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Special Speaker Session: Leslie Barry of Sportsbet

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Who is Sportsbet?

Sportsbet is an online sports betting company that is part of the publicly listed Paddy Power Group. Sportsbet is a successful, dynamic, fast growing, fast moving e-commerce business, with just over 600 team members. Sportsbet is investing heavily in mobile technology, as well as focusing on growing the business by developing new products, platforms, markets and channels. The company has turnover of around $5b and has 2m registered customers, with 80% of those transacting via mobile every month. As well as investing substantially in our products, we invest significantly in data and marketing. Paddy Power itself is a 10b Euro listed gambling entity with its principal operations in UK, France, Ireland and Australia.


Leslie Barry heads up Sportsbet Innovation to understand what technologies and products will impact the wagering industry in the next three years.  We work with startups and early stage companies to source innovative solutions to real customer problems. We're happy to take some risk and give you access to our customers and scale where it makes sense for you and us.

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What you will learn
  • What does innovation mean for a sports betting company?
  • How does Sportsbet work with startups?
  • Which technologies will shape the future of Sports wagering?


York Butter Factory

Vendor since 2012

The York Butter Factory is the co-working space for Melbourne’s high-potential early-stage technology entrepreneurs.

Established in 2011 inside an 1850s heritage-listed space, York Butter Factory is home to upstarts with bold, global ambitions and clear intentions to change the world.

Named after the original 1855 building, the York Butter Factory is situated on King Street at the base of the Rialto. This brilliant bluestone warehouse is the ultimate juxtaposition of old and new, building tech startups out of one Melbourne’s oldest structures. The 577sqm space is across two floors and has an open plan coworking space, informal collaborative area, meeting rooms, an industrial fridge and room for up to 60 entrepreneurs.

Opening its doors in October 2011, it has established itself at the center of a rapidly growing startup ecosystem in Melbourne. York Butter Factory was co-founded by the partners of Adventure Capital, who run their VC fund out of the space.

YBF already hosts nearly 50 startups largely in the Consumer Internet space. Opportunities to access funding is through its owners’ tech-focused VC fund as well as seed funding provided directly to deserving startups and via the Aurelius Digital angel investment network. There is a culture of collaboration, resource sharing and tough love. Tenants are curated with a view to fill the space with high-potential digital media and web 2.0 startups with a global ambition.

The vision is to become the central hub of the Australian tech startup ecosystem.

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