The ups-and-downs of the entrepreneurial journey

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Hey All,

Lean Startup Melbourne in May is set! As I am typing this we are assembling a panel of fantastic speakers who will use their experience to teach you a thing or two about staying sane while running your startup. .

As usual we will have free drinks and food, plus Melbourne's best networking for startup founders, developers, business folk and anyone passionate about entrepreneurship.

The ups-and-downs of the entrepreneurial journey

Running your own business certainly does not include average or boring days at the office. Whether you just had the best day of your life or the worst, building your own startup baby is a process which is made up of extremes. Of course you have to make sure you remain sane enough to perform at the highest level if you want to turn your baby into a success. But how do you do keep the beast that is called depression away and maintain that high performance level throughout the ups-and-downs?

The format of the night will be a panel discussion with a number of experienced founders that can speak from experience when it comes to working through the highs and lows. Other than that we will have an expert who can tell you a bit more about the stigma surrounding working through bad times and how to deal with them.


Once again, this event would not be possible without our amazing sponsors.


Mondelēz International ( presents Mobile Futures Australia (, a pilot project, that will connect brands and startups to build the future of in-store engagement.

They are looking for entrepreneurs who are developing the technology platforms and mobile solutions that are solving some of their most pressing challenges at retail.

To apply: ( by 1 June 2014


InnovAction ( - Innovation into Action

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We stage events such as Launch48 ( and Startup Walkabout to give aspiring entrepreneurs a taste of starting up and we run programs such as the Startup Leadership Program ( to give founders the breadth they need to grow a profitable enterprise.Last year we joined the team building StartUp Foundation ( and are now connecting even more startup people across these global networks.


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Bluechilli are a fantastic company who have just started making investments in Melbourne. A combination of a VC, Digital Agency, Incubator and Accelerator, they are keen to partner with sales and marketing focused startup founders on their technology builds.

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Thanks as always to Inspire9 ( for providing the venue - a great Melbourne co-working space for startup founders and entrepreneurs!

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Thanks, and see you all there!

Startup Victoria.