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March 11, 2022

State of the Startup

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Join _SOUTHSTART in a lively discourse with top startup ecosystem voices from across Australia, as they share their thoughts on where we are as a community, as a nation, and as humans. In this session, we’ll take stock and discuss the challenge of navigating the shifting ground and tectonic shifts of building and scaling opportunities in the face of the unknown - not alone, but together. A celebration of Australian exceptionalism in the face of our only constant - change.

VENUE

Corner of Hackney Rd & Botanic St

FEATURING

SCHEDULE

08:30
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09:30

Registration

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09:30
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09:35

Welcome & Opening Address

Welcome, dear traveller. Your journey, which never ends, has found you at this peculiar junction. Through a morning of conversation, connection & exploration - come and explore what your next steps are, or could be.
Sarah Brown
09:45
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10:15

Pulse Check: Where we've been, and where we're going

It's been a wild ride for the last .... since we can remember .... So, how are you? how are we? In this moment, we'll take the time to debrief on the current state of our innovation agenda as a nation - to set the tone for further discovery throughout the morning.
Chad Renando
Aaron Birkby
Julie Trell
10:15
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11:00

The Startup Journey

Whether you're a founder, ecosystem builder, investor, program operator - or don't know what any of those words mean - we're bringing together a host of voices from across the nation to unlock the startup journey. Join us!
Lauren Capelin
Jason Atkins
Michael Bromley
Emmy Singh
Jindou Lee
11:00
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11:30

Morning Tea in the sunshine

Indulge your senses in a delicious soiree in the sunshine over a shared break. ‍
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11:30
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12:15

Exploring Australian Exceptionalism

We're humbled to be joined by a collection of inspiring, ground-shifting founders who are truly building global companies right from (and beyond) Australia. So, how did they get here? What learning's have been gathered along the way? Join us for an embrace of Australian exceptionalism at its finest .. and challenge the constraints of proximity.
Adam Gilmour
Ajay Prakash
Michael Tolo
Holly Cardew
Michelle Aguilar
12:15
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13:00

Interactive Town Hall

Now, dear friends, it's YOUR turn to get involved and share your voice. We're all about collaboration & coming together to grow together, so what better way to conclude the morning with an interactive session hosted by some incredible humans. Have fun!
Aaron Birkby
Julie Trell
Chad Renando
13:00
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14:00

Community Lunch

Here, you’ll connect with a host of other interesting humans who are attending another _SOUTHSTART adventure at the venue.
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17:30
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18:30

[Bonus] Happy Hour Powered by Twilio

All ticket holders of our main friday events are invited to join us in the sunshine for closing drinks powered by our good friends at Twilio! We know that by the time happy hour comes around, you’ll have sparked new ideas & will likely be in need of a debrief with your newfound change comrades. So what better way to conclude the afternoon than with celebration of what's been. Don’t forget, Fringe & WOMAD are just around the corner if you want to continue the celebrations into the night & we’ll be in your inboxes shortly after to continue to support your journey in the years to come!
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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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