In light of Sydney’s current lockdown, this event series has been postponed. We’ll update this article once new dates have been announced, and when we can host these for you safely.
Looking for a good drink and even better industry insights? Over three nights, Pedestrian Group will be hosting panels of industry leaders in partnership with Wild Turkey Longbranch, inviting attendees to wonder what can happen when conventional ways of thinking are challenged. The same kind of creativity and collaboration that Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell and Creative Director Matthew McConaughey used to create Longbranch Bourbon.
The Branches is part networking event, part Q&A session at Sydney’s Sake Restaurant and Bar. Great for those looking to connect with like-minded individuals or are just keen on sipping a cocktail or two while soaking up insights from some of the country’s foremost creative business leaders.
The Q&A session will be hosted by Business Insider Australia editor, James Hennessy. Guests will then be treated to a Wild Turkey Longbranch tasting session including canapes and three unique cocktails.
Each night will cover a different topic and feature different panellists. See the details below.
Creativity and Collaboration – TBC
This talk will explore everything from creative ideation to the process of getting investors involved in a business.
The panel will include Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan, the co-founders of Equity Mates, Australia’s largest finance and investing podcast network, along with Harry Hunter and Erin Moy, the co-founders of creative production firm Entropico.
Bryce and Alec founded Equity Mates Media in 2017 to educate and engage young Australians on both finance and investing, hosting big-name guests from former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to international cricket star Usman Khawaja.
Harry Hunter is the co-founder of Entropico, one of Australia’s leading creative production firms. He’s directed work for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Netflix, Spotify, Red Bull, Telstra, Samsung, Penfolds, Google, YouTube, Jack Daniels and more.
He’ll be joined by co-founder Erin Moy, an ex-journalist and editor who’s worked across ELLE, Broadsheet, Groove and more.
The Future of Business – TBC
Covering the future of markets, technology, startups and more, told by Who Gives A Crap founder Simon Griffiths and Elisa Choy, economist and data strategist at Maven Data, the world’s first AI-powered strategic market research company.
Launched in 2012, Who Gives A Crap is a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that donates half of its profits to help the developing world build toilets. In the early days, Simon agreed to sit on a toilet until the first $50,000 worth of toilet rolls were sold, streamed live via a web feed.
Maven Data‘s Elisa Choy is a powerhouse of prediction, using data to gain insights into just about everything, from who Australia might favour in the next election to when our borders will reopen and more. She’ll share these predictions during her talk, along with how Maven is taking market research into the 21st century with big data and AI.
Scalability and Growing Pains – TBC
The final session will cover business expansion and its associated challenges. Unyoked co-founders Chris and Cam Grant will be joined by Startmate Head of Accelerator, Sascha Kerbert and Head of Fellowship, Sophia Witherington.
Unyoked is an Australian travel startup launched in 2017 by the Grant twins to change the way we see the outdoors. Whether it’s collaboratively designing cabins with Wild Turkey and megastar Matthew McConaughey called The Reserve or releasing an EP of nature-inspired beats with Aussie musicians, the Grants want to do everything to help you see and use nature the same way you do the gym.
Startmate is a rapidly-growing startup accelerator that operates across Australia and New Zealand. Before joining as the Head of Accelerator and masterminding Startmate’s Founder’s Fellowship program, Sascha Kerbert worked at the VC-backed fintech company Spaceship. He’ll be joined by the Fellowship Program lead, Sophia Witherington, who quadrupled the size of the Women Fellowship within months of joining the team in early-2020.
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