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Mobilise regional entrepreneurship through Crowe Horwath's extensive community footprint


Upfront value to local startups through engaging meetups, inspiring speakers and valuable business networks


FoundX is designed to help grow and connect communities both physically, and through our online platforms

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Upcoming Meetups!

Upcoming Event

Geelong, VIC

Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 - 5:30pm

Runway Geelong
3 Mackey St,
North Geelong
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speaker

Alan Tsen

General Manager at Stone & Chalk

Alan Tsen is a key influencer and innovator in the fintech space. He’s the General Manager of Stone & Chalk Melbourne. Stone & Chalk is the biggest fintech innovation hub in Australia, and recently extended its reach to Victoria in response to soaring demand among the startup community.

A serial entrepreneur himself, Alan is also the Founding CEO of Fintech Victoria, sits on the board of Fintech Australia, and co-founded a tutoring company, Spectrum Tuition, when he was just 18 years old.

Alan will share his journey from teenage entrepreneur, to being on the front-line of the fintech and blockchain boom.

Hosted by

Andrew Lai

SproutX Accelerator Director

Andrew Lai is the Accelerator Director for SproutX — Australia's first AgTech innovation hub. SproutX recently partnered with Stone & Chalk to create the world's first agri-fintech hub, a technology sector that brings together two of the world's largest industries.

Andrew is also the founder and manager of FinTech Melbourne, one of Australia’s largest fintech organisations.

Upcoming Event

Dunedin, New Zealand

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018 - 5:30pm

Level 1, 123 Vogel St, Dunedin — View on map

*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speakers

Prue Halstead

Investment Manager — Invest South

Prue Halstead is the Investment Manager for Invest South, a Southland based private equity fund investing in businesses connected to the South of New Zealand. Invest South invests in dynamic companies seeking capital for growth and the fund has a current portfolio of nine companies located in the South Island.

Prue has a passion for helping to develop a transparent, cohesive and easily accessible innovation ecosystem and investment pathway for all businesses in the region.

Nigel Bamford

Startup Dunedin Chairman & CEO of Escea

Nigel is a veteran entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of Escea. Since founding Escea in 2002, Nigel has led his company from a fledgling Dunedin startup to become an industry leader in gas fireplaces winning multiple awards, including winning the Deloitte Fast 50 Award three years in a row. Escea continues to proudly manufacture its products locally in Dunedin.

Nigel has been on Dunedin's GigStart grants judging panel, has personally invested in several startups and is a valued mentor to local entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Event

Dubbo, NSW

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 — 5:30pm

Explorer's Café,
Charles Sturt University,
8 Tony McGrane Place
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speaker

Juliet Duffy

Founding Director — Regional EnviroScience
Finalist- 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards

Juliet Duffy is a local trailblazer who knows what it takes to start and scale a business in a niche market.

Juliet is the Founding Director of one of Dubbo’s most successful startups, Regional EnviroScience. The business was recently listed on the Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100 companies for 2017.

Regional EnviroScience is as an occupational and environmental hygiene consultancy, specialising in asbestos, pollution incidents, meth lab clean-ups, contaminated sites and air and water monitoring. The business is based in four strategic locations across regional New South Wales and Queensland.

Juliet is also a strong advocate for women in STEM — science, technology, engineering and maths.

Past Event

Dunedin, New Zealand

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dean Hall

Founder and CEO of Rocketwerkz
Past Event

Dubbo, NSW

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tom Cavanagh

Founder & CEO of the EMS Group & Channel 40
Past Event

Geelong, VIC

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Megan Van Oirschot

Founder & CEO — Freckleberry Chocolate Factory

Past Event

Geelong, VIC

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Terry Paule

Founder & CEO — My Co Pty Ltd
Executive Director — AquaBotanical Beverages

Past Event

Geelong, VIC

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Con Raso

Managing Director & Co-Founder of Tuned Global

Tim Heasley

Partner & Chief Operating Officer at Artesian

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