Advance and KPMG Australia formed a strategic alliance to help fast track Australian entrepreneurs and enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries through elevate61. The program provided participants with facilitated access to an established network of successful Australian and US-based entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and global corporations.Our vision was to help shape and empower Australia's entrepreneurial eco-system, leading to high value job creation and corporate and social growth for Australia.

Meet the companies who participated in the 2016 elevate61 Program:

  • Accodex - Accodex is a scalable back-office service solution for freelance professionals. Based in Adelaide. 
  • Artis Group - Artis develops critical business applications for leading enterprise and government organisations, with expertise in incident and emergency management, financial services, defence, education and agribusiness. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Cover Genius - Cover Genius are global distributors of insurance products for online businesses. Cover Genius' first brand to launch was RentalCover.com which sells insurance for car rentals from its own site and also through the largest online travel agents globally. Headquartered in Sydney. 
  • Gymsales - Gymsales is a sales CRM for the fitness industry. Based in Melbourne. 
  • Inkling Women - Inkling Women is a training provider specilising in gender diversity, offering in-person and online programs that significantly lift the percentage of women at leadership level. Headquartered in Adelaide.
  • Newbook - Newbook is a cloud-based online property management system for the hospitality industry. Headquartered in Gold Coast, Queensland.
  • Omnivore - Omnivore/City Beach Software is an ecommerce platform that specialises in helping retailers list and sell their products across multiple marketplaces. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Rapporr - Rapporr is a private messaging platform that offers more contextual and expedient communication for teams on the move. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Sendle - Sendle unlocks the power of big business delivery networks for small business and consumers to make it as easy to send a parcel as it is to send a text. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Studylane - Studylane operates a disruptive technology platform for international student recruitment. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • VoiceId - VoiceId designs, integrates and supports solutions to enable process optimisation through the integration of voice recognition technology. Headquartered in Melbourne.

The 2016 elevate61 program began with three consecutive days of intensive workshops facilitated by an US-based team of experts that have many years experience successfully launching companies in the US, building networks, generating revenue and raising capital. Key themes for the workshop included:

  • Establishing your business in the US
  • Developing a winning value proposition and pitch
  • Enterprise selling: Who | What | How
  • Building valuable networks
  • Developing a structured path to fund raising

A key component of the elevate61 Program is matching our participants with advisors. Our advisors are successful entrepreneurs from the global Advance community and KPMG Australia’s networks with US experience across a broad range of industries. Meet them here.

One month after the workshops, we headed to the US for 10 days. The objectives for the trip were as follows:

  • Increase participants understanding of the US funding landscape
  • Develop participant's ability to approach and sell to enterprise buyers
  • Build networks of potential advisors, clients and investors

Participants spent time in the entrepreneurial hubs of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York listening and interacting with a range of speakers.

Meet the speakers from the 2016 elevate61 Program:

 
Naomi Seddon
Partner
Littler Mendelson


Simon Anderson
Managing Director
Ocean Avenue Ventures
 
 
Michael Barton
Startup Whisperer
Intelleration Group


Calvin Cheong
Vice President, Business Development
Cooley LLP

Chris Shoff
Partner
Cooley LLP
 


Barney Pierce
Global Head of Display Media Solutions
Google

Andrew Roberts
CEO
Ephox


Jonathan Lehr
Managing Director
Work-Bench


Bradley Harrison
Founder and Managing Partner
Scout Ventures

Andy Tsao
Managing Director
Silicon Valley Bank


Bill Reichert
Managing Director
Garage Technology Ventures

Colin Lau
Sales Executive and Sales Leader
Salesforce

Brett Adam
Managing Director & VP Engineering
Zendesk

Dan Murphy
People Geek
Culture Amp


Dan Dato
Co-founder
Cross Campus


Edward Wilson
Investment Professional
Anthos Capital


Gemma Craven
SVP, Director of Social & Mobile
McCann

Erin Shipley
Senior Associate
Karlin Ventures


Jodie Fox
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Shoes of Prey

Emil Davityan
Co-Founder
Bluedot Innovation


Jordy Albert
Associate
Edison Partners


Mat Henshall
Head of Things
ThoughtWorks


Kirsty Traill
VP Customer Support
Hootsuite


Kelly Hanker
Accelerator/Venture Capital
Mucker Capital

Jules Walker
Director, Venture Capital Practice
KPMG

Meredith Finn
Director
Salesforce Ventures




Nathan Gold
Demo Coach





Michelle McConomy
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Innovation Services
RocketSpace

Morgan Rood
Member Board of Directors
NopSec Inc.



Nick Bishop
Pie-Oneer
Fork-In Aussie Pie Kitchen



Nick Crocker
Product Strategy & Operations
Under Armour
Rahul Vijay
Strategic Sourcing & Partnerships
Atlassian

Peter Grant
CEO and Founder
Safesiteapp.com


Patricia Rios
Director, Technology Innovation Center
KPMG

Rachael Neumann
Former Managing Director, Australia
Eventbrite

Richard Arnold
CEO
Pocket Teller


Siimon Reynolds
Executive Director
The Fortune Institute


Scott Smedresman
Associate
McCarter & English, LLP

Ryan Ambrust
Managing Director
ff Venture Capital


Simon Turner
CEO & Co-founder
Myagi


Vera Nieuwland
Manager
KPMG Innovation Lab


Tiffany Li
Associate
Anthos Capital


Tania Yuki
Founder and CEO
Shareablee


Siobhan Aalders
Head of Global Communications
Shutterstock

Stacy Chapman
Co-founder
SwoopTalent

Upon returning to Australia, participants had the opportunity to share their experiences with fellow entrepreneurs as well as potential clients and investors through events in Sydney and Adelaide.