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THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW Startup Grind the world's largest independent startup community with 1.5m entrepreneurs, in 400 cities in 120 countries globally powered by Google for Entrepreneurs - will host the region's first entrepreneurs conference at the MCEC in Melbourne, over two massive days - Dec 6-7th! Learn and be inspired with 70+ speaker presentations and interviews from world leading innovators, founders, and CEO's over two massive days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Please enquire about corporate packs on tickets: [masked] Proudly presented by MYOB Agenda 9:00 am: Conference Begins (Day 1) 5:00 pm: Conference Ends (Day 2) --- Speakers Guy Kawasaki - Canva (Chief Evangelist) Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a graphics-design online service, and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. Emily Rich - Microsoft (Managing Director Startups) Emily co-founded Jemsoft, a machine learning and computer vision company that adapts new innovative frameworks into many different industries ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies globally which sold in 2017 to a publicly listed IoT company, whereby she then went on to look for investment opportunities in early stage tech. She is now the Managing Director for Microsoft Startups and the Co-founder of M8 Ventures Genevieve Leveille - TechUK (Co-Chair Blockchain Working Group) Genevieve was an Advisor to the Government of Estonia on their e-Residency Program; Managing Director of Anoterra; Co-Chair of the Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Working Group providing strategic direction for all techUK activities related to blockchain and DLT and Senior Advisor to various blockchain solution projects. WILLIAM BAO BEAN - SOSV/Chinaccelerator (Co-founder) William is a Partner at SOSV and the Managing Director of MOX the Mobile-Only Accelerator in Taipei and Chinaccelerator, China’s the first startup accelerator based in Shanghai. William covered Digital Media and Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PCs and Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. Baron Davis - Baron Davis Enterprises (Founder, NBA All-Star) Baron is an Entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career. Baron has been part of numerous ventures including being one of the original investors for Vitaminwater leading up to it's acquisition by Coca-Cola. Jemma Green - PowerLedger (Co-founder) Dr Jemma Green is the Chair and a Co-founder of Power Ledger, a leading full stack energy blockchain technology company. She has more than 15 years’ experience in finance and risk advisory, and her doctoral research on “Citizen Utilities” at Curtin University has produced unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for the deployment of roof-top solar PV and battery storage within multi-unit developments and the application of the blockchain. Alongside these roles, Jemma is also the Chair of Climate-KIC Australia, a founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and contributor to Forbes on blockchain disruption. Paul Bassat - Square Peg Capital (Co-founder) Paul is a co-founder and major shareholder in Square Peg Capital, which is an active investor in early stage and growth stage technology businesses throughout the Asia Pacific region. Paul also co-founded SEEK and served as joint CEO from[masked]. SEEK is the world’s largest online employment business and went from a startup to a market capitalisation of $2.5b. Jessica Alter - Social Capital (Entrepreneur in Residence) Jessica Alter is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Social Capital. She is also Cofounder and Board Member of Tech for Campaigns, the digital arm for progressive and centrist political candidates. Previously, she was the Cofounder & CEO of FounderDating (acquired by OneVest), the Linkedin for entrepreneurs. Jessica led Business Development and was GM of Platforms at Bebo (acquired by AOL). Jules Lund - Tribe (Founder and CEO) After 15 years hosting some of the biggest TV and Radio shows in the country, Jules Lund has now taken the audacious step of founding his own tech company, TRIBE. Launched in Nov 2015, TRIBE is a digital marketplace that connects social media influencers with leading brands to transform word of mouth recommendations. Celebrity and everyday influencers who have built audiences around... Katherine McConnell - Brighte (Founder and CEO) Katherine McConnell is the CEO and Founder of Brighte, a leading Australian fintech that provides a marketplace and on-the-spot finance for home energy improvements. Craig Blair - AirTree Ventures (Co-founder) Craig Blair is a co-founder and partner at AirTree Ventures, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on investing in technology-based businesses that are disrupting traditional markets. Elaine Stead - BlueSky Venture