2019 roundtable

Entrepreneurial mindset, innovation and branding

Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset?



09 April 2019

9:30 AM - 4:40 PM

Level 12, 8–20 Napier Street
Tenison Woods House, ACU North Sydney.

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Successful innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders imagine solutions that their customers don’t even know they want. This entrepreneurial mindset requires creativity, brand savviness and an eye to the future.

Join us for our roundtable event, Entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, and branding.

This discussion will feature keynote experts including Kevin Bloch, CTO of Cisco Australia and New Zealand and Professor Per Davidsson, Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship. They’ll explore the themes of the entrepreneurial mindset, creativity and innovation, reputation and branding.

There will also be an interactive program designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and stimulate forward thinking ideas, including a session on emerging opportunities and sessions with business owners who will share their practical experiences.

Networking opportunities

Join a superb series of presenters and panel of business people, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators for an inspirational day of sharing ideas and knowledge.

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Keynote experts

Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Australia and New Zealand

Kevin is privileged to lead the strategy and technology direction in Australia and New Zealand for a world–class business. With a team, Kevin shapes Cisco's strategy to enable its customers to create value based on the technology platforms they build and the transformations they undertake.

Prashant Ponkshe, founding team member and marketing lead, Frollo

Frollo is an innovative start-up success story. They provide people with the right tools and advice to achieve their financial goals. Frollo is a personal finance app that can identify spending patterns that not only show people their past behaviours but could also predict future ones.

Robert Salisbury, Chief Communications Officer, Premium Food Australia

From a technical background in telecommunications with British Telecom, Robert moved into sales and business development in advertising before going on to work in a range of industries across the globe.  Since migrating to Australia in 2004, he has founded luxury boat company Parker Boatshare, property agency Phillip Banks, book publisher Lime Books and digital currency start-up Coinport. He is a licensed real estate agent, an auctioneer, published author and passionate about exporting Australian produce.

Associate Professor Jochen Schweitzer, Director Entrepreneurship, UTS Business School

Jochen is Associate Professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Director of Entrepreneurship at the UTS Business School. His research, teaching and consulting focuses on issues of strategy, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation with a special interest in design thinking, emerging technologies and open innovation.

Professor Andreas Rauch, Sydney University Business School

Andreas is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sydney University Business School. He also holds a research position at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, where he was Professor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Enterprises. His research interest focusses on evidence-based entrepreneurship and psychological predictors of entrepreneurial behaviour.

Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Technology Sydney

Murray has developed software used by over 100 million users, implemented the largest survey of Australia's start-up ecosystem, grown Australia's largest network of start-up hubs, designed and implemented Australia's first data-focused accelerator program for Australia's oldest company, Westpac.

Andrea Christie-David, Founder and MD Leor

Andrea is the Founder and Managing Director of Leor In Home Early Learning, a service that delivers high quality early childhood education in the family home. Andrea is also a Director of Relationships Australia (NSW), a large not for profit organisation delivering counselling, family support, family dispute resolution, and children’s support services across New South Wales.

Alex Dance, Founder Hero Digital Marketing

Alex’s purpose is to help businesses effectively compete and scale up using the best digital marketing options available. He does this by getting them new cost-effective leads, and helping them convert those leads.

Professor Per Davidsson, the Talbot Family Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) in the QUT Business School (Management)

Per is known for his extensive research on start-up and growth of firms and the societal wellbeing and job creation effects of those activities. With over 27,000 citations (Google Scholar, October 2018) he is one of the best cited scholars in entrepreneurship globally. He has led several major research programs including the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE), the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken.

Program – Tuesday, 9 April 2019

9.30am Registration, tea and coffee
9.45am Acknowledgement of Country – Professor Terri Joiner, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law and Business, ACU

University prayer – Professor Susan Dann, National Head of Peter Faber Business School, ACU  
9.55am Official opening – Professor Pauline Nugent, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ACU
10.00am Strategic imagination: entrepreneurial mindset

Professor Andreas Rauch, University of Sydney

Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset.
10.30am Interactive participants session

Dr Ginny Monteiro, PhD in Public Health, mindset and behaviour specialist, epidemiologist, and founder of Altitude Minds 

This interactive session will explore your perspectives on entrepreneurial mindset and how our thinking influences business outcomes, client relationships, branding, and marketing.

This activity will embed why we need to explore our mindset, gain insights, and define steps to reshape the way we think to allow the business to succeed.
11.00am Official opening – Professor Pauline Nugent, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ACU
11.05am Morning tea break
11.15am Industry keynote speaker

Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Australia and New Zealand

Fourth industrial revolution: megatrends in technology.
11.50am Distinguished keynote

Professor Per Davidsson, Talbot Family Chair of Entrepreneurship, QUT

Enabling entrepreneurship and growth.
12.40pm Lunch (fully provided)

How to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset?

Dr Hormoz Ahmadi, Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ACU

Dr Syed Fazel-e-Hassan, Senior Lecturer Peter Faber Business School, ACU 

Associate Professor Jochen Schweitzer, Director Entrepreneurship, UTS Business School

2.00pm Entrepreneurial mindset: embracing future opportunities

Panel: Robert Salisbury, Chief Communications Officer, Premium Food Australia

Prashant Ponkshe, Marketing Lead, Frollo

Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship, UTS

“I'm passionate about Australian start-ups and see the biggest risk and opportunity for Australia to be the number of people launching scalable companies.”

Andrea Christie-David, Founder and MD, Leor In Home Early Learning

Alex Dance, Founder, Growth Hero Digital Marketing

Panel chair: Dr Syed Fazel-e-Hassan, Senior Lecturer PFBS, ACU
3.00pm Afternoon tea
3.20pm Entrepreneurial mindset: harnessing collaborative and innovative networks

Panel: Jonathan (Jono) Herrman, Chair, North Sydney Innovation Network 
Jono co-founded the first coworking space on Sydney's north shore (Startnest) and is currently Chair of startup Squirrel Street.
He has been an active investor in the venture capital / angel ecosystem for more than 10 years and is now Chair of the North Sydney Innovation Network.

Dr Adriane MacDonald, University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada (multi-stakeholder community partnerships)

Jonathan Jones, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, Education and Training Director

Anthony Bayss, Project Officer Collaborate Plus, ACU

Panel chair: Dr Hormoz Ahmadi, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ACU
4.20pm Plenary

Professor Susan Dann, National Head of Peter Faber Business School, ACU

Closing remarks and thank you – Professor Terri Joiner, Executive Dean Faculty of Law and Business, ACU
4.40pm Drinks and networking

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