Presents

Budget Insider 2017

9 May, 2017
InterContinental Sydney - Harbour Room
Corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney

Presents

Budget Insider 2017

9 May, 2017
InterContinental Sydney - Harbour Room
Corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney

Presents

Budget Insider 2017

9 May, 2017
InterContinental Sydney - Harbour Room
Corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney

Discussing the major policy proposals to be unveiled - with serious networking and serious fun! 

InnovationAus.com is greatly pleased to announce the 2nd Budget Insider 2017, a super-cool innovation policy soiree where Scott Morrison’s 2017 Budget will take centre stage and the bigger picture will come into focus, as will the reality about to impact the Nation’s economy.
If you enjoy good wine, great insights and have a weakness for talking about Innovation policy, then the Budget Insider 2017 is perfect FOR YOU!

The event will have pre and post-budget speech panel discussions with a fun mix of CEOs, leading entrepreneurs, fintechs, and economic and tech commentators.  Enjoy good wine, great insights, talk all night about Innovation policy and find answers to the critical questions we all have:

  • Will ScoMo’s second budget speech maintain Malcolm Turnbull’s initial burst of enthusiasm for startups, innovation and all things agile? Or will it merely underline a seeming waning of interest in StartupLand, entrepreneurialism and the jobs of the future?
  • Will the 2017 Budget speech signal if the elevation of Malcolm Turnbull as PM was a genuine reset of Commonwealth priorities, or whether the inertia in the system has proved too hard to change?
  • Will this government embrace disruption and change, or will it throw up populist, protectionist policies to stave off job losses?

These are not small questions. Australia is already behind the rest of world in addressing the serious dislocation that will be caused by disruptive technology. This is the budget that will help frame the Commonwealth’s response.

Again, we hope to draw a big crowd and have a great discussion about public policy. Join us 9 May 2017 from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.  

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

5:30 PM   Cocktails and networking

6:15 PM    Opening remarks by James Riley, Editorial Director, InnovationAus.com

6:20 PM   Welcome note from our sponsors

6:25 PM   Pre-Budget Panel

7:00 PM   Refreshments and networking

7:30 PM   Cross live to Scott Morrison’s Budget 2017-2018 speech

8:00 PM   Cross live to InnovationAus.com reporters for summary and recap

8:10 PM    Post-Budget panel

8:45 PM   Closing remarks by James Riley

8:45 PM   Refreshments and networking

9:30 PM   Budget Insider 2017 concludes

Speakers

Phil Morle

Phil Morle

Chief Executive Officer, Pollenizer

Phil Morle is Co-Founder & CEO of Pollenizer, Board Member and Incubation designer at Ideabox, and startup founder of over 35 companies. He also oversees DataStart - an open data initiative and partnership between Pollenizer and the federal government to support data-driven innovation.

Phil co-founded Pollenizer in 2008 to help startup entrepreneurs get started with their dreams. He has led the development of Pollenizer’s internal practice for repeatedly launching new ideas into markets. He is one of the world’s well-known lean startup practitioners, training and advising thousands of entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs in large companies across Asia Pacific.

Before Pollenizer, he was the CTO at Kazaa for 5 years and led the development of a technology strategy which saw 5 million users online at any one time, millions of downloads per day and a total global user base of over 100 million, all this powered by innovative technology, a globally distributed team and a sprinkling of imagination.

Before that, strangely, Phil was a theatre director with companies in the UK and Australia. This taught him the discipline of making something valuable with few resources.

Phil was Founder Institute Mentor of the Year in 2013 and listed as one of Sydney’s most influential people by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2011.

Katerina Kimmorley

Katerina Kimmorley

Senior Associate - Investment Development - Innovation Fund at Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Katerina is a renewable energy expert and a social entrepreneur. Founding the UN award-winning Pollinate Energy, she is a leading voice in the development of renewable energy in Australia and India. She spoke at the UNFCCC COP 19 and has been recognized by the Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence. She has worked in the renewable energy industry for the last 8 years advising private equity investing in the region and running the tender process for the NSW Government’s 100-MW Solar Flagship Program. She is an economist by training and was awarded a Chevening and London scholarship for her Masters in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics.

Tony Surtees

Tony Surtees

VP, CEO and Board. Past VP & GM of Yahoo! Inc.Commerce

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.

He specialises in commercialisation and investment, scaling businesses for rapid growth; and helping build early stage technology companies.  He has particular interest in applications for disruptive business models analytics, applications, both consumer and enterprise sectors. SaaS, big data, and machine learning.

