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Luke Marshall

Growth Manager at 90 Seconds

Short bio:

Luke is a Growth Manager at 90 Seconds - helping businesses create video content. He's worked at Google, Facebook, and consulted with dozens of startups over the last decade. He specialises in digital marketing, user acquisition, and video content.


Will meet with you about:
  • Digital marketing 
  • User acquisition
  • Video content

Location:
Exchange Workspaces, 14 Ellis Street, South Yarra

Kate Dinon

Founder and Managing Director of KDPR

Short bio:

Kate Dinon is a the Managing Director at Kate Dinon Brand Strategy & PR. She has worked with startup, technology, government, resources, design, and cutural sectors extensively over past 15 years in Australia, the UK and Switzerland. Kate's list of current and past clients includes Mercedes-Benz Vans, The Royals, Onestack, Powershop, Asialink Business, Monash University, HealthKit and Plattar, to name a few.She has completed executive programs in international communications strategy at Columbia University in New York and an advanced management program for high potential leaders at INSEAD in France.


Will meet with you about:
  • Public relations 
  • Marketing
  • Communications

Location:
Work Club, Level 2, 287 Collins Street, Melbourne

Ed McManus

CEO Powershop Australia and Meridian Energy Australia

Short bio:

Ed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Powershop Australia in January 2016.Prior to Powershop, Ed worked for REA Group’s realestate.com.au in roles across sales and marketing, operations, and pricing strategy.In 2014, Ed made the decision to do something that would positively impact the future of his children’s lives and sought out an opportunity in renewable energy. This led to his leap to Powershop, ranked by Greenpeace as Australia’s greenest energy company (2014 & 2015), where he joined as General Manager.


Will meet with you about:
  • Energy 
  • Commercialisation
  • Pricing 
  • Go-to-market strategies

Location:
Level 15, 357 Collins St, Melbourne

Francisco Trindade

Co-founder YourGrocer

Short bio:

Francisco is a co-founder of YourGrocer. Software developer by trade, he is usually trying to write code when not delivering groceries to great customers.


Will meet with you about:
  • Scaling
  • Tech
  • Product Management at Startups

Location:
35 Piera St, Brunswick East

Rohit Bhargava

Co-founder and CEO of StageLabel, Host of Startup Playbook Podcast 

Short bio:

Rohit helps to launch, grow and fund startups. He is the Host of The Startup Playbook Podcast where he interviews successful founders, investors and subject matter experts from around the world.

Prior to this, Rohit was the Co-founder and CEO of StageLabel - a crowd funding for fashion platform that launched +150 brands around the world and has built and managed large communities for Startup Victoria and in other verticals such as Sports-Tech and Fashion-Tech.

Will meet with you about:

  • Consumer strategy
  • Marketing
  • Growth strategies
  • Fundraising
  • Partnerships & Business Development 


Location:
Level 13/ 114 William St

Roey Rafael

Paid Growth & Customer Analytics Manager, Marketing strategist & SEM Acccount Manager

Short bio:

Roey is the Paid Growth & Customer Analytics manager at Envato, in charge of acquiring customers for Envato's world leading online marketplaces. Prior to that, he has worked at Wix.com in a variety of roles and channels stretching from paid search and affiliates to Superbowl ad campaigns.


Will meet with you about:

  • Paid acquisition
  • Measuring user value
  • Performance based
  • Marketing
  • Choosing data and advertising platforms
  • Building campaigns
  • analysing user value and scaling



Location:
121 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Murray Galbraith

Creative Director, programming & partnerships manager and Founder of Myriad

Short bio:

Murray is an award-winning creative director, digital strategist and serial entrepreneur. After helping build one of Australia's most successful tech events, he has teamed up with the co-founders of Slush and SXSW to build Myriad - your next favourite event.


Will meet with you about:
  • Thinking creatively
  • Getting unstuck
  • Kickarse marketing
  • getting a kick up the arse

Location:
Revolver Creative, 231 Chapel Street

Jeff Paine

Managing Director and CEO at ResponSight

Short bio:

Jeff Paine has been involved in the security industry as a consultant and advisor for almost 20 years. He’s worked with some of the largest Australian and international organisations. And has also  been an advisor and mentor to two social enterprises, providing advice on business growth, sales, and product development initiatives. 
Jeff is a Chartered Accountant, which balances his technical security and systems experience with capable business and commercial skills. Having built consulting businesses for large firms in the past, and bootstrapped startups on his own, Jeff is very familiar with what it takes to get the job done


Will meet with you about:
  • Product & Customer fit
  • Fundraising 
  • Early stage validation
  • Business basics & structures

Location:
Level 2, 520 Bourke Street (Teamsquare),  Melbourne

Ronen Heine

Founder and CEO of #CorporateAdvice 

Short bio:

Ronen is the founder of #CorporateAdvice, a one-stop shop of legal, accounting and strategy services for startups, for-purpose businesses and social enterprises.He is passionate about developing and supporting a thriving startup ecosystem in Australia, and has also co-founded Mamilla, an accelerator program connecting early stage startups with mentors, as well as technology and startups outside Australia. Ronen also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including Nexus Australia Youth Summit and the NWG Foundation.


