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VILLAGE

Join us as we wander outside the city's bounds, and foster the networks, skills and knowledge required to advance, excel and propel ourselves into an unknown future of potentiality and wonder. Nestled amongst the rolling vineyards of Langhorne Creek, we will discover, learn and explore. Think conversations, office hours, food trucks, picnic areas, provocations & more. Sharing journeys of triumph and hardship, exposing new developments and uncovering the opportunities within our collective future.

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Date

9 March 2023

Time

8:00am - 11:00pm

Location:

Lake Breeze Winery

VILLAGE

ABOUT

Welcome to the darling of _SOUTHSTART // ODYSSEY; where it all comes together. Starting the day on a bus ride hosted by a special selection of inspiring folk, attendees will connect with friends - old and new - before arriving to VILLAGE - a land of possibility. We’ll gather as a collective in the morning, celebrating the custodians of the land upon which we gather, in both ceremony and conversation. From there, you will be free to roam as you please - across a sprawl of areas designed to showcase the breadth of opportunities that surround creation. Whether you're looking for investment, mentorship, employment, education or just a good serving of inspiration - there will be a place to discover, learn and explore.

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WHAT TO EXPECT (Full schedule coming soon)

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Registration

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly Squad! Coaches will commence boarding and departure at 8:30 AM.

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Transit

The coaches will commence a rolling departure from 8:30AM - 9AM sharp. If you are running late, we can't wait. If you miss the bus, you will need to arrange your own transport to the venue. In order to make this a smooth process, we ask that you follow the direction of our squad and don't congregate while waiting for friends. Today is all about meeting new people, so we ask that you embrace the experience and be open to sitting next to anyone!

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Keynote, Interactive Panel

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Simon Thomsen ,

Join us for the official welcome into your VILLAGE experience. This will include a celebration of the country where we will gather and celebrate those who have forged the foundations upon which we are now able to grow. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Julia Spicer OAM ,

Vicki Stirling ,

Join us for a panel discussion on our current State of the Nation. A diverse panel of —scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists—will discuss the challenges and opportunities that face and lie ahead for Australia. The panel will consider how to create a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future for Australia, and how new ideas, technologies and initiatives can empower economic, social and environmental progress. We will explore how our country can remain competitive and continually grow, as well as strategies to mitigate the planet’s future economic and social challenges.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Jess Walker ,

Jax Vullinghs ,

Amongst the instability that our current economic climate may be presenting on the financial future of your startup, also stands an opportunity to rethink your path to capital. To raise, or not to raise? If you do take on an external financing option, what should it look like? Join us for a conversation with a host of Leading Investors from across the nation, as we unpack your path to capital.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Daniel Petre ,

Peter Singer ,

Steve King

There is an underlying discomfort in the embrace of conversations that dive deep into the problems being faced by animals & planet. Perhaps this could be attributed to the overwhelm that results from exploring how our human-made societal structures, and attitudes around wealth, have played in this narrative. So, how do we best navigate the path ahead? How can we come together, and truly mobilise our collective privilege, for good, to move forward? How can we think more deeply about those who are not privy to the comfort of a home? How can we support those who truly need it? Join us for a deep conversation, shared amongst esteemed voices, as we explore the importance of insuring that "Australia's Opportunity" includes a narrative around giving.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Jared Ficklin

We are on the cusp of a RealTimeInternet one where computing experiences don't exist until we invoke them at which point they will be generated by AI. Not just images or sites but even sophisticated apps. This is a sea change as great as those a decade ago catalyzed by the creation of the internet. As designers, engineers & creatives of this era we have spent most of our career closing the value gaps in that last sea change when we adopted handheld mobile computing. So how do we cope with this moment? Well let’s begin with vision and a frank discussion of humanity & this new family of technologies that insists they are Help for Humans. Then let’s talk about how we can use them in a way that continues the record of technology improving humanity.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Garry Williams ,

Jeanette Cheah ,

Humans & Culture are integral to startups, so it's important to nurture the community around us. Abandoning stability for the uncertain world of entrepreneurialism comes with a level of calculated risk; balanced out by the stability that a support network can bring. But how do we navigate the relationships that are critical to the startup journey? Where do you go to connect to people? How do we recognise who is missing, and create pathways for inclusion? Join us for a deep dive into a word that holds perhaps the most powerful weight in a startup's journey: community. We’ll explore what and where it is, and perhaps what it isn’t (...yet).

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Hospitality

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Christie Jenkins ,

How do we survive, let alone thrive, in the fast-paced nature of innovation & acceleration into the future? What are some ways in which we can “embrace our innate human condition” in our day-to-day, while understanding that this looks different to all? Mental performance; is it the same as peak performance? If we removed financial pressures, and the “need” to work .. would we still? What would that look like? Join us for a deep time into the complexity of the human mind, and how it connects (or is disconnected) to the current societal systems in which we play.

