Graeme is a mental health speaker and author who helps leaders and their teams to be more caring and resilient, so they can thrive on change. He helped Gavin Larkin to start R U OK? R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Caitlin is a serial entrepreneur, experienced in establishing companies in Australia, the UAE and Europe, across a diverse range of industries; fashion, property and water infrastructure. Caitlin continues to advise / invest (as an angel) startups helping them to scale. Caitlin is predominantly based in Shanghai and focussed on products and tech that solve real problems, have the potential to create a measurably better world and satisfy the needs that China’s 5 year strategic plan represents.
Founded Sequel CFO in 2014. Sequel CFO | Your Financial Mentor | Bridging the gap betweenbookkeepers and accountants. Make better decisions with cash flow budgeting, business insightreports and cloud integration.
Dave’s career has taken him across three continents and three decades in industry, management consulting and venture capital. He has successfully co-founded, built and then exited his own start up (Portland Group) and for the last 6 years has been involved in coaching and backing entrepreneurs across a wide range of technology based start-ups. He is co-founder and partner of Carthona Capital, which has become one of Australia’s most active venture capital firms, and is currently actively supporting a range of exciting, growing businesses.
Natalie is a Global Ambassador at Women’s Entrepreneurship Day driven by making a difference in this world. Her passion is for helping people, particularly to economically empower women. She is a believer of challenging the norm, being curious and innovating, finding better and different ways of doing things, of connecting and collaborating.
Vinomofo was launched in 2011 and as a company is a leader in innovation, disruption and culture. CEO and Co-Founder Andre Eikmeier wanted to connect wine lovers from around the country, creating an online community where information can be shared. In under four years the business grew from zero to a turnover of more than $50 million, winning dozens of awards. Vinmofo has turned into a tribe of more than 400,000 mofos, 100+ employees, and over $100M revenue.
Katja Forbes is an Australian pioneer in the field of experience design and all of its components – research, emerging technology as well as service design, customer experience (CX) and user experience (UX). She is the Managing Director of Designit, Australia & New Zealand, a strategic design firm who work with ambitious brands to create high-impact products, services, systems and spaces – that people love. Katja is also proud to be an International Director on the Global Board of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Back in 2014, Katja founded syfte, a specialist business in research and experience design. In late 2018, her business was acquired by the international firm Wipro, and she was announced as ‘Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand’ for Designit, Wipro’s strategic design arm. Katja was also a co-founding member of IxDA Sydney. Together with Joe Ortenzi, she has built a community of over 2000 designers in Sydney, providing them with learning opportunities via lecture based meetups that draw a crowd of 150 people each time, a mentoring program and workshops.
One of Katja’s personal motivations is to inspire other women, especially in her industry, to reach toward their definition of professional success. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for various organisations and associations including Interaction Latin America, Design Up (Bangalore). Women In Design, Leaders in Heels, Women In Commerce, Code like a Girl (Melbourne Knowledge week), Inaugural CMO Conference 2017, Telstra and Macquarie Bank. Katja was recognised as one of the Top 10 Australian Women Entrepreneurs 2018 by My Entrepreneur Magazine and named one of the 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review in 2016. Katja is also a published contributing author, and regular national media commentator for her industry. Having overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Katja’s vision and determination has seen her become an exceptional thought leader and inspiration to countless women across the world.
B1G1 Chairman, TEDx Speaker, Global Impact Summit Host
4 times TEDx Speaker, award-winning entrepreneur, and master presenter. Paul has received numerous honours for his work. He is the recipient of a Global Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Accounting Profession – even though he’s very definitely NOT an Accountant! He’s a Senior Fellow of one of the world’s leading business think-tanks and is now a Fellow of Singapore’s Social Innovation Forum – an honour he shares with film-star Jet Li and Walmart Chairman, Rob Walton. His work as Chairman of the revolutionary B1G1 has been featured in leading-edge publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Trendwatching, Springwise and online through the key technology newsletter Mashable, as well as Voice of America.
Fred Schebesta is an international speaker, serial entrepreneur, award-winning digital marketer, author, media commentator, mentor and active member of the startup, crypto and small business communities. He is the co-founder of Finder, a global personal finance comparison website, which operates in 10 countries and a further 10 planned in the next year. As one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, Fred has countless accolades to his name, including 3 prestigious awards in 2017 by global professional services company, EY (Ernst & Young): Entrepreneur of the Year, Australian National Winner – Services Category, Australian National Finalist – Eastern Region, and Australian Regional Finalist – Eastern Region. Fred was also awarded ADMA Australian Young Direct Marketer of the Year in 2006, and at just 23, he was listed in Australian Anthill’s 30 under 30. Fred has more recently been heavily involved in the cryptocurrency space. After launching crypto exchange comparison Crypto Finder in 2017, crypto broker service HiveEx.com and crypto bill payment service HiveSpend.com this year, Fred’s vision is to build a global crypto financial services company.”