Leigh Dayton

Leigh Dayton

Science Writer and Broadcaster

Leigh is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, specialising in the impact of science, technology, environment and medicine on news and current events. She is also a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University’s Research Centre for Agency, Values & Ethics where she is exploring the pathways to science and biomedical innovation.

Until September 2012 Leigh was the Science Writer for The Australian newspaper, as well as the editor of the paper’s Weekend Health section. She now works on a freelance basis for scientific and media organisations and contributes regularly to ABC radio.

Petra Andren

Petra Andren

Chief Executive Officer, Cicada Innovations

Petra is the CEO of Cicada Innovations, Australia’s only “super incubator” providing long-term business support to Australia’s largest collection of 70+ advanced technology entrepreneurs across the medical, engineering, and IT web sciences.

Prior to leading Cicada Innovations, Petra was Managing Director of Octapharma Australian/New Zealand. She was instrumental in securing and later extending a $70 million p.a. tender with the Australian government to supply various plasma derivatives to Australian hospitals.

Aside from a natural flair for spotting and acting on business opportunities, Petra is passionate about people, entrepreneurship, and strategy. She sees herself as a “super connector”, facilitating links between technology start-ups and scale-ups, and the legal, financial, and strategic resources that fuel their growth. She prides herself on her strong ethics, and her skills in stakeholder management, community, and team building.

Petra is an ambassador for global non-profit, InBIA, that helps guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe. She lectures on entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, and the Australian National University.

She holds a MA (University of Uppsala, Sweden/exchange for thesis work University of Salzburg and University of Vienna, Austria) and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW, and USYD), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Simon Cant

Simon Cant

Co-founder and Managing Director at Reinventure Group

Simon Cant is a Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group. Simon has spent his career working on innovation, both through venture and corporate innovation.

Corrie McLeod

Corrie McLeod

Chief Executive Officer, Hello Espresso and Publisher InnovationAus.com

Corrie McLeod founded Espresso Communications in 2004 and over the past decade has built the business into a thriving, internationally-recognised communications consulting company. Her expertise in guiding some of the world’s top brands and new market entrants alike in their cross-discipline communications initiatives is widely respected in the Australian market.

In recognition of the challenges modern businesses face in communicating effectively with public and private stakeholders, Corrie spearheaded the creation of two additional business units under the Hello Espresso brand in 2015. InnovationAus.com and One Part Idea sit under the Hello Espresso umbrella to provide public advocacy and creative services respectively to Australian and international businesses.

Brad Furber

Brad Furber

Chief Operating Officer, Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, UNSW

Brad has worked as a strategic advisor and angel investor from pre-incorporation through seed, VC and corporate strategic financings and exits for dozens of ventures in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, most recently KMS (sale to Ladenburg Thalman (NYSE "LTS") in 2014), RootMetrics (sale to HIS (NYSE "IHS") in 2015) and TrialPay (sale to Visa (NYSE "V") in 2015).

Brad also has significant experience in USA and Europe as an interim executive, engaged to co-create business models, customer development strategies and practices, software, firmware and hardware capabilities, and close corporate financings and strategic transactions.

Previously Brad was President & CEO of Redmond, WA based Xeriton Corporation (sale to Support.com (NASDAQ “SPRT”) in 2009), where he restructured and grew this bootstrapped consumer Internet company to profitability, driving more than 30 Million software downloads and more than 2 Million paid customers.

As co-founder of VVFLG, a focused Seattle, WA based boutique that grew and merged into a Global 100 Law Firm, he has acted as lead counsel on seven public offerings and IPOs, 100+ angel/VC financings and 50+ M&A transactions.

Brad earned a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School, a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Washington.

Dean McEvoy

Dean McEvoy

CEO & Co-Founder of TechSydney

Dean is the CEO & Co-Founder of TechSydney, the world's largest member-funded industry group that focuses on Sydney becoming one of the best technology ecosystems in the world.

He has built an impressive career in business consulting, marketing and advertising, within large companies.

Codifying business strategy with Australia's best web development agency during the dot-com boom of 1999 to 2001, and directly learning business operations when he owned, managed and successfully sold his bar and restaurant.

This experience led to Booking Angel — an idea Dean developed, patented and commercialised, establishing a global presence.

During a few years abroad in Silicon Valley, Dean came across the group buying model, via Groupon. Armed with local business and technology know-how, Dean launched Australia's first group buying site Spreets in 2010.

Spreets grew very quickly and maintained a market leading position attracting the interests of Yahoo7, who acquired the business for around $40 million, 11 months later.

Since Spreets, Dean has been investing in startups through startmate.com.au and his investment company Binary Investments and as a limited partner at Blackbird Ventures.

