KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Awesome speakers to get your startup cranking!

Attendees will be presented with a dynamic line-up of speakers including start-ups who have transitioned into successful companies, as well as investors, local and national entrepreneurs who get what being a startup in a regional area is about, plus government agencies dedicated to helping start-ups succeed.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah is a globally recognised food systems innovation expert and the CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture technology consulting firm. agthentic.com

Sarah has been instrumental in building the early-stage food system innovation ecosystem in Australia, including coaching dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs, and helping industry and government to implement international best practices in food and agriculture innovation.


Dr Sultan Linjawi

Dr Sultan Linjawi is an internationally renowned lecturer who has spoken in more than 50 cities across the world. He regularly speaks to diabetes specialists, endocrinologists, GPs and diabetes educators and has lectured to more than 9,000 doctors in the last 5 years.

By working strategically with Coffs Harbour-based technology company, Thirsty Studios, Dr Linjawi has been able to deliver his message globally via an innovative portal www.myhealthexplained.com to ensure his life goal of helping the world and its population better understand their diabetes.

Rick Chisholm

As the founder of InnovestSME, communications expert Rick Chisholm works helping owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) achieve and exceed their business goals. Unlike other business coaches, he actually walks the talk – he has started and grown more than 30 SMEs in a variety of industries and turned over in excess of $300 million.

Rick has experienced great success but has also failed. He’s been broke. He’s been sued. In 1990, thanks to the recession ‘we had to have’, his first million dollar business took a big hit and revenue more than halved. The lesson is that for any SME, struggle precedes success. Rick has faced and overcome the exact same business challenges you are facing right now and can help you do the same.

William Gooderson

William will speak about the 5 Golden Rules For Startup Sustainability. Will is a former Major in the Royal Engineers who served across Europe and the Middle East throughout his nine-year career. Now working as an Associate Principal with our sponsor FoundX-Crowe Horwath, he brings a wide range of experience in civil and military project and program management.

Through his experiences, Will has developed expertise in leadership coaching and development, risk management, business strategy, process improvement, project management, compliance, contract management, performance audit and whole of life project solutions. These experiences have provided him with a unique skill set that he now offers to the market leading Crowe Horwath’s performance consulting team.