Wednesday, March 27th from 8:00am – 7.00 pm
Join us for a day of talks, panels, and personal conversations about fundraising strategies with Sydney investors and entrepreneurs. Speakers will share genuine stories about successful (and less than successful) capital raises, industry best practices, common misconceptions, evolving trends, and other essential learnings from the field.
8:30 am We are GA
8:45 am State of the VC Industry and Venture Strategy – Engagement, Numbers & Tactics
The only gathering of it’s kind, featuring all of the key players in the Australian VC scene, allowing you unique insight into what makes these VC’s tick. The panel will also explore the current state of the VC industry in Australia and what will be needed to drive it forward.
9:45 am The Great Startup Debate: Bootstrapping is Better
Is bootstrapping really the only way to go? Or are startups that receive capital investment able to thrive and grow to stay ahead in their industry? In this old-school style debate, two fiercely adamant teams will be pitted against each other to fight it out to the death (or close to it).
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Successfully Funded (and what we learnt along the way)
Three founders who have successfully raised capital take the audience on a fast paced 15 minute journey of their lessons learned, followed by a group Q&A, allowing you to exchange your own stories or explore burning questions you might have.
12:00 pm Panel: Fundraising – Best Practices & Misconceptions
A panel discussion featuring the perspective of a successfully funded founder, a VC and the founder of an incubator taking the audience through the best practise when applying for funding and busting the misconceptions that founders have about how to approach capital raising.
1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm In conversation: State of Angel investing in Australia
A discussion about the state of Angel Investing in Australia and how it compares with international markets.
2:00 pm Acquisition
2:30 pm Sydney to the Valley : Raising Capital in Australia vs the US
Silicon Valley can often be described as an entrepreneurs holy grail, particularly when it comes to raising capital, three founders who have experience in raising capital in both Sydney and the US will tell their personal stories followed by question time.
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm The Australian Government’s Role in Fostering the Growth of Innovation
4:30 pm TenByTen
Ten slides in ten minutes explored by experts in their field, providing a lightning fast look into a wide range of topics.
Corporate Involvement in Startups
Crowdfunding: Where to Next?
Government: How and Where Assistance is Coming From
The Role of Accelerators in the Ecosystem
Encouraging Innovation in New Australian Ventures
Final topic to be announced
5:30 pm Keynote
Special guest to be announced.
6:30p pm Drinks
Rick Baker : Founder, Blackbird Ventures
Malcolm Thornton : Investment Director, Starfish Ventures
Katherine Woodthorpe : Chief Executive of AVCAL (Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
Kim Heras : Founder, Pushstart
Jonathan Barouch : Founder, Roamz
Alex Greenwich : Independent Member for Sydney