In response to the high demand from readers and the incredible Collective Hub community, Kick. Start. Smart. made its Queensland debut last week. Dubbed the Sunshine State, this was never truer than at our event on Friday where speakers, attendees and exhibitors all bounded brightly into South Bank’s Exhibition & Convention Centre in Brisbane for what promised to be a day of inspiration, education and connection.
After an energising welcome and introduction from our resident MC, Phill Nosworthy, Director and Founder of Switch Inc. who burst onto the stage to kick off the morning challenging the audience to listen, collate information and push themselves to achieve the absolute maximum possible outcomes from the day, the morning began with Xero MD, Trent Innes, who discussed the invaluable importance of the people you surround yourself with in business – be it mentors, staff or peers.
Fleur Madden, founder of national PR agency The Red Republic, followed with tales of life as a publicist and lessons on how to really hone your brand’s pitch: expert advice for any budding business.
Long-time Collective Hub favourites, Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan from The Impossible Institute, had the audience laughing, nodding, and ‘ah-ha-ing’ with their always brilliant reflections on consumer psychology and power of a strong, simple idea.
Local treasure, Emma Henderson, one half of The Beach People’s founding sister duo, shared their rollercoaster ride through manufacturing, copy-cats and family contracts.
Then, our own Lisa Messenger, hit the stage in for a ‘nothing is off limits’ Q&A, with a surprise guest visit from Collective Hub’s first ever cover star and leading athleisure wear entrepreneur, Lorna Jane.
Young over-achievers, Taryn Williams (Wink Models & The RightFit) and Mark McDonald (Appster) then focused on the trials and tribulations of hiring and funding, while our ‘Rookie Errors’ panel, Jamie Green (One Night Stand), Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks) and Cathie Reid (Epic Group) opened up on the different ‘mistakes’ they have made along the way, equally united in how these learnings have been intrinsic to the success they’re enjoying now.
And last but certainly not least, the day concluded with an indelible dose of creativity from husband and wife team, Nathan and Jaynie Johnson of The Blacklist, who stripped their decade of entrepreneurship down to five core principles:
1) Be nice
2) Give up on balance (but still learn how to set boundaries)
3) Be obsessed with what you’re doing – it shows
4) Be honest and original and remember to tell your story, not someone else’s
5) Get a good accountant
…We couldn’t agree more!
The main floor was also abuzz with activity as vendors and event activations (free one-on-one accounting advice at the Xero stall, the photo booth at the Acer stall and free juice from the girls at Hrvst St) all kept attendees engaged in between sessions.
This momentous occasion would not have been possible without its wonderful sponsors; Acer, Lexus and Xero and exhibitors; Autumn.Studio, Eyes of Love Photography, Hrvst St, Moo and Torrens.
Another huge thanks to all of our captivating speakers, Trent Innes (Managing Director at Xero), Fleur Madden (founder of Red Republic), Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan (The Impossible Institute), Emma Henderson (Creative Director and co-founder at The Beach People), Taryn Williams (founder and CEO at TheRight.Fit and WINK Models), Mark McDonald (co-CEO & co-founder at Appster), Cathie Reid (Managing Partner at Epic Group), Jamie Green (founder of One Night Stand Sleepwear), Darren Robertson (Chef & co-owner at Three Blue Ducks), Nathan and Jaynie Johnson (co-creators at Blacklist Studio) and of course, Phill Nosworthy (Director and founder of Switch Inc).
A special thanks goes to WhiteWhite for their beautiful styling of the main stage, our lovely hardworking photographer Savannah van der Niet and videographer Josh Hamilton, and Caring Canary for the gorgeous gift baskets for speakers, as well as each and every exhibitor and attendee who brought the day to life.
It sure takes a collective to bring together such an extraordinary event.