We are updating our new website. Our events are up on Facebook and Eventbrite in the meantime.

Burwood – 19/04/2017 –  Fundraising For Your First Venture – Register Here

Burwood – 20/04/2017 – The Art of Professional Networking – Register Here

Burwood – 21/04/0217 – How to Plan for a Successful Career In an Uncertain Future – Register Here

Burwood – 24/04/2017 – Taking Action on Your Idea – How to Test it Before you Build it – Register Here

Geelong (Waterfront) – 26/04/2017 – – The Art of Professional Networking – Register Here
***Moved to Waterfront***

Burwood – 26/04/2017 – Impact Investing and Female Founders – Rebeca Hwang Register Here

Geelong (Waterfront) – 27/04/2017 – How to Build a Beautiful Website in 60 Minutes – Register Here

Burwood – 02/05/2017 – How to Build a Beautiful Website in 60 Minutes – Register Here

You must register to attend events and please only register if you can attend. Some of our events are recorded and uploaded to our Youtube channel

About the speaker 

henrikDanish serial entrepreneur Henrik Scheel, who lives in Silicon Valley, California, one of the leading technology hubs of the world. Henrik brings a wealth of experience from the startup ecosystem in San Francisco and has worked with entrepreneurs in over 20 countries around the world. Henrik Scheel is recognised as one the top entrepreneurship speakers in the world.

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Rebeca Hwang is the Co-founder of Rivet Ventures, an early stage venture fund that backs startups targeting female centric markets. Prior to co-founding Rivet Ventures, Rebeca co-founded YouNoodle, Cleantech Open and Startup Malaysia.

Rebeca has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a recipient of the Young
Global Leaders award and as one of the top 35 under 35 Global Innovators by MIT Technology Review. She was recently listed by Forbes as one of their 20 inspiring young female founders to follow on Twitter. Rebeca also serves on the Global Board of Kauffman’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, while working closely with several countries on their national startup programs including Mexico, where she is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council.

She was  Born in Korea and raised in Argentina, Rebeca was educated in the U.S. receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Her work has garnered three U.S. patents and since then she has added seven pending patent applications to her portfolio. Many of her early projects, which focused on clean water initiatives, received numerous accolades, including the MIT Ideas Prize, the Lemelson Award and recognition as a finalist in MIT 100K.

She went on to pursue a PhD on Social Network Theory at Stanford University. During this time, she co-founded the Cleantech Open (CTO), now the largest cleantech competition in the U.S. whose graduates have raised over $600 million and have created more than 2,000 jobs.

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Fundraising For Your First Startup

Tuesday 25th October 2016,  5.00pm – 7.30pm
Waurn Ponds, KE1.207, CADET building (registrations essential, beer and pizza included!) 

fundraising-eventbrite-no-logoEver wondered how to raise capital for a startup? What is a term sheet, a cap table, a co-founders agreement and how to valuate your company? What types of investors should you be looking for and why?…

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Taking Action On Your Startup idea – how to test it before you build it

Thursday 27th October 2016, 1.30 – 4.30pm
Waurn Ponds, NA1.417, GTP seminar room (registrations essential, refreshments included!)


Stop coming up with lame excuses and start taking action – in this workshop you will get a series of actionable tools to quickly prototype and test your idea with potential customers in order to find out whether your idea has real potential. 3hr workshop to help you take action on your idea


The Art of Professional Networking

Wednesday 2nd November 2016,  5.00pm – 7.30pm
Burwood, LT4 (B3.05)


You might have heard that “networking is everything in business” and although it sounds cheeky there is a lot of truth to it. Networking is an extremely important skill for all business professionals and no matter what career path you choose to take you can benefit tremendously from having good people skills. .. 



How to build a Website in 60 Minutes – Workshop

Thursday 3rd November 2016, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Burwood Corporate Centre, Building BC (Please ask at Reception) – Burwood Campus


How to prototype and test your idea using simple landing pages. You will set up a website and get ready to perform split tests.




How To Build an Innovative Brand and Product 

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Branding. Marketing. Procurement.

Julie Christy, Group Executive – Product and Business Innovation at Cotton On Group will be answering these questions at our upcoming event. Register here

Tuesday 20th September 2016, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Waurn Ponds, Deakin University

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series –  Elliot Costello CEO and Co-founder of YGAP 

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Elliot Costello is a social entrepreneur who, in 2008, co-founded YGAP. Having studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) at Deakin, Elliot is an inspiring alumnus who will be sharing his fascinating journey from Deakin, to a career in financial accounting all while co-founding YGAP where he now works full time. Register here

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016, 5.15pm – 7.00pm
Deakin University Burwood and
Waurn Ponds (LIVE streamed)

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series – Shannan Gove Co-founder of Rosterfy


Shannan Gove (27) is the Co-founder of Event Workforce Group (EWG), currently holding contracts with some of the world’s biggest events including the Superbowl, Tough Mudder globally and the World Masters Games in New Zealand. Shannan graduated from Deakin after studying Commerce – Sports Managment and Marketing.

Recording now available.

Tuesday 19 July 2016, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Deakin University Burwood and
Waurn Ponds (LIVE streamed)


MBA Alumni: Entrepreneurship Discussion (Limited Tickets) 

The Deakin University MBA Alumni Chapter is excited to be hosting MBA Alumnus Joanne Plummer (Director of Barwon Water and founder of Business in Heels) as a keynote speaker in a discussion on entrepreneurship.  This will be followed by a panel discussion which will include Julia Van Der Sommen (founder of Sample Room).

