Navigating from your lightbulb moment to success and the importance of 'community' to get you there.
Grill’d Local Matters and Pozible invite you to a night to inspire anyone with a ‘big idea’ to take the next step in getting it off the ground. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or an aspiring social change maker, this event aims to provide advice and learnings from the founders of three successful Melbourne based organisations - spanning across the hospitality, crowdfunding and not-for-profit sectors.
Hear from guest panelists Simon Crowe (Grill’d), Rick Chen (Pozible) and Jane Martino (Smiling Mind) on their experiences of converting their passion and idea into a successful thriving project. They’ll share their tips on how to identify that big idea, the potential highs and lows experienced in making it come to fruition and also prompt you to think about the importance of ‘community’ in launching your idea onto the path for success.
This panel discussion will include a Q&A session for guests to probe the minds of panelists for ideas… about ideas!
If you have a big idea to do some good, you might also be interested in submitting your crowdfunding project idea to be featured as part of the Made Pozible with Local Matters Community Collection – up to $2500 in matched funding to boost your community minded idea into action!
Read more and submit your project here: www.pozible.com/made-pozible
Simon Crowe – Founder & Managing Director / Grill’d
Simon opened the first Grill’d restaurant in Hawthorn in 2004. He was single, 30 years old, without direction, without a mortgage and paranoid about becoming a slave to corporate life.
Previously Simon worked as the Brand Manager for Fosters in the US & Canada. His two great loves of burgers and Melbourne prompted him to start Grill’d; ultimately playing a role in the movement that has invited people ‘back to burgers’, with a focus on health and nutrition to challenge the notion that burgers are low in nutritional value.
Grill’d prides itself on giving back and working with each and every local community it calls home. Simon’s upbringing instilled in him the importance of ‘local’ so he made an effort to bring this philosophy to the way Grill’d operates and behaves through the Local Matters community program.
Almost 11 years on and Grill’d has 93 restaurants nationally and has received numerous accolades, including being ranked as No. 1 Best Restaurant Chain in Asia-Pacific by Conde Nest Traveller in 2014. Simon was also awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 in the Southern Region Services Category. Even now he continues to dream big, with plans to take Grill’d onto the international stage in 2015.
Rick Chen - Co-founder / Pozible
Rick Chen is an entrepreneur with a strong focus on new media design. He has a keen interest in web-based technology, user interface design and innovative ideas that change people's behaviour.
Rick co-founded Australia's first crowdfunding platform Pozible in 2010, which has become the 3rd largest crowdfunding platform worldwide. In 2013, Rick was selected by The Australian newspaper as one of the top 20 Australians to watch of the year.
Jane Martino – Co-Founder / Smiling Mind
Jane Martino is renowned for developing thriving businesses, having founded and built one of Melbourne’s best known communications agencies, Undertow Media and was subsequently recognised as a finalist in the Telstra Young Business Women’s awards in 2005.
Jane has always been passionate about resilience, gratitude and happiness and while managing her business and raising three children, became a published author with 72,000 copies of her ‘Thank You’ books sold nationwide. She has combined her personal love of young people, giving back and meditation to join forces with James Tutton and create a modern approach to meditation that young people will more easily adapt into their hi-tech, busy lifestyles – assisting them to cope better with some of the stresses young people experience today. And that makes her happy.
Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas. It was developed to help people raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible.
Crowdfunding with Pozible is a way for motivated makers to access funding beyond ‘official’ channels by talking directly to switched-on consumers, fans, peers and like-minded strangers.
Whether you’re a part-time photographer, aspiring illustrator, avant-garde kazoo virtuoso or app-developing wizard, you can host your project on Pozible.
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