System Support for Startups Panel

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North Sydney, NSW 2060


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The three legs of the Startup Ecosystem stool?

It's time to get some key representatives of these groups together, whack in a doyen of the Sydney Innovation scene to keep them all honest and talk tin tacks.

What's working well and what is lacking.

The Most 'Mazing Moderator:

Anne-Marie Elias, Chief Disruptor

Anne-Marie advises government, business and NGOs on leveraging the innovation ecosystem to solve problems.

She preaches the gospel of disrupting the status quo and re-purposes methods used in tech, start up, entrepreneurship and design to innovate responses to tipping point problems. Collaboration is her calling card and she brings together cross sector efforts to support social change initiatives.

Anne-Marie is on the board of Spark Festival, VibeWire, Western Sydney Women and the Autism Advisory and Support Service Board and on the Board of the Settlement Services International Foundation.

Our Awesome Panelists:

In the ENTREPRENEURS corner...
(we couldn't choose one, so the guy that reports on them all!)
Alex McCauley

Alex McCauley is the CEO of StartupAUS, a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS works closely with government and the startup ecosystem to help Australia become one of the best places in the world to build and grow a technology company.

Alex joined StartupAUS in 2015 as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS' extensive contribution to the Federal Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda. He also wrote the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015.

As CEO of StartupAUS, Alex has led an ambitious agenda in the startup space, continuing to drive a focus on innovation at all levels of government. He has forged partnerships with key corporate and government partners to spearhead projects that include an analysis of agricultural technology in Australia, a discussion paper on the future of work and the flagship 2016 Crossroads report.

Previously, Alex served as a diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When on posting to Tel Aviv in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy's strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation, policy and cooperation.

Alex has qualifications in law, political science and economics from the University of Sydney.

Representing GOVERNMENT, Alfred Lin

Alfred Lin is a Senior Advisor in the Department of Industry at Jobs for NSW.

Alfred works with startups, incubators and accelerators to identify promising fast-growth SMEs and talent for the public sector. He has experience in investment and management of public funds for economic benefit and public good. He also has experience with strategy, operations, and policy formation to develop collaborative engagement across public institutions and private sectors. Much of Alfred's work includes outreach and external engagement to promote best practices in developing market channels and partners.

Alfred attended the University of Sydney and received a Masters of Commerce, and Masters of International Business, Business Law and International Business.

While there:

-He ranked 1st in China’s Legal Environment for Business

-His team finished 1st in a Global Management product pitch and in a Social Entrepreneurship pitch

And finally, representing the mon.. FUNDERS, Sibel Buyukbaykal

Sibel is an Investment Associate at Reinventure FundWestpac’sventure capital fund. On the investing team, Sibel has reviewed hundreds of pitches to find the right startups for VC investment. Reinventure invests in Fintech and adjacent technology areas to add value to startups through strategic relationships with their largest limited partner, Westpac.

Sibel has a strong interest in payments, virtual currencies and bringing people together with technology. She started her career in management consulting at A.T. Kearney specialising in strategic IT and org transformation within banking, financial services, telco and retail.

Star studded line-up - come with your questions ready!


WHEN: Wednesday 2nd August
TIME: 6pm - 8:30pm-ish
WHERE: Bay 10, Middlemiss Street, Lavender Bay NSW 2060

AGENDA of the evening:

• 6:00pm: Please arrive on time to meet other entrepreneurs / startups and check out the co-working space.

• 6:20pm ish: Panel along with Q&A

• 8:00pm ish: Chat with the speakers and other entrepreneurs

• 8:30pm ish: We try to kick you out! (But there's often a bunch around 'til 9pm)

This is a free event. Please take time to thank someone from Work inc who are sponsoring this event.

We want to keep building the community of startups and innovation ecosystem people on the North Shore.

If you have a friend who is working on a startup, you may like to send them the link to this event. You never know what spark might be created as a result!


Work inc (but we'll actually be in the Bay 10 Cafe) is an awesome heritage space with self-contained work pods, shared offices and an open co-working space for startup and innovation-focused businesses and freelancers in Sydney’s North Shore.

It's for people who actually want to get work done and are committed to achieving their business goals.

See you there!



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