We want Geelong to be the best at starting a new venture. Whether you have a big or small business, or thinking of starting one, the better you are, the stronger our regional economy grows.Emerge Geelong is an "unconference" about starting new business ventures. It's entreprenuerial, but also relevant for bigger established businesses - intrapreneurial. You'll find this conference entertaining and informative. Your time is important, so the event features lightning 10 minutes talks. Distilled presentations which cut through, and stimulate an interactive conversation. This business to business conference has been crafted in Geelong for Skilling the Bay, a government-funded group tasked with upskilling Geelong.
There’s no substitute for an expert looking at your business and your challenges. Speak to one or more in 10 min segments. Hurry, places are limited!
With our App, you will tag the most important information and ideas for the day. We’ll make sure you benefit beyond your peak motivation at the event.
One of our fun attractions is an Art Competition. With artists from around Geelong, we will talk about where good ideas come from.
WITH SHORT LIGHTNING TALKS OF SUBSTANCE
van Gogh, Artist
We consider pacing very important to your day. Lightning talks are short and intense moments. These are separated by light activities and discussion. You will finish the day optimistic and physically invigorated.
There’s no point getting motivated, only to suffer inaction after. You will be sent digital messages through the day, so you don’t miss any nuance that could have been a lengthy tangent. In coming days, you can look back your highlighted points, and take action.
Mindworker, at Minds at Work
Celebrated author, adventurer, gold medal Olympian and popular TV chef; Jason Clarke is none of these things. He is, however, one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country, but he thinks of himself a Plumber of the Mind, the guy you go to when your head gets clogged. As founder of Minds at Work, he’s been helping people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership. His mission? To help people think. His vision? A future that works. He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing in 2020 but he’s open to suggestions.
President of Entrepreneurs Geelong
Learn how Geelong can Emerge together, starting with the power of what Geelong already holds Matthew Fletcher is General Manager of GrantReady, a private consulting firm that works to help businesses understand the many government grants available to them. Matthew joined GrantReady after spending time in a Senior Advisor role to a Federal Senator and his background spans business, government and not-for-profit roles. Matthew is also the founding President of Entrepreneurs Geelong, the peak body for entrepreneurs in the greater Geelong region which has grown to almost 500 members in the last two years. Matthew is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business grow and prosper and his vision is to see Geelong regarded as one of the world’s great regional cities.
President at Linux Australia
Where do ideas come from, and how can we find better ones? Kathy Reid is an independent digital consultant, whose 20 year career in information technology spans web development, video conferencing, digital signage and digital channels. She is currently President of Linux Australia, and Treasurer of Creative Geelong. She holds two undergraduate degrees from Deakin University, and a specialist MBA from Charles Sturt University. When not behind a computer she can be found walking her corgi, Tim Tam, or knitting.
President of Creative Geelong
At an "unconference" you can speak - come with something polished to share.
At an "unconference" you can speak - come with something polished to share.
Psychologist and Coach
Saving time and spending it wisely works differently for various businesses and personalities Nikki is a psychologist and an expert in helping individuals to create their dream life best fit role or business: one that matches their strengths, interests and lifestyle needs. She helps business owners to boost productivity and re-claim 5 -15 hours in their work-week. Nikki sees opportunities and connections between ideas where others don’t. She elevates others’ career/business vision and confidence through strengths coaching - helping people to value their strengths, see them as their superpower and give them the knowledge and tools to leverage them every day. Nikki will present on what elite athletes and corporates have known and utilised for 10+ years. When you play to your strengths for 60–80% of the week, you significantly boost your productivity, resilience, creativity and happiness. People who use their strengths are likely to be 6 times more engaged in their job (Gallup Strengths Centre). In this session, Nikki will share her top tips on how you can:
CEO of MACS
Along with her intrapreneurial team, Joy has taken User Experience to the next level for Aged Care Joy Leggo is the founding CEO of Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong Inc. (MACS), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the provision of excellence in aged care to meet the diverse needs of the multicultural community. Joy has lead the MACS team since it opened in 1994 with 40 low care beds. MACS now cares for over 300 people in a multiple of community and residential settings. Joy holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Health Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also participates in a number of Boards as a Director in the Social Welfare Sector. Joy’s specific interest is in ensuring the cultural and linguistic needs of our diverse community are cared for in a sensitive and respectful environment.
