Rebekah is a serial entrepreneur who has played a lead role in the disruption of two industries. Her company ‘Hey You’ is Australia’s largest mobile ordering and payments platform for cafes. Hey You enables customers to discover and build relationships with storeowners, order and pay via their mobile phones and gain loyalty. The company processes more than 50K transactions per week with 4% weekly growth and recently closed a $5M investment round led by Westpac.
Vaughn Taylor leads AMB Capital Partners, which is the private investment business for the Bennett family. Since establishment in 2010, AMB Capital Partners has invested both directly and indirectly in public and private investments across a range of sectors including real estate, financial services, energy, resources, healthcare and telecommunications. AMB has an allocation to early stage/venture as part of its overall investment strategy. This allocation was initially opportunity led, however over the last 12 months AMB has formalised its early stage/venture strategy to include both direct and indirect opportunities globally.
Vaughn is primarily responsible for the strategic direction of AMB, assessing potential investment opportunities as well as the day to day management of the business. Vaughn also sits on the Board of a number of investee companies.
Entrepreneur for 16 years. Co-founder & Exec Director of CapitalPitch. President, G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) Australia for 5 years. Represents Australia in youth employment and entrepreneurship at the United Nations. Published author on startups and TEDx speaker.
Co-founder & MD of CapitalPitch. Co-founder & Director of OpenMarkets, Australia’s second largest online stock broker (behind CommSec) and 12th largest overall, trading over $3bn per month. Former CEO of the National Stock Exchange of Australia, Australia’s second largest listing stock exchange. Former head of business development of equities & CFDs at LCH.Clearnet in London. 25 years experience in finance, senior management and business development.
Rachel is responsible for the assessment of potential investment opportunities, transaction execution, portfolio management and ultimate exit of investee companies. Rachel is also responsible for the day-to-day finance function at AMB Capital Partners.
Prior to joining AMB Capital Partners, Rachel spent 11 years with KPMG in both Australia and the UK.
I’ve had the privilege to coach the best and most high demand speakers in the world, from olympians, to Business Executives, high school teachers and ordinary people, to become highly paid influential global professional speakers.
Through writing 6 books, one becoming an International Best Selling, and being the founder and CEO of the SPEAKERS INSTITUTE, I’ve learnt what it takes to speak in 36 countries and reaching millions of people around the world.
I’ve learnt what not to do and what doesn’t work. I’ve also worked with the best speaker coaches in the world both in the corporate world and the public speaking space. There is a proven formula that works with rapid results. It is possible to get 20k+ for a single 1 hour presentation. Lets do this together…
I’ve also established my own charity CaringForPeople.org which highlights the cycle of poverty and disability in developing worlds. We have set up 5 schools and are building the biggest awareness campaign of kids that live with a disability in India.
David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (the national research organisation for Australia) and the Chair of JobsNSW, the NSW independent organisation responsible for the creation of 150K new jobs though to 2020.
Previously David was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America with revenues of $16B and market cap of $70-80B.
Before joining Telstra, David was Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales across Asia Pacific.
In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body made up of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. He was also co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group.
David has a keen interest in basketball, and was previously Chairman of Basketball Australia. He is a passionate technologist and interested in customer centred transformation of businesses.
David received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Deakin University in 2016 and was recognised for his services to business and ethical business leadership with an Order of Australia in January 2017.
David now serves on a number of Boards – from consulting, venture capital, public policy and science, research and innovation while managing his own investment portfolio. He is passionate about authentic leadership, workplace equity, technology and corporate social responsibility.
VP, CEO & Board. Past VP & GM of Yahoo! Inc. Commerce. Operational experience in the US, Asia & Australia. Named as one of Australia’s Top Ten Digital Entrepreneurs by “Smart Company”, Tony Surtees helps companies scale to take full advantage of disrupted and changing markets.
Specialises in Commercialisation & Investment, Scaling businesses for rapid growth. Helping build early stage technology companies; particular interest in applications for disruptive business models analytics, applications, both consumer and enterprise sectors. SaaS, big data, machine learning.
Marketing, Strategy in mass market consumer B2C and B2B, Product Development, Product Management, E-commerce, M-Commerce, Online Retailing.
Domain expertise in Financial Services, Ad-tech, Advertising, Programmatic Media Buying, Media, TV and Online Media, Digital Landscape.
At university, I started a computer store. Began making profits. Used it to expand inventory and grow to multiple locations. Read a book on Warren Buffett. Loved learning how other businesses work. PC prices kept decreasing. Started investing outside of the business.
Joined Goldman Sachs. Spent too long there. Kept my head down as the GFC hit. I then became the Investment Manager for the c.$500m Tulla Family Office. We had an open mandate to invest in anything. Investing in businesses is fun. Bond investing not so much.
Got to know Craig Blair and Daniel Petre as they were planning to launch AirTree Ventures. We raised and invested the $60m AirTree Fund I over the next 2.5 years. I had a blast. I learned a lot. A lot!
Now, I’m building a Spaceship. You can read about us in the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, Mashable, Business Insider, StartupDaily, StartupSmart and Pedestrian TV. Invest your Super where the world is going, not where it has been.
Sam Sicilia is Chief Investment Officer at HOSTPLUS, the national superannuation fund serving the hospitality, tourism, recreation, sport and related industries in Australia. The HOSTPLUS is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with circa A$24 billion in assets, 1 million members and 140,000 sponsoring employers.
