• Best Practices for Setting Up Your Business in China with Arie Shreier

    Haymarket HQ is pleased to invite you to a lunchtime discussion and Q&A on the 'Best Practices for Setting Up Your Business in China’ presented by Mr. Arie Schreier, General Manager of the PTL Group (China). PTL Group’s CFO, Ms. Shirley Xia will also be available to respond to tax and financial questions during the Q&A session. The experience of starting independent operations in the Chinese market has proven to be very challenging for most companies. With the ever-growing intensity of competition in China, operational excellence has become the main factor for success. At this event, Arie Schreier will: - review the recent developments in China that are relevant to Australian companies - share his expertise on the practicalities of setting up and expanding a business in China - look at ways to manage and minimize risks when operating a business in China Arie's presentation is aimed at companies looking to enter and develop their business in China and companies already operating in China but seeking to expand their activities in the market. The presentation will help attendees to understand the challenges of operating in this market. Arie will also provide information on PTL ‘Bootcamp’ in China for businesses entering that market. About the speaker Arie Schreier is the General Manager of the PTL Group. He has over 21 years of management experience with companies and diplomatic missions throughout Asia, Australia and South America. He has spent the last 13 years managing logistics, administration, HR, recruiting, finance, and manufacturing operations for foreign companies in China. As COO and VP Sales and Marketing of PTL Group, Arie has worked with a number of international companies to manage their sales, logistics, and manufacturing operations more successfully in a challenging China market. Also as one of the founders of the China Industrial Initiative (CI2), he is actively involved in the establishment and management of several manufacturing facilities in the country.

  • HHQ Inspiration Series: Marina Go, Magazine Doyen and Female Leader

    REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hhq-inspiration-series-marina-go-magazine-doyen-and-female-leader-tickets-51179335771?aff=meetup Haymarket HQ Inspiration Series is a forum for entrepreneurial leaders to impart their stories. The Q&A format will explore how these inspirational entrepreneurs ‘created’ success, the importance of leadership, innovation and their personal journeys. Marina Go has over 25 years of consumer media experience. From editor of Dolly Magazine at the age of 23 to CEO of Australia’s leading digital publisher Private Media by her forties, Marina is the pinnacle of inspiration for aspiring female leaders. With her role as a strong gender diversity advocate and a lifelong dedication to breaking stereotypes, Marina was named one of 20 True Leaders of 2016 by Boss Magazine. Join us on 7th November to hear about: - Turning success into a reality: experiences as a successful female leader - The challenges and triumphs of the publishing industry - Gender diversity and breaking stereotypes - How to seek the right career opportunities More about Marina Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist after graduating from The Australian Graduate School of Management with an MBA. Previously head of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media, she is also the founding publisher of news hub Women’s Agenda and continues to be an adviser and regular contributor. She is currently the first female Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, Ovarian Cancer Australia and the Walkley Foundation. Marina is also the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. Ticket proceeds will go to Marina's nominated charity: Ovarian Cancer Australia Ovarian Cancer Australia was founded by survivors and family members of victims who aim to raise awareness and support for those who have been affected. Proudly sponsored by City of Sydney

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  • Targeting Modern Chinese Tourists: Opportunities for Businesses

    Please register here: http://sparkfestival.co/program/view/219/targeting-modern-chinese-tourists-opportunities-for-businesses Australia’s largest source of foreign tourists now comes from China, a country with a rapidly growing middle-class with more money to spend from one year to the next. With the sheer scale of Chinese visitors tipped to increase over the next coming years, Australian businesses can capitalise on the growing market through new and innovative means. In what ways can startups and small business owners capitalise on the opportunities from Chinese tourism? The discussion panel will be a mix of entrepreneurs in both B2B and B2C industries that all engage with Chinese tourism in different ways. This event is open to anyone with interest in the Chinese tourism market in Australia and how to better target Chinese consumers. Whether your business is active in the tourism space or you want to expand your market reach to Chinese consumers, come join the discussion and learn about: - Differences in B2B and B2C approaches - Chinese consumer behaviour trends - How other companies are targeting the market - Opportunities and difficulties in the market Speakers include: - Jane Lu - UWAI - Iris Zhu - iTrip The discussion will be led by Rinat Sadykov, co-founder of Cozitrip, a tech and A.I.-powered B2B hotel booking platform that connects Australian and New Zealand hotels with Chinese travel agents. This event is a great way to engage with entrepreneurs with real experiences in Chinese tourism and to network with other members of the startup community. About Spark Festival Spark Festival 2018, Australia’s largest event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs is happening across all of NSW from October 19 to November 4. Whether you are getting started or going global, whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, inventor, innovator, student, executive or just plain curious: you will find your spark at Spark! See full Festival program. You may be photographed or videod while attending this event: please approach the organiser if you have questions, concerns, or do not wish this to happen. This event is part of Spark Festival and upholds the Spark Code of Conduct.

