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Kick. Start. Smart. is the one day forum that will take your dream from start line to start-up and from established to exponential.



Kicking off in Brisbane on 19 August, closely followed by events in Sydney and Melbourne, consider KSS your practical guide for each phase of the impending entrepreneurial journey. Get your notebooks ready as we’ll be unearthing everything from the fear rattling around in your mind to finding that elusive mentor (or even business partner), not forgetting the secrets to a successful investor pitch, the behind the scenes of product hacking and validation, and the big (hush hush) topic of money – where to get it, what to do with it and how much of it you’re worth.

We’ll help you find your place (to be or not to be, CEO?), tackle the art of hiring and get you primed to ease the growing pains of a thriving business.

Ticket holders will receive full access to all sessions and speakers throughout the day, exhibitors and activations and have the opportunity to network with other Collective Hub community members.




If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole damn network to raise a business. Armed with practical steps, this session will help you find, and get the most out of, new networks, business partners and mentors.


Media attention is not only great for brand awareness but it’s great for your bottom line. This is an insider’s guide to industry etiquette – uncovering the secret of a – successful pitch and how to get the right sort of coverage.


It’s one thing to start a business, but how do you build a brand? We crack the code and look at how to put innovative thinking into practice, the best ways to build a team and how to really create that ‘x’ factor.


Want to play the game? Here’s your rulebook. Discover how to get investment, learn the best way to pitch your business, navigate the tricky world of salaries and hear how to do it all if external funding just isn’t for you.


Learning from your mistakes is good, but learning from other people’s mistakes – so you don’t have to make them – is even better. Hear first-hand accounts of falls and failures that shaped the early days of several businesses.


When being creative is part and parcel of your daily to-do list, how do you keep your work fresh? This session will explore the key to creativity, as well as the ins-and-outs of collaborations, while giving you an injection of inspiration.




Emma Henderson
The Beach People

Emma Henderson is co founder and creative director of The Beach People. Launched in the summer of 2013 by Emma and her sister Victoria from the east coast of Australia, the brand embodies their lifestyle by the sea, love of travel and keen eye for designing beautiful products of high quality.

The Beach People are makers of the original roundie and luxe seaside essentials designed to bring bliss to your coastal lifestyle, travel, adventures and homes. The brand is redefining global seaside style and encouraging loyal followers from all around the world to participate, celebrate and enjoy.

In 3 years under Emma‘s creative guidance The Beach People are stocked in over 500 stores in 37 countries globally.

Blacklist-Nathan-Jaynie-KSSJaynie & Nathan Johnson

Blacklist is a design studio based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2008 by husband and wife Nathan and Jaynie Johnson, Blacklist produces a range of art prints, stationery and paper goods.

Originally Blacklist was a purely client-based design studio but has now evolved into an international gift and stationery brand, stocking in over 200 stores worldwide and constantly expanding.

All products are designed in-house and feature Nathan’s distinctive hand lettering and design style, developed from over 15 years of working as an Art Director for various magazines, music and fashion clients.

Blacklist are committed to using the highest quality paper materials, quality colour and foil printing techniques and work in all areas of production to be friendly to the environment.


Taryn Williams
The Right.Fit / WINK Models

Taryn Williams is CEO and co-founder of The Right.Fit, a market network that directly connects clients with talent without the need for a traditional agency. Launched in late 2015, the online platform aims to revolutionise the talent industry by cutting out the middleman and removing hidden commissions and bias. With a focus on control, simplicity and efficiency, it puts power back into the users hands allowing for a single, online transaction.

With over fifteen years experience in the world of modelling, media and advertising, Taryn has proven herself to be a game changer in the industry and one not shy to press the disrupt button.

In 2007 Taryn launched WINK Models, a response to the inefficiencies in working conditions for models and the lack of flexibility and quality service offered to clients. Nine years later the agency has flourished into a national business with over 650 talent and turnover in the millions.

Cathie_Stuart_019Cathie Reid
Epic Group

Cathie is the co-founder of Australia’s Epic Healthcare Group, which includes Epic Pharmacy, Epic Digital and the Epic Good Foundation. Epic also founded Icon Cancer Care, now part of the Icon Group which is Australia’s fastest growing provider of integrated cancer care services.

Cathie was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2015, named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2013, won a National Telstra Business Women’s Award in 2011, and recognised by Monash University with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 2012.*

bwDan-Gregory-CEO-TIIDan Gregory
The Impossible Institute

Dan Gregory is a Behavioural Researcher & Strategist. He specialises in belief systems – our drives, motives, the things that make us buy and that things that make us buy in. In short, the business of human behaviour.

Leading one of the country’s most prolific creative teams, Dan has helped develop new product lines for Unilever, invented new media formats for Murdoch Magazines, created interaction systems for fast food chains and government departments and launched engagement campaigns for News Ltd, Vodafone and MTV.

