RACV City Club, Melbourne, September 28-29, 2015

Unleashing Entrepreneurial Success - Creating 1000 New Enterprises

As technology continues to displace more and more of the Australian workforce we focus on entrepreneurial growth as a pathway for renewed dynamism in the Australian economy.

ADC Forum hosted the 11th Future Summit and brought together leading Australian and international investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere developing pathways to an entrepreneurial economy and a community to turn ideas into action.

See below recap videos from this successful initiative:

Highlight Speakers


Gregor Freund
Founder, Versal, San Francisco
As co-founder and CEO of Zone Labs (acquired by Check Point Software), Gregor is credited with inventing the personal firewall and bringing an award-winning holistic consumer security solution to market.
Before founding Zone Labs, Gregor joined former Borland CEO Philippe Kahn as a founding engineer at Starfish Software (acquired by Motorola). Starfish developed much of the core IP for device synchronization in the wireless industry.
Prior to Starfish, Gregor was a principal software architect for software developer Borland, and founded Borland's first independent development and distribution companies in Italy and Germany. He holds 15 patents covering mobile, security and general Internet technologies.

Scott Farquhar
Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Atlassian
Co-founding Atlassian in 2002, alongside co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes, the company which now serves more than 43,000 organizations – including some of the biggest names in media, manufacturing and technology.
Scott has expanded his work to encouraging new ventures and entrepreneurs through his work with Blackbird Ventures and taking time to mentor women through the Australian Business Women’s program, as well as talks to university groups.
Scott was awarded ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ in 2004, and in 2006 awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young.

Sam Chandler
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nitro
Sam started his first company at 16, while still in high school, and his second at 21, while attending university. After founding Nitro in with several friends in Melbourne in 2005, the once-tiny startup has gone on to become a Silicon Valley success story. Today, Sam leads a team of over 200 Nitronauts across the US, Australia, Europe and Asia, and every month, millions of people in nearly 200 countries use Nitro products. Nitro is backed by leading US VC Battery Ventures and Australia’s Starfish Ventures.
Sam was the Ernst and Young Australian Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014. He's on a permanent leave of absence from Melbourne's RMIT University, where he studied business, after moving to San Francisco to establish Nitro's global headquarters.

Prof Manuel Trajtenberg
Member of Israeli Knesset
Economist, School of Economics, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Considered one of the leading experts in the world of R&D and Innovation, he contributed  to the definition of the economic policy of Israel, and in particular the policy of R&D. He was a  Director of several ministers and Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. He was  also consultant for the World Bank on R&D and Innovation Policies for Development and Chairman  of the Budgeting and Planning Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel. Trajtenberg was elected to the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) in 2015 and is a member of the Finance Committee  and of the Science and Technology Committee.

Wei Hopeman
Managing Partner, Arbor Capital, Shanghai
Prior to Arbor, Wei was Managing Director and Head of Asia for Citi Ventures, Citigroup's strategic venture investment and innovation arm. She established the group in Asia to invest in financial services, payments, digital commerce, Big Data and analytics. Additionally, her team incubated new technology and go-to market models at Citi to accelerate disruption from within.
Prior to joining Citi, she managed the China private equity practice at Winnington Capital. She also established the China office for Jefferies & Company and was a technology investment banker in the Silicon Valley with Jefferies and Goldman Sachs.

Evan Thornley
Executive Chair, SBDO | Same Business Different Outcome
Co-founded and led LookSmart – Australia’s first high tech company to be listed on the NASDAQ and deliver a 100 times return to venture capital investors.
Global CEO of Better Place – an electric car charge network start-up that raised $850m in capital and delivered the first country-wide electric car networks in Israel and Denmark with shareholders including HSBC, GE and Vantage Point Venture Partners.
Created the idea and co-founded the (not-for-profit) GoodStart Consortium that bought ABC Learning – the world’s largest childcare network, making it Australia’s largest social enterprise.
Founding director and funder of GetUp! – Australia’s premier on-line activist network.
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Jamais Cascio
Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future
Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio has explored the intersection of environmental dilemmas, emerging technologies, and cultural evolution for nearly 20 years. Cascio currently serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. In 2009, Cascio published Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering.
Cascio's written work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times, among many others. He has been featured in a variety of films and television programs on future issues, including National Geographic's 2008 documentary on global warming, "Six Degrees," the 2010 CBC documentary "Surviving the Future," and the 2013 documentary "Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Augmentation." Cascio speaks about future possibilities around the world, at venues including the Conference on World Affairs, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, and TED.

