In one action-packed day, supported by stacks of online resources, we give business owners the expertise, connections and motivation they need to start, build and run a business they love.
A great line up of speakers with more to come
From marketing and profitability to motivation, wellbeing and diversity our expert speakers will inspire, inform and entertain.
Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent
A global keynote speaker, Holly has interviewed Barack Obama, delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, been listed by Sir Richard Branson as one of his dream dinner guests, and nominated for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of future game changers to watch. In a fireside chat with David Koch, she shares her insights on running a successful business in fast-changing times. Learn more.
Robert Gerrish, Venture strategist, Founder, Flying Solo
Robert Gerrish is the founder of Flying Solo and presents their fortnightly podcast and video productions. He’s been a business commentator on ABC Four Corners, A Current Affair, Sky Business, Fairfax Digital, 2UE and ABC Radio and co-authored the bestseller, Flying Solo: How to go it alone in business. Learn more.
David Koch, Pinstripe Media, Sunrise Host & Chairman Port Adelaide Football Club
Alongside his roles as host of Sunrise and President of Port Adelaide Football Club, David Koch is one of Australia’s foremost business and finance commentators. A small business owner for 30 years, David has a passion for the sector, and was a director of the NSW Small Business Development Corporation for 6 years. He is patron of the Youth Off The Streets managed Koch Centre For Youth at Macquarie Fields. Learn more.
Catherine Cervasio, Founder & Managing Director AROMABABY Natural Skincare
Catherine Cervasio is a pioneer in the natural skincare industry, having developed Aromababy – the first natural and organic brand for mother and baby, in 1994, creating a new category in retail. Now with more than two decades of brand heritage and success with sensitive skin, Aromababy is a sought after brand by both mothers and health professionals. Learn more.
Jeremy Hunt, Director of Health More
Jeremy Hunt is a Director of Health More, Australia’s pre-eminent CBEC distribution company taking health and wellness brands to China. Jeremy is a key player in Australia’s cross-border trade industry, with a specialised focus on China and Southeast Asia. Learn more.
Dave Chaffey, Managing Director of KBB Digital & Entrepreneur, Digital Marketing Specialist
Dave Chaffey is the Managing Director of KBB Digital, a Digital Marketing Agency, concentrating squarely on growing small and medium sized businesses. With a passion for marketing and the web, Dave is a keen observer of emerging internet technologies and trends, offering clients a competitive edge with his insight and knowledge. Learn more.
Jo Burston, Founder and CEO of Inspiring Rare Birds and Job Capital, Co-Founder and Director of Startup.Business
Jo Burston is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs. She has launched six businesses, the standout being Job Capital which went from $0 to $40-million turnover in five years and has kept her on the list of Australia’s top 30 female entrepreneurs since 2013. Learn more.
Kate Christie, Founder and CEO of Time Stylers
Kate Christie, Founder and CEO of Time Stylers, is a time investment advisor, global speaker and best-selling author. Kate consults to big and small business, government departments and C suite executives on maximising individual time spend and managing organisational drag through smart time investment strategies. Learn more.
Brad Krauskopf, Founder and CEO of Hub Australia
Passionate about helping businesses grow, Australian entrepreneur and workplace innovator, Brad Krauskopf is a national authority on coworking and flexible work. Brad is the pioneering founder and CEO of Hub Australia, Australia’s largest privately held coworking space provider with locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, and Brisbane opening in 2018. Learn more.
Sarah Prescott, Chief Marketing Officer at Thankyou
Sarah Prescott joined Thankyou in 2012 fresh from working in PR for a large Australian car manufacturer. With her head for strategy and a make-it-happen attitude, it’s no surprise she’s an absolute legend at leading the marketing team at Thankyou… all fuelled by the almighty latte. Learn more.
Katie Jeanes, Head of Product, Pinstripe Media
Katie Jeanes is a senior digital marketer who specialises in paid media and marketing analytics. She leads the product arm of Pinstripe Media, an Australian media company with a dedicated focus on small business, startups and personal finance that engages more than 2 million monthly users across its brands and media platforms. Learn more.
Tom Griffith, Co-Founder, Emma & Toms
Tom Griffith is the Co-Founder of Australian brand – Emma & Toms which he started with his business partner Emma. In the 14 years since its launch, it has grown to sell a range of fantastic tasting, all natural, minimally-processed whole fruit juices, quenchers, sparkling juices, iced teas, no added sugar flavoured milk and snack bars through more than 3,500 premium independent cafes and delis as well as to the major grocery retailers. Learn more.
Pippa Buxton, Founder & Managing Director, Little Earth Nest
Pippa Buxton founded Little Earth Nest, Australia’s eco store for families. She is a mother and now non-practicing midwife who is passionate about living with an awareness of the environment. Her work assists in supporting families across Australia that connect with a sustainable approach to parenting and life. Learn more.
A world class venue
Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Flying Solo LIVE will be one of the featured events of Small Business Festival Victoria, and promoted extensively as part of the Festival.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for attendees to connect and collaborate over coffee, morning tea and lunch.