October 30 marks the last day that cannabis will be registered as a prohibited substance in Australia.
Seedlings - bringing together thinkers and makers to transform medical cannabis
What is Seedlings?
Seedlings is Australia's first medical cannabis pitch festival.
Seedlings has been designed to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by medical cannabis in Australia. The event will commemorate the last day that cannabis is nationally classified as a schedule 9 substance; officially making available to patients in need.
The event will present a series of speakers who will provide insight into the cannabis industry from a technology, medical, industry, and regulatory perspective. The event will also host a set of idea pitching sessions, were handpicked entrepreneurs and makers will present their ideas for the future of Australia’s nascent medical cannabis industry.
If you are interested in pitching an idea at the event, please fill out the idea application.
Dr. Ross Walker - cardiologist
Dr. Ross Walker is an eminent practicing cardiologist with a passion for people and health. Considered one of the world's best keynote speakers and life coaches, he is the author of seven books (all of which have been best-sellers). Dr. Walker is also a regular presenter on the Nine Network's Today Show and A Current Affair and has most recently appeared as the medical expert on Excess Baggage. He also presents on radio stations 2UE, 6PR, 4BC, and 3AW.
Lucy Haslem - Executive Director / Co-Founder of United in Compassion
From August 2013, Lucy has spearheaded the movement to re-introduce Medicinal Cannabis into Australia. Lucy witnessed the dramatic relief her son Dan gained from using Medicinal Cannabis, and Dan championed the cause alongside his Mother. Together they started a Change.org petition which gained over 252,000 signatures. In November 2014 and 2016 Lucy organised the UIC Medicinal Cannabis Symposium in Tamworth and Sydney. Lucy is also an advisory board member for the NSW Government Medicinal Cannabis Centre for Research & Innovation.
Michel Katz - Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney
Michael graduated top of his class in 2005 from the University of Canberra in Economics and Communications (winning the ACT Economics Prize) and in 2008 with Distinction in a Master of Applied Finance at Charles Sturt University. He has 10 years of experience in private sector finance and investments across venture capital, funds management and property transactions as a senior employee, investment manager, and principal. Michael works as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney and coordinated the creation of Australia’s first medical cannabis white paper.
Carol Ireland - CEO and managing director of Epilepsy Action Australia
Carol Ireland has been at the forefront of medical cannabis. In her role as CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia, she has had significant contact with many individuals and families who are faced with managing very challenging forms of medication-resistant epilepsy. In often dire circumstances, and with no other options left in the conventional treatment bucket. As a result of cannabis Carol has heard and seen the changes in people’s lives, reduction in the severity and frequency of seizures, regaining function thought forever lost or children reaching developmental milestones never thought possible.
Adam Miller - Founder and CEO of BuddingTech
Adam facilitated and managed three students research projects with the University Of Sydney’s Business School on medical cannabis. The program produced Australia’s first medical cannabis white paper. Adam founded BuddingTech, Australia’s first medical cannabis innovation hub. Adam has been involved in the medical cannabis space since 2015 due to his passion for the medicine and belief in innovation stimulating its growth.
MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Applications are now open to pitch at Australia’s first medical cannabis startup / innovation event. We encourage anyone with ideas or concepts relating to medical cannabis to apply.
The winning ideas will receive the following awards:
Automatic placement into the BuddingTech 2017 Ideas Incubation Program (more information to released shortly)
$1,000 cash prize
A mentor session with the CEO of MGC Pharmaceuticals (company profile)
Lifetime access to all future BuddingTech events
A private dinner and mentorship session with the BuddingTech team to talk about medical cannabis
Ideas can be related to medicine, legislation, agriculture, education, interactions, and clinical research. Some questions you may want to ask yourself are:
- How will doctors receive education on medical cannabis?
- How will patients learn about medical cannabis?
- How will we educate the wider public on regulations?
- How will doctors track patients?
- How will patients find doctors?
- How will researchers compile and share meaningful data?
We welcome anyone with an idea to apply. If you'd like feedback before you submit your concept email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas chosen will be given 5 minutes to present their concept on stage at the event to our audience and a panel of judges who will ask questions and provide feedback.
If you are interested in pitching an idea in the medical cannabis space to an audience of government, researchers and investors, please submit your idea by 23rd of October.