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.

Join leading Australian and international investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders in an exciting and dynamic initiative presenting pathways to an entrepreneurial economy and a community that will turn ideas into action.

The 11th ADC Future Summit will showcase Australian and international entrepreneurial champions.

The ADC Future Summit 2015 will bring together the complete ecosystem to support entrepreneurship and innovation, offering an environment of innovation for investors and businesses to connect:

  • 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 through to Series C
  • Going beyond traditional investment pathways and 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

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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.

Sam Chandler

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nitro

Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at a young age, Sam started his first company at 16, while still in high school, and his second at 21, while attending university. After founding Nitro with several friends in 2005, it is now one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Sam leads a team of Nitronauts across the US, Australia, Europe and Asia, and every month, more than 8 million people in nearly 200 countries use Nitro products.

Sam is on a permanent leave of absence from Melbourne's RMIT University, where he studied business, after moving to America to establish Nitro's global headquarters in San Francisco. On the weekends you'll find him skiing, cycling, running, and riding vintage motorcycles.


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.

More Speakers


David Schafer

Executive Director,


Tessa Court

Chief Executive Officer, Intelligence Bank


Prof Jana Matthews

ANZ Chair in Business Growth
UniSA Business School
Director, Centre for Business Growth
University of South Australia


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 Blog


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


Brian Price

Executive Chairman, FEX

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Paul Bassat

Co-Founder, Square Peg Capital

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Dr Nicholas Gruen

Chief Executive Officer, Lateral Economics


Kerri Lee Sinclair

General Manager, New Business, Aconex


Audette Exel AO

Founder, The Adara Group

Program Outline

Day One*


Opening Address


The 10-Year Outlook and its Implications


Opening of Australia's Startup Marketplace

Bringing together people, ideas,
opportunities and capital


Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


New Venture Creation


Startup Marketplace and Networking


Successful Startups

Venture Capital in Asia


Hear insights from successful startup enterprises from around the world. What is the current state of play with venture finance in Asia.

What are Asian venture capitalists looking for?

How are social entrepreneurs responding to the changing nature of funding in Australia?

Startup Marketplace and Networking


Accelerating Business Growth


Building Economic Resilience


Startup Marketplace and Drinks


* Final program subject to confirmation.

Day Two


Launching into Asia

Women and New Ventures

Re-energising Corporations

Learn from experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists journeys expanding into Asia.

Leading female entrepreneurs share experiences in building successful organisations.

Delivering game changing innovations from within larger corporations.


Startup Marketplace and Networking


Building Venture

Automation Acceleration

Energy Futures

How to build high-performance teams.

Robotics, 3D-printing, AI and virtual reality will be disruptive forces in the economy over the next five years. Tech entrepreneurs share their visions for this market.

Battery storage and an explosion of new technologies will create a new wave of opportunities in energy. How will Australia capture this opportunity?


Startup Marketplace and Drinks


Opportunity in Growing Populations

New International Frontiers

Biotech and Health

Creating environments +
Food and nutrition
+ Connectivity

How do entrepreneurs enter markets with geopolitical complications?

Where can investors and entrepreneurs focus their efforts?


Startup Marketplace and Drinks


Awards Ceremonies and New Launches

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