Capital (Investment Director) Elaine is the Investment Director of Blue Sky Venture Capital and is responsible for the management of the Blue Sky venture capital fund and portfolio for Blue Sky. Established in 2012, the venture capital division has expanded to bear its second fund, VC2014, and over $40 million in assets under management across a broad range of industry sectors. Omar DeSilva - Plato Project (Co-founder) Omar has a track record of successful venture development and investment in diverse sectors including property, professional services and education with market presence throughout Asia, the United States and Australia. Having been through financial ruin and depression, with continued challenges of anxiety, Omar’s success - recognised with an ambassadorial role for Global Entrepreneurship Week... Grace Wong - Liven (Co-Founder) Justin Dry - Vinomofo (Co-Founder and Joint CEO) Justin Dry is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Co-Founder + Joint CEO of Vinomofo. A self-confessed wine-nerd, Justin and his team are driven by the belief that everybody should be able to enjoy good wine. Justin was also recently awarded Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year at The Australian Startup Awards and named one of the Top 50 People in E-Commerce 2016 by Internet Retailing. Samantha Wong - Blackbird Ventures (Partner) Sam is a Partner at Blackbird Ventures, a technology venture capital fund with around $500m under management. Prior to joining Blackbird she was a founder, a product manager and a lawyer. Calvin Chin - E14 Fund (Managing Partner) Calvin is a managing partner at E14 Fund the MIT Media Lab early stage deep tech venture fund. E14 helps nurture and scale companies in frontier areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, sensor innovation, blockchain and more. Martin Hosking - Redbubble (Founder) Martin is one of the original founders of Redbubble and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. A creative writer at heart, he started the company in 2006 after he identified a market opportunity for artists to share their creative work with the world in an online marketplace. Ruud Hendriks - Startupbootcamp (Co-founder) Ruud Hendriks is a co-founder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam and Startupbootcamp Global. Eva Missling - 99designs (Head of Europe) Eva is General Manager Europe at 99designs, the global creative platform that makes it easy for designers and clients to work together to create designs they love. Eva founded 12designer, a Berlin-based European graphic design marketplace in 2009 that was acquired by 99designs in 2012 and established 99designs’ European headquarters in Berlin and internationalized it into 6 European languages. Andrew Filev - Wrike (Founder and CEO) Andrew is the founder of Wrike an Enterprise Collaborative Work Management platform that Deloitte named as one of the fastest growing companies in North America. As a business leader, Andrew's insights on entrepreneurship, productivity and the future of work have been featured in leading business publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc Magazine and The New York Times. Lucy Liu - Airwallex (Co-founder and COO) Lucy is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Airwallex. She co-founded Airwallex in 2015 and was recently named one of Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30, Fintech Australia’s Female Fintech Leader for 2018, and one of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year. Adam Nash - Dropbox (VP of Product) Adam is VP of Product at Dropbox, where he leads the charge in building products that empower customers to do their best work. He’s spent his career creating and scaling products used by millions of customers at companies including LinkedIn, eBay, and Apple. Previously, Adam was President and CEO of Wealthfront, and the executive-in-residence at Greylock Partners. Layne Beachley AO - Aim for the Stars (Founder and CEO) Layne Beachley AO is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles [masked]). Layne then went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. On Australia Day 2015, Layne was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the... Cyan Ta'eed - HeyTiger (Founder and CEO) Cyan Ta'eed is the Founder of Hey Tiger and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer and in 2006 founded Envato out of her parent's garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 7 million members buy and sell digital stock and services, and Envato has delivered over $600 million dollars... Paul Ark - Digital Ventures (Managing Director, Corporate Venture Capital) PAUL ARK is the Managing Director of Digital Ventures a US$100 million corporate venture capital fund for Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Ventures group, which has made investments across the globe. Paul is also an active startup mentor and angel investor, having