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Making sense of startup funding

Connecting investment to opportunity is critical to an innovation ecosystem but startup funding can come in many different guises and be difficult to navigate.

From ‘Family Friends and Fools’ to Venture Capitalists, each potential investor has a different lingo and expectations. Startup founders need answers ready for questions as diverse as ‘So when do you think you’ll be able to draw an income and move out of home’ to ‘What are your liquidity preferences and where’s the anti-dilution clause in the term sheet’.

To help our local budding entrepreneurs we’ve gathered a group of successful founders who’ve been there and done that. They will be sharing how they secured investment, with a few good war stories thrown in for good measure.

Brought to you by the City of Newcastle, hosted by City Digital Strategist Nick Stabler and featuring special guests:

  • Zac Zavos, Co-Founder Conversant Media
  • Amy Russ, Head of Startups, VentureCrowd
  • Justin Hales, CEO and Co-Founder Camplify
  • Jocelyn King, First Australians Capital
  • Glenn Platt, Founder Evergen & CSIRO Research Direct (Energy)

Zac Zavos is the co-founder and previously the CEO of Conversant Media, a digital publisher that produces the Australian culture website Lost At E Minor, the sports opinion website, The Roar and the tech website Techly. Founded in 2007, the combined Conversant sites reach over 4M unique visitors, receive over 70k comments and 900 audience article submissions each month. In late 2010, Zac successfully managed a capital raising, with Network Ten becoming a minority investor in The Roar. In October 2016 Conversant Media was acquired by APN News & Media for $11.6m. APN was subsequently rebranded HT&E. In April 2018, 18 months after the acquisition, Zac left HT&E to pursue other opportunities. He is currently an investor and Board Advisor for Playground.xyz, a mobile creative ad-tech company based in Sydney with a growing international presence.

Justin Hales is the founder and CEO of Camplify, Australia’s leading peer-to-peer caravan hire and RV sharing community. The platform enables owners to earn extra income - anywhere between $280 - $2100 per week - while their RV is not in use. After participating in an NRMA-Slingshot Jumpstart accelerator program in 2014, Camplify has seen huge growth, now boasting 23,000+ members in Australia, more than 2,000 vans and launched in the UK market in August 2017. In 2017 motorhome group Apollo Tourism & Leisure acquired a 25 per cent stake in Camplify for $1.75 million. Prior to starting Camplify in 2014 Justin worked for mining software company Qmastor on innovative technologicy solutions to improve productivity in the sector.

Jocelyn King is CEO of First Australians Capital First Australians Capital aims to alleviate the poverty and disadvantage in life outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians by harnessing First Australians' economic capital to create jobs, accelerate entrepreneurialism, establish enterprises and drive prosperity. Jocelyn is a proud Aboriginal woman born and raised on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and a direct descendant of the King and Smith families. She now lives with her family in the Hunter Region of NSW and is actively involved in Wollombi lore. Jocelyn founded her business, Fivegrants Consulting, in 2006 and has worked on projects with Supply Nation, Yarnteen and Indigenous Business Australia, and recently led the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence through a period of extensive change in leadership.

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