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Making people care is hard. Making them care about your business is even harder. Join us for a night of talks to learn, debate and craft the building blocks of creating a business that people will fall in love with.
In a candid discussion, Australia's most well-loved entrepreneurs will share their journeys, entrepreneurial struggles and what it really takes to launch and run a successful business people love.
Our epic line up:
Whether you're already an entrepreneur or want to start your own business, come and learn, network, grab a drink and be inspired.
Damian Damjanovski is Co-Founder of Common V, a part incubator, part agency using experimentations and lean methodology to solve client problems and create original ideas and products. Originally from a corporate background at one of Australia’s largest blue chip companies, AMP as an Intrepreneur, Damian’s extreme passion for technology, and it’s practical application in business, communications and creativity then took him across to world of advertising. Taking up the role of Digital Strategist at BMF in 2008 then moving to Ogilvy & Mather in early 2010 to work alongside creative director Brian Merrifield as Ogilvy's Innovation team – Damian has been pivotal in developing effective strategic approaches across a broad range of brands, and has brought to life a range of interesting technology pieces for clients. He also lectures through industry bodies and keeps himself regularly involved in events as a speaker and panellist.
Founder & Director,
Willow & Blake and Frank Body
Bree Johnson is co-founder of Willow & Blake, a content agency of writers who dislike the words collective and bespoke more than they dislike coffee with milk in it.
Now in its fifth year, Willow is responsible for the tone of voice development and communication strategy, as well as social media campaign and rollout management for brands such as Grilled, Elle MacPherson Body, Polished Man and Pana Chocolate.
Three years ago Willow & Blake, along with two other partners created their own product, frank body - a coffee-based skincare brand. frank body started with a team of 5 and 1 product now they have a team of 25 and 12 skus. They sell product internationally in 141 countries, with five distribution points worldwide.
Their biggest achievement is still a gif on Brown Cardigan.
Founder & CEO,
The Right Fit, Wink Models
Taryn started WINK Models in 2007 at the age of 21 and now represents over 650 talent nationally with annual turnover > $3million. She launched The Right Fit in 2015, a tech platform where brands and talent connect, removing the middle man along with hidden commissions and bias. In August 2016 she raised $750,000 in seed funding with Aintree ventures and the platform now has over 5,000 users.
Taryn is recognised as one of Australia’s leading young entrepreneurs and women in tech. In 2016 she has been a Finalist for the AIM Entrepreneur of the Year, Women’s Agenda Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, B&T Women in Media entrepreneur.
Co-founder + Joint CEO,
Andre Eikmeier is CEO and co-founder of Vinomofo, one of Australia's fastest-growing tech companies and a leader in innovation, disruption and culture. But his path to success has been a winding one, a long way from delivering pizzas to Kylie Minogue as a teenager.
Having performed as an actor and singer on stage and screen since he was eight years old, including roles on Pacific Drive, Home and Away, A Country Practice, GP, Les Miserables, Hair and a famed Coke ad with Kylie Minogue, his career took a turn as 30 approached.
Having been an enthusiastic partaker, Andre's induction into the wine industry came in 2001 as an out-of-work actor/singer getting a job in the Cellarmasters call centre.
Returning to his entrepreneurial roots, he started a video and web production company in 2003 called The Vision Gallery, servicing mainly the wine industry, before coming together with brother-in-law Justin to create Qwoff, Australia's first online wine community and consumer review site.
Embracing the new possibilities that content, video and social media offered, they grew the largest online 'tribe' of wine lovers, and became vital communicators for the wine industry to a growing younger audience of engaged wine consumers. But the business was not a financial success, and the two found themselves in difficult times as they struggled to stay afloat...
Their fortunes turned, however, with the launch online wine deals site Vinomofo in April 2011. In under four years they grew the business from zero to a turnover of more than $50 million, winning dozens of awards including Australia's Fastest Growth Tech Company in 2013 from Deloitte's.
From two founders in a garage in Adelaide, to over 50 employees across two cities, their astonishing ride has included selling a majority stake to a large retail group, and then subsequently buying the company back.
They are true disruptors, having taken on retail giants Woolworths and Coles, in a cutthroat retail environment. They have set the benchmark for culture and employee engagement, based around the driving principals of being human.
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Adam Jacobs is the co-founder and Managing Director of online retailer THE ICONIC, and has the privilege of leading a world class team in defining the future of Australian fashion retail.
Since founding THE ICONIC Adam has focused on creating a leading customer experience by breaking the paradigms that existed in online shopping, producing Australia’s most visited fashion site and app, and the market leading ecommerce delivery and returns proposition.
Adam’s previous career was in consulting at The Boston Consulting Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers both in Sydney and Copenhagen, before taking the highly anticipated leap into entrepreneurship. In 2014, Adam was awarded the Young Executive of the Year, and runner up for Managing Director for the Year, by the CEO Magazine’s annual awards.
Adam studied Philosophy, Marketing and Management at the University of Sydney and Boston University. He is a local Sydneysider whose interests span compulsive travel, poor guitar playing, and general world curiosity.
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