ITALIAN INNOVATION DAYS AUSTRALIA 2018:
Join us for an exciting occasion to understand and find new opportunities with innovative Italian companies and investment, partnerships and collaborative opportunities.
Come meet and see pitching from the Italian entrepreneurs disrupting the Italian/European markets.
Introducing the different business environments that have great potential for collaboration and networking in a fun, relaxed mood and space.
Journalist and founder of Startupbusiness, the social network where startups, investors, enterprises, universities, incubators and scientific parks can change experiences, resources, projects and do business together.
He writes about innovation and innovative startups on Il Sole 24 Ore, the main Italian financial newspaper. Emil is curator of StartupDigest Italy, advisor of ScaleIT, advisor of International Accelerator, President of the Evaluation Committee of the Premio Gaetano Marzotto and mentor of Startupbootcamp Rome and The Founder Institute. For more information, visit his website.
Dr. Kate Cornick
Dr Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s lead startup development agency. Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across start-ups, academia, corporates and government. Most recently, Kate led the development of human resources technology start-up Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX. Kate sits on a number of boards including the Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel, The Charles Sturt University Council and the AIIA Victoria Council.
Startupbootcamp Energy Australia
Trevor Townsend has an extensive background in Melbourne as an Investor, Director and Founder. He was the Managing Director, Australasia at TIBCO Software, a Silicon Valley startup which listed on NASDAQ in 2004, and designed the first wholesale energy software trading system in Australia during this time.
He also has over 15 years of angel investing experience with numerous exits including ASX listings.
The Startupbootcamp Energy Australia program is headed by Trevor as Managing Director. Startupbootcamp is a global family of industry-focused programs. It supports early stage founders to rapidly scale their companies by providing direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners and investors in their industry. The Startupbootcamp Energy Australia program launched in August 2017 and is the leading global accelerator for innovative startups solving problems in Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence, Digitisation and Analytics.
Professor Colin McLeod
Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, The University of Melbourne
Colin is a Professor at the Melbourne Business School where he is also the Director of the Master of Entrepreneurship program and the Academic Director of the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship.
He is a Director/Investor/Co-founder of early stage companies in retail technology, education technology, wireless technology and wearable biotechnology and several of these companies have expanded internationally to San Francisco, Berlin, Manchester, India and Africa. His business career includes senior executive roles at Telstra, Goldman Sachs JBWere and the Australian Football League. Colin holds a BA, an MBA and a PhD with the Commercialisation of Innovation as the topic of his doctoral thesis and he has held appointments at University of California – Berkeley and the University of Cambridge. Colin was also a member of the Executive Committee that raised almost $200 million the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre and is a member of the AFL Research Board.
Federico is currently Chief Executive Officer at Aizoon Australia, he has a Ph.D with the University of Bologna. His professional experience ranges from large multinational corporates through to applied research and commercialisation in Europe and Australia, including roles with McCain, George Weston Foods and Lion Co.
Federico has an innovative approach to digital transformation and business in general, and he always brings a different perspective to the table. He is passionate about building capabilities and developing leaders for the future.
Aizoon is a Science and Technology Company specialised in the end-to-end capabilities of digital transformation. Aizoon has representative offices in Europe, the USA and Australia and employs more than 700 engineers globally. Aizoon’s core capabilities are in the areas of Operational Technology (OT) , Information Technology (IT), Cyber Security and Data Driven Innovation.
Chief Of Staff
Jason is the Chief of Staff at YBF Ventures. Over the last six years with YBF Ventures he has been an investor and advisor to startups, and is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at the University of Melbourne as an alumnus of the Melbourne Accelerator Program.
YBF was born in Melbourne in 2011, inside an 1850s heritage-listed space, formerly known as the York Butter Factory––that’s where YBF gets its name. In late 2017, YBF expanded its real estate foothold fivefold by acquiring a space on Bourke Street, again in Melbourne’s CBD. Australia’s number one platform for open innovation – a place that trailblazing technology startups, scaleups, corporates and investors come together in, to drive Australia’s technology industry forward on a global scale. YBF has partnered with the Victorian Government and Startupbootcamp to create Melbourne’s first FinTech Hub at YBF Melbourne and have announced the world’s first Web 3.0 Hub – YBF Mesh.