See in you in November, Victoria!


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



With events taking place in Brisbane, 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.





Justin Dry

Justin Dry is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Co-Founder + Joint CEO of Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies. Launched in April 2011, Vinomofo has grown quickly and profitably to a run rate of over $50m revenue, 450k members, and a team of 120.

Winners of ‘Fastest Growing Company’ at the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Awards 2013, ‘Online Business of the Year’ at the Australian Startup Awards 2014, ‘Best Website’ at the SmartCompany Web Awards 2014, ‘Best Startup’ at the SmartCompany Startup Awards 2014 and Online Retailer of the Year 2015 at the ORIA’s, Vinomofo is focused on serious domestic growth in 2016, and taking Vinomofo global.

Justin was also recently awarded ‘Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at The Australian Startup Awards. Outside of his business endeavors, Justin is a self-confessed wine nerd and islomaniac.



Jeremy Wortsman
The Jackie Winter Group

Jeremy Wortsman is the founder and director of The Jacky Winter Group, Australia’s leading creative services agency, and it’s associated gallery space, Lamington Drive, and most recently, the luxury guesthouse and artist residency, Jacky Winter Gardens.

He is also the host of the Melbourne chapter of Creative Mornings. In a previous life, he was the co-founder of the design practice, Chase & Galley, as well as one of the founding publishers and designers of Is Not Magazine.


Justine Flynn

Justine is co-founder and Director of Brand and People at Thankyou, a social enterprise that exists to fund life-changing water, food and hygiene and sanitation projects. Thankyou’s products are now ranged in over 4000 outlets. To date the organisation has given over $4.1 million to projects across 17 different countries, including Australia, helping hundreds of thousands of people.

In October 2014, Justine was named a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards in recognition of her efforts in establishing Thankyou Group. Justine’s hard work in establishing the company’s people and culture environment was recognized at the 2015 Food Magazine awards where Thankyou took home Employer of the Year.


Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn is Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou – a social enterprise that  exists to empower people to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases.  What began with bottled water to fund water projects and tackle the World Water Crisis, now includes 38 consumer products across water, food and body care that funds safe water access, hygiene and sanitation programs and food aid in 17 countries including Australia.

With 100% of profit going to project, Thankyou have given more than $4.1million to help hundreds of thousands of people in need.

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.


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 MadMen, 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 Messenger
Collective Hub

Lisa Messenger is the founder and editor-in-chief of Collective Hub. She 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.



Andy Lark

Andy Lark is responsibile for Xero’s global go-to-market activities including sales, marketing and online strategy, education and strategic partnerships.

Andy’s 25 years of executive experience includes Fortune 100 and Times 100 companies, as well as advertising and communications agencies. Before Xero, Andy was CEO of Group Lark, and Chief Marketing and Digital Officer for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

He has held global executive roles with Dell, LogLogic, Sun Microsystems and Nortel in the US.


Bruce-Poon-G-Adventures-Kick-Start-Smart_editedBruce Poon
G Adventures

Following a transformational backpacking trip to Asia, Bruce Poon Tip had an idea to change the face of travel. At the age of twenty-two, on two maxed out credit cards, he started G Adventures, a small-group adventure company that would bridge the divide between backpacking and coach tours and give travellers the opportunity to foster meaningful connections with local communities in the countries they visited. Twenty-five years later, G Adventures is the world’s largest small-group adventure travel company, offering more than 650 tours on all seven continents and serving more than 110,000 travellers a year.

Passionate about travel’s power to change the world for the better, Bruce has become a global leader on entrepreneurship, leadership, immersive travel, social enterprise and innovation. In 2012, Bruce was inducted into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame, joining celebrated entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson.  He also was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing significant contributions to society.



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

And more speakers to be announced soon…


Friday 25th November 2016




Melbourne Park Function Centre


$279.00 + bf (student tickets available)

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