Best known as an agent provocatuer on the smash-hit ABC series "The Chaser", Craig is dynamic, witty and energising on stage. Having recently MC'd the Ovations Sydney Speaker Showcase, it was immediatley clear to us that we'd made a great choice - his comments were topical, audience appropriate, relevant to his fellow speaker's presentations and above all... HILARIOUS!
Twice nominated for Telstra's Businesswoman of the Year Award, Julie Piantadosi has had a career that turns the traditional entrepreneurial story on its head. Opening her first business as a hairdresser at just 17, she now owns a chain of salons and has business interests in organic produce and property. A speaker with enormous exuberence her stage presence has the energy of youth, the charisma of a true leader and wisdom beyond many twice her age.
If there's one overriding takeaway audiences get from one of John Cantor's presentations, it's that determination, perserverance and courage are critical skills - whether you're on a solo expedition through one of the most treacherous mountain ranges on earth or at the helm of an ambitious startup. John's story is one of classic entrepreneurialism: building on the vital lessons learned from failure to become an incredible success.
A lecturer who can back up his lessons with real-world results, Matt Barrie is a serial entrepreneur, the CEO of the world's largest outsourcing website and a lecturer in Network Security and Technology Venture Creation at the University of Sydney. Matt provides clear-cut lessons for any business wanting to secure venture capital - whether they're a startup or an established business and was the inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year.
The story of Scott Farquhar's meteoric rise from university dropout to a titan of the tech world is one replete with lessons. Now worth an estimated $480 Million, the story of Altassian Software sets the benchmark for both innovation and determination in the world of technology startups.