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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
Tuesday, April 30 2019
5:30pm — 8pmCascades Motor Inn
147 Cobra St,
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YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR DUBBO Q&A!
Findex is very pleased to announce our next FoundX event with Angus Maurice from Farmer Browns Pastured Eggs and Norm Smith from Love Merino. Together, Angus and Norm both have a shared vision of sustainable farming and have created the Springdale Partnership in addition to their respective businesses.
Farmer Brown’s Pastured Eggs resides on “Gillinghall” a 2500 ha mixed farm in Central West NSW. The Maurice family are seeing the benefit of layering an enterprise like “pastured eggs” on top of more traditional enterprises like cropping and merino sheep. Angus Maurice, with his wife Lucy, his parents, 2 brothers and sister all play a role in the business which strives to achieve the right balance of production, soil health and profitability. The “Pastured eggs” are a relatively new enterprise. The goal was to add another layer to improve profitability and accommodate multiple family members on the farm. Diversifying can certainly pose some challenges especially in the early stages as everything is new and a lot of the learning is done “on the job”. Experiencing disease and production issues at the same time as investing in growing the business certainly created some financial strain and extended the time to become profitable. Before the eggs 2 families were running the property where now there are 5 full time employees and 5 part time. Along with the increase in labour the farm has needed to invest in specialist equipment to house, feed and water the hens as well as handle, clean, grade and distribute the eggs. The flock is now 5000 hens laying between 3000 and 3600 eggs per day. Once cleaned and graded the eggs are distributed to over 50 direct customers across Central West NSW, Canberra, Blue Mountains and Sydney.
Love Merino produces an exquisite range of merino scarves that are ethical, sustainable and can be traced right back to a specific flock from the farm in Wellington, NSW. Since 1898 and spanning five generations, Norm Smith’s family has lived and worked on the Glenwood farm, embracing its heritage while employing modern farming practices that adhere to a “holistic” system of sustainable land management and the humane treatment of animals.
Thursday, 2 May 2019
22-24 Paterson St
Launceston TAS 7250
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Stan Kaine originally based in Tasmania, studied computer science as a mature age student and with a background in mechanical engineering, identified a gap in the market for tracking illegal activity via various digital platforms. Forming ‘Point Duty’ - an organisation providing a range of software specialising in tracking illegal activity, Point Duty now provides applications and services to law enforcement, and defence agencies worldwide.
Under Stan’s leadership, Point Duty has grown to create leading solutions for customers, working with large organisations such as IBM, building intelligence products and helping to provide a secure environment across Australia and internationally. Point Duty creates solutions across a range of areas including data capture, data enrichment and data analytics.
Hear from Stan Kaine about his extraordinary story detailing his career path change, how he identified a gap in the market, and how he continues to expand the business offering to various agencies in Australian and overseas markets.
Tuesday, May 21 2019
5:30pmOtago Business School
60 Clyde St, North Dunedin
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Wednesday, 5 June 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pmGeelong Runway
33 Mackey St
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PETstock was born in 2002, 11 years after the Young family took ownership of Ballarat Produce in 1991. Brothers David and Shane built the business on humble beginnings in regional Victoria, on family values and a passion for animals. Being a 100% Australian, family owned and operated business, PETstock now boasts 100 stores employing over 1,500 employees. The passion and commitment for animals extends to their total wellbeing, and from this, PETstock Vet was also created. In 2007 the PETstock foundation, PETstock Assist was also started with the single goal to support the relationship between people and animals. Join us at this FoundX event and hear about Shane’s vision to create a world class retail experience both in stores and online.
Tuesday, March 5 2019 — 5.30pm
Our sixth FoundX event in Dunedin was another fantastic night! Innov8HQ was buzzing with 180 people eager to hear what Simeon Burnett from Snowball Effect has to say about his successful journey as a startup. We also had two startups pitching; UBCO - Utility Electric Vehicles and CHAPTER2 Bikes. Both did an excellent job and set a really high bar for future FoundX pitches! A big thank you to our sponsors and partners of the event - 2degrees NZ and Start-Up Dunedin for making this vibrant and passionate event happen. We are looking forward to seeing you in May again, Dunedin!
Plus, many more meetups were held throughout 2017 and 2018!