PRE-EVENT PITCH WORKSHOP - FREE (starts at 4:30pm)
Our Awesome Coach Melissa Pye will lead a free workshop (limited spots) on how to pitch. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A PITCHER ON THE NIGHT!
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Melissa Pye, Head of Storytelling, muru-D (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissapye)
Melissa has invested 30 years working in Australia and Asia helping businesses and people tell their story so it resonates with who they're speaking. Melissa believes sharing stories that are authentically aligned to the presenter (brand or person) will connect on an emotional level and are more likely to achieve the desired outcome. As a storytelling coach at muru-D, Australasia's largest startup accelerator, she helps founders craft their startup story to connect and engage with people who will move their business forward including employees, customers, mentors and investors.
PITCHERS - Sorry, we are now all full for pitchers! BUT we have an awesome pitch coach, Melissa Pye, leading a session at 4:30. Please join us for the coaching session and stay around for a bite and to hear the pitches at 6pm.
JUDGE #1: Andrew Coppin, Company Director & Investor
Andrew is an active early stage investor and venture fund manager who has considerable experience with technology start-ups, turnarounds and high-growth companies.
He has been a founder, mentor, executive and non-executive director and
investor in a significant number of companies over the past decade and has a preference for IoT, AgTech and FinTech businesses with global applications.
His professional experience spans all areas of financial markets, capital
raising, wealth management, business operations, compliance and leading edge disruptive and information technology. https://www.linkedin.com/in/coppo888
JUDGE #2: Nicola Farrell, Program Manager at muru-D
Nicola is leading the muru-D, Sydney program and has been working with startups for almost 10 years. Originally from Ireland, where she led startup and accelerator engagement for the global technology conference, Web Summit. Before leaving for Australia, landing at Pollenizer, an early stage startup incubator. Here, she made waves to bring startup methods to some of the world’s largest companies.
All before moving across to a corporate role at AGL Energy. There, Nicola helped define their technology ecosystem to develop a pipeline of growth companies for investment. Now, Nicola is running the Sydney program at muru-D, where she is fostering a world-class accelerator to advance ambitious teams with ideas for global impact.
JUDGE #3: Martin Duursma, Partner at Main Sequence Ventures (MSV)
Martin is a dynamic technology business leader with a track record of innovating next generation products, developing vision, setting strategy, motivating teams, developing leaders, people management, managing large scale complex programs, budgets and distributed team environments.
He is a Partner with Main Sequence Ventures, a new early stage venture fund investing in great teams and technology leveraging Australian public sector research (CSIRO, Universities, CRCs, DSTO, etc).
Martin also helps startups and businesses through his roles as Advisor, Mentor and Committee Member with a range of organisations and programs such as Macquarie University, INCUBATE Startup Program and Global Access Partners. https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinduursma/
THANK YOU to all our judges for giving of their time and experience.
Want some pitching advice? Check out our blog post here: http://www.northsydneyinnovation.org/pitch-events
• 4:30pm: Pitching W/shop with Melissa Pye
• 5:40pm: Break for food / madly updating pitch decks
• 6:00pm: Pitches
• 8pmish: Chat with Speakers, Judges, and other entrepreneurs
• 8:30ish: We try to kick you out! (But there's often a bunch around 'til 9pm)