PRESS RELEASE : Investor Panel Announced for Start Up Camp

Entrepreneurs in ‘Dragon’s Den’-style weekend event

Marc Englaro, Sydney Angels

Marc Englaro has a much-admired career in senior management of a number of Australia’s best-performing tech companies in the communications and customer management space. Passionate about innovation, he is currently managing his own software services company, InsightfulCRM, and as an active member of Sydney Angels investment group has a keen eye for high-growth potential start-ups.

Cindy Reese-Mitchell, Lighthouse
Innovation/Capital Angels

As Canberra-based Lighthouse Innovations Commercialisation Manager, Cindy possesses well-developed networks in the ACT innovation ecosystem, across Government, research institutions and venture capital. She has been highly instrumental in enabling many talented ACT start-up businesses receive much-need seed capital.

Don Peterson, Gotta Getaway

Local web entrepreneur, Don has an established pedigree of business success and investing throughout his life. A winner of 3 National Awards for entrepreneurial development of energy management software, Don has a wealth of wisdom to impart to ambitious Start Up companies. Don is the brains behind the highly successful GottaGetaway tourism accommodation portal.

Libby Hepburn, Auswide (Board)

Libby, as well as being instrumental in setting up the Sapphire Coast Marine Centre, has a long history of business success. As a former member of the Scottish Enterprise team of top business advisers Libby has over many years provided advice and assistance to numerous developing companies. Libby is currently involved in a range of activities to help develop nature tourism in the region.

Merimbula, NSW, 1 March, 2012: Entrepreneurs on the Sapphire Coast get their chance to validate their web-based business ideas before a highly credentialed Investor Panel at the fast-approaching SeaChange Start Up Camp Merimbula to be held on the weekend of March 9th to the 11th. Like their peers in the popular ABC show ‘Dragon’s Den’ the panel will ask some hard questions of the businesses being pitched, but significantly, the Start Up Camp environment will be one of positivity and encouragement.

The Investor Panel comprises both local high-achievers and representatives from the investor communities of both Sydney and Canberra.

And in an additional boost for the Start Up event, Master of Ceremony duties during the weekend will be undertaken by highly regarded local media and business identities, Sophie Campbell and Jo Thorpe.

Start Up Camps have been running all over the world in recent years and have provided many successful entrepreneurs with their first taste of the fast-paced world of building web-based businesses. This is one of the first Start Up Camps ever to be run outside of a metropolitan region.

Friday March 9th at 5PM

Sunday March 11th at 12 Noon

Pambula Surf Life Saving Club

The weekend is being organised by the Sapphire Coast’s local technology and business group IntoIT (visit
IntoIT is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. A small charge towards costs is sought from participants.

Contact: Liam O’Duibhir (0417 579 079) or Ivan McKay (0409 981 954)


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