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What makes a Blockchain Startup Successful?

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YBF Ventures

520 Bourke Street · Melbourne

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LEVEL 4: Mess Hall

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If the majority of blockchain startups fail, what is it that enables the minority to succeed? What are the key predictors of success for this technology? Does raising money via non-traditional means help a blockchain based startup survive? Well wonder no more, as we'll be joined by three sensation blockchain startups - each at various stages of the game - to discuss these questions & more!

Join #CorporateAdvice Senior Startup Advisor, Josh Sharma; Consensys Spoke Lead Rosa Thompson; WatermelonBlock CTO Dan Shani and WePower Chief Business Development Officer, Mantas Aleks for a unique discussion as they explore what has enabled their blockchain startups to go from strength to strength.

Lunch provided from 12pm!


Rosa Thompson is Spoke Lead at Consensys. As well as leading a Spoke (Startup) within ConsenSys (A Blockchain Venture Production Studio), Rosa is the Director of Women in Blockchain Melbourne. For the past several years, Rosa has worked in the startup game in Australia, San Francisco and Las Vegas, where she founded Girls in Tech LV and was a speaker at SXSW V2. She is passionate about new economic models, decentralised governance and future tech. Her current project is about disrupting the product certifications industry using transparent supply chain data to encourage ethical and sustainable practices and empower impact investors with reliable metrics.

Dan Shani is Chief Technology Officer at WatermelonBlock and Director/Co-Owner of Tech Head Solutions. Working in technology since his teens, with diverse experience and a wide-range of subject-matter expertise, Dan was selected to lead WatermelonBlock’s technology strategy composition and execution which involves managing internal systems, governance, information security, application development, financial systems and blockchain development.

Mantas Aleks is the Chief Business Development Officer and Head of Australia at blockchain-based green energy trading platform, WePower. At WePower Mantas is focused on assessing opportunities and building business operations with his primary focus on the Australian market. He was also part of the core WePower's ICO team, which up until now still is the largest crowdfunding campaign ever conducted in the energy sector. Before WePower Mantas has led a range of digital transformation projects, sales, partnership and operation development initiatives across 7 European markets at Google.

#CorporateAdvice is a new concept leading the way in Australia's startup scene. It helps startups flourish through the provision of tailored legal, accounting, investment & strategic services, as well as connecting startups to mentors and key partners to accelerate growth.