Connect with a cohort of scaleup founders in a forum designed to connect you with industry experts and leaders to discuss pathways for support in your growth journey. Please note, this event sits within our multi-day SCALEUP ODYSSEY experience & you must be a founder of a Series A+ Company to attend.
8 March 2023
10:30am - 6:00pm
National Wine Centre
Powered by Mckinsey & Company, this experience will provide a special cohort of scaleup founders with a forum to connect with industry experts and leaders to discuss pathways for support in your growth journey. The day has also been co-designed by scale-up experts Think & Grow, who will be sharing their expertise alongside leading operators and providers. Also supported by the Government of South Australia & Kain Lawyers, you will gain insights into the opportunities and challenges of scaling across borders while navigating the path from Series A to IPO, fundraising, legal and more. Join us as we seek to foster a better understanding of the growth journey, its complexity and the resources needed to navigate it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly SQUAD & encouraged to make your way to the Gallery Room.
Katia Khvatova ,
Susan Close MP
Join us for the official opening of the SCALEUP SUMMIT - setting the scene for what's to come over the course of the day.
Gerry Cawson ,
SILK Laser beat its initial public offering (IPO) EBITDA guidance by 10% in FY22. The company’s cash sales surged 91% and the client base grew to 1.4 million customers. CEO Martin Perelman has attributed a continued commitment to executing SILK’s growth strategy, outlined at the time of its IPO, as a core driver of this success. Join us for a conversation with Martin and Gerry Cawson, Director at Kain Lawyers, for a deep dive into the strategy that brought this narrative to fruition. This includes an exploration of key legal & compliance considerations, highlighting Gerry's role as one of the leading lawyers in Australia for growing companies looking to raise capital and progress to IPO or trade sale.
Rebekah Tucker is the CEO for Sandler Training Australia and New Zealand. With 20+ years of sales expertise from direct sales, sales management, and business development experience; Rebekah specialises in helping large global IT organisations and small businesses to realise their financial goals. At Lenovo, she was instrumental in increasing their sales performance by 50% over just 3 months. At Bighand, she helped the sales management win a top-five Australian law firm as a new client. Join Rebekah for a lightning insight session on best practise sales approaches to new market entry.
Anthony Sochan ,
You have wild ambitions, and now it's time to prepare for your next big move as a company. But is your foundation solid? Do you have the right team around you? Are you extremely clear on the line between "will do" & "will not do" at a values level? How is this impacting your organisational performance? Join us for a tactical exploration with growth experts, Think & Grow, on how you can best position you, and your company, for success beyond Series A.
Navigating government affairs effectively can have a significant impact on the success of your company. Whether it be leveraging global expertise and networks, or engaging in various funding opportunities; holding an effective engagement strategy and being aware of the pathways that exist can hold far more weight than what may be immediately recognised. Join us for short presentation from the Government of SA, diving into the role of government in your growth journey.
Nikita Le Messurier ,
There is a deep truth to the founder's journey that can only be told by a unique kind of person: the founder themselves. Join us for a fireside conversation with an inspiring founder, hosted alongside AWS, set to unpack the deep truths about what it takes to "perform" and how we can maintain a healthy human condition in light of a strenuous roadmap.
Marc Randolph ,
Marc Randolph was the co-founder and first CEO of the movie and television streaming service Netflix. Although best known for starting Netflix, Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades. He’s been a founder of more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, a mentor to scores of early stage entrepreneurs, and an investor in numerous successful tech ventures (and an even larger number of unsuccessful ones). He is the author of the internationally best-selling memoir, "That Will Never Work – the birth of Netflix and the amazing life of an idea", host of the top-10 "That Will Never Work" podcast, a star of Entrepreneur Magazine’s "Elevator Pitch" web series, and runs the "Neverland" entrepreneurial community on Discord. Most recently, Marc co-founded analytics software company Looker Data and currently serves as an advisor to multiple other startups, serving variously as a mentor, CEO coach, and/or board member. Marc is charming, handsome and modest; and whenever possible avoids referring to himself in the third person. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Time for a break!
Katia Khvatova ,
Amelia Hamer ,
Beenu Arora ,
So you've made the decision to go global. Now what? How do you source your first 5 deals? How can you find your first 5 hires? How do you uphold your competitive position in a foreign market, while maintaining a meaningful impact? Join us for a discussion hosted by McKinsey, alongside several leading voices from high-growth companies, focused on drawing out fundamental factors that you must consider when going global.
Barry Newstead ,
Jonathan Jeffries ,
Helen Souness ,
Jason Chuck ,
Join us for a tactical deep dive with operators who have worked closely in supporting some of Australia’s leading companies scale and global brands scale into regions beyond AU, including Canva, Redbubble, Envato, Seek, Etsy, Twitter, Google & Yotpo.
Andrew Nunn ,
You're invited to unwind from the day that was, alongside an exclusive cohort of distinguished local & interstate guests. This reception will provide a unique opportunity to connect with key industry leaders in South Australia, before furthering these connections at our following festival experiences.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Director / Kain Lawyers
Co-Founder / Think & Grow
Co-Founder / Think & Grow
CEO & Founder / HEX
CEO / Sandler Training ANZ
Former Supergroup Lead / Canva
Director of Revenue Strategy and Operations, Australia and New Zealand / Airwallex
Partner / McKinsey & Company
Venture Partner / Rampersand
Co-Founder, CEO / Cyble Inc
Angel Investor and Startup/Scaleup Advisor / Various
Managing Director / Silk Laser Clinics
Nikita Le Messurier
Startup Advisor / AWS
VP of JAPAC / Yotpo
Co-CEO / Amber
Susan Close MP
Deputy Premier of SA / The Government of South Australia
National Wine Centre
Corner of Hackney Rd & Botanic St
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