He has also recently launched his fourth startup — the world's first online crowdfunding platform for commercial real estate tenants called IconPark.com

Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers

Chief Data Officer, UNSW

Kate Carruthers is a technologist, marketer, entrepreneur, and educator.

With extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Westfield and State Government she is currently working on big data, strategic business intelligence and data governance at UNSW Australia. Kate has also lectured in postgraduate business and accounting at Macquarie University and taught TAFE level courses in business and management.

Currently Kate Chief Data Officer for UNSW Australia, and she is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering at UNSW Australia.

Kate is co-founder of several startups including Social Innovation Sydney, and she is a long-standing member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and is a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board and the NSW Government Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.

Alex McCauley

Alex McCauley

Executive Director and CEO of StartupAUS

Alex McCauley is Executive Director and CEO of StartupAUS. He has previously worked as a lawyer, and a diplomat for Australia’s foreign service.

Having spent three years as an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv, Alex joined StartupAUS in 2015 as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS’ extensive contribution to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. He also wrote the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015.

During his time in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation, policy and cooperation.

Alex has qualifications in law, political science, and economics from the University of Sydney.

 

Anne-Marie Perret

Anne-Marie Perret

R&D Advisor, CoSec Consulting

CoSec’s dedicated R&D Advisory Services are overseen by the eagle eyes of Anne-Marie Perret, a highly regarded R&D funding specialist with over 25 years’ experience on three continents. Over a stellar career, Anne-Marie has overseen R&D services for PwC and Ernst & Young and helped dozens of companies – from tech start-ups to major multinationals – to access millions of dollars in government grants and incentives. Anne-Marie worked in Hong Kong before returning to her native Canberra, where she has become one of the city’s ‘go to’ advisor in the specialist realm of R&D funding.

Today, her expertise and connections provide CoSec clients with a high level of access to Australia's generous R&D funding incentives, as well as practical governance advice and project prioritisation services. Anne-Marie sits on the Advisory Board of the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund and the ACT Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is Vice President of the ACT Division of the Heart Foundation. She is also closely involved in a number of initiatives to promote technological innovation in the ACT – as a Director of the Digital Canberra Challenge Program, a long-time Member of the Canberra Business Chamber Innovation Taskforce, and current Chairman of the innovation-focused investment forum, Capital Angels.

Duco van Breemen

Duco van Breemen

General Manager at Haymarket HQ

Duco van Breemen is the general manager of Haymarket HQ. Prior to joining Haymarket HQ, Duco lived and worked in China for 7 years, where he helped international companies expand into China and Chinese companies venture abroad. He is fluent in English, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese and dealing with local Chinese governments. He is a regular commentator on business in China and is passionate about growing companies in Asia.

James Riley

James Riley

Editorial Director, InnovationAus.com

James Riley is Editorial Director of InnovationAus.com and joins the Hello Espresso Group following a 25 year career in journalism, government relations and marketing communications.

James began his career as a reporter in trade publishing, in an age when the market still supported a weekly newspaper devoted to the information industry, Computing Australia. He has written and interviewed some of the world’s most influential technology executives and companies for a range of media outlets in Australia and Asia, including the South China Morning Post, PC Week, InformationWeek, ITNews, Business Spectator, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, BRW and The Hong Kong Standard. He also spent seven years at The Australian, primarily reporting on news in enterprise and government technology, and telecommunications.

Prior to launching InnovationAus.com, James was Director of Government Relations and Protocol for the global trade fair group, Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in Australia.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason

Vice President, Equity Research. RBC Capital Markets

Paul is the Vice President of Research at RBC Capital markets, covering a wide range of ASX listed technology companies such as GBST, Iress, Aconex, WiseTech Global, NEXTDC, Superloop, and Megaport. 

Rob Antulov

Rob Antulov

Principal and Executive Director, MediaNext, TIME Advisory

Rob has held senior executive, entrepreneurial and advisory roles in the media and tech sectors.  Currently, he runs a boutique corporate advisory and strategy practice and acts as General Partner for a small digital ventures incubator.  He is an Angel investor, mentor and is an experienced Board Director, having held numerous Board/ Advisory Board roles, including for businesses in mobile advertising, online mapping, mobile video content, games development, e-commerce, e-learning and digital publishing. He also has extensive not-for-profit Director experience with medical research, arts and social enterprise organisations.  

He has advised on or participated in numerous M&A and capital raising transactions including in sectors such as programmatic advertising, hosting, education, sports technology, medical technology, health media, e-commerce, online marketplace and lead generation businesses, and print and broadcast media.

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