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Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs globally in partnership with Google for Startups.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

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Upcoming events (1)

Blackbird VC x Startup Grind Sydney

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This month, we’ve got Niki Scevak, founder of Blackbird VC joining us to discuss all things VC.

Niki is the founder of Blackbird and Startmate and is one of the most prolific and successful investors in Australia, having invested (early) in companies such as Canva, SafetyCulture, Zoox, and Culture Amp.

Join us, as we cover topics like:

  • Current trends in the VC space that are impacting how and what they invest in right now

  • The types of businesses that are getting funding, and what made them attractive to investors

  • What VCs and other investors are looking for right now, and how you can make your company or idea more investable

And much, much more…

This is one you won't want to miss!

This is a hybrid event. Join the event virtually at https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-sydney-presents-blackbird-vc-x-startup-grind-sydney/

or in person at

Hall Chadwick - Lvl 40, 2 Park St Sydney, 2000



6:00 PM: Networking and Food

6:30 PM: Fireside Chat

7:30 PM: Audience Q&A

8:00 PM: Networking

9:00 PM: Event wrap up



Niki Scevak - Blackbird Ventures (Co-Founder)

Niki is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm with the mission to be a partner to the greatest business stories born from Australia. Prior to Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, an accelerator that helps people with ideas become great CEOs and build global startups. Earlier, he founded Homethinking and worked at Jupiter Research in New York.
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Hosted By

David Kenney, Chapter Director

Personal: I’m married, with three beautiful daughters. We live on a beach next to Manly, Sydney Australia. Professionally I have become obsessed with helping founders with: 1. Business modeling and developing their financial acumen. 2. Creating partnerships for enterprise sales. 3. Pricing strategies. 4. Fostering and sharing my connections to industry, influencers, and other markets. 5. International taxes for companies and founders. 6. Guiding the relationship and teaching how to correctly phrase company reporting to stakeholders - including VC’s. 7. Pitch coaching (to win) competitions and raise capital for founders. My clients and friends, are not limited to but include a dozen of Australia’s best entrepreneurs. While advising them, I have learned a hell of a lot from them too -- a thank you to these people. Loving my new projects, writing on Medium.com, with the stretch goal to write a book someday. For the last seven years I’ve mentored at Startmate and more recently a also mentor at Tech Ready Women, Elevacao and Incubate. I host or speak at one start-up event per week. I have become dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs dominate, and have invested invested in 15 start-ups. I am honored to be be able to be a part of Startup Grind.

Brendan Yell, Chapter Director

In 1999 Brendan founded ShopFree.com which expanded to 7 countries and over 1 million members. In 2004, Brendan relocated to San Francisco to further ShopFree’s push into the USA market.

As a mentor and consultant Brendan has worked with VinoMofo, Shop A Docket, SportsBet, the Australian Radio Network and rock band INXS.

Brendan currently is global Director of Twilio Startups He is also an ambassador and pitch coach for Rise (Hong Kong) and Web Summit (Lisbon), Director of Startup Grind in Sydney and an active angel investor.

Kim McIntosh, Co-Director

William Wang, Co-Director



Hall Chadwick (http://www.hallchadwick.com.au/)

Over the years, Hall Chadwick has partnered with hundreds of start-ups. Our client list reads like to who’s who of Start Ups, because we don’t just talk about it, we have considerable expertise from start-up through to acting on dozens of successful exits. We have assisted start-ups set up the right company structure, manage their tax obligations, follow government regulations, resolve employees compensation issues, strategize domestic and overseas expansion, seek funding via private equity or IPO, and also handle the bookkeeping function all at Start up friendly pries...

It has been a rewarding experience overseeing the rapid growth of successful Australian start-ups punching above their weight as well as a learning curve guiding start-ups that has yet to meet expectations.

We understand the technical and financial challenges start-ups face, To assist cash-strapped technology start-ups, we have partnered with a leading small business accounting software company, using cloud technology to provide affordable tax and accounting solutions that we believe, will suit a significant number of technology start-up organisations.

David Kenney Partner - M&A, Tax and Innovation at Hall Chadwick, provides considerable time to groups like Startmate, Muru –D and Incubate where he serves as a Mentor, investor and regularly speaks at numerous Start up events.


Sydney Startups


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 600 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.


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