The 2014 Macleay College Entrepreneurship Forum will focus on fostering creativity and innovation in business. An exciting line-up of some of Australia’s hottest young entrepreneurs in the digital space will explain how they’ve achieved success before the age of 30 and share some of their top business tips.
Three groups of Macleay business students have also been selected to pitch their own unique business ideas to the panel of judges on the day, for the chance to win cash and insightful feedback from leaders in the industry.
Group 1: CULTcha – Claire Bornhoffen, Savan Kovacevic, Cassandra Toscano
Group 2: Jersey4Jersey (J4J) – Jordan Peat, Lisa Maurice, Pete Nowakowski
Group 3: U Charg – Alex Lee, Aimee Broderick, Nick Chrisafis
Date: July 9th
Where: Dockside Function Centre, Darling Harbour
Tickets are strictly limited, click the link below to register your attendance.
Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, CEO and Founder of BlueChilli
Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin launched venture technology company BlueChilli to successfully deliver smart solutions for everyday problems. BlueChilli invests in new businesses by providing them with the software, web presence and marketing they need to get their ideas off the ground in a world where an online image and user experience can be make or break. Sebastien gets to be involved in many businesses on a daily basis, plays in new markets and industries and new CEO’s everyday. Sebastien is on track to invest in 100 start-ups by 2016.
Genevieve George, CEO and Founder of OneShift
At just 23, Gen George is successfully running online job matching network - OneShift. It works just like a dating website – a job seeker provides information about their location, job availability, skills and qualifications and they are matched to an appropriate job. The inspiration for OneShift came as Gen was searching for part-time temporary work while traveling through Europe. After quickly realising there was no simple way to do so, Gen created her own innovative solution. OneShift was valued at $18 million last year and currently has more than 310,000 registered job-seekers in Australia.
Kath Purkis, CEO and founder of Her Fashion Box
Kath Purkis founded online fashion retail company,
Le Black Book, in 2008 at age 21. Now at 29, she’s launched Her Fashion Box, combining both fashion and beauty into a subscription business model. Kath has found success with her latest online venture, which was born from a passion to bring women the latest fashion accessories, trends and advice inside a box of hand-picked beauty and lifestyle treats, delivered to their door each month.
Whitney Komor, Founder of The Best Day
Whitney Komor founded the app The Best Day after a frustrating experience organising a weekend away with girlfriends. Whitney realised the easiest way to secure a group would be to simply pick the time and location, put the options to a group vote, then lock-in the plan. Whitney self-funded the development of a prototype web-based tool, Beta tested the website with a limited group of users and businesses, and gathered sufficient information to determine that there was a significant market need for TheBestDay solution. In March 2013 The Best Day closed a $1 million investment round to fund the launch of the social scheduling platform.
Bridget Loudon, Founder of Expert 360
Bridget Loudon experienced the challenge of locating industry experts and project consultants while working for global management consulting firm Bain & Company. After witnessing executives making decisions without engaging the right experts, leading to projects running over budget or time, Bridget decided to do something about it. Together with colleague Emily Yu, Bridget developed an online platform that gives professionals access to what they really want – high quality talent, flexibility in how they engage them, and at a price that delivers good value.
Jamie Moore, General Manager of Hello Sunday Morning
Jamie Moore is a social entrepreneur who wants to change the world’s relationship with alcohol. Having lived all across Australia and up and down the California coast, Jamie has seen a range of drinking cultures and is fascinated by the way technology can support people to live healthier lives. Hello Sunday Morning is an online program that helps everyday people take a break from drinking and improve their relationship with alcohol. It offers a way for people to sign up and take a 3-month break from drinking, achieve some goals and get some perspective on why and how they would like to drink.
Andrew Robinson runs his own educational online games company, and is a Fulbright scholar in digital communications from the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism in New York. He pioneered one of the world’s first knowledge trading social networks and has worked for UNICEF and the Ford Foundation. He has also spoken at conferences organised by Bill and Melinda Gates and currently teaches Media and News Entrepreneurship unit at Macleay College.
Glen Carlson, Co-Founder of Entrevo & Director of Key Person of Influence
Glen Carlson is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and co-founder of Entrevo, an international training company operating in the UK, USA, Singapore and Australia. Best known as the director of the popular 40 week ‘Key Person of Influence’ Business Growth Accelerator Program, Glen and his team specialise in helping fellow entrepreneurs become more valuable, visible and connected in their industries. Glen is a guest lecturer at RMIT’s School of Management and his speaking topics revolve around his belief that there has never been a better time to use technology to build a global business and brand around the things you love. His own business is a testament to that belief.
As part of the partnership with Macleay College all tickets to the upcoming Key Person of Influence ‘Brand Accelerator’ conference are available with a 40% discount. This unique one-day conference features speakers that offer clarity, inspiration and strategy for building a valuable and scalable business around the things you love. It attracts founders, business owners, and industry leaders within a context of a proven methodology for harnessing the untapped value within your business or idea.