Every person in the world wishes of running his or her own business one way or another, but everyone has the same overwhelming question in mind - how do I begin?

There are countless business opportunities surrounding us and we always get that gut feeling of wanting to startup one but we end up knowing that we lack the skills and knowledge to run a business, what more to even start one?

We bring to you some of the leading startup authorities in the country, listen and learn about their strategies in overcoming struggles based from true experiences and shared stories. Discover how even from lack of confidence, they were able to build the right mindset, learn the skills, and know the tools which helped them become successful in starting up their own company - as you will too.

It's an exhilarating experience that is guaranteed to motivate you and empower you to flawlessly succeed at pursuing your passion!

About the Speakers 

Demi Markogiannaki, Founder @ WeTeachMe

Demi is a Founder at WeTeachMe and leads the Marketing Team. Demi has made it to Shoe String Media Group’s roster of "Top 50 Australian Female Entrepreneurs under 40" for two years in a row, and is a self-taught sales person, running the gamut of roles including sales, product development, customer relationship management, and more recently marketing and communications.

WeTeachMe is the go-to place for Australia's best and most popular classes. With over 20,000 classes offered Australia-wide covering everything from creative writing, photography and baking to software development, sustainable garden and music, WeTeachMe bagged top prize in The Big Pitch 2014 and made it as finalist in the Australian Startup Awards, StartupSmart 's So You Think You Can Start-Up, The $50,000 I.T. Invention Test, and several other competitions. They’ve also been featured in BRW, The Australian Financial Review, Fortune Magazine, The Age, ABC, Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and other top publications worldwide.

Sally Klopper, Founder @ HARKLO

Combining a fresh, globally-inspired aesthetic with a passion for meticulous planning and craftsmanship, Sally Caroline Klopper specializes in creating custom interiors carefully attuned to the lifestyles and commercial intent of her discerning clientele.

Formally educated with a Bachelor of Design in both Europe and Australia, Sally's white glove, client-centric approach knows no borders, as she travels the globe for inspiration and unique finds.

Favouring a holistic philosophy where structure, interior architecture and decorative elements are considered as one, Sally's designs have garnered her a loyal following that values her distinctive style, clarity of vision and informed perspective.

A taste maker from the start, Sally's innate sense of relaxed elegance is bolstered by nearly a decade of work alongside some of the most influential names in the design industry. This trifecta of talent, experience and passion has established her eponymous firm as a mover and shaker in the luxury residential and retail design scene.

In 2012, fueled by her passion for travel, culture and beautiful craftsmanship, Sally extended her creative vision to home accessories by co-founding HARKLO - an online boutique of globally sourced wares.

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.


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 a 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
  • Identify the necessary skills in starting up and how to attain them
  • Learn everything there is to know to operating a startup business
  • Know the tools and ideas needed to get your objectives accomplished
What you will get
  • Get rid of confusions, so you can finally focus on your goals and objectives
  • Self-assuring convenience of understanding the tools that make it easy
  • Build the confidence you need in starting up a business
  • 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.

Appropriate for

Startups, aspiring, and prevailing business owners.



Vendor sincce 2012

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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