As past KSS attendees will attest to, Dan is a highly captivating, entertaining and informed speaker and a regular on ABC TV’s “Gruen” series.*

Darren-RobertsonDarren Robertson
Three Blue Ducks

Chef, restaurateur and author Darren Robertson developed his cooking skills in kitchens around Kent and Sussex (UK), before hitting his stride at Michelin-starred Gravetye Manor.

In 2001, he moved to Australia, eventually becoming head chef at Tetsuya’s for seven years. In 2010, Robertson spread his wings and started The Table Sessions, ‘guerrilla dining’ organisation that runs pop-up dinners in warehouses, parks, beaches, gardens, rooftops, galleries and theatres as well as cafés and restaurants.

Along with a group of his mates, Darren started Three Blue Ducks in Sydney’s Bronte Beach, closely followed by a second restaurant on an 80 acre farm in Byron Bay. Complete with, cows, pigs, chickens and acres of veggies growing on site, their latest venture was awarded Best Regional Restaurant in Australia by Gourmet Traveller.*

Jamie-One-Night-StandJamie Green 
One Night Stand Sleepwear

Jamie is a serial entrepreneur, thinker and doer, who had established four businesses before the age of 24. Around this time, personal experience with social hardship shifted his focus to using business for social and environmental impact.

He founded One Night Stand Sleepwear, a fashion label supporting young people sleeping rough and was subsequently awarded scholarships with The School For Social Entrepreneurs and the Foundation for Young Australians.

He is an influential player and brand expert in the business space. Jamie was recognised as ‘A Star of 2014’ by Virgin Australia’s Velocity Magazine. He is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs grow their ideas into reality.

Kieran-Flanagan-SpeakerKieran Flanagan
The Impossible Institute 

For over twenty years, Kieran Flanagan has been one of the most influential leaders in the creative industries. A Social Researcher & Innovation Strategist, she is an author, educator and corporate mentor who helps individuals, teams, leaders and organisations understand Tomorrow’s Leadership, Customers and Skill sets.

In addition to being one of the only female leaders from the world of Mad Men, Kieran was also one of the youngest Creative Directors to lead an award-winning advertising agency.

In an impressive career, she has lead multi-national accounts across multi-disciplinary departments and businesses working at McCann, Smart, Kindred and VCD (a team she helped found and build into the “Agency of the Year” within her first three years in the industry).

Kieran is a passionate advocate for the commercial power of creativity and helping organisations design the business of the future.*

Lisa-MessengerLisa Messenger
Collective Hub

Lisa Messenger is the founder and editor-in-chief of Collective Hub. Lisa has authored and co-authored over a dozen books and become an authority in the start-up scene, she is also the CEO of The Messenger Group which has custom published more than 400 books for companies and individuals.

Lisa charted her rollercoaster ride to success in best-selling books, Daring & Disruptive; unleashing the entrepreneur, its sequel Life & Love, and most recently Money and Mindfulness. Adding to her collection of writing achievements, in early 2015, Lisa was invited to become a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Telstra’s Smarter Business Ideas.*

Mark-McDonald-profile-(Appster)Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald is a technology entrepreneur, co-founding Appster at the age of 19 and scaling the company over the past 4 years to over 35 employees across three continents without outside investment.

More than an app company, Appster is an ideas and execution company which endeavours to solve real issues for start-ups and small businesses.

With offices currently in Melbourne, San Francisco and India, Appster works with disruptive game changing entrepreneurs and large enterprises looking to innovate business models with mobile-first technology.*

trent-innes-02Trent Innes

Trent Innes has more than 17 years of experience growing and managing major businesses in the accounting and IT industries.

Initially joining Xero as National Sales Director, Trent was appointed as Managing Director in 2016. Prior to Xero, Trent managed the Microsoft Business Group in Australia and began his career as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).


Fleur Madden
The Red Republic

Fleur Madden is the CEO of national PR agency The Red Republic with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and CEO of beauty retailer Lulu and Lipstick. She is an award winning business woman, having started The Red Republic, 13 years ago when she was just 23 and is an expert in strategic communications across all platforms. A recognised industry expert and media commentator, Fleur and her team have been responsible for the successful launches and campaigns of literally hundreds of local, nation and international brands.

Fleur is the Asia Pacific Chairman and sits in the global board for International PR network PROI, home to the world’s leading independently owned agencies. She has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, The AIM Young Manager and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and was listed in the 30 under 30 Young Entrepreneurs to watch in 2009.

And more speakers to be announced soon…


Friday 19th August 2016




Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


$279.00 + bf (student tickets available)


wow. An exciting event with a great lineup! It would be fantastic to see KSS in Perth.

kel galbraith

Would love to come. Any chance the ticket price can be discounted? We are a small business and to come to Brisbane for the day, use paid parking and fuel it becomes a $400 day. I have to get my partner to look after the kids which means our business misses a day of driving sales. Can I volunteer on the day in some area to compensate? If you don’t ask, you don’t receive!
Hope you can help out……

Kara Chiconi

Hi – I would love to attend but can only make part of the day – do you have a schedule of the speakers and when they’ll present?

Thanks – hope to see you there and learn heaps!!


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