Will meet with you about:
  • Legal issues & solutions for startups and social entreprises
  • Startup strategy
  • Social Enterprise strategy
  • Accelerator programs

Location:
Inspire9, 41 Stewart Street, Richmond VIC 3121

Hideaki Yoshimura

Founder and Managing Director of Global Value Partners

Short bio:

Hideaki (Hidi) is the Founder and Managing Director of Global Value Partners, a consulting firm providing support for market entry into the Japanese market.

Hidi has over 18 years operational experience having worked at various consulting firms, investment banks, IT firms, and a number of startups in Australia and Japan. Originally from Melbourne, he now resides in Tokyo.


Will meet with you about:
  • Japan market entry
  • Business development
  • Capital Raising

Location:
President Roppongi Building 2F
3-2-16 Nishi Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo


Contact information:
Skype username : hidyosh

Demetrio Zema

Lawyer, entrepreneur and Founder of Law Squared

Short bio:

Demetrio specialises in commercial law and commercial litigation, having worked with many corporates, SME’s, entrepreneurs and ASX companies. Demetrio has also founded/co-founded 6 businesses, one of which being Law Squared which recently won the 2016 Lexis Nexis Legal Innovation Index award and is quickly becoming Australia's leading new-gen law firm for entrepreneurs and start-ups

Since founding Law Squared , Demetrio is focused on disrupting the traditional law firm model by providing proactive and sound advice and judgment to clients in a more human and meaningful way. Demetrio is also an active participant in the not for profit community particularly as Director for the Centre for Multicultural Youth board and If Not Now Then When, and a board sub-committee member of VicDeaf 


Will meet with you about:
  • Start up legal advice
  • Shareholders and directors duties
  • Employer obligations
  • Governance, structure and business plans
  • Insurance and Disputes
  • General commercial law advice

Location:
Level 13, 114 William Street, Melbourne




Penny Chalke

Corporate and commercial lawyer

Short bio:

Penny is a corporate and commercial lawyer experienced in negotiating and drafting of a wide variety of commercial documents including sale of business/shares, manufacturing, supply/distribution agreements, service agreements, partnerships and joint venture documentation.

Penny joined Shiff & Company in early 2015, having previously worked at a national law firm. She has also had experience as in-house counsel at the Food Standards Agency and BBC in London and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.


Will meet with you about:

  • Business Structuring,
  • Corporate Governance,
  • Partnerships & Joint Ventures,
  • Due Diligence, Mergers and Acquisitions,
  • Capital Raising, Loans and Securities,
  • Services and Teaming Agreements.


Location:
Shiff & Company Offices: Level 3, 34 Queen Street, Melbourne


Alexandra Farrar

IP/entertainment, commercial and dispute resolution lawyer

Short bio:

 Alex is an IP/entertainment, commercial and dispute resolution lawyer who works predominantly with clients from the fields of screen media, IT,communications, the arts, entertainment, innovation and social entrepreneurship.


Alex is the Company Secretary of the Girls on Film Festival. She has previously been Chair of the National Young Writers' Festival, the Company Secretary of the fine-art organization NETS Victoria, a business advisor to the Human RightsArts Film Festival, and an advisor to the Games and Experimental Entertainment Laboratory (GEElab).


Will meet with you about:
  • Intellectual property (not patents) ownership, licensing, protection and disputes
  • Privacy and data protection law
  • Contracts, including disputes
  • Employment Law
  • Defamation

Location:
Level 3, 34 Queen Street, Melbourne ( the Shiff & Co offices)



Zivit Inbar

Senior executive, non-executive director and advisory board member

Short bio:

Dr Zivit Inbar is a People and Performance expert in the field of Technology VC’s and Startups.

An Industry Professor in the MBA Program at Deakin (Melbourne), Zivit is a non-executive director, senior executive, advisory board member and acting chair with over 15 years’ leadership experience at board and executive levels.  


Will meet with you about:
  • Preparing  for company growth
  • Improving your capital investment decision
  • Supporting management for success
  • Managing people and performance risks

Contact Information:
Skype username : zivit_inbar

David Werdiger

Technology entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Billing Bureau.

Short bio:

David is an experienced technology entrepreneur, strategic thinker and adviser, philanthropist and not-for-profit innovator, public speaker and writer.

