The Future of Digital for Startups and SMEs

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Launch Pad, Western Sydney University

Ground Floor, 100 George Street

Parramatta, NSW 2150


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A Western Sydney Digital Business Roadshow by Launch Pad, NAB, KPMG and Madison Marcus.

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Startups and established SMEs in every industry are going through a new wave of digital transformation. This offers both new challenges and new opportunities for every business.

Launch Pad, NAB, KPMG and Madison Marcus have assembled a panel of experts who are keen to share their knowledge and experience with the Western Sydney business community. We'll be sharing our insights on innovation trends and its impact on businesses, and offer practical strategies, case studies and solutions on how you too, can adapt and drive innovation within your organisation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experiences of these subject matter experts.

There will also be a networking opportunity at the end to pick their brains. You are guaranteed to go away with a new perspective on your own business.


9:30 am

Guest arrive and registrations

10:00 am


Don Wright, Head of Launch Pad

Andrew Loveridge, Customer Executive, Emerging Sectors Business and Private Banking, NAB

Emcee: Rebecca Pham, Program Manager of Launch Pad

10:10 am

Discovering and applying digital solutions - ways to improve the way you generate new business, build efficiencies into your operations and manage the delivery of your products and services into the market

Richard Schutte, Co-founder at CoLab4, former Head of Innovation and NAB and Launch Pad Mentor

Richard is the co-founder of CoLab4 and former Head of Innovation at NAB. Richard has over 25 years of experience in leading corporate teams, innovation, digital and technology, strategy, corporate innovation ecosystems, corporate finance and community engagement.

10:30 am

The Future of Digital Payments – new opportunities to optimise for SMEs

Dianne Shay, Senior Manager Payments Industry, Payments, Customer Experience, National Australia Bank Limited

Dianne has over 30 years of experience in financial services as a champion of innovation that benefits all consumers and businesses.

A former recipient of the Women in Payments Thought Leader award, Dianne has a passionate belief in design that creates customer value. She participated in the development of both the New Payments Platform and the Australian Payments Council’s Trust ID Framework for digital identity. Dianne is acknowledged as an agent of change across the Australian payments industry with a proven track record in bringing people along the journey with her.

10:50 am

Different innovation pathways and R&D incentives - practical strategies and case studies to help you find partners and resources to develop your idea

Dr Jehan Kanga, Deep Tech Lead - High Growth Ventures at KPMG Australia

Listed in the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians for 2019 by Asialink, Jehan helps drive rapid commercialisation for startups, solving problems within the emerging deep tech space across all industry sectors in Australia. They support the strategic translation of technology from Universities, and support startups to connect with large corporates and governments to support validation and growth. They are also a subject matter expert in R&D Tax Incentives and Government Grants, and the NSW Chair for the Pride@KPMG network.

11:10 am

Legal 101 for Digital Businesses - considerations around IP, digital assets and cybersecurity

Stephen Jenkins, Partner at Madison Marcus

Stephen is a Partner at Madison Marcus Law Firm (a Launch Pad Partner) specialising in intellectual property and corporate dispute law. He has extensive experience in a range of areas including contract disputes, building and construction disputes, trade practices actions, intellectual property advice and disputes.

Prior to joining Madison Marcus, Stephen acted as the Managing Director and head of the litigation and dispute resolution practice for a period of 5 years at a leading Sydney law firm.

11:30 am

Q&A from the audience

11:55 am

Close formal event

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking


Launch Pad is a technology business incubator supporting start-up and scale-up businesses that focus on leveraging advanced technologies including AI, machine learning, VR/AR, blockchain, advanced sensing, visualisation and Industry 4.0. Launch Pad is open to our students and alumni, researchers and the broader western Sydney community to create a vibrant and highly diverse ecosystem.

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Launch Pad, Western Sydney University

Ground Floor, 100 George Street

Parramatta, NSW 2150


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