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ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter Presents: Let's Talk About Start Ups

Do you have an idea that you want to explore and considering starting your own company? Maybe you’re considering a job opportunity of working for a startup or an established business? Or maybe your idea has traction, and you’re trying to work out what the next step is – and whether you can get funding to support it’s growth?

Registration End Date: Fri, 12 Aug, 05:00 PM

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  • where

  • Building G42, Room 4.23, Griffith University
    Parklands Drive
    Southport QLD 4215
  • when

  • Event Start: Tue, 16 Aug, 05:30 PM
    Event Finish: Tue, 16 Aug, 08:00 PM
  • event price

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<span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Let’s talk about Start ups!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Do you have an idea that you want to explore and considering starting your own company? Maybe you’re considering a job opportunity of working for a startup or an established business? Or maybe your idea has traction, and you’re trying to work out what the next step is – and whether you can get funding to support it’s growth?</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">We’ve rounded up some amazing speakers to participate in an open discussion about the startup eco system. We’ve got speakers who are living the startup dream right now, as well as input from the equity partner and investor side.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">During this presentation, our panellists will cover topics including:</span></span> <ul><li style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><strong>What it’s like to run a startup</strong>. What’s a good idea? What are some of the gotchas to be aware of when you’re starting out? How do you get traction, fast? What are some great channels and opportunities to help get help?</span></span></span></span></li><li style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><strong>What it’s like to work for a startup</strong>. Why working for a startup can be exhilarating? How can it be better, and worse, than working for an established, large enterprise? </span></span></span></span></li><li style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><strong>How do you get funding for your startup?</strong> What does a good idea look like, from an investors perspective? How does investment work? What do you need to do first before you start knocking on doors asking for funding?</span></span></span></span></li></ul>

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Programming/software development (PROG) -> Level 3


Mathew Eames

Mathew Eames

CIO, Protech and Chair, ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter

Mathew has 20+ years’ experience in the ICT industry, delivering ICT strategy and planning for a large global enterprise across multiple industries. Recently Mathew has focussed his career on working with and supporting local Queensland businesses, currently working as CIO for a national recruitment company.

Passionate about growing ICT locally and helping open pathways for our future workforces, Mathew is involved with the ACS as a Gold Coast and the ACS QLD Branch Executive committee. Mathew works to mentor students and is developing a Gold Coast Innovation group of local business ICT leaders to lift the profile of ICT on the Gold Coast. His focus is on developing the ICT sector locally, to help the development of local talent and ultimately see the Gold Coast be known as an ICT world leader.

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David Rudduck

David Rudduck

Founder and Managing Director, Insane Technologies and Committee Member, ACS QLD Gold Coast Chapter

For over 20 years, David and his team at Insane Technologies have been protecting small to mid-sized businesses. David and his team provide assessment, education, protection and response services for businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand from the beautiful Gold Coast. David’s team has responded to over a thousand cyber incidents in the last few years alone and as a by-product have unparalleled insight into the reason why so many businesses end up a victim of cyber criminals.

David is a CISSP, GCFE (Certified Forensic Examiner), GCFA (Certified Forensic Analyst) and Certified Professional (Cyber Security) by the Australian Computer Society. David and his team believe in educating and empowering business owners and IT/IS professionals with the knowledge and tools to better protect themselves from cyber incidents, as well as to arm them with strategies that will help incident responders investigate an incident more effectively.

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Anil Patel

Anil Patel

Chairman, Virtual Mgr

Business Professional with exceptional analytical skills, visionary with practical insights. Twenty years of progressively responsible leadership experience with, The Shell Oil Company and Accenture.

Expertise acquired in numerous functions across Blue Chip companies including IT, Sales and Operations. Co-Founded Virtual Mgr and commenced with angel funding only and now established in the UK, US and Australia with a client base including Compass, Village Roadshow, Emirates Leisure, Caltex & Shell. Skill set - Capital raising, Concept to commercialisation, international expansion & scaling a business.

Building organisational credibility and support through honesty, integrity, and communicating well with technical and non-technical professionals.

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Jackson Miller

Jackson Miller

Founder, vybu and Committee Member, ACS QLD Emerging Professionals Committee

When I was 17, I moved out of home and started Uni, thinking I had a fairly clear vision of my future.

When I was 18, I thought I wanted to be a physio and a psych. On my 19th birthday, I sat the postgrad medical school entry exam.

Since then, I've founded and led sporting organisations, volunteered as a consultant for NFP's, travelled as a professional musician, worked as a tutor for students aged 6-25, co-ordinated crisis support efforts and ran ultra marathons to fundraise for charity.

Now, I am a research student, radical generalist and the Founder & CEO of a mental health tech start-up ‘vybu’ (a bit different to the Doctor I was going to be!)

vybu strives to ignite meaningful and authentic expression which instils mutual connection, gratitude and hope. By nurturing relationships through enhanced communication, we connect you with those you need, at times when you need it most.


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Sarah Eisenmenger

Sarah Eisenmenger

Founder, Zest Robotics

Sarah Eisenmenger, a recipient of QUT’s Budding Entrepreneur scholarship, is a passionate, young, STEM educator. She is in her second year of her dual degree, studying a Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). In 2019, Sarah founded ZEST Robotics, a female-founded initiative to create interest in STEM in primary-school-aged girls. “I wanted to create a safe space outside of schools where students could explore STEM without gender bias,” states Sarah. To date, Zest Robotics has delivered over 35 STEM workshops to over 1000 female students across Southeast Queensland. Sarah speaks on how STEM literacy is becoming an essential part of today’s business environment and her experience being a young woman in STEM and entrepreneurship. 

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Parklands Drive,Southport,QLD,Australia

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