You asked, we listened. KSS will be hitting Sydney for a second time in October!

KSS_Web Header_SYDKick. 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.




Steven-Premutico-Dimmi-Kick-Start-SmartStevan Premutico

An astute hospitality marketer with experience across the United States, UK and Australia, Dimmi Founder, Stevan Premutico has built Australia’s #1 real-time restaurant booking and review website, born out of his own firsthand frustrations at the inefficiencies of restaurant reservation systems,

Stevan saw a big opportunity within the online restaurant booking space. He started conceptualising an idea that would eventually become Dimmi. Dimmi has also been recognised in the BRW Top 100, Deloitte Tech Fast 50 (Australia) & Deloitte Tech Fast 500 (Asia) lists.

Acquired by TripAdvisor in May 2015, Dimmi partners with more than 3,000 of the country’s hottest restaurants nationwide, and over 35 online booking partners including Qantas, Zomato (previously Urbanspoon) Google and TripAdvisor to provide instant confirmed bookings and qualified dining reviews.


Emma Seibold
Barre Body

As founder of both Barre Body and Urban Remedy Cleanse, Emma Seibold is something of a force of nature. This pocket rocket blonde radiates the kind of glow that only comes from wholesome living; she clearly practices what her health-focused businesses preach.

Opening in Feb 2012, now with eight bespoke and beautifully appointed studios across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Emma has brought the public what they were looking for – a fun, strong and dynamic fitness method that combines elements of yoga, pilates, isometrics and barre conditioning.

As well as her business acumen, Emma’s fitness credentials are more than solid. A certified yoga and pilates teacher, holistic health & nutrition coach and former gymnast, she has trained with schools in New York, India, Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay and continues to develop and expand her yoga, pilates and barre practice.

Tim Fung - Airtasker - KSS Sydney

Tim Fung

Tim is CEO and co-founder of Airtasker – a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes – online or via mobile.

Tim is also a founder and director of Tank Stream Labs – a co-working space and entrepreneurial community located in the heart of Sydney CBD.

Prior to starting Airtasker, Tim was a founding team member and investor in mobile startup amaysim, playing a key role in strategy and capital raising.  He is a founder and director of several web startups, including online custom shirt design business Joe Button, and motorsport event management group Circuit Club.


Julie Stevanja

Pioneering and disruptive, Julie Stevanja founded and launched Stylerunner in 2012 as the first purely activewear aggregator globally. It has since shipped more than 50,000 parcels to over 100 countries, build a cult social media following, and a top tier offering from more than 50 curated sportswear brands including iconic labels such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and Lululemon.

Stylerunner has been nominated for a raft of awards, and was recently announced as a BRW Fast Starter, making it one of the highest turnover companies in Australia under 4 years old, and the Deloitte Tech 50 ‘Rising Star’, for the fast growing young tech companies in Australia.

Prior to launching Stylerunner, Julie worked at London-based tech start-up MUBI, a fast-growing film streaming service and social network for cinephiles, which has raised over $15 million in venture capital.


Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin

Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin is the founder and CEO of venture technology firm BlueChilli. BlueChilli builds, grows and invests in tech start-ups, with an audacious goal of building a portfolio of 100 new tech startups by 2016. The firm gives start-up founders a complete digital team to build their technology, support through Sydney, Melbourne and US start-up incubators, and training via a six-month accelerator program.

Corporate innovation partners include Westpac, University of Technology Sydney, ZenithOptimedia and Charter Hall Securities. Under Sebastian’s leadership, BlueChilli was names BRW’s third most innovative company of 2012 and seventh fastest-growing tech company in Asia Pacific by Deloitte.


Lisa-MessengerLisa 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.


Melissa Shawyer
The PR Group

Melissa Shawyer is the co-founder and managing director of The PR Group. The agency, which launched in 2008, focuses on helping growth staged technology businesses to tell their story, effectively, to support their growth journey from launch through to capital raise, IPO and beyond. The PR Group partners with some of the world’s most disruptive businesses such as Dropbox, Square, GoFundMe, Upwork, SurveyMonkey, Deliveroo, Invoice2Go, Eventbrite to name a few, providing a diverse range of integrated client solutions to businesses of all sizes.

With over 15 years’ experience in brand, public relations and marketing communications, Melissa has seen the evolution of the PR and media landscape and understands how to make you and your business relevant, with a deep understanding or how to leverage PR strategy to build brands.

And more speakers to be announced soon…


Friday 7th October 2016




Australian Technology Park


$279.00 + bf. Group, corporate and student tickets available.


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