session with one of the VU Entrepreneurs in Residence (VU EIRs).

LaunchVic 2018 Community End of Year Celebration

It’s been a huge year for the Victorian startup community, and we have so much to celebrate! LaunchVic are bringing the community together to reflect on the year that was; our successes, learnings and experiences that have shaped an unforgettable year for our community. Together, we've gone from strength to strength and grown a world-class ecosystem of entrepreneurs, startups and creatives that we can all be proud of. Please join the LaunchVic community for an evening of celebration, reflection and the sharing of our favourite moments that have made 2018 so memorable. Tickets are free, however, all guests are required to register.

Social Impact Business Meet-Up: Wed 28th Nov

Matthew Boyd of Vollie, Steve Schmidt of BRM Projects and Rob Rankin of Rankin Business Lawyers are meeting with other BCorps (current and aspiring) for business networking. Wednesday 28th Nov will be the fifth of our regular fortnightly meetings and we'd love to have you or someone from your organisation join us. The session will be chaired and all attendees will have a couple of minutes to explain what they do and how others in the room might be able to help them and their business. NB: Coffee will be available at the venue

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:

ICO 2020: Should there be an alternative regulatory framework for ICOs?

Will ICOs flourish in the current regulatory landscape or should an alternative framework be developed? In 2013, Mastercoin created the first public token sale, commonly now known as an ICO (Initial Coin Offering). It was to raise funds for its project and raise funds, it did! Delivering millions of dollars worth of bitcoin in the first hour, its success inspired projects around the world to use this model for capital raising. In the first quarter of 2018, $6.3 billion USD was raised, which was more than the amount raised in the entire year of 2017. This boom has ignited governments around the world to take notice and develop frameworks around this type of investment. ICOs have been criticised because of the fraudulent behaviour of some and because investors do not have the right protection. Regulatory guidelines are inconsistent between countries with nations such as China and South Korea banning ICOs completely. Here in Australia, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has issued an information sheet for ICOs but is it adequate and fair? Does it allow for the innovation of this new financial model and provide protection of investors? Join us at the Intersekt Festival for a thrilling discussion with blockchain experts on how they envision ICOs in 2020. John Bassilios of Hall & Wilcox will present on the current landscape and then a panel (including Nick Giurietto from the Australian Digital Commerce Association) will provide their insights. You will hear from representatives that have expertise in working with ICOs and the current regulatory framework and panellists that have completed ICOs. Speakers: John Bassilios, Hall & Wilcox John has broad experiences in financial services, funds management, blockchain, corporate and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on funds management related matters. He has advised financial services providers on all aspects of managed investments schemes, AFSL and ACL licensing, disclosure requirements, and ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements. More recently John has taken a keen interest in blockchain related matters and gained significant experience advising on, and establishing, crypto currency funds, reviewing Whitepapers for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Securities Token Offerings (STO) and advising on the establishment of cryptocurrency exchanges. John is currently a mentor for the RMIT Blockchain Strategy Course. Nick Giurietto, Australian Digital Commerce Association Nick was responsible for the development of the Australian Digital Currency Code of Conduct which establishes best practice standards for digital currency businesses in Australia and has been modeled in other countries. Nick has worked with the Australian Government on issues including the taxation treatment of digital currencies, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing regulations and identifying use cases for deployment of blockchain solutions within government. Nick is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Standards and a participant in the International Standards Organisation Study Group on Identity on the Blockchain. Susan Dart Susan Dart has over 30 years of experience with software companies starting out as a software engineer and evolving into Executive roles. She spent 17 years in USA including working with Silicon Valley start-ups. Susan’s participated in numerous IPO’s (Initial Public Offerings) for software companies and ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings) for blockchain start-ups. Currently, Susan consults with companies in assisting them with their blockchain business models and solutions as well as providing ICO advice and mentoring blockchain start-ups. Her Master’s Degree is from Carnegie-Mellon University USA and her Batchelor’s Degree with Distinction is from RMIT. She has two books published along with over 40 papers. Akasha Indream, IoMob Engagement Director at IoMob, Co-founder of Blockchain Cities Alliance, Community Ambassador for AllRights, Advisory Board of BLOCK LOAN, and Australian Communications Lead for NEM. Akasha also publishes MissBlockchain and manages Telegram's largest exclusive community of women in blockchain, WIBI (Women in Blockchain International Impact). She is also involved in the establishment of women's business networking platform Femergy. Michael Lebbon, emmi Michael has over 10 years’ experience in the climate finance and carbon trading industry. Being a CFA® charterholder Michael has been able to combine his financial skills with his passion around action on climate change to use markets and finance to deliver real carbon emission reductions. Michael has a wealth of knowledge and experience across the climate finance and carbon trading industry, this includes creating and trading the first Australian Carbon Credit Unit under Australia’s Clean Energy Future policy through to helping guide industry led carbon trading policies. Discussions with various blockchain experts led Michael to realise that central governments were no longer the key to achieving real action on climate change, rather a truly distributed solution was possible. Out of these discussions emmi was born. Food and Drinks provided $2 of every ticket sold will go to The Big Umbrella Foundation, an organisation working with those affected by human rights abuses, exploitation, forced labour and homelessness.

