Co-founder and CEO, Moula
Aris Allegos co-founded Moula to provide a fast and friendly way to give small businesses access to capital. Aris has spent over 15 years working in banking, and prior to that experienced the challenges faced by small business first-hand within his family business. Aris has an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from Monash University.
Co-founder SEEK and Square Peg Capital
Paul Bassat is a co-founder of Square Peg Capital.
Prior to founding Square Peg, Paul co-founded SEEK in 1997 and served as Joint CEO from 1997-2011. SEEK is the world’s largest online employment business and has market leading businesses in Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico and throughout South-East Asia.
Paul is a director of Wesfarmers Ltd and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL). He is also on the board of Innovation Australia, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and the P&S Bassat Foundation. Paul started his career as a lawyer and practiced for 6 years.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.
Founder and CEO, Culture Amp
Didier Elzinga is the CEO and Founder of Culture Amp – an all-in-one employee feedback and analytics platform and one of Australia’s fastest growing technology startups with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, New York and London. He is passionate about making the world a better place to work, and is committed to keeping Culture Amp a culture-first company. He presents widely on culture and creativity, speaking at a number of high-profile conferences. He was previously the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures (a prominent Hollywood visual effects company), founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award) and Non-Executive Director at Tourism Australia. He is currently a non-executive director at The Atlassian Foundation and The Alfred Research Foundation.
Co-founder and Managing Director, KeepCup
As the co-founder and managing director of KeepCup, known worldwide for its bright, bold and instantly recognisable reusable cups, Abigail Forsyth is passionate about improving the take-up of sustainable alternatives to disposable and single use items.
Following a successful career as a solicitor at a boutique Melbourne law firm, Abigail and her brother Jamie set up their own chain of cafes across the city. Alarmed by the amount of disposable packaging being wasted, Abigail started her search for a more sustainable and
environmentally conscious way to serve food, and the concept of KeepCup soon became a reality.
Now nearly a decade old, KeepCup remains a global solution to a global problem. More than 5 million people around the world are KeepCup converts, helping to divert more than 3.5 billion disposable cups from landfill. Abigail has opened offices and warehouses in London (UK) and
Los Angeles (USA) to service growing consumer demand in over 65 countries around the world, but the business has stayed loyal to its roots. KeepCup’s HQ is located in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, where Abigail lives with her family.
Co-founder and Managing Director, HealthKit
Alison Hardacre drives the global mission of HealthKit, expanding practitioner and patient communities globally. Before HealthKit, Alison was an accomplished general manager in health and banking, and a director of numerous health organisations. She speaks five Asian languages, is a former Young Australian of the Year for community service, and holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and Law and Arts degrees from Monash University.
Co-founder and CEO, RedBubble
Martin Hosking has spent 20 years scaling Australian technology companies. He is a co‑founder of Redbubble and became the CEO and Managing Director in July 2010. Previously, Martin was the chair of Aconex, a SaaS provider to construction firms, and Southern Innovation, a digital pulse processing solution. He was instrumental in the development and subsequent listing on the NASDAQ of search company, LookSmart. Martin started his career as a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining McKinsey & Company, serving clients focusing on emerging technologies. Martin has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons – First Class) degree from the University of Melbourne and an MBA (with Distinction) from Melbourne Business School, where he has also lectured. Martin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Founder and CEO, Adore Beauty
Kate Morris is the CEO and Founder of Adorebeauty.com.au which is Australia’s first beauty site. Kate started Adore Beauty in a garage at the age of 21 in 1999. Starting with just $12,000 and two little known cosmetic companies, Adore Beauty has grown to 190 brands,12,000 products, and hundreds of thousands of customers. Kate was awarded the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014, and was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015.
Founder, CEO, Product and UX designer, plasq & Skitch
Cris Pearson co-founded plasq and Skitch. In 2006 plasq licensed Comic Life to Apple where it was pre-installed on Macs for a year and a half. He then created Skitch, gathering tens of millions of users and ultimately being acquired by Evernote in 2011.
His latest project has been his own health, going deep on nutrition, bio-hacks and meditation to heal the burnout of an overly tech focused startup world.
Executive Chairman, Catapult Sports
Dr Adir Shiffman, Executive Chairman of Catapult, has extensive CEO and board experience across a number of technology companies.
Adir’s expertise lies in providing assistance in relation to the development of strategic plans; providing strategic advisory services, including with respect to mergers and acquisitions and restructuring; and working with senior management of Catapult to execute those plans.
Adir currently sits on a number of boards, including as the Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Disruptive Investment Group Limited (ASX: DVI), the founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Global Reviews and the founder and Non-Executive Chairman of StartHere.com.au.
Adir graduated from Monash University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. Prior to becoming involved in the technology sector, he practised as a doctor.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Envato
Cyan Ta’eed is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Founded in 2006 in Cyan’s parents garage, Envato is a creative ecosystem, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Cyan is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises women to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer, and is driven by empowering creative professionals to build a sustainable living flexibility and fairly. She is also deeply passionate about supporting women in technology, and is a popular speaker and commentator in this space.
Co-founder and CEO, Airwallex
Jack Zhang is co-founder and CEO of Airwallex, a multinational cross-border payments platform. The company has raised US $16 million in funds from investors including Tencent, Sequoia Capital China and Mastercard. Prior to founding Airwallex, Jack was a foreign exchange solution designer at NAB and ANZ, where he was responsible for their respective digital forex trading platforms. A Melbourne University graduate, he has over a decade of experience in foreign exchange trading and investment banking across London, Melbourne and Hong Kong.
Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic. Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across startups, academia, corporates and government. Most recently, Kate was the CEO of human resources technology start-up Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX.