It was another packed out Bizruption with Hon Kelly O’Dwyer Federal minister for small business and more than 150 like-minded small business owners under one roof. It was NetStripes’ 8th Bizruption and was great to see innovative business owners taking the stage in sharing their secrets to success and entrepreneurs mingling and forging stronger connections amongst one another discussing business opportunities.
Many thanks to Wotso for hosting and sponsoring the event at their beautiful office and their continued support for small business communities. Our guest speaker Jill Storey, the Director of Ready Fund Go, a successful crowd funding website was amazing.
The event took off with a heart thumping curtain raiser, which revealed eye opening statistics and a vision for changing the course of small business in Australia. It emphasised on the need for Australian small businesses to be fully digitally engaged in increasing their survival in these tough times, boost their growth and revenues by 20%.
Serial Entrepreneur Gordon Bourke, and the event’s MC began the evening by extending a warm welcome to the Minister, VIPs, and attendees. Stuart Brown, CEO Wotso Workspace extended a very warm welcome to all and introduced everyone to the wonderful workspace they proudly own.
After a brief welcome from Stuart Brown, Robert Vander Wall, CEO Sage introduced an exciting ice breaker game to get people collaborating, “Competition vs. Coopetiton”..
CEO of NetStripes then presented his inspired vision for small business innovation in Australia
Gordon Burke then spoke about his experience with how digital engagement not only helped his business grow, but had helped change his perspective on the critical role that strategy plays in the equation to business success. In his experience of building 10 businesses in the last 30 or so years, and helping startups break through barriers to achieve exponential growth, he shared that business growth is an extension of self-growth. In that respect, he added that NetStripes had been the best of the best in delivering digital engagement and sound strategic digital marketing to clients from his own experience as their client.
At this point, it was time for the ‘Pitchfest’ in which 5 business cards were drawn and they got a chance to come up and pitch their business for 1 minute to the whole audience.
Finally, the evening came to a close giving participants the opportunity to mingle and network among themselves. In fact, come 8pm and people were still huddled together and enjoying great, stimulating talks that no doubt will disrupt and transform businesses for a long time to come.
The Social Media winner had a great chance to win 10,000 Aquire Points sponsored by Qantas Loyalty by posting a picture taken in front of the amazing Media wall.
The room was filled with great energy, a positive vibe, delicious food and drinks, amazing people to network with and lot of fun.