More Speakers


David Schafer
Executive Director, Kogan.com

Tessa Court
Chief Executive Officer, Intelligence Bank

Prof Jana Matthews
ANZ Chair in Business Growth
Business School, UniSA

Marcus Powe
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, RMIT University

Prof Göran Roos
Founder, Innovation Performance Australia

Saul Eslake
Consulting Economist
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Justin Brown and Mark Bakacs
Co-Founders, Ideapod

Andreas Schweitzer
Senior Managing Partner, Arjan Capital

Christian Behrenbruch
Editor-in-Chief, The Long Tail
Entrepreneur and Activist Investor

Catherine Cervasio
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Aromababy

Yasser Al-Ansary
Chief Executive, AVCAL

David Brim
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Tomcar Australia

Dr Aron Ping d’Souza
Executive Chairman, Good Super

Laura McKenzie
Chief Executive Officer, Scale Investors

Tania Yuki
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Shareablee

James Moody
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TuShare and Sendle
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Anthony Glenning
Investment Director, Starfish Ventures

Greg Medcraft
Chairman, ASIC
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Paul Bassat
Co-Founder, Square Peg Capital
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Dr Nicholas Gruen
Chief Executive Officer, Lateral Economics

Richard Brandweiner
Chief Investment Officer

Kerri Lee Sinclair
General Manager, New Business, Aconex

Audette Exel AO
Founder, The Adara Group

Program Outline

Welcome and Opening Address
9:00 – 9:30am
The 10-Year Outlook and its Implications
9:30 – 10:15am
Our Economic Future
10:15 – 10:45am
Morning tea
10:45 – 11:45am
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Israel
11:45am – 1:00pm
Australian Entrepreneurs
1:00 – 2:00pm
Startup Marketplace and Lunch
2:00 – 3:30pm
How can the Australian Government facilitate an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
3:30 – 4:00pm
Startup Marketplace and Afternoon Tea
Parallel Sessions
4:00 – 5:30pm
How Can Financial Institutions Support New Venture Growth
Other International Perspectives
5:30 – 6:30pm
Startup Marketplace and Drinks

8:30 – 10:15am
The Shift of Social Entrepreneurship to Commercial Social Entrepreneurship
10:15 – 10:45am
Startup Marketplace and Morning Tea
10:45 – 11:30am
Product is Central to Your Success
Parallel Sessions
11:30am – 12:30pm
Scaling Growth and its Challenges
Biotech Med Tech
People Innovation and Entrepreneurial Cultures
12:30 – 1:30pm
Startup Marketplace and Lunch
Parallel Sessions
1:30 – 2:40pm
Capital Structure and Deals
Tech Transfers and R&D
Distribution e-Commerce and Going Global
Parallel Sessions
2:40 – 3:45pm
Women in Startups
Advanced Manufacturing
Establishing Strategic Business Models
VC in Australia
3:45 – 4:15pm
Startup Marketplace and Afternoon Tea
Parallel Sessions
4:15 – 5:15pm
Corporate Venturing
Opportunity Elevation
Fintech – Bitcoin & the Future of Banking & Finance
Disruption Possibilities
5:15 – 6:00pm
Awards and Summit Close

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ADC Future Summit 2015

The 11th Future Summit brought together the complete entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting new venture growth and innovation, and providing an environment for investors and businesses to connect:

  • Showcasing success stories and case studies from the best and brightest entrepreneurs in Australia and internationally
  • Connecting investors with entrepreneurs and ventures with funding requirements from Angel and Series A to C portfolios
  • Investigating investment pathways beyond traditional sources of funding
  • Realising opportunities from across the Asia - Pacific region
  • International best practice in supporting entrepreneurship
  • Nurturing emerging company growth and supporting startups
  • Corporate innovation and partnerships
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Building personal skills and exceptional networking opportunities