As Co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Patrick Grove is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the APAC region. He founded and took 5 companies from startup to IPO, recently selling iProperty Group for US$534m, making it one of the largest internet exits in ASEAN history.
He is Co-Founder and Chairman of iflix, the leading SVoD service for emerging markets; Co-Founder and Director of iCar Asia, ASEAN’s No. 1 network of digital automotive portals; and Co-Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classifieds in frontier markets.
Patrick has received numerous international awards, including: Global Leader of Tomorrow and New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum; Asia’s Best Young Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Business.
Established in 2004 and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Catcha Group is Southeast Asia’s leading internet group which builds and invests in disruptive internet companies across emerging markets globally. The Group’s historical focus has been in online classifieds, new media and OTT, where it has successfully taken 5 companies from startup to IPO and created over US$2.0bn+ worth of value. Today, the Group holds over 60 investments, either directly or indirectly, as sole, majority or minority shareholders.
Since 1994, CEO Founder, Richard White, has grown technology giant, WiseTech Global, from an idea in the basement of his house in Newton to a global provider of software solutions for logistics corporations across more than 125 countries worldwide. Earlier this year, former musician, White, bucked the trend and listed his global technology company on home soil, ringing the ASX bell in April and helping to expand the Australian technology sector. He has over 30 years in software development, embedded systems and business management and over 20 years of freight / logistics industry experience. He also holds a Masters in Information Technology from UTS and has spearheaded new business thinking.
WiseTech Global is an innovative, multi-award winning global developer of cloud-based software solutions for the international and domestic logistics industries. Since 1994 we have helped logistics companies efficiently manage the movement of goods and information.
Our leading platform, CargoWise One, forms an integral link in the global supply chain and executes over 34 billion data transactions annually for the worlds’ largest logistics service providers. With over 6,000 logistics customers across more than 125 countries, our breakthrough software solutions are renowned for their powerful productivity, extensive functionality, comprehensive integration, deep compliance capabilities, and their truly global reach. From our innovation centre in Sydney and operations in China, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, WiseTech’s global platform is rapidly becoming the operating system for supply chain execution and is changing the world of logistics one innovation at a time.
Jess Wilson is the founder and CEO of online shopping app Stashd.
Jess is a repeat entrepreneur starting her first business at 16, she later dropped out of university after a careers advisor told her she 'didn't have it in her' to have a career in the fashion industry. Jess then went on to work throughout New York and Paris fashion weeks which provided the insight to be able to start Stashd.
Stashd launched in 2014 and now has users in 136 countries and has featured as a 'Best New App' in 11 countries.
Most recently placing as a finalist in 'The Next Unicorn' China's version of Shark Tank cross The Apprentice - Since Jess's success on the TV show Stashd has welcomed TenCent and TenCent Leilai as a shareholder in the business in China.
Jess has been pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in the next 50 years.
Stashd is an online shopping app - changing the way millennials engage with online shopping. Stashd aims to become the largest online digital mall on mobile holding zero stock - currently with access to over 4,000 brands equating to 1 million+ products.
Stashd has adopted the user experience of how a consumer browses in an bricks and mortar store and translates onto mobile with a 'Tinder-esque' (swipe right, swipe left) user experience resulting in high levels of user engagement and data capture of a consumers opinion.
Mike is the CEO of Stan Entertainment; a world-class SVOD service for Australian consumers that he established in 2013. Stan Entertainment is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media. Mike was formerly the CEO of the Microsoft/Nine Entertainment ecommerce joint venture, Cudo, up until its sale in 2013. Prior to that, Mike set up the Invision IPTV service in Dubai as Vice President of IPTV for the Saudi Telecom/Astro Malaysia joint venture Intigral. Before joining Intigral, he headed Corporate Strategy and Business Development at ninemsn (Nine Digital) where he established and developed a portfolio of the company's high growth digital media businesses including the start-up of MSN New Zealand and management of the EPG and listings business HWW. Prior to ninemsn, Mike led the roll out of Optus’ national ADSL network - “Bigfoot.” Mike holds an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Stan is Australia’s leading local subscription video-on-demand provider. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with an outstanding lineup of exclusive premieres such as Better Call Saul, Sherlock, Girlfriend Experience, Transparent and UnREAL. New SHOWTIME series also premiere exclusively on Stan, including Billions and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks in 2017.
Stan Originals include the AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated series No Activity, which returned for a new season in October, and the critically acclaimed AACTA Award-winning drama series Wolf Creek. Several other local projects are currently in development.
Stan’s award-winning TV shows, classic catalogue, blockbuster movies and popular kids content can be watched in full HD on your TV or favourite device, including tablets and smartphones. Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media. For more information visit www.stan.com.au.
Adam Jacobs is the co-founder and Managing Director of online retailer THE ICONIC, and has the privilege of leading a world class team in defining the future of Australian fashion retail.
Since founding THE ICONIC Adam has focused on creating a leading customer experience by breaking the paradigms that existed in online shopping, producing Australia’s most visited fashion site and app, and the market leading ecommerce delivery and returns proposition.
