Thursday, 21 April 2016 02:05

Rare Birds Con 2016: Australia’s largest event for women entrepreneurs


Global entrepreneurial hub ‘Rare Birds’ has announced a full roster of 48 speakers headlining the largest entrepreneurial event of its kind to ever take place in Australia.

Rare Birds Con 2016: Australian Entrepreneurs Doing Business With The World’ is a two-day event billed as enabling ‘budding and established entrepreneurs the opportunity to walk away with new connections, learnings, and a toolbox full of resources from entrepreneurship workshops and is open to all entrepreneurs and their supporters.’

Created by global entrepreneurial hub ‘Rare Birds’, the organisation has curated a ‘stellar lineup of speakers from Australia and across the globe, including the biggest line-up of female entrepreneurs Australia has every seen, all of whom are successful entrepreneurs and changemakers in their own right.’

Proudly boasting a roster of ‘heavyweight, fast growth entrepreneurs speaking at the conference,’ attendees will also be given ‘unrivalled opportunity to hear from world leading experts on business, entrepreneurship and innovation, and how the latest trends in tech and other industries can positively affect their future business plans.’

Rare Birds Founder and CEO Jo Burston said: “Drawing together hundreds of entrepreneurs, industry and innovation leaders, government and academic innovators, and community supporters from both local and international locations, Rare Birds Con is Australia’s largest event of its kind for entrepreneurs.

“Rare Birds Con isn’t just about inspiration, it is also about perspiration. During the two day schedule, we will empower entrepreneurs with new practical business skill sets to put into their toolkit, to be put to use in their business the following day.

“Entrepreneurship is undoubtedly a skill, and like any skill, whether one has a natural talent or needs to try hard to become a successful entrepreneur, everybody needs a helping hand.

“That’s what Rare Birds Con is about. It’s about equipping people with the practical skills they need, irrespective of where they are in their business journey, and acknowledging that at every point in that journey there will be something new that you need to learn. That is both the challenge and opportunity in entrepreneurship as a career path.”

“You can't be what you can't see, so we have made entrepreneurs front and centre, and we are giving women entrepreneurs global volume at Rare Birds Con. There is a lot of money to be made taking women entrepreneurs seriously.”

Rare Birds says its conference ‘is designed for entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journey; getting in, growing up, getting on and getting out.’

As such, we’re told, ‘the topics covered in the keynotes and panel sessions include mentoring, high growth strategies, capital raising, preparing for international expansion, globalising from Australia, and strategising for exits, to name a few.’

In addition, ‘hands on workshops will focus on empowering young Australians to consider entrepreneurship as a career path, medium term strategic planning, government tools to help build your business, doing business in China, and scaling business globally.’

More below, please read on. 

Keynote and panel speakers include:

  • Andy Lark, Chief Marketing Officer of Xero 
  • Peter Williams, Chief Edge Officer, Centre for the Edge at Deloitte Australia 
  • Shan Shan Wang, Founder and CEO of Roam Technologies 
  • Nikki Durkin, Founder of 99dresses and CodeMakers
  • Therese Kerr, Co-Founder of The Divine Company 
  • Kylie Green, Managing Director of Activations at Dentsu Aegis Network ANZ 
  • Professor Patricia McDougall-Covin, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Institute for International Business at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business 

Hosted by The University of Sydney Business School in its state-of-the-art, newly-opened building, Rare Birds Con 2016 will run during 8th-9th June, 2016.
Early Bird registration closes on 22nd April 2016.

More information about the event and ticket registration can be found here

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