Founder of Lucky Lobster
Learn from Geelong's eCommerce prodigy, how to go beyond direct selling to friends and family "Possibly the youngest entrepreneur in Geelong today, Will is 15, and recognises the wealth of time he has to learn from the University of Life. Will started LuckyLobster, a dropshipping brand selling to the United States, in 2016. He recognised the fidget cube and fidget spinner trends weeks before you knew about them. This year, he is establishing Flock, to teach others how to attract sales from the mass consumer market. He's keen to connect and learn from the wealth of experience and knowledge around him."
Cofounder of Codeacious
He can tell you why digital is such a magnet for entrepreneurs and the startup community.
Investor with Melbourne Angels
He has seen hundreds of pitches, and will save you from embarking on a bad idea.
Choc Chip Digital's Director
Steering the helm of Choc Chip Digital is Christopher Waters, Director and all round Marketing Guru. Christopher has spent the better part of his life dedicating towards learning what makes businesses and people tick, and how you can utilize marketing to take full advantage of these elements. With a strategic mind and strong leadership model Christopher has continued to grow Choc Chip Digital into the amazing business it is today. At the heart of Christopher leadership paradigm is the concept of relationship. Christopher is of the mind that the best business occurs between people, through relationship. At the end of the day behind every business is a group of families and loved ones. Enjoying these relationships is the reason we work in the first place. Therefore it’s important to Christopher that all Choc Chip Digital business is conducted with the up most respect for the individuals involved in the business and behind the scenes, and that Choc Chip Digital strives to achieve the best results for it’s clients, through hard work and great relationships.
CEO of Enterprise Monkey
It's unconference, but here's the rough schedule - with activities inbetween
We have a mid-morning start, so small business owners can open their shops earlier, and get a few things done
Introducing GeeMap - a map of all the support in Geelong for starting new ventures
FROM CAFES to HAIRDRESSORS, HERE'S SOME FRESH IDEAS FOR BETTER PROFIT
Learn about eCommerce, drop shipping, and building on your brand
With no physical logistics, digital businesses have sold for hundreds of millions
It can be tough, learn how to master offshoring
Culture change is easier said than done, but there are shortcuts
Head off your smaller competitors, and improve satisfaction
learn why you need hundreds of ideas and ranking, not voting, to find the best
Tibor Boda, Founder of RankData
One does not Google Market Research
Take a deep breath, and learn from a performer
See how it's done, and aim higher for yourself
Network with a wide variety of business, while enjoying a satisfying and exquisite lunch
Awarding of 4 cash prizes for the best works of art
Limited to 30 selected people
We give you the brief, you write the pitch, and compare with others
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Work less, earn more, and maybe start something new and fresh! Whether you’re a tradie, shopkeeper, or ballet instructor, whatever you do, don’t exclude yourself, we haven’t.
Find out the latest secrets to speed up your next project, and get it to market sooner. Plus many more tips from experts in a diverse range of industries, such as aged care, health, disability, retail, and more.
We all work hard day to day, but usually see the same people. It’s good to get out once and a while, think strategically and shake a few hands. Who knows where it will lead.
You’ve already got established market channels, but you will need culture change, to thrive into the future. Discover the tools to make that change quicker, with less.
Only 120 available tickets, so get in early
We understand small business, so you can reserve a ticket now and pay the rest later.
You could be pressed for time, we’ve got your back, come and learn. Lunch not included.
The full day, with lunch, the Art Awards, and a chance to be hand picked for the MasterClass
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A retreat with Bay views, City life, and Surf Beaches
The largest custom built conference and events space in Geelong offering function rooms with bay views, a beautiful restaurant and boutique bar. It truly is the epitome of Geelong’s waterfront locations.
Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong
10-14 Eastern Beach Road, GeelongBook Online
Emerge Geelong is an "unconference" about starting new business ventures. It's a bit like TEDx, short 5-10 min distilled presentations with no rambling, connected by an entertaining MC who will invite people from the audience to the stage for game show quizzes, and an Art Exhibition.