Upcoming Events (10 – 16 February 2013)
February 8, 2013

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York Butter Factory Upcoming Events (10 – 16 February 2013)

Over the next week, York Butter Factory will be hosting 7 very exciting events and workshops that will inspire, educate, and cultivate entrepreneurial spirit.

(Click on the event headings to head to their respective websites)


1. Tuesday Skillshare – Capacity to Create by Paul Higgins (12 February 2013, 12:00 PM)

Every Tuesday, York Butter Factory hosts Tuesday Skillshare sessions at lunchtime (12:00 PM). Skillshare sessions are hosted by a member of the startup or York Butter Factory community with a skill to share with everyone else (as the name suggests), and attendees are welcome to bring along their lunches to these sessions. These skills are not limited to their area of expertise, and could range from a lesson they picked up from a book, to the experiences they gathered from travelling.

For our previous Skillshare sessions in 2012, we saw Marc Harrison give a talk about how to refine your presentation, Christopher Ballard (Launcher from Uber) on his experience launching Uber in 7 locations around the world, and Tim Morris on Video Production.

To kick of 2013’s Skill Share Sessions, Paul Higgins from eCoaching will be hosting a workshop called ‘Capacity to Create’. This workshop will cover the many productivity tools which could potentially aid in streamlining your workflow, ideas on how to control your mental state to get more out of your day, and other ideas on how to stay productive.

Everyone is welcome to our Skillshare sessions, and we’re always keen on meeting new and exciting people!


2. Startup Sales Hustle (11 February 2013, 6:00 PM)

Are you running your own sales strategy and feeling a little bit lost, frusturated and in need of a helping hand to show you the next steps on how your sales strategy can become more efficient and effective?

You’re not alone.

The good news is, almost everyone feels the same way. The better news is, now we’re doing something about it. Every month, 12 times a year, Melbourne’s startup scene will converge on an evening of startup sales huddling to share the best practices and procedures to skyrocket your sales.

Sales is arguably the most critical component of transforming your startup into a sustainable business because without paying customers, your startup is just one expensive hobby.

Now you have the opportunity to take control and take your sales strategy to the next level.


3. Startup Leadership Program (12 February 2013, 6:00 PM)

Startup Leadership Program is a selective, world-class training program for entrepreneurs who want to become top startup CEOs. Melbourne SLP Fellows will build a life-long network with a group of outstanding founders, and connect with a growing community of business partners, experts, advisors and investors.

The York Butter Factory has hosted the Startup Leadership Program since 2012, and we are certainly very excited to see the quality of entrepreneurs coming through the program in 2013.


4. Melbourne Mobile Meetup – Prototyping and Architecting your Apps (12 February 2013 (6:30 PM)

For this Melbourne Mobile Meetup session,  we take a step back from developing your apps to look at a variety of tools and techniques for ensuring a better built app in the long run.

These include tools, processes and best practice advice for creating paper and digital versions of what it is your app is actually going to do, giving you a simple example of your ideas to show to users before diving into code.

We also look at how best to architect your app for optimum use and flexibility, wether you are looking to create a responsive design or a pure downloadable app.

This will be the first time the Melbourne Mobile Meetup will be held at the York Butter Factory, and there will be many more to come!


5. Startup Grind with Red Bubble (13 February 2013, 6:00 PM)

Startup Grind is a 40-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. Rooted in the heart of Silicon Valley, Startup Grind brings the world’s greatest founders and investors to tell their stories on stage and share it with our global startup community.

This Startup Grind session will see Red Bubble founder Martin Hosking in a fireside chat with the crowd, answering questions about his startup and about the incredible growth that Red Bubble has seen (raising $6.5 Million and topping 1 Million orders).


6. Clojure Meetup Group (14 February 2013, 6:00 PM)

The Clojure Melbourne Meetup Group consists of those who are interested in the Clojure programming language.


7. Advance Innovation Program Pitch Fest 2013 (15 February 2013, 5:30 PM)

Join us in selecting Australia’s most innovative start-ups for the 2013 Advance Innovation Program. Companies will have just 5 minutes to convince a panel of senior entrepreneurs and investors that their technology has what it takes to play on the global stage.

Selected companies will depart to the U.S. in April to take part in the Advance Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley.

Companies pitching include;

  • Veridocx – Felix Thiang
  • AdvisoryLabs – Shane Yin
  • MComms TV – Grant Simonds
  • Capture Us – Alexandra Kinloch & Ben Rashleigh
  • HealthKit – Alison Hardacre
  • dataGO – Peter Cain
  • Marketing for Restaurants – James Eling
  • OneTouch- Hany Pham
  • Slipperfits – Michael Scanlon


It’s going to be an exciting week ahead for the startup ecosystem!