Startups, Stress And Mindfulness – A Primer


If you ever wondered whether successful people ever experienced stress during their early days of running a business, that answer is: yes, they did. What you should actually wonder about is how they managed it.

This is the workshop that you should be in if you are one of those who are struggling on getting back into focus.

In a startup, the stress associated with everything necessary for success can be unrelenting. It is normal to see disorder amongst many factors affecting decision making like handling employees, managing expenses, dealing with customers, overseeing products, and many others.

Meet five successful business owners and learn smart ways to manage stress and increase mindfulness. Discover how to turn issues surrounding your business into assets for personal improvement.

About The Masters Series

WeTeachMe is our vision of the future of learning: Inspired and impassioned learning that is run by the people, for the people.

In 2016, WeTeachMe officially became the biggest school in Australia, one giant leap towards our fundamental goal to be the biggest school in the world. As we start on our new journey to attain our next ambition, we begin with empowering thought leaders in every corner of the world by equipping them with the right tools and knowledge that will help them spark new ideas and bringing these ideas to life. 

In accordance with this purpose, we have formed a new creative program to assist us in spreading our message into the world. We launched The Masters Series so that we could begin sharing the gifts, knowledge, and experience—of those who have achieved against all odds, the unimaginable in their life.

To achieve this aim, we invite the best and the brightest, the industry movers and shakers, the well-known and influential members of the world of entrepreneurs to share their learnings and experience in an unwavering effort to help those who are in constant search to find the answers. From creating thriving companies out of company to achieving gold medals in the Olympics, learn from the best of the best.

About The Speaker

Garry Williams @ Inspire9

Garry is the General Manager of Inspire9 Footscray, located at The Dream Factory (former Lonely Planet building) in his own neighbourhood coincidentally! As the former Partnerships and Community Engagement person for General Assembly in Australia, Garry’s role at GA entailed exploring meaningful business development opportunities through strategic & creative partnerships with innovative companies and individuals throughout the tech, business and creative sectors.Now, in his new role with Inspire9, he is seeking to engage with the Inner West community and wider Melbourne in order to advocate for positive community engagement opportunities, growth through education and helping Melbourne & Australia prosper through an open mind and a purposeful approach to life with an emphasis on raising digital and community literacy and in turn steering individuals to build businesses that people will love.

Garry has years of experience in Digital Marketing and eCommerce marketing strategy and operations, covering everything from content marketing to local marketing activations, from advertising to SEO, and a long history of customer service experience.As an advocate for non-traditional career pathways and pursuing work with passion, purpose and meaning, Garry has recently been involved in building up the FuckUp Nights meetup in Australia, highlighting stories of failure and the wisdom and resilience gained from experiences in one's personal journey.

With multiple projects on the go, interests in everything from storytelling to pop-culture and a belief in the power of placemaking and community activations, it is Garry's opinion that there is a place for creative misfits to transform the conventions of what a normal career looks like.

Adam Jelic, Founder @ MiGoals

I'm an entrepreneur, visionary and motivational speaker with a passion to help others go from good to awesome. It all started when in October of 2010 with a goal to create a diary that could help others find their purpose and realise their dreams. From that single diary stocked in one bookstore in Melbourne, MiGoals products are now found at over 200 stores in Australia and New Zealand. You can also find us online at www.migoals.com Through motivational speaking and workshop facilitation, I now help other people to identify what they want out of life and develop a plan to get there. I believe that everyone has the capability to achieve amazing things. But we all need a little inspiration and guidance in our lives. I'm interested in speaking to small groups, organisations and schools about finding your purpose, keeping motivated and overcoming obstacles.


City of Melbourne

The development of Melbourne as a knowledge city has long been a priority. Today, the knowledge city concept remains a central component to the vision of the city. The City of Melbourne seeks to create a future in which the knowledge sector is better branded, understood, valued and experienced.

“The City of Melbourne continues to develop new ways to gather and share information to support those whose innovations and developments underpin the growth of the city. We broaden understanding and respect for Melbourne’s diverse knowledge sector and ensure learning can be a lifelong process.”


Inspire9 is the original community-led co-working space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs. It is a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. We collaborate on projects, help our neighbours with a tricky technical problem and broker business deals over a game of pool or ping-pong. At the end of the week, we savour the satisfaction of work well done over a cheese plate and glass of something nice at our friendly Friday Night Drinks.

