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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

Tom LeGrice

Melbourne Manager for Slingshot and Co-founder PetHomeStay

Short bio:
Tom is the Melbourne Manager of Slingshot, Australia's largest corporate & start-up accelerator. Tom is also the Founder and CEO of PetHomeStay, a social enterprise marketplace that makes pet owners lives easier. Before that, Tom worked in enterprise SaaS & Cloud for over 15 years in London and New Zealand.

Will meet with you about:
  • Marketplaces
  • Accelerator Programmes
  • Startup Partnerships with Corporates
  • Moving from Corporate to StartUp life
  • Social Enterprise

Location: Inspire9
41 Stewart Street, Melbourne VIC 3121

Geoff Gourley

Global Social Entrepreneur, Impact Investor, and Non-Executive Director

Short bio:
Geoff Gourley, is a leading Global Social Entrepreneur & Impact Investor. Over the last 22+ years Geoff has operated in the design, property, environmental, energy and technology industries, developing, commercialising and managing numerous businesses.

Will meet with you about:
  • Capital Raising
  • Impact Measurement
  • Commercialisation

Location: 
One10 HQ, L3, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne

Scott Handsaker

CEO and Co-Founder

of Attendly

Short bio:
Scott Handsaker is the CEO and co-founder of Attendly, a VC backed startup focused on event registration for the mass participation and endurance events space. Scott is also Co-founder, board member, and interim CEO of Startup Victoria, with the mission of having more founders and better founders in Victoria.

Will meet with you about:
  • Funding
  • Customer Development


Location: Inspire9
41 Stewart Street, Melbourne VIC 3121

Alex Holmes

Head of Creative

Marketing at Envato

Short bio:
Alex Holmes is currently the Head of Creative Marketing at Envato, where he oversees all communications, content marketing, lifecycle marketing and strategic campaigns. Before that, he founded Y Audience, the first transparent audience targeting platform for media buyers.

Will meet with you about:
  • How to double your customers
  • How & why you should create a clear mission for your startup
  • The best email triggers for startups
  • How to launch a new product
  • How to hire marketers
  • Where to focus your marketing time

Location: Envato
121 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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

Dougal Edwards

Founder and CEO at
Bright Arena

Short bio:
Dougal Edwards founded Bright Arena to work with startups and their methods to deliver breakthrough innovations for industry and enterprise.

He’s launched, built and sold startups; worked with over 2,000 startups internationally; and created breakthrough solutions for global leaders.

Will meet with you about:
  • Scaling
  • Business development

Location: Bright Arena
6/22 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Alan Downie

Co-founder and CEO at Macropod Software

Short bio:
Alan Downie is the co-founder and CEO of Macropod Software (makers of BugHerd). He previously co-founded UsabilityHub, the leading online usability testing suite and was the lead developer of the award winning Intranet DASHBOARD. He is an active mentor with Startmate and MAP, and an early stage angel investor.

Will meet with you about:
    • Scaling
    • SaaS
    • Team/Culture
    • Fundraising/pitching


Location:
102 / 175B Stephen St, Yarraville, VIC 3013

Michelle Bourke

CEO at Artlivemedia

Short bio:
Michelle Bourke is CEO at digital advertising agency Artlivemedia, Founder at Foresight.cloud and Board Director at Startup Victoria. Michelle has over a decade of leadership experience working across corporate and startups. Artlivemedia's clients include Public Transport Victoria, OfficeMax, IAG Insurance and WineSelectors. Startups Artlivemedia has worked with have raised over $8m in funding over the last 3 years.

Will meet with you about:
    • Preparing for capital raising
    • ROI driven digital marketing
    • Team structuring and business operations

Location: Artlivemedia
7/9 Market St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Paul Naphtali

Co-founder and managing partner at Rampersand

Short bio:
Paul Naphtali is cofounder of Australian tech fund rampersand. Together with Jim Cassidy, he launched rampersand after returning from Silicon Valley where he was a senior marketing and communications executive with a number with US and Israeli startups.

Will meet with you about:
  • International growth: marketing and communications
  • Raising Capital

Location:
105-115 Dover St, Cremorne, 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:
35 Piera St, Brunswick East

Brad Dunn

Executive director at

Nazori in Melbourne

Short bio:
Brad Dunn, Former CEO of Nazori in Melbourne, has spent the last 16 years in technology. He has primarily worked as a sales executive in the technology sector across Asia Pacific and has spoken as an Australian delegate in Taiwan as part of the Australia-Taiwan business council. He has been a mentor for startups as part of the governments Enterprising Partnerships program and more recently has taught product management at the General Assembly campus in Melbourne. Brad is currently working with emerging companies in sales and staff management.

Will meet with you about:
  • Staff performance and hiring
  • Sales

Location: Breakfast Thieves
1/420 Gore St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Lisa Hennessy

Board of Directors Switch Automation

Short bio:
With over 25 years of experience in complex international organizations, Lisa Hennessy is highly regarded for her work in areas of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, international business development, performance management systems, and operations. Her breadth of experience spans 4 continents and includes senior roles within General Electric, Bain & Co and Del Monte Foods.

Will meet with you about:
  • Business Strategy
  • Raising Capital

Location: Cafe Domain
171 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Heidi Holmes

Co-founder at

Mentorloop

Short bio:

Heidi Holmes is a KPMG alumni, with an accounting and marketing background. After 10+ years in the corporate sector, she started her first business Adage, and grew it to become Australia's leading job board for mature age workers, with a successful exit at the end of 2014 to Sydney based job board One Shift. Heidi is now co-founder of Mentorloop.


Will meet with you about:
    • Business Development

    • Marketing strategy
    • Getting started in a startup

Location: Austral House
Level 2, 115-119 Collins St, VIC 3000

Wendy Kozica

Board Member at

DayOne Response

Short bio:

Wendy Kozica is a lawyer, company director and investor. She has been extensively involved in philanthropy and the non-for-profit sector for many years. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Wendy is also a member of Scale Investment Angels and the Female Founders Committee of Startup Victoria.


Will meet with you about:
  • Funding
  • Legal advice

Location:
Level 4, 167 Flinders Lane

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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