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Upcoming Meetups



Wednesday, 31 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Runway Ballarat
Flecknoe Building
124 Albert St
Ballarat Central
VIC 3350
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speaker

Rebecca Djordjevic

General Manager, Munash Organics
Munash Organics was born in June of 2011 after Rebecca Djordjevic recognised a gap in the market for organic products concocted from nature to help the backyard gardener. She now helps the en-masse veggie growing junkies, the market gardeners, the herb lovers, the potage purists, and all other green lovers in between, to excel at growing produce and plants

Lou Ridsdale

Founder and Director, Food is Free Inc
Lou Ridsdale has enjoyed a 20-year career in the entertainment industry working for various organisations as well as running her own freelance publicity firm, Lance Rock Publicity. In 2009, Lou kicked off her own record label Z-Man Records before moving back home to Ballarat in 2011, where she rediscovered her love of growing her own food. She now advocates self-sufficiency and is mad for compost and seed saving. Lou then founded Food is Free in 2014 a grassroot, community led not-for-profit group benefiting all Ballarat citizens with a focus on those experiencing disadvantage. Food is free has a core purpose of assisting and promoting food security and community cohesion and inclusion.


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

5:30pm - 8:00pm

2-4 Commercial Ave
NSW 2830
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Formal Q&A with networking - canapes & beverages provided.

Guest Speaker

Amy Rutherford

Amy Rutherford is a chef by trade, self-taught cake decorator and Dubbo local. When Amy began cake decorating she was a full-time chef in a busy café. Between working and having a young family, Amy decided to leave her full-time job and began making cakes from home. Each cake is made to order, individually crafted and made with love. Through her busy Facebook page and support from the local community, Amy’s business expanded. Cakes by Amy then relocated to a larger commercial kitchen and shopfront in South Dubbo. In 2018, Amy began running cake decorating workshops, she also founded the not-for-profit networking event in Dubbo, Mingle. With further exciting plans for 2020 Amy is continually building her business and enjoying the journey along the way.

Tim Dwyer

We are also pleased to present some information to you on our Growth Metrics Program, a performance measurement and change program designed to help you focus on what’s most important to you and your unique business. Tim Dwyer, founder of the program, will present to you briefly on the evening with some information around how the program can benefit you! Tim is a business growth specialist; a consultant, entrepreneur, mentor, keynote speaker and business leader. Tim is an expert in helping businesses strategically grow their assets, increase their business value, hone and leverage their capabilities.


Thursday, 15 August 2019

6:00pm - 8:30pm

22-24 Paterson Street
TAS 7250
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speaker

Andy Fist

Co-Founder of Kooee Snacks Australia
With an active lifestyle Andy is a strong believer in good nutrition. Launching Kooee! Beef Jerky in USA in 2014 and then Australia in 2015, the brand prides itself on it’s high quality ingredients and being free from nasties. With a factory now in regional Tasmania, Kooee is now a great contributor to the community.

Will Tatchell

Founder of Van Dieman Brewing
Established in 2009 on a family farm in Northern Tasmania, Will Tatchell founded Van Dieman Brewing. Combining a passion for agriculture and an artisanship of fermentation to create stylistic beers and modern ales, Van Dieman continues to brew independent beer every day.



Wednesday, 5 June 2019


Guest Speaker

Shane Young

CEO of PETstock


Thursday, June 6 2019


Guest Speaker

Simon O'Dell

Chairman & Co-founder Insuretech Australia

Scott Schindler

Success Advisor, Mentor & Keynote Speaker | Startup CEO & Founder of Scotty Schindler

Fiona Barden

Section Leader, Industry & Destination Development, Coffs Harbour City Council

Rob Caldwell

Findex Managing Partner


Tuesday, May 21 2019


Guest Speaker

Ryan Baker

CEO of Timely

Plus, many more meetups were held throughout 2017 and 2018!

Program Partners and Contributors

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