SydStart 2014 Agenda Announced – Awesome Lineup


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Opening with Coffee/Tea on Arrival 8-9

  • 0800 Expo Open on Levels 3 and 4
  • 0800 Meetups Open on Levels 2 and 4 (rooms) and Level 3 (casual)
  • 0900 Conference Open

Conference Plenary Commencement

Morning Tea Break in Expo Levels 3 and 4 [11-11:30]

  • L3 MA 1130 James Windon Brigade CEO & Co-founder – US. Recent raise. Previously causes.com.LinkedIn
  • L3 MA 1155 Matt Symonds Society One CEO & Founder – Raised $8.5m. Peer to Peer Lending.LinkedIn
  • L2BR6 1200 Masterclass: Alex North Building Your Engineering Team
  • L3 MA 1210 Max Kraynov JetRadar CEO – Raised $10m. International Travel. Linkedin
  • L3 MA 1220 ArleneWherrettBlueWolf CEO – Top Talent Management for Startups
    • 1100 Ric Richardson (aka the $400m man) on planning and protecting your startup (patents, intellectual property & other techniques) – from Uniloc – confirmed
    • 1100 Kevin Lippy from Fishburners on growing very large Facebook communities fast – from Mumbership – confirmed
    • 1100 Rob Wood from Fishburners on growing a huge special interest community online with ~ 500K followers – from LightStalking – confirmed
    • 1100 Mike Zammit – Shelston IP – on strategic intellectual property management – from a leading firm TBA – confirmed
  • 1140 Speaker/Panel – Funding Insight
    • Stuart Fox – Artesian Capital/Venture Crowd – Director/Founder – Australia’s first equity crowd funding platform – confirmed
    • Anna Maguire – Crowd Fund It – Author – has researched over 300 crowd funding and related platforms for her book – confirmed
    • Bill Bartee – SXVP / Blackbird Ventures – To be confirmed
  • 1200 Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin – Blue Chilli Group – CEO & Founder – Just raised $9.5m for startup incubator accelerator – confirmed
  • 1230 Bosco Tan & Alvin Singh – Pocketbook – Co-founders – Just raised 500K after SydStart launch and growing rapidly – confirmed
  • 1235 Benjamin Chong – Founder Institute – Director (Sydney) – One of the largest mentoring and accelerator organisations globally has produced over 1,000 companies. An update and call for their May 12th intake class. Ben is also Director and co-founder of his own VC firm Right Click Capital.
  • 1245 Murray Hurps Fishburners.org General Manager Leading Co-working space- One of Sydney’s largest startup co-working spaces is getting a makeover
  • 1255 Lunch [12:55 – 2:00]
  • 1400 Charlotte Yarkoni, Annie Parker, Mick Liubinskas Co-Founders Muru-D Accelerator – Major Telstra sponsored incubator program
  • 1415 Speaker/Panel
  • 1425 Speaker/Panel
  • 1430 TBA
  • 1445 Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin CEO of BlueChilli on innovation
  • 1500 Afternoon Tea in Expo – Confirmed – Catering by SEC
    • 1520 Surprise Speaker and 6 lightning pitches
    • 1500 Speaker

Wave Two – Pitching Competition – People Who Are Trying To Do Stuff – Intro

  • 1535 Startup Trophy – Shortlisted from 220 applicants to 80 semi-finalists and 30 finalists. Would the Judges please assemble. Battle for prizes decided by judging criteria
    • 1540 Pitch 1 – BLRT
    • 1550 Pitch 2 – GoFar
    • 1600 Pitch 3 – YouChews
    • 1610 Pitch 4 – Thinkable
    • 1620 Pitch 5 – CoalFacer
    • 1630 Pitch 6 – UrbanOutsource
    • 1640 Pitch 7 – StockSpot
    • 1650 Pitch 8 – Rbutr
    • 1700 Pitch 9 – NextForSale
    • 1710 Pitch 10 – Touch Payment

Judging and Awards – Startup Trophy – Would all judges and major sponsors and finalists please be available.

  • MA 1720 Thank you to our sponsors and supporters
  • MA 1730 Oversight of the judging process with thanks to our supporters PwC
  • MA 1730 Subject to available time we may also see a pitch from some others that just missed the short list. TBA
  • MA 1730 Thank you to sponsors, volunteers, supporters, speakers, community and exhibitors

After Party – Nearby venue/s are being arranged

Overall Event Statistics

  • 1,000+ delegates from 8am to 6pm at Sydney Hilton opposite QVB Level 3 registration
  • 120+ exhibitors, most with table, stool, free standing sign, laptop phone and support staff x1 or 2
  • 50+ speakers/panellists
  • 20+ volunteers
  • 4 break out rooms (2 on L2 and 2 on L4)
  • 2 expo areas (L3, L4) totalling 120 exhibitors
  • 2 stages (L3 main, L4 expo)
  • 6 streams (4 breakouts with masterclasses, 2 stages)
  • One speaker prep room (L3 corner)
  • Catering on L3 and L4 plus espresso coffee all levels (cafe on L3, machines on L2 and L4)
  • 35 Journalists
  • 30 Pitches (top 10 on main stage in afternoon, next 20 on expo stage spread throughout the day)

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