17 Jan 2018 - 17 Jan 2018
Michael Crouch Innovation Centre

5.30pm - 7.30pm

The flagship offering of the UNSW suite of Founder Programs is the Founder 10x Accelerator, which supports a select cohort of high impact startups. In its first round, the Accelerator has attracted a diverse range of promising student and alumni-led startups from across many faculties.

Once a week we invite a special guest speaker to mingle and share intimate stories and insights from their experiences with our startups and answer some of the burning questions our teams have related to the real challenges they are facing as entrepreneurs.

We would love to invite you as our valued community to join these sessions, and to participate in the Q&A with our special guests.

Guest Speaker

Founder 10x Why Not Wednesday is very excited to host Melissa Widner General Partner at Nab Ventures this week. Nab Ventures, a division of NAB, Australia's largest business bank. Melissa has a deep understanding of both the entrepreneur’s journey and the role of a Venture Capitalist.  

As a CEO she led two companies to successful acquisitions that provided over a 10X return to investors. She co-founded and was the CEO of Silicon Valley enterprise software company, 7Software (acquired by Concur Technologies NASDAQ: CNQR, acquired by SAP).

Melissa served as a general partner at SeaPoint ventures, a US based venture capital firm focused on mobile technologies and SaaS enterprise software solutions. She is an active angel investor who served on the board of US based Alliance of Angels, one of the longest running and most active angel groups in the world. Melissa has served on the boards of several venture backed technology companies. She was a lecturer in the subjects of Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship at University of Washington’s MBA program.

In 2009, Melissa relocated to Sydney with her Australian husband. She co-founded Heads Over Heels, an organisation that works with women entrepreneurs leading companies with high growth potential. She served on the federal government’s Venture Capital Committee and is currently a director at Heads Over Heels and a Board Observer at Veem Technology and Wave app. 

Drinks and nibbles provided.

Please do come along!