Unbound Ideas: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit

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RMIT University, Storey Hall

336–348 Swanston Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Unbound Ideas Summit brings together Victoria’s start-up community for an engaging day of interactive workshops, discussions and big ideas on social innovation.

With an exceptional line-up of speakers, facilitators and great food, the event aims to:

  • Showcase Victoria’s entrepreneurial diversity and talent - particularly in the social innovation sector,
  • Strengthen engagement in the State’s start-up community,
  • Support budding and existing entrepreneurs through skill and network development and,
  • Have a great time while we are at it!

The summit agenda has been co-designed with the Victorian startup ecosystem and various community groups to ensure the content is engaging and relevant to the sector. The summit also aims to be as inclusive as possible, adopting a pay-as-you-can ticketing model where all are welcome.

Breaking the mould of traditional conferences, Unbound Ideas will also feature various hands-on and participant-led sessions that focus on the specific needs, experience and expertise of the attendees present. Other highlights include a Great Debate with leading social enterprise experts from our local start-up ecosystem, and an improv ‘stand-up & pitch’ contest with local comedians. This is one not to be missed!

Session themes and topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Inspiring Entrepreneurial Stories: Voices from the Ecosystem
  • Social Enterprise and Business for Social Impact
  • Learning from Failure
  • Telling Your Story: Creating an Exceptional Communication Strategy
  • Wisdom in Unusual Places – Startup Advice from People that aren’t in Startups
  • Creative Leadership and Community Building
  • Navigating finance: How to fund your idea
  • Work-life balance and self care as an entrepreneur

This event is proudly supported by LaunchVic


Program: Monday, 20th August 2018

RMIT University, Storey Hall

08:30 - 09:00 Registration

09:15 - 09:30 Welcome to Country

09:30 - 09:45 Conference Opening & Housekeeping

09:45 - 10:15 Opening Keynote & Lightning Talks

10:15 - 10:45 Morning Tea*

10:45 - 12:00 Parallel Sessions 1

12:00 - 13:15 Parallel Sessions 2

13:15 - 14:45 Lunch*

14:15 - 14:45 Optional: Comedian Pitch Contest (during lunch)

14:45 - 16:15 Parallel Sessions 3

16:15 - 16:45 Afternoon tea*

16:45 - 17:15 Closing Keynote

17:15 - 17:30 Wrap Up & Feedback

18:30 - 21:00 Post-Conference Drinks (location TBA)

*vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options provided



Parallel Sessions 1:

Panel: Learning from Failure

Hear stories of entrepreneurs when things didn’t go to plan. This misses and mistakes in an honest and open forum. We will hear from a panel their biggest mistakes, what happened and what they learned along the way.

Workshop: Storytelling & Communication

Learn how to share your personal and business story in a practical and hands-on session. Turn ideas, experiences and your journey into a pitch for investors, customers and partners.

Workshop: Work-life balance and self care as an entrepreneur

There’s more to life than the hustle - and this session uses movement, community and connection to support the entrepreneur and achieve some work-life balance. This session is ighly interactive with skills that apply beyond this session.

Parallel Sessions 2:

Panel: The Great Debate

Clash of Ideas - in this panel we hear from giants from the startup ecosystem. Topic and speakers TBC.

Workshop: Navigating Finance

Money, money, money - it matters! In this masterclass session, we explore financial options available to new startups and the practical tools needed to get an idea funded.

Migrant Entrepreneurs: Stories from the Field

Melbourne is home to numerous inspiring stories of migrant entrepreneurship - this session dives deep and we learn from the remarkable innovators that now call Melbourne home.

Parallel Sessions 3:

Participant-led Seesion: Power to the People

Over to you! This session is a facilitated workshop designed to hear ideas from the crowd, the burning thoughts and expertise is in the room. More engagement, less sitting quietly.

Workshop: Start Day Intensive

Building on the Start Day Hackathon piloted at the Melbourne Knowledge Week, this session is about community and what it takes to bring your idea to life. Think motivation, action and getting s*** done.

Workshop: Creative Leadership & Community Building

Let’s make the eco-system work for everyone. This session celebrates diversity, dives into challenges, explores collaboration options and crafts a new future.


What's Included:

  • A full day of ideas, great speakers, hands-on learning, collaborative discussions, good laughs and more!
  • Great connections and networking opportuntities with inspiring leaders in the industry
  • Delicious catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
  • Workshop resources to take home


What to bring:

  • Casual dress code
  • Notebook and pens
  • Water bottle
  • Your awesome self!



We have designed this event for inclusion and to do this, we have a Pay-As-You-Can pricing model.

Suggested prices are as followed:

  • Student / Unwaged: $25 - $50
  • Individual / Sole Trader: $50 - $100
  • NGO / Social Enterprise: $100 - $200
  • Small Business / University: $150 - $300
  • Government or International Business: $300 - $500

Please note that these are just suggested amounts, and we don't want cost to be barrier for anyone attending.

If you would like to pay an amount not listed - just use the Additional Amount / Donation button to make the difference. For example, to pay $125, please select one ticket at $100 and then put in $25 in the Additional Amount box. For any questions or alternate ticket buying options - such as receiving an invoice - please get in contact.

If you purchase a ticket and can't make it for any reason, please let us know and we'd be happy to pass your ticket on to another attendee so you can receive a full refund.



I have special dietary requirements - can that be catered for? - Sure can. We will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. If you have other special dietary needs - please get in contact with us below.

I'm on the fence about coming - should I do it? - Yes. Everyone coming will be super lovely and we will make sure you have a great day.

I'm not sure I can afford a ticket in the suggested price range - can I still come? - Yes. We are serious about inclusitivity - so per our policy Pay-As-You-Can. The minimum price through Eventbrite is just $25. If this is a barrier - please get in contact and we will help make it happen.

Can I pay more than the suggested price? - Yes. And big thanks for your support of this great initiative.

One of the speakers look amazing and work aligns with my own, can I arrange a one-on-one meeting with them while they are in Australia? - They are amazing. We would love to help you do that - just get in contact and we will make it happen either on the day, or in the days on either side.

How can I convince my boss to let me attend? - Let her/him know that this is a professional development event that's got a high calibre line up of global speakers and sector leaders, lots of opportunities to network, and access to ideas and strategies at the cutting edge. Also, volunteer to take great notes and share the outcomes with your team on return.

I'm travelling to Melbourne for this event, where should I stay? - This event is super central with lots of accommodation close to the university, so you have a lot of options. Check out the standard hotel booking sites, hostel options or AirBnB. Plenty of choices!

So should I book my ticket now? - Yep. They are limited and we expect them to go fast, so click on the Tickets button and make it happen.

I'm with the media and am interested in attending or arranging an interview with one of the speakers, what's the best way to do this? - Cool. Get in contact (details below) and we would love to host you with a Media Pass and line up an interview.

I have another question that's not on here - what do I do? - Drop us a line - our contact information is below.


Contact Us

For more information about the program, attending or getting involved. Get in contact:

Brittany Laidlaw, Conference Director, Unbound - / 0403 049 734

Julian O'Shea, Conference Coordinator & Founder, Unbound - / 0400 260 565


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