made investments in several early-stage companies and devoting much of his time supporting and developing the Thai startup ecosystem. Fatimah Abbouchi - AMO (CEO) Fatimah Abbouchi is a successful businesswoman who has been supporting large corporate businesses internationally for over 15 years, with portfolios up to $1B, across 16 industries, globally. Fatimah is founder and CEO of Agile Management Office. Agile Management Office are founders of the AMO Method, a new concept in PMO, that helps uplift capability and drive enterprise agility. Brett Adam - Zendesk (VP Engineering & Managing Director) With nearly 30 years spent running and growing technology companies in the United States and Australia, Brett Adam is an established leader in the global software industry. As a former SVP Software Engineering and CTO, he has engineered his way to the top. In April 2015 Brett was appointed Managing Director and VP Engineering at Zendesk where he has tripled the size of the Aus/NZ operation. Priscilla Harris - HTC Vive (Head of Virtual Reality Aus/NZ) Priscilla is head of Virtual Reality for HTC Australia/New Zealand. In her role, Priscilla is focused on educating, inspiring and creating awareness of Virtual Reality and how this can influence and enhance how we do things differently in the future. Steve Glaveski - Collective Campus (CEO) - 13 years experience across professional services, banking, corporate innovation and early stage entrepreneurship. - Co-founder and CEO of Collective Campus. - Host of Future Squared, a chart topping corporate innovation podcast, and author of bestselling book ‘The innovation manager’s handbook’. - Co-founder of Lemonade Stand, business school for kids. Andi Chatterton - Ingenious.AI (Head of Conversational Design) As Co-founder and the Head of Conversational Design at inGenious AI, Andi designs and creates chatbots for voice and text-based interactions. Andi is now working on creating engaging, conversational chatbots that solve real problems for users and next-generation. She has designed and built over 100 conversational experiences for some of Australia's biggest brands. Nadine Saadi - Giftskout (Founder) Nadine is now a community leader for Techstars Startup Weekends, organising and facilitating hackathons to help people of all backgrounds realise what they’re capable of. She’s now also using the lessons she’s learnt to build her startup, GiftSkout, which drastically decreases the amount of time spent picking gifts by providing fewer but smarter options. Marisa Warren - ELEVACAO (Founder & CEO) Marisa is a global start-up advisor, investor, entrepreneur and speaker, who is incredibly passionate about elevating women to higher levels and building a collaborative tech ecosystem. As an entrepreneur, Marisa has built three global businesses from idea stage to revenue producing, and worked in Australia and New York for companies such as SAP, Microsoft and Workday. Rachel Bui - Aires (Founder/Chief Imagineer) Rachel is the founder of Ingeniousli, a creative tech startup incubated by Aires, an artificial intelligence lab that she also founded. Rachel is also the co-founder of the Australia - Vietnam Leadership Dialogue and was a founding team member at muru-D, the startup accelerator backed by Telstra where she helped to set up muru-D and also led its China strategy. Derek Andersen - Startup Grind / Bevy (Founder / CEO) Derek Andersen ​is the Founder & CEO of Startup Grind, a 1,000,000 person entrepreneurial community in 120 countries. Startup Grind's mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. After running Startup Grind as a side project for 2 years, Derek turned his full attention to scaling it from 3 chapters to 300 chapters today. He's also Co-founder of Bevy, the platform that powers Startup Grind. Evgeny Tchebotarev - 500px (Founder) In early 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, share photos and information. He initially developed this on top of a LiveJournal platform and then founded 500px as a company. As Founder and COO, Chief Product Officer, and later Chief Photography Officer (CPO), Evgeny was responsible for bringing the 500px vision to life... Amanda Drury - CNBC (TV Anchor & Moderator) Mandy Drury has a 20-year career working at the pinnacle of global business. She has worked extensively with leading television networks CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and Australia's Channel 7. Her show anchor credits include Streets Signs, Power Lunch, Squawk Box, The Call, CNBC's Cashflow, Generation-e & MarketWatch. She was twice nominated as "Best News Anchor" at the Asian Television Awards. Panelists John Szwede - Volley (Global brand manager) John is brand builder, dream pusher, boundary breaker & innovator. He is renowned for taking people and brands to the next level. John has woked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Vans, Nike , Reebok, Volley, Calvin Klein, Spy Optic & Elwood. Working