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Office Hours

Join us for Round 1 of Rampersand's Giant Warm Intro

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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A glimpse into the impact of digital technology on the future of value and identity systems. Technologies such as blockchain, NFTs, and digital identities are shaping the future of money, finance, and ownership, as well as challenging traditional systems and institutions. The potential implications for governance, regulation, and innovation are sweeping. The impact on society, privacy and economy - MASSIVE. Listen in, and participate, in a thought provoking, global perspective on the transformation of markets, economies and ownership.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Brady Flockart ,

Join us for PITCH, powered by Startmate. You'll see 10 x Founders take the stage and share how they are building the solutions of the future.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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John Bertrand

Join us for an exclusive fireside chat with John Bertrand, the skipper of the legendary Australia II, ( and David Swan, the technology editor of The Australian, ) in a candid conversation discussing how his team's innovative approach to technology, relentless perseverance, and strong leadership helped them to overcome the odds and claim victory. The talk will explore how the success principles, leading to America's Cup victory , parallel the challenges of building a startup : from fostering a culture of innovation, to building a resilient team, and navigating the ever-changing business landscape. This talk is a must-see for entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone interested in the lessons that can be learned from one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

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Office Hours

Join us for Round 2 of Rampersand's Giant Warm Intro

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Speakers

Hypno Wilder ,

Devin Mancuso ,

Joan Westenberg

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Intermission

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Sally-Ann Williams

Imagine if we started again. Rebuilding our food, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy systems using nature. No more extracting, and burning earth’s natural resources, but instead harnessing nature to make useful, better quality, more sustainable products. Food, medicines, materials, energy that are co-designed with nature not by destroying it. Marrying nature's design principles with human technological capability represents a huge business opportunity, it offers us a chance as a society to transform and build a sustainable future. Led by Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations, along with a panel of deep tech innovators this session will be asking 'How can we design systems guided and powered by nature to revolutionise food production, medicines, materials and energy?', and showcasing some of the ways Australian startups are co-designing with nature.

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Office Hours

Join us for Round 3 of Rampersand's Giant Warm Intro

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Office Hours

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Cris Parker ,

Angie Abdilla

Join us for a dynamic session as we delve into the cutting-edge advancements of AI and its wide-reaching impacts on society. Discover the crucial role of ethics in shaping the future of AI and learn about the importance of preserving our culture and heritage. We'll explore the #RealTimeInternet and the exciting potential of AI as a tool for progressDiscover how we can use AI to accelerate progress, improve humanity, while balancing privacy, civil liberties, and data collection. Get ready to navigate the frontiers of AI and shape a responsible relationship with this transformative technology.

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Rachael Neumann ,

Brady Flockart ,

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Office Hours, Interactive, Conversations

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Caroline McMillen ,

Stefan Knight ,

Tamsin Jones

It's 2050. We've succeeded in the creation of a Net Zero reality. What fundamental steps were taken to get there? What challenges did we overcome, and what systems did we remove from society? Join us for an immersive session led by Climate Salad.

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Hospitality

Join your fellow ODYSSEY attendees over happy hour!

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Transit

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MEET THE SPEAKERS

John Bertrand

Chairman / Sports Australia Hall of Fame

Christie Jenkins

Investor / Blackbird Ventures

Rachael Neumann

Founder & Managing Partner / Flying Fox Ventures

Daniel Petre

Founder / StartGiving Ltd

Garry Williams

Director of Engagement / Tractor Ventures

Caroline McMillen

Chief Scientist of South Australia / The Government of South Australia

Sally-Ann Williams

CEO / Cicada Innovations

Jax Vullinghs

Partner / AirTree

Brady Flockart

Head of Investments / Startmate

Vicki Stirling

CEO / Startup Victoria

Steve King

Director Business Impact / Atlassian

Stefan Knight

Head of Growth / Climate Salad

Hypno Wilder

Co-founder / Wilder World

Tamsin Jones

Head of Mastery of Business and Empathy / Small Giants Academy

Angie Abdilla

Director / Old Ways, New

Cris Parker

Director | The Ethics Alliance & The Banking and Finance Oath / The Ethics Centre

Jared Ficklin

Founder & Chief Creative Technologist / Argodesign

Peter Singer

professor/public speaker / Princeton University

Venue

Lake Breeze Winery

319 Step Rd

Lake Breeze Winery

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Our tickets are designed as multi-day experiences, which unlock access to several events, designed to optimise your festival journey.  Our main ticket (aka General Admission) is: ODYSSEY; ACCESS CAMP(US), SOCIAL & VILLAGE. We also have additional options for qualified attendees; to ensure that we’re connecting you to the right content track from the get-go. Upon purchasing a ticket, you will unlock access to AFTERGLOW events as an add-on experience.

