Over the years Business News Australia has reported on the achievements of thousands of entrepreneurs through our editorial coverage, bringing to light their incredible stories while drawing inspiration from their resilience, creativity and leadership. 

In that same spirit we are excited to be hosting our inaugural E2E Summit (Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur) on 16-17 February at the ivy in Sydney, bringing together some of the nation’s top business minds.  

The intimate event will feature talks and Q&As with some of Australia’s most exceptional founders, touching on themes ranging from personal success stories and overcoming adversity to tales of positive disruption, the importance of meaningful ESG engagement, how to effectively raise capital, and more. 

THURSDAY 16th FEBRUARY

Alex Bottomley
Co-founder of Ampersand Projects

Julie Mathers
Founder of Flora & Fauna
and owner of Snuggle Hunny

Vu Tran
Co-founder of unicorn GO1

Steve Maarbani
Founder of VentureCrowd

8.30 - 9.00 AM

Arrival & Registration

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome Address

9:15 - 10:00 AM
Jade Spooner
Co-founder of Equalution and Big Uppetite

What began with a one-way ticket to Silicon Valley for Jade Spooner became the successful digital pocket nutrition coach Equalution, but earlier this year the entrepreneur parted ways with the fast-growing company to chase the next big idea - Big Uppetite, which is helping start-ups around Australia thrive in the online space in tech, marketing and business coaching. 

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Tom Caska
Co-founder of Aerologix

"Lean in to the fall” is the message from Tom Caska, whose career as a Qantas pilot was shattered when he broke his neck. Through adversity, he took back control of his life and transferred his skills to another form of aircraft, in 2019 co-founding Aerologix as an ‘Uber for Drones.

10.45 - 11.15 AM
Morning Tea Break
11.15 - 12.00 PM
Alexis Soulopoulos  
Co-founder of Mad Paws

Having started as a pet sitting platform back in 2014, Mad Paws has since grown to offer a full suite of pet services including dog walking & grooming, pet food delivery and even insurance for our furry friends. Founder Alexis listed the company on the ASX in 2021
and has completed a raft of strategic acquisitions since then.

12.00  - 1.00 PM
Lunch Break
1.00 - 1:45 PM
Fireside chat with Trevor Folsom, co-founder of Investible and Matt Ogg, editor of Business News Australia

Trevor Folsom is one of Australia’s most active and successful angel investors in the Australian tech start-up ecosystem and is the co-founder and chair of early-stage venture capital firm Investible. He is a driving force behind Investible’s active global community of investors, serves on the board of listed education provider Kip McGrath and is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UNSW.

1:45 - 2.30 PM
Julie Mathers
Founder of Flora & Fauna and owner of Snuggle Hunny

Julie Mathers founded vegan, ethical and sustainable products e-comm platform Flora & Fauna in 2014, before selling the company for $30 million to BWX last year. Since then, the entrepreneur has gone on to acquire a new business herself, babywear brand Snuggle Hunny Kids. 

2:30 - 3.15 PM
Stuart  Cook
Former global CEO of Zambrero, co-founder of Flave, founding partner TWIYO Capital

Whether it’s through early stage investing in high-impact businesses with TWIYO Capital or working on Oz Harvest’s new venture arm to back food waste and food ecosystem technologies, Stuart Cook is out to make a difference. A former CEO of Zambrero, he knows how restaurants can effect positive change at scale and co-founded emerging plant-based chain Flave. 

3.15 - 3:30 PM
Afternoon Tea Break
3:30 - 4.15 PM

Anaita Sarkar
Co-founder and CEO of Hero Packaging
 

Aiming to reduce waste in the e-commerce industry, Hero Packaging was founded by husband-and-wife team Anaita Sarkar and Vikram Davé, creating and selling zero waste, home-compostable shipping mailers and sustainable packaging to online retailers on a global scale.

4:15 - 5.00 PM
Alex Bottomley
Co-founder of Ampersand Projects

Innovation is at the core of Ampersand Projects and front of mind for co-founder Alex Bottomley. Having been in the ready-to-drink space before international conglomerates wanted a sip, the alcohol brand has steadily built a reputation that is fun and fizzy. 

5.00 -7.00 PM
Sunset drinks and canapés

Tom Caska
Co-founder of Aerologix

Trevor Folsom
Co-founder and chair of Investible

Anaita Sarkar
Co-founder of Hero Packaging

Alexis Soulopoulos
Co-founder of Mad Paws

FRIDAY 17th FEBRUARY

Jade Spooner
Co-founder of Equalution
and Big Uppetite

Dr Stephen Morse 
Founder of Unchained Solutions

Stuart Cook
Former Global CEO of Zambrero,
co-founder of Flave, founding partner TWIYO Capital

Xavier Orr
CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation

8.30 - 9.00 AM

Arrival & Registration

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome Address

9:15 - 10:00 AM
Steve Maarbani
Founder of VentureCrowd

Steve Maarbani's VentureCrowd is changing the way Australians invest. Having built a 64,000-strong membership base, VentureCrowd backs successful startups with strong track records that are able to deliver venture capital exits for investors.

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Dr Stephen Morse
Founder of Unchained Solutions

Having assisted and advocated for survivors of human trafficking in Europe and Australia, Dr Stephen Morse has a deep understanding of modern slavery and what it means for businesses to address this issue in their supply chains and operations. In 2018, he founded Unchained Solutions to offer modern slavery analysis tools, e-learning courses and improvement strategies for companies looking to better their ESG.

10.40 - 11.00 AM
Morning Tea Break
11.00 - 12.00 PM
Vu Tran
Co-founder of GO1

What does it take to build a unicorn? If anyone knows, it’s co-founder of Go1, Vu Tran. Having started the business back in 2009, Tran and his co-founders have transformed the global workplace training platform into an internationally recognised smash hit. 

12.00  - 1.00 PM
Lunch Break
1.00 - 1:45 PM
Xavier Orr, CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation

From aiding ocean restoration to guiding spacecraft for the next NASA moon landing, Advanced Navigation’s robotic and navigation technology can be applied to a wide range of challenges. With more than 1,200 clients, the company offers expertise across fields including sensors, GNSS, inertial navigation, RF technologies, acoustics, robotics, AI and algorithms.

EARLY BIRD 2-DAY PASS: $675 ($975)

SAVE $300

Bringing brilliant entrepreneurs together.


Please call us on 07 3608 2068 or email [email protected] if you need any further information.