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Fantastic mentors and where to find them

Disruptive Startups

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (AEDT)

Fantastic mentors and where to find them

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We are very excited to invite you to our upcoming event on November 9th featuring “Fantastic mentors and where to find them”. Whether you're looking to hear from industry experts, get advisors for your own startup, or meet fellow aspiring entrepreneurs, we'd love to have you come out! Joining us for Disruptive Startups are…


Karen Lawson
Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot

Karen Lawson is an award-winning business executive and leader in the digital industry. She has held executive positions within both global companies and joint ventures. With experience leading teams through change and motivating and developing cross-functional teams to peak performance, Karen is extremely passionate about delivering great results and helping others achieve their true potential.

In 2016, Karen took the reins of Slingshot, a corporate accelerator focused on driving collaboration between Startups, Scaleups, and corporates to lead the next wave of innovation. More than 50 Startups have participated in Slingshot’s programs, achieving a combined market capitalisation in excess of $60m and creating nearly 100 full-time jobs.

Prior to her role at Slingshot, Karen served as CEO of CareerOne, a joint venture between News Limited and Monster Worldwide. With a remit to forge a new digital strategy, Karen restructured the business from a traditional job board, into a leading targeting and digital business offering media, employer branding, SaaS, and sourcing solutions. CareerOne went on to be awarded a spot in the coveted BRW ‘Top 50 most innovative companies’ list for 2014.



Stefan Knight
Tech Entrepreneur, Community Builder, Mentor, Investor

Stefan Knight immigrated to Sydney in 2012 from San Francisco where he was in tech startups 1994-2005 which raised more than $500M in venture capital.  One IPO'd with a valuation of $5B; another failed despite raising $280M, and a third resulted in a trade sale to Ericsson for more than $150M. Along the way, he was trained to mentor by ACETECH in Vancouver and has advised many startups with their business plans and fundraising.  He is now the Community and Networks Manager for muru-D where he looks after the programs investor relations, a network of mentors and community outreach.

Stefan has held roles in management, business development, product management, product marketing, systems engineering and software development. His background spans start-ups and public companies working in global markets devising and executing business development strategies and partnership ecosystems-networks. He is passionate about creativity, entrepreneurialism, mentoring and building the Australian ecosystem.


Ben Sand 
Coaching CEOs, Founding Tech Companies 

Ben graduated Y Combinator in Summer 2013.

As co-founder and co-CEO of Meta, Ben helped build a holographic computer, raise $23M Series A, prepare for a $50M Series B, hire 70 great people and crowd fund $2M of pre-sales.

As co-founder and CEO of Brainworth, Ben assembled a team of 60 volunteers to build a novel education platform to teach artificial intelligence programming to children.




Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Under the Registered Clubs Act, visitors must provide proof of age and or residential address.

Valid proof includes one of the following:
Australian driver’s license
Photo identity card
A valid passport

Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must remain in the designated areas within 99 ON YORK.

Limited storage facilities are available at reception for patrons.

All patrons to 99 ON YORK are required to have neat, clean and tidy attire at all times. Management reserves the right to refuse entry to patrons considered inappropriately dressed. Strict dress codes may apply to various areas within the Club.

Disabled access is available at 99 ON YORK including:
Car Parking
Lift and ramp access to premises
Disabled toilets facilities
All dining, bars and function areas are wheelchair friendly


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Located in the centre of the Sydney CBD, less than 5 minutes walk to Darling Harbour, across the road from the Queen Victoria Building and situated in between Wynyard and Town Hall train stations. The Grace Hotel is a few doors down the street, and the State Theatre is less than a 5-minute walk away.

Get off at Town Hall Station
Take the QVB exit
From inside QVB, take the York Street exit

There are bus stops along Clarence Street (behind the Club) and York Street. Buses travelling to the City via the Harbour Bridge will stop on York Street. Buses exiting the city via the Harbour Bridge will stop on Clarence Street.

Our car park (operated by Secure) is located at 168 Clarence Street. There is direct access to the Club via this car park. 


Have questions about Fantastic mentors and where to find them? Contact Disruptive Startups

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Red Room, Level 1
99 York Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (AEDT)

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Disruptive Startups

‘Disruptive Startups’ is an event made for growth focused entrepreneurs and startups that focuses on:

-Start-Up Education

-Marketing Tactics and Growth Hacking For $0

-Product Strategy Frameworks Stolen From Billion Dollar Start-Ups

-Raising Capital

-Pitch Nights for Start-Ups and Investors

-Successful stories from Entrepreneurs

-and much much more!

It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, network with potential investors and founders and have a bit of fun!

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