Adam’s previous career was in consulting at The Boston Consulting Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers both in Sydney and Copenhagen, before taking the highly anticipated leap into entrepreneurship. In 2014, Adam was awarded the Young Executive of the Year, and runner up for Managing Director for the Year, by the CEO Magazine’s annual awards.
Tim is CEO and co-founder of Airtasker - a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes - online or via mobile.
Tim is also a founder and director of Tank Stream Labs – a co-working space and entrepreneurial community located in the heart of Sydney CBD.
Prior to starting Airtasker, Tim was a founding team member and investor in mobile startup amaysim, playing a key role in strategy and capital raising. He is a founder and director of several web startups, including online custom shirt design business Joe Button, and motorsport event management group Circuit Club.
Tim has worked as a consulting talent agent at Chic Management and before this, spent five years as an investment banking executive at Macquarie Bank. Tim has a B.Commerce (marketing) from UNSW and was a recipient of the 2016 UNSW Young Alumni award.
Airtasker is a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes - online or via mobile.
Greg Symons is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of SocietyOne and founder of ClearmatchTM. A driven lifetime entrepreneur, Greg has been highly focused in business start-ups in the financial technology space. Greg’s specialty is in developing web-based, industrial grade financial banking and origination systems. With ClearmatchTM, he continues to pioneer disruptive and globally relevant P2P investment and lending platform models for both consumers and institutions. Prior to co-founding SocietyOne in 2011, Australia’s pioneering and largest consumer finance marketplace (peer-to-peer) lender, Greg was based in New Zealand where he and his technology team developed the first online retail lending system in the country in 2000. Greg continued to evolve the platform into a comprehensive banking solution when it was licensed to a number of banks and finance companies in South Africa, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. ClearmatchTM is now a unique SAAS-based direct investment/borrow market ecosystem solution that powers SocietyOne and other finance market companies. Greg is married to Clare and has three children.
SocietyOne is Australia’s pioneering and leading marketplace lender where we match borrowers who need a personal loan directly with our funding investors who provide the money that finance those loans. Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs Greg Symons and Matt Symons (no relation), we are an Australian “fintech” which has grown from a small start-up to a company that now employs more than 80 people with operations in Sydney and Auckland in New Zealand. Proudly known as a “digital disruptor”, we have shaken up the consumer credit market by offering Australians a new way of financing their dreams, whether that is by helping to clear their credit card debt, pay for house renovations, a car, a holiday, or finance a wedding. Backed by our world-class technology and an easy-to-use online application process, we are able to offer one brilliant funding moment to each and every one of our customers who apply successfully for a loan. And at the same time, our funding investors can benefit from solid and stable returns. Since making our first loan in August 2012, we have now topped $200 million in total originated loans, of which $130 million was provided in 2016 alone. We have helped more than 8,000 customers supported by 280 investor funders who include institutions, mutual banks, credit unions, SMSFs and high net worth individuals.
Jost Stollmann is one of Australia’s key fintech pioneers. A passionate entrepreneur, Jost has played a pivotal role in disrupting the payments industry, introducing nextgen banking in Australia by delivering integrated, mobile, cloud-based EFTPOS banking solutions to SMEs under the fintech, Tyro Payments.
After graduating from the Harvard Business School and joining BCG, Jost quickly became a driving force of innovation in Germany. He founded CompuNet in 1984, the largest German network integrator, and turned it into a US$1B company. He then led the expansion of GE Capital IT Solutions across Europe. In each of his roles, Jost was an innovator and a disruptor. Gerhard Schröder appointed him as Federal Shadow Minister of Economy and Technology, where he ran a successful campaign, with Schröder being elected Chancellor of Germany in a landslide victory.
Under his leadership since 2004, Tyro was granted of a full banking licence and raised about $100 million in equity capital. Currently serving more than 17,000 SMEs, Tyro processed $8.6 billion in transactions and generated more than $95 million in revenue in FY16.
After more than 10 years at the helm of Tyro, Jost decided to hand over the reins to Gerd Schenkel, founder of NAB’s U-Bank, in October 2016. As full time Executive Director, Board Member and the largest shareholder, he continues to define the company’s strategic direction while building Tyro’s profile both locally and abroad.
Tyro Payments is Australia’s only independent, and fastest growing, EFTPOS banking institution. Tyro uses its tech DNA and deep banking knowledge to deliver cloud-based, totally integrated and mobile EFTPOS banking solutions to Australia’s SMEs.
Tyro is a key disruptor in the payments space and is quickly introducing ‘nextgen’ banking in Australia, by using new technologies that provide SMEs with frictionless banking that allows them to seamlessly manage their cash-flow and business operations.
Tyro is the first Australian technology company to be granted a full banking licence. It provides credit, debit, EFTPOS card acquiring, Medicare and private health fund claiming and rebating, as well as a mobile fee-free transaction and deposit business account integrated with Xero cloud accounting. It also offers unsecured cash-flow-based lending to Australian EFTPOS merchants.
Currently serving more than 17,000 SMEs, Tyro processed $8.6 billion in transactions and generated more than $95 million in revenue in FY16. In December 2015, Tyro raised about $100 million in equity capital.
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