  • Stone & Chalk
  • Fintech Australia , Hall & Wilcox, Stone & Chalk, Launch Vic, Block Chain Center

Startmate Office Hours- 1:1 mentoring from Australia's leading Entrepreneurs and VC's

Startmate is running a new initiative that opens up the Startmate Mentor network for free Office Hours to reach and support as many founders as possible. Office Hours is an amazing opportunity for startups to receive 1:1 mentorship from Australia’s leading Entrepreneurs and VC’s Office Hours is free, but by application so we can match you to the most suitable mentor. Applications close at 5 pm on the 1st of November. Let us help you supercharge your startup!

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.

Startup Storytelling

Do you find it hard to get your startup noticed? Struggling to explain your startup to others? Effectively telling the story of your business is critical to the success of any startup (and any investment rounds you may be trying to raise!). Join us for Startup Storytelling, a workshop presented by Kate Dinon and co-hosted by One Roof and the Swinburne Innovation Precinct.

  • Wed 26 Sep, 5:00pm
  • One Roof
  • Swinburne Innovation Precinct

Venture Cup Info & How To Pitch

Applications for Swinburne’s Venture Cup competition kick off this month. This is a great opportunity, with $20K in prize money and 1-on-1 coaching from venture capitalists on offer. Come along to this info session and learn how to develop a pitch that will help you stand out from the crowd. This session is a must for anyone interested in applying for Swinburne’s Venture Cup.

Live Podcast — Towards Meaningful Work

Humans of Purpose has featured some incredible Humans doing meaningful and purpose-driven work across the business, social enterprise, community, philanthropic and government sectors. A common theme has emerged from our guests and listeners - the pursuit of purpose-driven and meaningful work. But how do we pursue meaningful work as people and design for meaningful work as organisations? What are the conditions that will enable us to flourish at work? Live podcast Join Mike Davis, with special guest Charlie Simson for an exclusive Humans of Purpose Live Podcast event as they discuss these important questions and unearth the practical strategies to help us move towards meaningful work. What to expect In our classically authentic and candid style of Humans of Purpose conversations, we will hear from Charlie about her life, professional story, and her work as Head of Flourishing at Bellroy. Centering the discussion around purpose, you will learn: Practical ways of finding a more meaningful work life How to inspire others to flourish What an individual needs to enjoy work How modern organisations can create an environment that encourages meaningful work for its people You'll get to... Come to the Humans of Purpose studio (where all of our episodes are recorded) Listen to the conversation before it’s published for the general public on our channels Participate in a Q&A with Charlie and Mike that will make its way onto the podcast recording Access to the BTS of a Humans of Purpose podcast recording Hang out over a few drinks and chats before/after recording! A nourshing, healthy and easy eating menu will be provided by the wonderful and local health food producing Keep it Simple by Shani Timms. Tea and coffee will be provided along with the customary single malt whiskey, wines and beer. Charlie Simson Charlie is Head of Flourishing at Bellroy (still the best job title we have ever heard of), with a portfolio that overlooks hiring, development, and most importantly personal growth. Her work is centered on creating organisations and systems that support and enable people to feel great and perform at their best, best described in her own words: “Flourishing means feeling well, doing well and contributing to doing good. In other words, we strive to make sure that working at Bellroy enriches the lives of our staff and supports them tobe happy, resilient, connected, productive and to have a meaningful impact on the world.” She brings over 10 years of experience from education policy and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, and is an expert at translating research evidence into practical policy solutions. She is a former Humans of Purpose guest (check out her episode here), has been a speaker at The Purpose Conference 2018, NewCo Melbourne 2017, and many more interesting events! You can read more about Charlie on her recent feature on The Cool Career. Follow Charlie on Twitter: @CharlieSimson Chance to win By being one of the first 10 to purchase a ticket to this event, you will also have the chance to win one mentoring/coaching session with Charlie Simson worth $200. The winner will be announced on the night. Our host, Mike Davis Mike is creator and host of the popular Humans of Purpose podcast, where each week he hosts conversations with senior leaders from Australia’s business, startup and social purpose sectors. He is Founder and Managing Director of award-winning Social Impact Consultancy and B Corp Purposeful. He is also a Director at SIMNA, Australia’s peak social impact measurement body. Mike is a compelling and inspiring speaker, who challenges the status quo and asks the audience to engage with the deeper questions behind business and community. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikedav84 Questions? If you’ve got any questions about this event, get in touch with us through e-mail ( or on social media, @humansofpurpose on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Masterclass: Integrating Strategy & Social Impact