NGage Technology Group was built from scratch to a successful sale and exit reaching revenues of $27M in 5 years. (Co-Founded with $2k and selling 5 years & 9 months later for $2.5M). Brent walked away from an amazing company to put passion before profits which led him to make a short-film in British Columbia armed with a snowboard and a dream and The Future Phase was born. The Future Phase is a leadership and training company that includes adventure into it’s programs to give corporate teams and entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Future X is the world’s first leadership program for corporate teams that includes strategy, workshops, mentoring and peak experiences. Brent is an inspirational leader who is not afraid to be vulnerable and open with his diverse life experiences. He is a passionate philanthropist who loves to mentor youth, environmentalist and aspiring author. He uses his life story as a platform of leadership and mentoring programs to help people achieve their business & life goals.
As a self-appointed ʻBucket Listologistʼ, Trav helps people live their Bucket List before it’s too late! His unique life-engagement message wakes people up, stops ground-hog days & engages people to seek more fulfilment.
He says, “A Bucket List is a tangible Life Plan…where our Business Plan or Career Plan should fit into our Life Plan & not be the other way around.” No one practices what they preach more than Trav. His ‘crazy’ globe- trotting adventures are contagious, hilarious & always fresh. He is author of the book, The M.Y.B.U.C.K.E.T.L.I.S.T. Blueprint, a TEDx Thought Leader, a globally recognized Certified Speaking Professional & is also the CEO of Bucket List Coaches who are on a mission to help 10 million #BucketListers #tickitB4Ukickit.
Before Trav became ʻThe Bucket List Guyʼ, he founded & franchised a chain of personal training studios across Australia. Starting with 1 client, he & his team went on to do over 2 million personal training sessions & motivated 10’s of 1000’s of clients. This is why Trav is now regarded as one of the world’s most in-demand personal development speakers.
Having built four of the largest visual effects and animation studios in Hollywood from the ground up, Dr. Sandrew has been instrumental in redefining how feature films are being produced and exhibited. Each of his startup companies started with bare minimum of resources… him and one personal workstation. Over the course of two years for each startup Sandrew was able to build an enterprise size company employing hundreds of artists and engineers. How he scaled his companies using the concept of Critical Mass, Stressing the System and Effective Outsourcing has been the critical path for each of his ventures. Dr. Sandrew will explain this winning formula and explain how it can work for any new venture.
EverEdge Global is a global intangible asset advisory, valuation and transaction specialist. EverEdge helps companies and investors unlock their competitive edge by identifying, valuing and monetizing their intangible assets. Paul has been ranked as one of the top intellectual property strategists in the world for the last six years running and was the recipient of the Global IP Leader Award in 2012. Since embarking upon his technology commercialisation career in the late 1990s, Paul has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies. Paul’s areas of expertise include intangible asset strategy, valuation, risk management, due diligence and securitisation as well as technology commercialisation, sale and licensing. Before founding EverEdge in 2003, Paul served as Intellectual Property Manager for Brunswick New Technologies (formerly Navman). As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of GPS technology and consumer electronics devices, Brunswick New Technologies’ revenues exceeded US$500 million. During this time Paul was responsible for a multi–million dollar intellectual property portfolio and budget and he managed the intellectual property outputs of more than 500 engineers and scientists. Other career highlights include developing and managing The Icehouse Incubator, the University of Auckland’s technology incubator. He developed the incubator from an empty warehouse to hold 15 high technology companies. The Icehouse incubator has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 technology incubators in the world and was the only incubator to make the list from outside the United States. Paul has also worked in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded a technology start-up company and raised venture and development capital.
Director of Pinter & Partners and Botany Bay BEC Limited
Managing Director of Billfolda Equity Crowdfunding. A dynamic, resourceful and commercially astute professional focused on helping high achieving teams to scale market opportunities quickly. Matthew is passionate about innovation, the early stage ecosystem, and the power of alternative finance to reduce risk, deliver wealth, jobs growth and talent retention. He is well versed in the preparation and execution of early stage fundraising, M&A and alternate finance. He coaches, mentors and advises SME’s and start-ups on successfully navigating this important part of their journey, along with an occasional investment in the very best. The Head of Crowd Funding Institute of Australia and RM for Billfolda he has helped grow the industry from idea to significant Corporations Law Reform.