What is an outstanding entrepreneur made of?
You may have graduated with an academic degree in commerce, business administration, or attended some business conferences - but if you do not have an entrepreneur’s mindset, you are more likely to run your business based on transactional books.
When you start a business for the first time, the first thing in mind is outlining the steps you will be taking, which is good - but what makes a good guide if you do not have the experience yet? You may now have the business running profitably, but how do you maintain and make it grow?
If you are one who’s been thinking about the next thing to do and is looking forward to the future, that’s the first step in thinking like an entrepreneur. It is innate.
Learn more from a group of recognised outstanding entrepreneurs who nourished the right way of thinking. This workshop will give you what makes an entrepreneur excel in terms of planning, execution, preservation, and progression.
Beginning my career in the hospitality industry, I eventually fell into the dental industry working my way up to managing practices for almost 10 years. During this time I was fortunate to work alongside people who were passionate about their jobs, for me though, teeth just weren’t my passion!! However; being surrounded by people who love what they do on a daily basis inspired me to find my passion and purpose in life.
My love for yoga was obvious and many had suggested I undergo my teacher training but I ignored the suggestion for some time. However in 2013 it became clear to me that yoga was my calling, so I decided to become a yoga teacher and undertake my teacher training, with the view to leave my job in dentistry and open my own yoga studio. Then, in 2014 over a cheesy Valentines Day dinner with Chris (my partner in both life and business) Humming Puppy was conceived. Less than 12 months later we opened the doors to our first studio in Prahran, Melbourne on the 2nd February 2105, followed by the opening of our second studio in Redfern, Sydney in April 2016.
Chris Koch is the CEO & Co-Founder of Fillr. After some initial false starts and early start-up failures more than 10 years ago, Chris, along with his best friend and business partner Chad Stephens, went on to create 1Form, an online tenancy application platform.
1Form, which launched in July 2006, revolutionized the process of applying for rental properties in Australia, capturing more than 90% of the residential rental market and over 2.5M tenants in the process. In January 2014, 1Form was acquired by the REA Group for $15M.
Chris’s latest venture Fillr, which is ‘auto fill as a service’, was launched in April 2015 and has already facilitated over 3M transactions globally. In October 2016, Chris secured $5M of Series A funding from major international venture capitalists, led by SoftBank China, Alibaba’s single largest investor.
In January 2015 Chris also Co-Founded Humming Puppy with his partner Jackie Alexander.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Great to hear from such down-to-earth and driven people.
This was the first WeTeachMe class I attended and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a relaxed environment and I left feeling inspired and a bit more motivated to get moving with my new business venture!
Really insightful the panel was very relatable so you could take so many things away from what they had to say. I'd highly recommend for anyone just need some inspiration and insight.