Valley Chamber of Commerce Presents
Business Breakfast & Panel Discussion
Innovation Today - How To Differ From The Crowd
Aaron Birkby – Startup Catalyst
Aaron is a tech entrepreneur, currently serving as the CEO of Startup Catalyst, leading missions to Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel and Asia for youths, students, founders, investors and innovation leaders.
In 2016 Aaron was awarded the national Benson Award for Entrepreneurship, and also the Pearcey Award for Queensland.
Learning to code at the age of 8, Aaron has started over ten businesses (with 4 small exits) since the age of 16. His largest business, Arinda, which he sold in 2012, provided a cloud-based billing and authentication platform for public-space ISPs – at the time of sale that software was used by over 250 clients with over 6 million users annually in 9 countries.
Aaron previously worked as an Entrepreneur In Residence for muru-d Brisbane at River City Labs. He is also a member of Queensland Government Startup Working Group, serves on a number of advisory boards, has facilitated over 30 Startup Weekend and hackathon events, has led multiple trade missions to Silicon Valley and Europe, and has a weekly technology segment on ABC Coast FM radio station.
Panel of Speakers
Matt Tomlins – CoverCard
Matt Tomlins is the Co-Founder and CEO of CoverCard, a startup enabling blue collar trades workers to digitise their hard copy tickets and licences and easily share their info with employers, colleagues and friends. CoverCard’s employer product enables instant filtering of incoming job applicants against the ticket and licence requirements.
Matt’s background is in management consulting, having worked primarily in the resources sector for both large and small organisations in Australia, Africa and South East Asia. It was this experience that helped Matt see the opportunity for digital products in the sector and upon meeting his business partner, a trade-qualified boilermaker, the idea for CoverCard was born.
Dr Elliot Smith – Maxwell MRI
Elliot is the CTO and cofounder of Maxwell MRI, a Brisbane based startup applying artificial intelligence to improve medical diagnosis. Maxwell MRI uses medical imaging, blood tests and patient data to deliver a fast and accurate diagnosis. Before founding Maxwell MRI Elliot completed a PhD in biomedical imaging designing the next generation of MRI scanners.
Anne-Marie Birkill – OneVentures
Anne-Marie is a Managing Partner for OneVentures, a venture capital firm with $320M funds under management that invests in companies with truly disruptive and innovative products tackling multi-billion dollar, global problems.
Includes buffet breakfast catered by Garnishes Catering.