Dream Factory

The Dream Factory has created a space for extraordinary people to gather and innovate in design, technology and social change. It is owned and powered by Impact Investment Group and has become one of Melbourne’s premier workplaces and event locations. The building features an ample on-site and secure car parking, very accessible bike paths from Melbourne CBD and inner north, great end-of-trip facilities, and loads of breakout spaces, meeting rooms and communal areas. The rooftop is one of Melbourne’s best panoramas of the city and port and is accessible to all its tenants.

SPARK Deakin

SPARK empowers, educates and brings together Melbourne's most aspiring entrepreneurs. An initiative by Deakin University, our mission is simple: To invite everyone, Teach the curious, and Empower the best.

SPARK is more than just a moment in time, a source of funding, an event, or even a community. Spark is an startup ecosystem designed to help solve real problems and create a better future.

Startup Victoria

Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation set up to create More Founders and Better Founders.

Startup Victoria is the go-to destination for all startup related topics. We believe that Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup. We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.

Wade Institute

Wade Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship. When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre will do just that.

Rather than walk into a building full of classrooms and offices, students will enter a space with a kit of parts, from walls and screens to different desk parts and lights. This main studio workshop is a white canvas with colourful parts ready to become whatever students and staff need it to be – from open plan classroom to office, customer lab or forum to pitch their business idea.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 2 Hours

What you will learn
  • Define the relevance of efficiency to your productivity.
  • Get to know helpful tips and tools to overcome stress.
  • Discover effective approaches in redirecting mindset back to focus.
What you will get
  • Gain clarity to keep a healthy and successful mindset
  • Make sound and effective decisions
  • Sustain your business’s growth
  • Improve personal efficiency
  • All your questions answered, no stone left unturned
  • The opportunity to meet the movers and shakers, as well as expand your network
  • Invaluable pieces of advice from industry experts
  • Personal growth and learning
  • Empowerment to stop doubting yourself and make your ideas happen
  • Increase follow-on business and referrals
  • Regain the momentum/motivation you lost somewhere along the road

What to bring
  • Laptop or tablet.
  • Notepad and pen.
  • A camera to document your experience if you like.
What to wear

Come as you are.



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It was one afternoon when one of the Founders, Kym Huynh, called Angie Chong of The Humble Dumpling, just to have a conversation. It had been an intense start to 2017 and just shy of 3 months, Kym wanted to connect again with what brought him inspiration, joy and fulfilment - the people and companies that he works with.

For him that day, inspiration came in the form of Angie Chong. By some wonderful stroke of serendipity, Angie shared an inspiring excerpt from the book “The Last Chinese Chef” by Liang Wei. For Kym, the words were both beautiful and moving, and created a fundamental and tectonic shift. These words would later lay the foundation for the launch of the WeTeachMe Pop-Up School.

“Apprentices have asked me, what is the most exalted peak of cuisine? Is it the freshest ingredients, the most complex flavors? Is it the rustic, or the rare? It is none of these. The peak is neither eating nor cooking, but the giving and sharing of food. Great food should never be taken alone. What pleasure can a man take in fine cuisine unless he invites cherished friends, counts the days until the banquet, and composes an anticipatory poem for his letter of invitation?”

Angie Chong invites people into her own home to share food, so that she can pass on her heritage and knowledge. It is not only the act of sharing that is magical, but also the pleasure one can take when the bequeathed knowledge is used to leave a positive and lasting impact on cherished friends, family, and maybe - if it happens enough - our communities, and one day, the world.

And so the classes, workshops and courses, where we invite the best and most influential people in the world to present at, act as a conduit to pass on knowledge and heritage to a willing and mindfully curious audience. It’s an invitation that brings together people who believe in the the idea of sparking an eagerness to learn, so that together, we can propel a tidal wave of transformation that impacts not only on our own lives, but the lives of those who surround us, and then our communities.

Hence, each booking page is more than just a place where you can register your interest. It is an anticipatory poem in the guise of an invitation. When you claim your ticket, it’s an anticipation that the learning experience is set, the classroom is ready, and that the experience will be great. And best of all, that you’re going to be sitting next to people who are just as eager about learning and curious about life as you are.

It is a surprising thing. A surprising feeling. And it appeals to the human need to learn, to share, and to experience.

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10 July 2017 • Startups, Stress And Mindfulness – A Primer

It was wonderful to hear from other peoples experiences and journey through life to reach where they were today. The 2 speakers were very insightful and refreshing