December, 2009  

Welcome to the December issue of the Advance Global Newsletter. Please forward this newsletter on to anyone you think would like to connect with Advance.
1. CEO Message
2. China Venture Capital and Innovation: Valley of Jade or String of Pearls

1. CEO Message
 This month we honour one of our leading Australian diaspora and member of the Advance Global Advisory Board, Michael Hintze, philanthropist and founder and chief executive officer of hedge-fund manager CQS UK LLP. Michael recently won one of five philanthropy medals awarded by the Prince of Wales; the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy. [More...]

2. China Venture Capital and Innovation: Valley of Jade or String of Pearls
More than 100 entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry executives came together in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Sydney on 19/20 Nov. for the Advance Enter the Dragon videoconference. Moderated from Silicon Valley by Dr. Larry Marshall of Southern Cross Ventures and from Shanghai by Joseph W.K. Chan, Partner and Head of China VC & PE, Pillsbury. [More...]

3. Advance Roaming Writers
Advantage Australia by Amanda Austen

One sad, satin red ribbon for coming second place in my primary school’s swimming carnival sums up my competitive sporting life. As for following a sport, I would much rather keep up with the goings-on in “Neighbours” (my very guilty secret), but then I met my English partner who is a fanatical rugby union fan. [More...]
4. Australian Innovation Shoot Out - Competitors Announced

G’Day USA Australia Week announced its fourth annual Innovation Shoot Out, a unique event that promotes Australian innovation by showcasing eight of the country’s most pioneering technology companies. The event, produced by Advance will take place on January 20 at Microsoft’s Mountain View, Calif.-based campus. [More...]

5. Launch of Advance Green Network - UK
Howard Bamsey, Australia's Special Envoy on Climate Change, was warmly welcomed by guests of the Australian High Commission on Thursday 12th November to launch the UK Chapter of the Advance Green Network in London. [More...]
6. Hedge Fund CEO Hintze Wins Prince of Wales Philanthropy Medal -  Michael Hintze, founder and chief executive officer of hedge-fund manager CQS UK LLP, won one of five philanthropy medals awarded by the Prince of Wales, the heir to the British throne. [More...]
7. Victorian Companies Dominate Top 10 BRW's Fast 100

Each year BRW finds the 100 fastest growing Australian companies by averaging their annual revenue growth over three years to 30 June. Ranked first, Aussie Farmers Direct averaged annual revenue growth of 330 per cent. [More...]
8. Advance Member Benefit

Advance is pleased to offer you an easy way to shop for your loved ones in Australia this holiday season.
For the month of December, Advance has teamed up with Simply Gifts, an Australian organisation that launched in Sydney in 2002 and is now Australia's premier online gift company. Advance members receive 10% discount off all products in the current range with the exception of the experiences.
To learn more about of this great offer click here

9. The Buzz   

Our December snapshot of Australian stories around the globe.

Australian bankers ranked as Asian masters
The Australian - Four Australian bankers have been ranked among Asia's most powerful financial figures, reflecting the expansion of domestic banking
networks into the region.

Australia hosts Asia Pacific conference
Australia Network - Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is hosting a two-day regional conference in Sydney in a bid to build support for his proposal for an Asia Pacific Community.
Australian Times - Isla Baring was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) during a glittering evening at Australia House on Thursday, celebrating her work helping young Australians in the Arts in the UK
The Age - Just who is buying the great houses of Melbourne? It's a question puzzling much of Melbourne at the moment, after the Orrong Road home of former Pacific Dunlop chief executive Phillip Brass fetched more than $20 million last week.
The Bledisloe Sup, New Zealand Australia wine challenge hosted by Kea, Advance and the Royal Commonwealth Society drew an enthusiastic not to mention vocal audience of New Zealanders, Australians and other Commonwealth country representatives to the Commonwealth Club on Wednesday 25 November.

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