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 6:00pm – 8.45pm
Dress: Business Attire

Venue: Deakin University Melbourne Corporate Centre
3rd Floor, Deloitte Building,
550 Bourke Street

Register here 


Interview with Orion Henry who Co-founded Heroku and sold it for 200+ million to SalesForce (LIVE from Silicon Valley)

We interview Orion about his entrepreneurial journey, covering everything from startup team dynamics, product development, fundraising and the acquisition by SalesForce.

Heroku provides a Ruby (cloud) application platform-as-a-service – one of the first cloud based platforms. It was founded in 2007 and then initially provided with seed funding through Y Combinator in 2008.

Thursday 23 June 2016
12.00pm – 1.30pm
HE1.014 Burwood Campus, Deakin University
KE1.207 Waurn Ponds, Geelong Campus

Practical Skills – How to Build a Simple Mobile App
Jason Noorman, Director of Innovation at Telstra

This workshop is designed for people that have no previous understanding about app coding and want to develop a basic user interface to sell their mobile app to users, partners and investors.This hands-on workshop will provide an understanding of the method and process for app design and the possible tools that can be used with a practical use of GitHub to design a user interface.

Jason is a passionate and innovative technology leader who enjoys the challenge of aligning, energizing and focusing great technology teams to deliver innovative sustainable business outcomes. Jason is currently the Director of Innovation at Telstra.

Monday 23 May 2016, 12.45pm – 3.00pm
HD2.006. Richard Searby, Burwood

Practical Skills – Pitching like a Rockstar

Henrik Scheel

Burwood: Tue 3rd May 2016                 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Burwood Corporate Centre,  Level 2,     Room North 3 BC Building, Melbourne Burwood Campus                                    Cost: $10                                                         Limited places

About the skills workshop

In this 3 hour workshop we will focus on one the most essential skills for all entrepreneurs: how to communicate effectively. We will discuss the various types of communication strategies any founder should master and how to adjust your communication style to fit your audience. We will examine the core elements of a good pitch deck and practice how to deliver a powerful 1-minute/5-minute/10-minute business pitch. After this workshop you’ll be much better prepared the next time you are trying to convince a new team member, an adviser, or an investor to help you with your startup.

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Danish serial entrepreneur Henrik Scheel, who lives in Silicon Valley, California, one of the leading technology hubs of the world. Henrik brings a wealth of experience from the startup ecosystem in San Francisco and has worked with entrepreneurs in over 20 countries around the world.



Seminar – Entrepreneur Speaker Series – “WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP” with Rebeca Hwang

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus na1.417
Tuesday 3 May 2016 12.00pm – 1.30pm

About the seminar

90 min Interactive Talk on Female Entrepreneurship and Women-driven Markets.
During this talk you will learn about opportunities and challenges faced by female founders and executives in tech startups, and tips on how to overcome gender barriers. In addition, this lecture will provide suggestions on solutions for overlooked market opportunities where a female perspective will offer unique value, and how to tackle a 20 trillion dollar market by being a contrarian.


Seminar – Entrepreneur Speaker Series “HOW INVESTORS THINK AND WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT” with Rebeca Hwang

Wednesday 4 May 2016

1.00pm – 2.30pm 
Melbourne Burwood Campus, B1.28

About the seminar

In this 1.5 hour talk Silicon Valley VC Rebeca Hwang will share the secret recipe for securing a first investor meeting and how you should pitch to also get the follow-on conversation. Rebeca offers the perspective of an inventor turned entrepreneur, who most recently became venture capitalist after founding her own firm. During this talk you will learn how to read responses and reactions from investors, as well as negotiation techniques to get the optimal terms on the investment, including how to estimate valuations and key terms. There will be an opportunity to receive feedback from Rebeca if your team has prepared a sharp 3 minute pitch.




– Live from Silicon Valley
Henrik Scheel

Wednesday 23 March 2016

About the seminar 

The power of the entrepreneurial mindset is not only useful but absolutely necessary to adopt in order to successfully navigate in an increasingly faster-changing society.

Being entrepreneurial is not only about starting businesses, it’s a general approach to life and learning the tools of an entrepreneur will put you ahead no matter what career path you choose to take.

In this seminar Henrik will talk about the mindset of entrepreneurs and how entrepreneurship can both be used to solve social societal problems and to build multi-billion dollar software startups. He provide insight about the “Silicon Valley Way of building startups” and what we here in Melbourne can learn from a place like Silicon Valley.


Seminar – Learn from Experience
Troy Townsend

Wednesday 6 April 2016

About the seminar

Troy will share his entrepreneur journey since graduating from Deakin University.

About the speaker

troyTroy Townsend has over 10 years’ experience in the advertising, promotions and social media industries. He has worked across Europe, North America and Australasia and is now the Co-Founder and CCO of social media technology, Tiger Pistol, leading key client strategy and the interface between our clients and product development. Previously, he owned a digital promotions agency called Insured Creativity, working with global brands like Unilever, American Express, Expedia, and Kimberly Clark.

Troy has an immense passion for technology, specifically in how technology can help improve traditional marketing tactics and provide overall channel lift.

Troy recognised a gap in the marketplace for businesses to use social media to provide overall channel lift, and founded Tiger Pistol in 2011 with his partner Steve Hibberd. Since then, Tiger Pistol has been recognised by Facebook as an innovator and was recognised as one of only two global Facebook Marketing Partners for SMEs. The business has expanded from its head office in Melbourne to a second office in LA and services thousands of SMB and Enterprise clients globally. Along with his business partner, Steve Hibberd, they raised $1m funding in 2013 and a further $3.1m in 2014. Seeing tangible results for industry leading brands motivates Troy to push the boundaries of traditional and digital marketing.

Troy holds a bachelor’s degree from Deakin University in Melbourne. In his after-work hours, when he isn’t watching Ninja Turtles with his sons, he’s trying to find enough time to get in a run or surf.