with some of the worlds most Dynamic retailers as enabled him to become an expert on both Retail operations and Wholesale distribution. Mel Yu - Ego Expo/MCO events (CEO & Brand Strategist / Director) Mel is the CEO & Brand Strategist of MCO events and Ego expo. She is an inspiring speaker advocating for mental health and suicide awareness, personal development and has a wealth start-up experience. Ego Expo is Australia's Largest Streetwear and Lifestyle Expo which is constantly creating and innovating new event ideas to bring value to the community. Luke Hampshire - Airly (Co-Founder) Luke Hampshire, 31, is the Co Founder of private aviation membership Airly and redefining helicopter travel via ROTR. Having worked in aviation since being a teenager, he has seen firsthand the efficiencies and benefits of private aviation. Through Airly, he makes private aviation as affordable as commercial travel. Renece Brewster - Visual Domain (Founder & CEO) Renece is the Cofounder of Australia's leading video agency, which make video accessible for every brand, every business. Renece is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Negotiation, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Sales, and Retail. Sarah Holloway - Matcha Maiden (Founder) Sarah is the Founder of Matcha Maiden and Host of Seize the Yay Podcast. Sarah started her working life as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading international law firm. She and her partner Nicholas started a small health food business, Matcha Maiden, as a humble side project and built it into a booming global business in a matter of months. Sean Qian - (COO & Co-Founder) 10 years experience across business management, real estate startups, corporate innovation and early-stage tech entrepreneurship. Co-founder and COO of Collective Campus. Designed, marketing and ran 3 corporate backed accelerator programs with Mills Oakley, Charter Hall, and Village Roadshow. Active Startup Coach and Mentor. Jessica Ellerm - Zuper (Co-founder & CEO) Jess Ellerm is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zuper, a new superannuation startup merging social impact with wealth creation for a new generation of investors. Prior to Zuper, Jessica spent 6+ years working for Australia's most successful fintech startup, Tyro, where she built expertise across payments, software integration and business banking. Moresh Kokane - (Co-founder) Moresh is an engineer who has worked in the finance and tech industries for the last decade and previously successfully developed two start-ups. Moresh is the founder of which is a securities tokenization platform and built from the ground up Estate Baron – one of the first Real Estate Development Crowdfunding Companies in Australia. Hosted By Chris Joannou, General Manager ANZ CHRIS JOANNOU Creative //Tech //Entrepreneur. Family man and DreamPusher ( CEO of Startup Melbourne ( // General Manager at Startup Grind Australia ( // Entrepreneur in Residence at Collective Campus ( --- Global Partner Google for Startups ( Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem ( In the global marketplace, one size does not fit all. That is especially true for today’s vibrant, diverse and competitive startup ecosystem. Oracle is reimagining enterprise and startup relationships through true partnerships that foster collaboration and codevelopment while inspiring global innovation. Oracle’s mission is to build a thriving global startup community to drive the digital economy based on collaborative partnerships that enable next-generation growth, business development, and drive cloud-based innovation for startups throughout all stages of growth. The Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem works with startups at various stages from founders in university-affiliated incubators to early stage to scaleups. Presenting MYOB ( MYOB loves supporting startups. As one of the original Australian startups we believe in giving back to the community that helped us to grow. Startup Grind is a fabulous community driven organisation and an important part of Australia’s growing Startup Ecosystem and we are thrilled to be backing all of their up and coming events. Golds Microsoft ( Helping startups grow, build and connect. Visual Domain ( We help Australia’s biggest businesses connect with their customers with video. Holding Redlich ( Holding Redlich is a leading corporate and commercial law firm. You won’t just get legal advice. You’ll get advice you can use. Silvers Dropbox ( Dropbox is a modern workspace designed to reduce busywork-so you can focus on the things that matter. Weploy ( Weploy allows businesses of all sizes to hire quality, pre-vetted temporary staff within seconds ASX ( ASX is excited to be partnering with Startup Grind. Startups are essential to the future economic growth and prosperity of the nation, so it is important that ASX, as Australia’s primary capital market, plays its part in