Premier Partner

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Creative and knowledge-intensive industries are vitally important to economic development and the City of Perth recognises the significant role that entrepreneurship and innovation plays in driving tangible economic outcomes.  To enable creativity and innovation to flourish in Perth, the City is a strong and proud supporter of cross-industry networking, collaboration and capacity building activities.

 Venue Partner

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Spacecubed is Perth's hotspot for co-working, collaboration and innovation! Spacecubed brews entrepreneurship through support of organisations that foster knowledge, networking and events in the startup, technology and social innovation spaces.

Legal Partners 

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Elevation Legal, Adam Law Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and Rohan Wallace Patent and Trademark Services are collaborating as the Legal and IP Partners.  Elevation Legal( assists clients in the legal and commercial aspects of establishment, R&D, innovation and technology commercialisation.  Adam Law ( and Rohan Wallace ( are Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, each running a firm that assist clients with obtaining patent and trade mark protection and providing strategic advice in relation to the same.  All three firms have a wealth of experience and expertise in assisting start-ups, early stage growth companies as well as, established businesses.


Cofounders, Hiring and Firing

Perth 2013 Semester

What talent do you need in the beginning to be successful? How do you recruit the first team members with extremely limited resources? How do you conduct a thorough interviewing process? How do you compensate? How do you set expectations, measure results and remove or fire under-performing resources? Do you need a cofounder? Do you need to have engineering in-house?

Recruit your first team members.
2013-04-04, 06:30 PM


Paul de Grijp
Founder, BackupAgent

In 2003 Paul founded BackupAgent, a cloud backup software vendor based in the Netherlands. The software is being sold via 300 partners in 40 countries to 50,000 SMEs. The company has 25 employees and is profitable. As a software entrepreneur with over 9 years business...

Sarah Mateljan
Co-Founder, PD Online

Sarah is a Director and co-Founder of two companies: Professional Development Online, which has developed a cutting edge cloud learning platform that delivers rich media seamlessly to smartphones, tablets and PCs; and LawCPD, which provides online CPD training for lawyers...

Matthew Macfarlane
Venture Capital Investment Director, Yuuwa Capital

Venture Capital Investment Director at Yuuwa Capital, Matt is an IT start-up entrepreneur, and Chartered Accountant with international business development and M&A experience in telecommunications and multi-national data comms companies. Matt has worked in very large and ...

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