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.
- Scrmhub - scrmhub.com 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:
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.