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Upcoming Meetups!

Upcoming Event

Coffs Harbour, NSW

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 — 5:30pm

This event is part of the NSW Government’s Small Business Month

Pacific Bay Resort
Corner Bay Drive and Pacific Hwy

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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speakers

Luke Floyd

Founder, i-milk

Luke Floyd is the founder of i-milk, an innovative milk dispensing system, which is designed to reduce plastic use and waste, doing away with thousands of plastic milk bottles used in cafes and restaurants.

Luke’s foray into the coffee industry began when he and wife purchased a small cafe in Sawtell. The couple then moved into roasting, after purchasing a small roastery house in 2010.

A natural innovator, Luke began tinkering with weight-based technology for use in an on-tap milk delivery system, and i-milk was born in 2015.

Since then i-milk has boomed, even being trialled by Australia’s largest coffee chain; McCafe.

Luke will share how he has grown his i-milk idea from his own small café, to a successful innovation which has found its place in some of Australia’s largest fast food chains.

Upcoming Event

Norwest, NSW

Thursday, 8 November, 2018 — 6:00pm

The Hills Shire Council
3 Columbia Court, Norwest,
NSW, 2153
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Get pitch-ready: The ultimate entrepreneur workshop!

At this special event for startups, our guest industry experts will coach early stage entrepreneurs in three critical areas: Business Strategy & Finance, Branding & Marketing and Sales & Growth.

Plus we'll announce details of our 2019 Entrepreneurs Pitch Night! Use this November 8 workshop to get pitch ready!

Tony Eades

Chief Strategy Officer & CEO (APAC), Salted Stone

Thomas Lahoud

Head of Sales (APAC), Gatekeeper

Matt Games

Chief Financial Officer, Findex
Upcoming Event

Dubbo Pitch Night

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 — 5:30pm

Quality Inn Dubbo International
165 Whylandra Street,
Dubbo, NSW
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speakers

Jillian Kilby

CEO & Founder, The Infrastructure Collaborative

Jillian will also be joining our panel of judges on the night, for our 2018 Dubbo Pitch Night, where local entrepreneurs will pitch their business for their chance to win an exclusive bundle of services!

Jillian’s company, The Infrastructure Collaborative, was established from a 50,000 acre property west of Walgett. The company has served the infrastructure needs of Local Governments across Regional NSW since 2009, creating thriving regional communities by shifting infrastructure projects from planning stage to be shovel ready.

Jillian approaches life with the logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter from Coonamble, and an altruistic passion for driving change.

Passionate about the next generation, Jillian received the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award, she is an Industry Advisor for the new engineering degree at CSU in Bathurst, and she has served as a Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation.

Jillian is unique for having her boots-on-the-ground in both regional Australia and the USA. Now based in Dubbo, she is able to cross-pollinate learnings from her diverse set of international work assignments. Jillian is a thought leader, a collaborator, and most importantly she is here to give back to regional NSW.

Launching in


Thursday, 15 November, 2018 — 5:30pm

Crowe Horwath Invercargill
173 Spey St,
Invercargill, 9810
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*Drinks & nibbles provided

Guest Speakers

Dan Frew

Founder, Farm Jam

Brett Frew

Founder, Farm Jam

Started in 2008 by the Frew brothers, Farm Jam is a competition and show rolled into one, for freestyle motocross, mountain bike and BMX riders. Set up on their 1052-hectare sheep farm, Farm Jam is a biennial event that attracts thousands of passionate spectators and some of the world’s biggest names in two-wheeled action sports.
The Frew brothers have applied innovation to put their family sheep farm, which has been run by the family for 55 years, on the map for a whole new unique reason.

Launching in


Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 — 6:00pm

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

Guest Speaker

David Warren

Founder, Altium

David Warren is a science guru, inventor, astronomer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of what is now Altium Limited, a $3 billion ASX listed tech company, which creates computer-aided design software for the likes of NASA, BMW, IBM, CSIRO and Telstra. David recently retired from the company after a 30-year journey building the business to the international software giant it is today.

Outside of Altium, David is a keen astronomer, and he’s been part of an international team which has made some crucial discoveries about planets beyond our solar system.

David now serves on a number of company boards both public and private. He is a sponsor and supporter of the University of Tasmania, and he is an active promoter of physics and mathematics.



Wednesday, 19 September, 2018 — 6:00pm

Guest Speakers

Geelong Guest speaker

Bennett Merriman

Co-founder & Managing Director
Past Event

Dunedin, New Zealand

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 — 5:30pm

Guest Speakers

Ballarat Lunch Guest Speaker

Jonny Mirkin

Founder & CEO of Nomos One
Past Event

Ballarat, VIC

Wednesday, 5 September, 2018 — 6:00pm

Guest Speakers

Ballarat Lunch Guest Speaker

Peter Cain

CEO and co-founder of Dad’s Oats
Past Event

Dubbo, NSW

Tuesday, 28 August, 2018 — 5:30pm

Guest Speakers

Herb Smith

Founder & CEO of Dreamtime Tuka

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

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