In Conversation With Michael Batko
15 September 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
In this conversation you'll hear from Michael Batko, the CEO of Startmate - Australia's best mentor-driven seed fund and accelerator. After following the traditional path of graduating business school and following a path in into consulting and corporate life - Batko fell in love with the startup world - growing two start-ups from a team of 2 to 5 (http://madpaws.com.au/) and 10 to 50+ (http://expert360.com/), including a $AUD 13M Series B capital raise. From there, he discovered a passion in helping many businesses grow via Startmate. The _southstart Connection Series is hosted by technology writer and journalist Joan Westenberg. ____________________ In 2020, how we communicate and share experiences has been challenged in ways we never predicted. Handshakes aren't the norm. Video calls are more common than coffee catch-ups. And many of those who have adjusted to a remote working lifestyle won't return to offices ever again. Through all of this, we've seen a desire to break the boundaries of what it means to be connected to each other and to common ideas, and a longing to find the humanity and warmth in tech-enabled interactions. That's where we come in. We've rallied some of the brightest former _southstart speakers - across tech, the startup world and the creative industries - to help you make sense of this new world we've found ourselves in. The conversations are free to watch and will be live-streamed online, direct to you. We're calling it the _southstart Connection Series. Connection details will be emailed upon registration.
COO / Startmate
Choose your own adventure as you enter the world of ODYSSEY!
In Conversation With Phil Morle
In this conversation you'll hear from Phil Morle, a Partner in the CSIRO's venture capital fund, Main Sequence Ventures. They specialise in backing deep tech, science-driven founders. He's also a Di..Learn more
In Conversation With Chester Osborn: Live from d’Arenberg Cube
In this conversation you'll hear from Chester Osborn, Chief Winemaker at d'Arenberg. Winemaking is in Osborn's blood. A fourth-generation winemaker, he maintains many practices used by his father an..Learn more
In Conversation With Peta Ellis
Peta Ellis, Co-Founder at Tribe Global, has got an impressive history of collaboratively growing the innovation sector across Australia. She has a twenty-year background in communications, PR, Marke..Learn more
In Conversation With Sally-Ann Williams
In this conversation you'll hear from Sally-Ann Williams, CEO at Cicada Innovations. Williams' career has long focused on creating the industries and jobs of the future. Cicada Innovations is Austra..Learn more
In Conversation With John Henderson
In this conversation you'll hear from John Henderson, a Partner at Airtree Ventures. Henderson started his career founding Bush Campus - a startup that failed, but taught him invaluable lessons abou..Learn more
In Conversation With Michael Fox
Join us in conversation with Michael Fox, Co-Founder and CEO at Fable Food Co - an alternative protein startup reimagining how we consume shittake mushrooms. Backed by celebrity chef Heston Blumenth..Learn more
In Conversation With Pasha Rayan
Join us in conversation with Pasha Rayan, Co-Founder and CTO at Forage - an edtech company that runs virtual training programs with world-leading companies to educate and recruit students. Having ra..Learn more
_SOUTHSTART is about people coming together, collaborating, talking ideas, and passing stories through generations.
Karl Telfer, Co-Founder at Yellaka
It’s been a super productive week at _SOUTHSTART. Great insights and learnings for me to take back home.
Anna El Tahchy, CTO at Nourish Ingredients
The energy in the room was amplified. The smiles multiplied. The connections strengthened. We all ended up on the winning team.
Julie Trell, Chief Play Officer at Playful Purpose
You guys throw a mean party. Nice to be a part of it. Thanks for the fun!
Simon Thomsen, Editor at Startup Daily
An incredible week at _SOUTHSTART, revelling in human connections, stories and new ideas.
Jeanette Cheah, CEO & Founder at HEX
The [Fintech] event I went to translated to real $$$ for us. [That] is the real impact of _SOUTHSTART events. Thank you!
Alison Nikula, Care App
I woke up this morning thinking, what the heck did I just experience? Very grateful to have met you all and will be back next year unconditionally. Thanks you absolute legends!
Lauren Black, Atlassian Foundation
I was struck by the uniqueness of this event as it started and continued to focus on us as humans – not just superstar entrepreneurs, but humans. We need this approach if entrepreneurs are to deliver the social and economic changes we need in the world.
Dr Sarah Pearson – Investor, Board Director, Advisor & Innovation Leader
All the team at _SOUTHSTART did an amazing job of making me feel welcome in their city, and the event itself was one of the most organised I've had the privilege of being involved in.
Cameron Adams – Co-Founder at Canva
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY
Want us to slide into your (E)DM’s? Join our mailing list for updates!