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March 10, 2022

Founders & Funders Summit

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Connecting the right people runs to the core of what we do. Despite a world where capital is accelerated via Zoom - nothing can replace face-to-face human connection in establishing and building some of the most significant relationships in our lives. We are bringing Australia's brightest founders and the investors who fund them - together - for a very special, very intimate, offsite experience in beautiful South Australian Wine Country. Join us for a unique opportunity to learn and connect to the ideas and people that matter. Discover young companies looking to make their dent in the universe. Expect honest panel discussions, connected industry lunches, office hour chats, random conversations, winery experiences and more. This is a rare chance to exit the ZOOM world, get offline and connect on a true human level with the people who may very well change your life.

VENUE

730 Seppeltsfield Rd

FEATURING

SCHEDULE

09:00
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09:30

Meet at Lot Fourteen on the lawn area

‍Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by our friendly squad who will check you into the event. Please note that we recommend having breakfast / coffee beforehand, as you will not be eating until lunch. 
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10:00
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11:00

‍Transit to the Barossa Valley

You'll be hosted by a selection of regional experts, who will share their rich knowledge of our winery regions.
Natasha Mooney
Shelley Cox
Jane Ferrari
11:15
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12:15

Raising Ambitions – the state of Australian venture and powering the next wave of economic diversification

To commence the day, you'll participate in a candid exploration of the current state of the venture landscape in Australia, in a regional and global context. What are the different roles that different types of investors play in the Australian ecosystem? What is needed to be world-class in terms of diversity, boards and investment process? We'll dive into this and more .. 
Simon Thomsen
Chris Liu
Peter Huynh
Tom Humphrey
Gabrielle Munzer
12:30
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14:00

Three-Course Connection Lunch Powered by SAVCF

Indulge your senses in a delicious soiree - connecting with other guests over lunch.
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14:00
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15:00

Alternate pathways to building, growing and funding your startup

What are the pathways to building, growing and funding your startup? How can we do more to accelerate the systems change needed to broaden access to capital? Should the rules around who can and can't invest be reconsidered? You'll join us in this candid conversation set to help founders on their journey and provoke new perspectives amongst those who fund them.
Cheryl Mack
Rohit Bhargava
Tanisha Banaszczyk
Steven Maarbani
Kylie Frazer
15:00
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16:30

Wine Experiences Powered by Twilio

After inspiring and provoking conversations, it's time to 'unwined' on the historic and iconic Seppeltsfield grounds.
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15:00
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17:00

Investor Open Office Hours Powered by Innovation Bay

We're thrilled to have teamed up with Innovation Bay, Australia's leading Investment Community, to host interactive office hours sessions set to unlock conversations & connections between our nation's leading investors and brightest startups. 
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17:00
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18:15

Transit to Adelaide

‍After a full day of provoking conversation, good food and tasting - making new friends and connections we'll whisk you back to the city, where if you are so inclined, you can continue the fun by joining us for our kick-off Supper Party. Please note that access to the Supper Party requires a seperate ticket.
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09:30
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10:00

You'll be ushered onto a coach 

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!  --- The bus will depart at 10AM 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 --- 
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"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.”

CAM ADAMS - CO-FOUNDER AT CANVA

"THE IMPACT ON INVESTING IS NO LONGER CHARITY AT _SOUTHSTART!"

"It’s become clear that purpose and profits are more aligned than ever. Founders and investors alike are doubling down on commitments to solving real societal and environmental issues. Australia has a big role to play here as a well-connected, respected and balanced ecosystem. The environment and climate change were top of mind at the conference. Even businesses that weren’t directly involved spoke about the topic with urgency. Creative entrepreneurs from all over the map are laser-focused on making the world a better place. We can’t help but be optimistic."

Mick Liubinskas & Trevor Folsom - Partners at Investible

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.

SARAH PEARSON - BOARD DIRECTOR, ADVISOR & INNOVATION LEADER

SAFETY FIRST

THANKYOU FOR OBSERVING THE FOLLOWING COVID-SAFE RULES AT OUR EVENTS:

If you are travelling from interstate, please ensure that you are following the latest travel restrictions outlined on the SA Health Website.

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9 - 11 march

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