Sam entered the finance industry from academia in 1994 and has held a number of senior roles throughout his career:
• Director of Investment Consulting with Russell Investments in Melbourne, with responsibility for leadership of the Alternative Assets and Unlisted Property Sector Teams, covering private markets, such as infrastructure, private equity, direct property and timberland.
• Senior Manager at Bank of Ireland Asset Management, with responsibility for gathering market intelligence and keeping abreast of industry developments, across all asset classes, to provide thought leadership and to champion and facilitate global product development initiatives.
• Senior Consultant with Frontier Investment Consulting, a foundation member of Frontier’s management team and Chair of the Frontier Research Practice Meeting, a monthly think tank forum, where Frontier’s investment manager assessments and ratings were determined and investment house views established, reviewed and debated.
• Senior Asset Consultant with Towers Perrin and a foundation member of the Australian Asset Consulting Services leadership team that was responsible for the ongoing formulation and review of business strategy. He was an architect and the inaugural coordinator of Towers Perrin’s manager research process in Australia, with responsibility for overseeing their manager research function. Sam was also Towers Perrin’s Asia Pacific regional representative, a foundation member of the Global Investment Manager Research Group and Director of Investment Manager Research for Towers Perrin in the USA.
Elaine is Head of Venture Capital within the Private Equity team and is responsible for the management of the Blue Sky venture capital fund and portfolio. Established in 2012, the venture capital division has expanded to bear its fourth fund and over $200 million in assets under management across a broad range of industry sectors.
Elaine has worked for a number of years as a venture capitalist and management consultant to the venture and industry, with both NASDAQ and ASX listed and private companies based in Australia and the US. Originally trained as a stem cell biologist, Elaine has since spent the last decade within the innovation and investment spectrum, initially in technology commercialisation assisting public institutions and founders translate and commercialise their technology across a broad range of industry sectors including agriculture, healthcare and IT.
Elaine has a strong academic foundation holding a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Adelaide. She is actively involved in Australia’s professional venture capital community, as a member of AVCALs venture capital stakeholder committee and as a member of the investment committee of ANUConnect Venture Capital, the Australian National University’s venture capital fund.
Georgia began her career studying entrepreneurship at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Babson College, Boston. Shortly after finishing her University degrees, Georgia raised seed capital to found wine startup Lupé Wines in 2011. Lupé Wines specialised in supplying events, airlines and hotel minibars with the world’s first single serve glass of wine designed for ease of use. The company expanded quickly across Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. Lupé was listed as top 10 startups to watch by BRW and Georgia was listed as Top 50 Entrepreneurs to watch in 2015. In 2016 the company was successfully sold.
Georgia took on the CEO role at Startup Victoria in 2016. Startup Victoria is the go-to independent startup body for Victoria that focuses on creating more founders and better founders. The main initiatives the company runs are a monthly Pitch Night, Australias first startup platform which offers a single location for events, jobs and mentors, and Victorias first startup ecosystem datamap.
Georgia also sits on the board of Second Bite and RMIT’s New Enterprise Investment Fund.
Having founded and led a number of companies in the Customer Experience sector – Fifth Quadrant, a Customer Experience Strategy, Design, Research & Analyst firm; ACA Research, a market research firm and The Ventura, a women entrepreneur’s co-working space – Catriona’s full focus is now on leading Flamingo Customer Experience Inc, an Intelligent Guided Selling SaaS company (www.flamingo.io), based in NYC, LA and Sydney.
Catriona is well recognized globally having won a prestigious Pearcey Foundation Tech Entrepreneur Award, chosen as Top 4 Best Respected People globally in Customer Experience,was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame, selected as one of the top Australian female entrepreneurs by Springboard Enterprises; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Telstra Business Awards. Catriona is on the Board of ADMA.
Catriona has a Phd in Organisational Behaviour:Leadership, is a well published author and international public speaker on the topics of the Future of Customer Experience, Innovation, Women in Leadership and Co-creation.
Catriona is also the founder of Philanthropic funds – Indigo Express Fund which funds Indigenous Literacy; Kids in Philanthropy which mobilises children to have a broader social consciousness and fund children in need; and Out & Up an employment Program for Women Prisoners,Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Kevin O’Hara has a long history as a startup founder having founded and exited two very successful Australian startups to private equity. In 2005 Kevin founded the OCTIEF Group, and in 2010 founded the International Software-as-a-Service company OCTFOLIO. Following the successful expansion of both of Kevin’s startups, they were jointly acquired by IHG and Tulla Private Equity Group in 2013. Kevin has since completed his MBA with a major in Digital Transformation at USQ, Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption at INSEAD, and is currently studying in the Executive Education cohort at Harvard Business School.
Kevin now works in the Venture Capital and Private Equity investment sector as the Group CIO and Technology Investment Portfolio Manager for Tulla Private Equity Group, as Group General Manager of the Techwitty Digital Technology Advisory, and on the Advisory Boards of numerous global technology companies.
Mark was the CEO & Managing Director of The MAC services, which the Maloney family listed on the ASX in 2007 and then exited for $689m in 2011. Mark then moved into CEO and Managing Director of Tulla Private Equity, The Maloney Family Investment Group, with a particular focus on mining, property and several large technology investments
In 2013 Mark formed Intrepic, an investment company focusing on the well-being & lifestyle space, through which Mark has invested in and served as Chairman of Garage Entertainment and Sumo Salad.