From $399

ODYSSEY

From

8 March 2023

To

9 March 2023

This is our hero ticket, and unlocks access to our core events: CAMP(US) + SOCIAL (8th) & VILLAGE (9th). This includes catering PLUS a complimentary bus ride to VILLAGE. What’s more; you’ll unlock post-purchase AFTERGLOW (10th)  & SOCIAL add-on options that will only amplify your experience. A special FOUNDER // ODYSSEY rate is available at checkout, alongside the chance to apply for Rampersand VC’s THE GIANT WARM INTRO & our PITCH STAGE program, hosted by Startmate. Applications close on 24th of Feb, so you’ll want to get in quick!

$599

ANGEL // ODYSSEY

From

8 March 2023

To

9 March 2023

Are you an active Angel Investor? Join us for a special journey into ODYSSEY, powered by Southern Angels. You’ll unlock access to: ANGEL SUMMIT + SOCIAL (8th) & VILLAGE (9th), which includes catering PLUS a complimentary bus ride to VILLAGE. Limited to 100 places, you’ll have the opportunity to share best practice approaches amongst other Angels, including how to avoid unconscious bias, how to approach deal-specific due diligence and how to manage follow-on rounds after the cheque. You’ll also have ample moments to find your next great investment opportunity at SOCIAL & VILLAGE with other ODYSSEY guests.

$599

CORPORATE // ODYSSEY

From

8 March 2023

To

9 March 2023

Are you a Corporate Executive or Board Director? Join us for a special journey into ODYSSEY, powered by Stone & Chalk. You’ll unlock access to: SOCIAL (8th) & CORPORATE INNOVATION SUMMIT (9th), which includes catering PLUS a complimentary bus ride and connection with guests attending VILLAGE. Limited to 150 places, we’ll dive deep into Australia’s opportunity to innovate our corporate sector. This includes identifying the challenges that we must consider, in a global context, to progress into the future; highlighting what is working well and dive into the world of corporate venture, as a key method to effectively engaging with startups.

$429

SCALEUP // ODYSSEY

From

8 March 2023

To

9 March 2023

Are you a Founder of a Series A+ Stage Company? Join us for a special journey into ODYSSEY, powered by Mckinsey & Company. You’ll unlock access to: SCALEUP SUMMIT + SOCIAL (8th) & VILLAGE (9th), which includes catering PLUS a complimentary bus ride to VILLAGE. Limited to 90 places, you’ll connect with key industry experts, other founders and leaders to discuss pathways for support in your growth journey. This includes 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.

$29

START(UP) ACADEMY

From

7 March 2023

To

7 March 2023

Join us at START(UP) ACADEMY (7th); a summit for future founders. Created to ignite minds, challenge perspectives, and expose young people to the world of entrepreneurship. Early Bird tickets are now available for educators and students

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START(UP) ACADEMY

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CAMP(US)

Come to CAMP(US) and immerse yourself in a multi-venue program of diverse disciplines. On your selected adventure, you’ll learn alongside ambitious change-makers in your field. Commencing the experi..

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ANGEL SUMMIT

Join Australia's leading Angel Investors for a day of learning, growth and connecting with like-minded individuals. Learn about how angels are shaping the future alongside a host of best-practi..

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SOCIAL

We’re closing off Adelaide’s Vardon avenue, taking over some of our favourite bars and restaurants, while loading up the laneway with tasty BBQ’s, pop-ups and vibrant entertainment. Kicking off with..

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CORPORATE INNOVATION SUMMIT

What happens to an industry when incumbents fail to innovate? What are the innovation imperatives that our institutions up at night? Over the course of this experience, powered by Stone & Chalk and ..

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AFTERGLOW

For those weary travellers who have been transformed, transfixed and transported to new states of being and new ways of thinking - we know just how you feel. That’s why we’ve curated a glorious day..

LONG LUNCH AT VALE TAPHOUSE

Join us for an intimate Long Lunch at Vale Taphouse at Beresford Estate in McLaren Vale Alongside our speakers and VIP's, you'll bask in the brilliance of nature at one of South Australia's newest ..

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WOMAD OPENING NIGHT

The closing night of _SOUTHSTART // ODYSSEY will collide with the commencement of one of the world's most prestigious festivals; WOMAD. In celebration of WOMAD'S 20th anniversary, we have a handful ..

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It’s been a super productive week at _SOUTHSTART. Great insights and learnings for me to take back home.

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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.

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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.

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