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Join us for the second session in our four-part series, where we ask investors, founders and subject matter specialists what they are paying attention to right now - and what the downturn really means for Australia's startup ecosystem. Gain actionable insights into the state of play from those in the thick of it, and get key takeaways from each session that can be applied to your startup.

SESSION #2: Conserving capital AND RUNWAY: practical tips for founders to slow cash burn OVER THE NEXT 1, 3 AND 6 MONTHS.

Wednesday 14th September 8.30am – 9.30am AEST [Online]

In a down economy investors agree: Behaviours must change. Founders need to conserve capital and runway, but what does this mean in action? In this session, Amanda Price speaks to Rachael Neumann, Charlie Wood and Robyn Langsford to unpack tangible actions founders and their teams can take to extend runway and increase operational efficiency.


Session 2 Panellists

  • Charlie Wood, CEO, Wiise. Charlie is a 25+ year veteran of the technology industry covering business leadership, VC investing, strategic consulting, marketing and product management. He has built two different startups and mentored many more through raising funds, product market fit and scalable go to market activity.
  • Robyn Langsford, Partner - Family Business & Private Clients, KPMG Australia. A trusted adviser to startups and expanding businesses, Robyn has worked with companies at all stages of growth, from CSIRO early-stage businesses through to IPO with MoneyMe Financial Group. Robyn is a proud supporter of founders, who she believes are the next generation of talent and the ecosystem that continues to drive Australia forward.
  • Rachael Neumann, Founding Partner, Flying Fox Ventures. A founding partner of Flying Fox Ventures, Rachael has is a strategic advisor and investor to a number of founders and their early stage companies. Over her career, she has worked with thousands of early stage startups as Head of Startups for Amazon Web Services ANZ, a Partner at Startmate, and in her two Federal Government appointments distributing funding for the Accelerating Commercialisation & Boosting Female Founders Initiative programs.



Registrations have now closed for this Q&A. If you missed it, you can view the recording here.


Session #1: 3 views: How should founders prepare for the decline in valuations and investor interest?

Wednesday 7th September, 8.30am – 9.30am [Online]

Investors are tightening their wallets, but what does this mean for founders? Head of High Growth Ventures' Amanda Price speaks to three specialists to get their take on how founders should be responding to the market crunch.

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Session #3: Slowdown means re-evaluating valuations: How to avoid a down round for your startup.

Wednesday 21st September, 8.30am – 9.30am [Online]

With a downturn comes the possibility of dipping valuations. So what can founders do to avoid the impacts of excessive dilution and creating an uninvestible startup? We speak to specialists about the different options founders can take to avoid a down round.

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Session #4: Investor Outlook: How do VCs prepare for a market downturn? How will the changing market conditions impact the way they operate and invest.

Wednesday 19th October, 8.30am – 9.30am [Online]

How will VCs adjust their investing behaviour? What happens to a VC's dry powder if they can't deploy it over the next 12-24 months? Which industries are least impacted and offer growth opportunities to startups and scaleups currently? In the final session, Australian VCs demystify how investors are actually responding to the downturn.

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