Commerce Ballarat events
BisNet Breakfast - June 2017
Tall Poppies Breakfast Co- Hosted by Australia Post
Non Members: $20.00
*All proceeds going to UnitingCare Ballarat
Technology today means anyone, anywhere with a great idea can take their creativity and passion and sell it to the world. The Tall Poppies Breakfast celebrates the success stories of regional business women with an engaging panel discussion between some inspiring local Ballarat business people Helen Thompson and Kate Robinson as well as Georgia Beattie CEO of Startup Victoria and Rebecca Burrows, GM, Small Business at Australia Post. Co-hosted by Commerce Ballarat and Australia Post, the Tall Poppies Breakfast will deliver some great business success stories, networking opportunities and practical tips and insights to help drive business growth.
Assoc Prof Helen Thompson – Centre Director, CeRDI
Helen leads Federation University Australia’s Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) and is responsible for the achievement of all Centre objectives in respect of research and partnership development, digital innovation, knowledge management and technology transfer. Under Helen’s leadership, CeRDI has become one of regional Australia’s most successful research centres, establishing a reputation for excellence at the regional, national and international level. CeRDI delivers world-class innovations in technology in spatial information systems, visualisation, knowledge management and data interoperability across areas including agriculture, climate adaptation, emergency planning, health, heritage and culture, natural resource management and regional development. Helen is also involved in a range of activities which contribute to the economic and social development of regional Australia.
Kate Robinson – Sweet Fern
Sweet Fern specialises in exclusive and luxurious body, bath and home fragrances. The space and concept is the passion project of husband and wife team - Simon and Kate Robinson. Designed by the couple and built by Simon, the concept centres around the belief that inspired spaces are integral to sweet experiences. The space has been fitted out with almost entirely reclaimed materials and everything has been designed with the bespoke in mind. Sourced from local and international designers and makers, Sweet Fern is proud to bring a delightful selection of items to complement the pleasure of life. Sweet Fern is a celebration of the artisanal, the unique and the whimsical. Sweet Fern won the Retail Category in the 2016 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards.
Georgia Beattie – CEO, Startup Victoria
Georgia Beattie is the CEO of Start Up Victoria, the largest entrepreneurship group in Victoria. As CEO, Georgia has been charged with the responsibility “to make Victoria the number one tech destination in the Asia Pacific.” Georgia is a successful, global entrepreneur & a pioneer of the single-serve wine industry. Georgia founded Single Serve Packaging in 2010 after attending a festival and asking for a glass of wine only to be told it was too hard to serve at large functions. Single Serve specialises in pre-filling wine in a shatterproof PET plastic wine glass for places where glass is dangerous or just inconvenient. Single Serve had two brands Lupé; the fun young wine brand and Beattie Wines. Lupé was recognised by BRW as ‘Top 10 Start-up 2012’. The company also contract packages for Treasury Wine Estate under the Rosemount and Secret Stone brands which you will find in Australian’s major stadiums such as the MCG. Single Serve had offices in Melbourne, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. Georgia has a strong philanthropic interest with involvements on numerous boards. With a passion for business & innovation, entrepreneurship has been a major focus in her studies domestically (RMIT) & with the #1 university of Entrepreneurship Internationally, Babson.