Founder of Billing Bureau, a premium provider of billing services to Australian mini telcos, he is now expanding & reinventing it to meet the needs of the evolving subscription economy. Along the way, he created several other synergistic companies in the telco space providing wholesale and retail enabling services.

He is a founder and director of several not-for-profits within the Jewish community, focussing on innovation, engaging the next generation, and education.


Will meet with you about:
  • Startup
  • pricing
  • innovation & technology

Location:

Level 5 South Tower, 459 Collins St , Melbourne

Peter Cameron

Angel Investor & Partner at Giant Leap Fund

Short bio:

Long time tech entrepreneur, biggest success has been founding and growing AVG Anti-Virus business in Australia, New Zealand. Built this business to team of 70, >4 million A/NZ users and revenues of over $20m per annum. Exited to international supplier in 2012.

Now a partner in Giant Leap Fund, an impact fund along with the Impact Investment Group. Have a personal portfolio of early stage investments including Yellowfin, Open Markets, Parkhound, Investorist, etc.


Will meet with you about:
  • Business Development
  • Team Building
  • Marketing
  • Fund raising
  • Growth Strategies

Location:
The Whitehouse, 11 Princes Street, St Kilda

Adam Milgrom

Strategy & Impact, VP
at Giant Leap Fund

Short bio:

Adam is a business strategist with a proven track record in consumer marketing, ecommerce and innovation. He has a passion for technology and investing and is committed to helping entrepreneurs create great businesses.

Adam is an investor and director of YourGrocer.com.au, and secured investments in a range of early stage businesses including Uber, Spotify, Fiverr, Duolingo and 23andMe.


Will meet with you about:
  • Capital Raising
  • Consumer Strategy
  • eCommerce
  • Impact Investing

Location:
Inspire9, 41 Stewart Street, Melbourne VIC 3121

Dave Slutzkin

Startup GM and

CTO at Versent

Short bio:
Dave Slutzkin is currently running Stax, an incubated B2B SaaS product that gives enterprises confidence in cloud. A dev by training, he accidentally became post-tech. He grew Flippa for four years from the very start, then ran SitePoint and Learnable, and CTOed that group. His core experience is technology, product and team building, but the arms of his T stretch across all the skills early stage startups need. His current focus is focus; how to get it and what to do with it.

Will meet with you about:
  • Technology 
  • Product 
  • Recruitment and Team Building 
  • Early-Stage Commercialisation 
  • Personal Management


Location:
Level 4, 145 Russell St, Melbourne 3000

Will Dayble

Founder, Fitzroy Academy

and Squareweave

Short bio:
Will runs education startup Fitzroy Academy and is involved in various other businesses and social enterprises. His experience is in early stage tech, product and team building, with a social impact focus.

Will meet with you about:
  • Early stage business
  • Social enterprise
  • Web tech
  • Team building

Location:
454 Smith St, Collingwood

Sarah Hamilton

Co-Founder and CEO

at Bellabox

Short bio:
Sarah Hamilton is the Co-founder and CEO of Bellabox, a beauty subscription service and online store. Before launching Bellabox, Sarah worked in London as Finance Manager at Dazed and Confused and was General Manager at Spin magazine in New York. She is also a board director at Startup Victoria.

Will meet with you about:
  • eCommerce
  • Scaling


Location:
1, 289 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Adrian Stone

Angel Investor and
Founder of Angelcube

Short bio:
After a successful career at IBM, Adrian Stone became a serial entrepreneur who had multiple exits across the USA, Australia and NZ. Adrian is now the founder and CEO of AngelCube. He mentors and guides start­ups that are in concept stage, assisting them to develop their businesses and investment pitches and provides connections with investors to Australia, Silicon Valley, New York and UK.

Will meet with you about:
  • Funding
  • Scaling


Location: Inspire9
41 Stewart Street, Melbourne VIC 3121

Morgan Ranieri

Co-founder at

YourGrocer

Short bio:

Morgan Ranieri is the co-founder of YourGrocer, an online marketplace that connects busy people with their local, fresh produce retailers.

Morgan also co-founded Thankyou Group in 2008, a social enterprise connecting consumers with issues in developing countries.


Will meet with you about:
  • Customer Development
  • Business Development

Location:
36-38 Gipps St, Collingwood

Laura McKenzie

CEO at Scale Investors Ltd

Short bio:

Laura McKenzie is the CEO of Scale, a female focused network with ~100 Angel investors. They have collectively invested almost $4m in 8 female led early stage businesses to date. Prior to Scale, Laura had experience in venture capital (Starfish Ventures) and micro finance (Opportunity International) and corporate finance (PwC).


Will meet with you about:
    • Funding
    • Scaling

Location:
4/167 Flinders Lane

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