Join Mike Davis, Managing Director of Purposeful for a Masterclass on Integrating Strategy & Social Impact. This session is ideal for CEOs, Executives and Managers. Why “We want to make the case that doing good is doing well. By fostering practices that are focused on mission, purpose, and growth, you can have a really healthy and purpose driven workplace that supports its people and all its stakeholders.” - Mike Davis, Managing Director (Purposeful) Benefits Attending this Masterclass will provide the following benefits: Better engagement and buy-in from staff, managers and board Better positioning for funding, grants, sponsorship and tenders Improved messaging, communication with key stakeholders Stronger ability to form meaningful business and community partnerships Enhanced relationships with customers, clients and beneficiaries Outcomes The Masterclass will cover the following: How a social impact approach to strategy can help your business thrive Explore the key challenges and share approaches of participants Explain a phased approach to integrating social impact into strategy Discuss examples from the field of where this has led to better outcomes Workshop examples of how this can be applied in your workplace Impact You will walk out of this session, with clarity around: How you can do social impact more effectively at your workplace How to get the most out of your strategy in its design and implementation Things you need to do to enable effective integration at your workplace Key contacts, resources and networks to enable your strategic and social impact work The networks, tools and resources that you can combine to integrate social impact into strategy Format A quality light breakfast along with tea and coffee will be provided. The format of the Masterclass is participatory, informal and intended to lead to shared experiences and to new connections. This session is limited in size to 20 participants to ensure an optimal learning, sharing and connecting experience. Presenter Mike Davis is the Managing Director of Purposeful, an award-winning B Corp and social impact consultancy. Purposeful has worked with not for profits, government departments and corporate clients enabling them to create, measure and communicate their social impact and to enhance their strategy in the process. His clients have included King & Wood Mallesons, DHHS-Victoria, TaskForce Community Agency, ScriptWise, Power of Engineering, i=Change and more. His recent keynote presentation to the Better Boards Conference 2018 on "Impact Strategy 2.0: Creating Social Impact & Strategic Outcomes" was heard by over 200 executives and directors. Feedback "A well paced and structured presentation with great content, practical examples and insight to support the strategy and program direction of our organisation." - Better Boards Conference 2018 Attendees If you have any questions about this session, get in touch with us!

Subscribed Melbourne

Subscribed is the only global conference dedicated to recurring revenue-based business models, bringing together the disruptors, innovators and leaders of the Subscription Economy to share war stories, inspire successes and learn from one anothers' shared experiences. TO ATTEND YOU MUST REGISTER AT We're excited to announce that we will be joined by Deloitte and PWC to speak about how companies are making the switch to recurring revenue, understanding their customers better, and delivering amazing customer experiences without compromising their business processes and revenue recognition. Join us for the most comprehensive conference on Subscription and recurring business models for insights into: - The Subscription Metrics to assess your business against; - Methods for growing your top line and reducing churn; - How to transform your business from focusing on product, to focusing on your customer; - Implementing usage based pricing models to increase ARPU and Customer Satisfaction; - Tales from the leaders in the subscription economy; - Revenue Recognition Automation Lunch hosted by PWC; and of course - A few drinks and networking (Hosted by GoCardless) We look forward to seeing you at the event!