  • Roundtable with Cindy Chow, Director of Alibaba Entreprenurs Fund HK

    REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/roundtable-with-cindy-chow-director-of-alibaba-entrepreneurs-fund-hk-tickets-51129161699 In Hong Kong Alibaba runs an entrepreneur support organization called the "Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund" (https://www.ent-fund.org/). This has been backed with HK$1000M of capital from Alibaba and has already made a number of investments. Whilst this started out as a fund directed at supporting indigenous Hong Kong (and Taiwanese) startups, it has recently begun to explore supporting the development of inbound companies from other countries that might be persuaded to set up a significant international operation in Hong Kong. As a step in this direction, they are running a program in HK in early 2019, called the "Jumpstarter" Program (https://www.jumpstarter.hk/en/), which aims to attract companies from around the world, including Australia, who wish to enter an accelerator type program and pitching competition style event in Hong Kong. In addition, they are starting to gauge international interest in companies for setting up in Hong Kong, involving an investment from the Fund. The Director of the Fund, Ms. Cindy Chow and her colleagues, will be briefly in Sydney and will be visiting Haymarket HQ. Please join this roundtable if you think that your company might benefit from locating a significant part of your operations in Hong Kong and thus might benefit from the "Jumpstarter" program and/or an investment from the Fund.

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  • HHQ Inspiration Series: Dai Le, Culturalpreneur & Founder of DAWN

    Haymarket HQ Inspiration Series is a forum for entrepreneurial leaders to impart their stories. The Q&A format will explore how these inspirational entrepreneurs ‘created’ success, the importance of leadership, innovation and their personal journeys. Dai Le lives and breathes diversity and inclusion. Her mission is to help build an inclusive society where mainstream institutions and organisations reflect the diverse community we live in. She is the founder of DAWN, a platform dedicated to leading the conversation on “diversity in leadership beyond gender” that provides organisations and individuals with means to create more inclusive, engaging and diverse communities. Dai currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to Multicultural NSW, and Ambassador for Fairfield Relay for Life, and NSW Cancer Council Greater Western Sydney. Join us on September 24 and learn about: Advocating workplace diversity and equality Breaking the Bamboo Glass Ceiling Being a trialblazer for Asian women in Australia More about Dai Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dai spent many years in refugee camps in South East Asia before being accepted for resettlement in Australia. Her childhood experiences and growing up with a dual identity – being a Vietnamese in an Australian and western cultural environment, helped to shape her perception of life. It has also made her a passionate advocate for refugees and migrants’ communities, diversity and inclusion. Dai speaks, consults, and helps organisations understand the economic and social benefits of diversity and inclusion as part of their business development, market innovation and corporate responsibility. With over 20 years of change making experience, Dai is a strong believer in the use of storytelling to inspire, educate and inform. A former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Dai was named one of AFR-Westpac's Top 100 Influential Women in Australia in 2014. Dai is also a breast cancer survivor. Ticket proceeds will go to Dai's nominated charity: Grameen Australia Grameen is raising money for women farmers in Cambodia to help them escape poverty. Donations will help provide them with land, resources, and opportunities to create a better life. Proudly sponsored by City of Sydney and DAWN

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  • HHQ Workshop: Pitch Like a Pro (Part Two)

    Haymarket HQ

    In this two-part workshop, you'll learn the basics of building a pitch deck and be equipped with all the right tools to deliver the perfect pitch! Part One: Building the Perfect Pitch Deck (7th August) What's a pitch deck? Where do I start? What do I need? Whether it's your first time creating a pitch deck or simply wanting to make your current one better, our experts will discuss all the Do's and Don'ts when it comes to building the right pitch for you. Learn about the basics of putting a pitch together, creating a good visual presentation, and how to effectively get your message across. Part Two: Pitch Like a Pro Now that you've built a great pitch deck, it's time to present it. Part Two is all about the delivery—how to win over the audience, and most importantly, the judges. Learn presentation skills to make your pitch memorable and get insights on what investors are really looking for from entrepreneurs with real pitching experience. This workshop is open for everybody! Limited Spots available. If you're an EdTech startup can present your new pitch at the HHQ EdTech Pitch Night on the 29th August. Or the Win in Suzhou Venture Contest on the 27th October. Applications close 31 August. Thank you to Winglong Pty Ltd for supporting these workshops!

  • HHQ Pitch Night: EdTech Showcase

    Haymarket HQ

    With Australia's Edtech industry thriving and growing, HHQ is very excited to be hosting our very own pitch night to showcase all the various Edtech start ups within our community! Come along to be inspired, pick up some pitch tips, network with industry professionals, and find out what startups are working on within the Edtech space. Pitches will be followed by a networking session within the community along with nibbles and drinks! RSVP using the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hhq-pitch-night-edtech-showcase-tickets-48362858612 Doors will open at 6pm. Stay tuned for more details to come. We'll open up a few spots for the public to pitch - if you are interested in participating, please send an email to: [masked] Hope to see you there! Thanks to EduGrowth for sponsoring the event! Supporting Partner: Sydney EduTech Group

  • HHQInspirationSeries: Andrew McEvoy ex-CEO, Tourism Australia & Co-Founder, UWAI