supporting the ecosystem. The ASX market gives companies exposure to a broad investor base in Australia and across the world; over 2,100 listed companies access retail and institutional investors to help them achieve their growth ambitions. We look forward to sharing in your growth stories and hope that you follow in the footsteps of many other great companies by listing and raising capital on ASX. Find out more at Flippa ( Where businesses are bought and sold. ADCORE ( The Most Powerful Technology To Manage And Optimize Search & Shopping Campaigns. Airly ( Save thousands on private jet hire Australia wide. Browse through our great deals on offer and experience the luxury lifestyle without the hefty prices. Zendesk ( Zendesk // The ultimate customer service software proudly supports Startup Grind Melbourne. Skylum ( Impressive technologies that will change the photo editing world for better. Austrade Landing Pads ( The Landing Pads program provides market-ready Australian startups and scaleups with access to some of the world’s most renowned hubs including San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore. Bronzes Collective Campus ( Collective Campus empowers innovation within organisations through high-impact workshops and classes. UK Department for International Trade ( Technology is GREAT Volley ( Volley #Grassroots. The classic Australian shoes for men, women, kids and even babies too. SendGrid ( Join the SendGrid Accelerate Program and get their Pro 100k plan for Free for 12 months. LMBDW ( Like minded women who want to get shit done in business and are open to collaborating and helping each other out. inGenious.AI (https://www.inGenious.AI) At inGenious.AI, we believe in the use of conversation that enables companies to communicate with customers the same way they would with friends. We pride ourself on delivering a bespoke user experience and great business value via small continues experimentations. Vinomofo ( VINOMOFO - United by Wine. Sydney Startups ( Australia’s largest community For Tech Startups. Hall Chadwick ( As one of Australia's leading accounting firms, Hall Chadwick is experienced in providing specialised solutions for a wide range of industries and business TRIBE ( TRIBE is a self-serve marketplace connecting brands with social influencers to create powerful 1:1 campaigns that engage audiences difficult to reach. Creative Cubes ( provides inspiring co working, serviced, shared office and collaborative workspaces. Partners Square Peg Capital ( Square Peg Capital invests in outstanding entrepreneurs solving important problems. Operating in Australia, Israel, United States and South East Asia. AirTree Ventures ( AirTree is an Australian venture capital firm that invests in world-class entrepreneurs building the exceptional companies of tomorrow Blue Chilli ( We build online startups. We empower entrepreneurs by building the tech behind the business. Adding a little spice to Startup Grind Melbourne Blackbird Ventures ( Supercharging Australia's most ambitious founders One Roof ( ONE ROOF IS AUSTRALIA'S LEADING CO-WORKING SPACE DEDICATED TO WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES. Plato Project ( We're a network of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. Plato Project empowers the most ambitious business talent through a modern business education. CH Solutions ( We procure and develop exceptional talent for exceptional companies YBF Ventures ( Australia's centre of technological innovation since 2011. Rampersand ( We invests in the best Australian technology founders, teams and companies and are committed to helping them become major national, regional and global leaders. Investible ( A Global Early Stage Investment Group. The PR Group ( We create and execute high-impact PR and communication campaigns for innovative brands and technology leaders. Fuckup Nights ( Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share business failure stories. HUB ( Hub is a coworking community for growing businesses in Australia, providing premium workspaces, business networks and member services. Startup Victoria ( Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation set up to create More Founders and Better Founders. Ambisie ( Connecting talented people with local students to share their story to inspire and educate them to follow their passion. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 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 ( or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind ( --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

1 Convention Centre Pl · South Wharf

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Startup Grind is an event series powered by Google for Entrepreneurs designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn't, and what they'll do differently next time. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

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