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 2017 elevate61 Program:

  • Bookmarc - Bookmarc is a platform for the design & construction industry, enabling products to be sourced from project imagery.
  • Adepto - Adepto is a SaaS platform for organisations to create, manage and engage their own network of contingent workers.
  • CancerAid - CancerAid empowers the cancer community through innovation on a global scale.
  • Mash - Mash is the only real time music sharing platform for consumers, like a tesler for music, simplifying how you share your love of music with your friends. Mash in music, right music, real time. Mash is going to turn on the light in our social underground.
  • connects the social, digital and mobile ecosystem to measure performance, and using machine learning, maps historical and real-time trends to make Actionable Recommendations to optimise your digital marketing. This Marketing Recommendation Technology is part of the new wave of thinking MarTech.
  • Pam - Pam makes wayfinding simple. It is a cloud-based platform for managing signs to create smarter spaces for people. Education, healthcare and transport facilities globally use Pam to create spaces that are easy to navigate and fun to explore.

The 2017 elevate 61 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

Two months 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 City listening and interacting with VCs, Aussies who made the move to the US, industry experts and more. In New York City we were lucky enough to hear from David Rose, CEO of Gust and "Patriarch of Sillicon Alley". Check out his presentation here.

Meet the speakers from the 2017 elevate61 Program:

Naomi Seddon
Littler Mendelson

Chris Shoff
Latham & Watkins LLP

Erin Shipley
Managing Partner
The Helm Fund

Nick Bishop
Aussie Pies

Michael Barton
Startup Growth Executive
Intelleration Group
Jeremy Dicker
Consul, Australian Consulate-General, Los Angeles

Frances van Ruth
Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade
Consul, Australian Consulate-General, San Francisco

Nathan Gold
Demo Coach

Andy Tsao
Managing Director
Silicon Valley Bank

Sophie Lovejoy
Founder and CEO
Sant and Abel

Dan Dato
Cross Campus

Joe Power
Vice President
Beach Financial Group

Glen Barry
Creative Partner

John Scull
Managing Director
Southern Cross Venture Partners

Kirsty Traill
VP Customer

Deeps Ramanathan
Global Head of Product Marketing
Luba Lesiva
Equity Specialist

Cameron Yuill
Founder & Managing Partner
Propeller VC
Jack Gonzalez

Peter Grant
CEO and Founder

Meredith Finn
Salesforce Ventures

Steven Pack

Gabe Sulkes
Landing Pad Coordinator
David Rose

Elizabeth Scott
CEO & Co-Founder

Charles McCormick
McCormick & O'Brien

Luke Tuddenham
Vice President of the Americas
CPT Global Inc

Brad Harrison
Founder and Managing Partner
Scout Ventures
Simon Hill
Managing Partner
Hoist Strategic

Tania Yuki
Founder and CEO

The US Tour culminated with an Reception at Chinese Tuxedo, NYC’s newest Australian locale, attended by the participants and a special guest - The Ambassador of Australia to the United States, His Excellency the Hon. Joe Hockey. Check out photos from the event here.