    Haymarket HQ Inspiration Series is a forum for entrepreneurial leaders to impart their stories. The Q&A format will explore how these inspirational entrepreneurs ‘created’ success, the importance of leadership, innovation and their personal journeys. Andrew McEvoy is an experienced CEO and Board Director with more than 20 years of experience in tourism, travel, media, marketing and events. Andrew has been one of the main architects in revitalising Australia’s troubled tourism industry with memorable campaigns such as There’s Nothing Like Australia, Best Jobs in the World, and bringing Oprah Winfrey down under. After resigning as CEO of Tourism Australia in 2014, Andrew became Managing Director at Fairfax, Life Media and Events and oversaw the digital transformation of Australia’s oldest newspaper business. In recent years, Andrew has been involved in bridging Chinese and Australian travel industries and is the co-founder of We Connect China and UWAI. Join us on August 23rd and learn about: Australia's changing tourism industry China's rising middle-class bridging Chinese and Australian travel industries the role of smart technology in tourism More about Andrew Andrew began his working life as a journalist with News Limited before embarking on various management roles across various Australian marketing companies. In 2010, Andrew became the Managing Director and CEO of Tourism Australia in a time when China’s middle class was experiencing rapid growth. Recognising the new breed of Asian consumers, Andrew led the shift in marketing effort away from long-haul western markets and oversaw the turnaround in the previously struggling industry before moving onto becoming Managing Director of Fairfax, Life Media and Events. Since 2014, Andrew has been in demand as a non-executive director on various listed, private and government boards. Andrew is owner and founder of We Connect China, a strategic advisory service that helps Australian companies better engage with China, and is also part of the founding team of UWAI, a platform designed to deliver better travel experiences to Chinese tourists through QR codes and smart technology. Ticket proceeds will go to Andrew's nominated charity: R U OK? R U OK? is a suicide prevention charity that aims to start life-changing conversations. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone and support anyone struggling with life.

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  • HHQ Square Table: Setting up Nike's E-Commerce in China

    Haymarket HQ Square Table is a regular and informal community event at Australia’s first startup hub supporting entrepreneurs to connect to Asia. Listen to entrepreneurs open up about their setbacks, learnings and experiences starting up in Asia and Australia. This week's topic: Setting up Nike's E-Commerce in China It's no secret that the future of business is going digital. As the world moves closer into the digital realm, e-commerce has dominated retail and many other industries. It's no different for China, where online retail sales have soared past $1 trillion as of last year making it the world's largest e-commerce market. The opportunities in China, much like its numbers, are staggering. One of the first to ride the digital wave in China, Nicolas Zurstrassen shares his wealth of experience in working with one of the world's most recognisable retail brand—Nike. Nicolas will be discussing the following topics: - Leading the digital wave in China in the 90s - Building a digital platform for a global brand - Navigating innovation and cultural differences - The future of digital innovation This week's speaker: Nicolas Zurstrassen Nicolas Zurstrassen established one of China's first digital agencies back in 1998 and has been at the forefront of digital innovation in the Chinese and Asian market ever since. From 2007 to 2014 (across two Olympic Games, including Beijing), Nicolas led all of Nike China’s digital marketing and commerce initiatives. He launched Nike China's e-commerce operations which reached more than USD$100 million in revenue and as Nike's Digital General Manager and built and led the Digital brand organization in China. Following Nike, he served as Senior VP Marketing Services at Baozun, China's largest commerce service provider with more than 100 multinational clients, including Burberry, Coach, Nike and Microsoft. At Baozun, Nicolas was responsible for driving strategy and marketing services as well as leading the sports-related businesses. Baozun, which counts Alibaba and SoftBank as its investors, was recently listed on NASDAQ. This week's interviewer: Loren Lam Loren is a corporate innovation manager at Macquarie Bank, with prior roles at local startup Airtasker and global consulting firm EY. She's a co-founder of Women In Innovation Sydney, a startup mentor, and an alumnus of the Harvard Venture Incubation Program. The format: one speaker, one interviewer, a few drinks and a lively discussion where everyone can join in. By entering this event you agree that the organiser may use photographs or video footage taken of yourself during the event for marketing purposes including DVD production, posting on our website and or social media platforms, or for future events.

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  • HHQ Workshop: Building the Perfect Pitch Deck (Part One)

    In this two-part workshop, you'll learn the basics of building a pitch deck and be equipped with all the right tools to deliver the perfect pitch! Part One: Building the Perfect Pitch Deck (7th August) What's a pitch deck? Where do I start? What do I need? Whether it's your first time creating a pitch deck or simply wanting to make your current one better, our experts will discuss all the Do's and Don'ts when it comes to building the right pitch for you. Learn about the basics of putting a pitch together, creating a good visual presentation, and how to effectively get your message across. Part Two: Pitch Like a Pro (21st August) Now that you've built a great pitch deck, it's time to present it. Part Two is all about the delivery—how to win over the audience, and most importantly, the judges. Learn presentation skills to make your pitch memorable and get insights on what investors are really looking for from entrepreneurs with real pitching experience. This workshop is open for everybody! Limited Spots available. If you're an EdTech startup can present your new pitch at the HHQ EdTech Pitch Night on the 29th August. Or the Win in Suzhou Venture Contest on the 27th October. Applications close 31 August. Thank you to Winglong Pty Ltd for supporting these workshops!