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#StartWest September Meetup

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Spotswood Hotel

62 Hudsons Road

Spotswood, VIC 3015

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Bring together entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, and aspiring business owners in the West.

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Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, startups and aspiring business owners!!

This month you'll have the chance to hear and speak to amazing local founders and doers who have walked the talk. Come along to hear their stories. Learn. Get inspired!

Theme: Local Stories

Joining us for 'Local Stories' our speakers will share the journey and insights on how they started out and what it takes to running a successful business, whilst maintaining family- work life balance.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Maria Abacan - Director and Co-founder, The Booth Box⁠

Maria, photoboother, mother of two, and caffeine addict – first started her booth journey with partner and Co-owner Sonny Galindo in 2012 when they first established, The Booth Box. Initially motivated by the idea to spend more time enjoying life, family and interests, this booth journey soon became their way of life. Fast forward to today, the duo have since established Photobooth Design Co. and Shutter Booth.

Through these brands, they work with leading industry names to service about 250+ activations within Melbourne each year, design and manufacture booths for those wanting to start their own business and supply Photobooth related products to the booth industry world-wide.

Leonore Ryan - Director, CEO & Founder, Idea2opportunity

Leonore is an experienced Director, CEO and Founder with a passion for creating real world impact from research, and social enterprise. In 2016 she , Co-founded Cardihab, a digital health startup based on research from CSIRO and founded idea2opportunity in 2018, to bring hands-on experience in commercialisation, venture capital and startups to research organisation, research teams and tech startups. With over 15 years’ experience in taking research based technologies to market, from both a research organisation and startup perspective. Organisations she’s worked for include The University of Melbourne, CSIRO, Starfish Ventures and Monash University. Leonore extensive experience and background in science & engineering, research, technology commercialisation, Leonora’s interests include STEM education (especially for women), entrepreneurship and innovation, including commercialisation of "deep tech", makerspaces, design thinking, technology accelerators and incubators, and social enterprise.

Tom Uhlhorn - Founder & Director of Strategy, Tiny CX

Tom is a Customer Experience (CX) strategist, researcher, and designer and is the founder of Tiny CX, which helps companies understand how they can us CX to increase their competitive advantage and operationalise their CX. Tom is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), B&T 30 Under 30 winner for his work in strategy, and holds a Master of Business (Marketing) from QUT.

In conjunction with LaunchVic, this program is proudly brought to you by Hobsons Bay City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, and Wyndham City Council.

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