Today Leadership Victoria held an event, titled Take Your Start-Up to the Next Level. The event focused on the journey a founder of a new business takes and the challenges they may face. The two speakers at the event, Adam Jacoby and Anthea Smits, spoke of their time leading businesses.
Adam Jacoby is the founder of MiVote and various other technology related companies. One of the many points that Adam discussed was the ability to consider two conflicting ideas simultaneously. This skill has to be acquired by Founders and Business Builders so they do not focus too much on one aspect of their business. Which can lead to failure, either to reach goals or the business in its entirety. The example Adam gave was considering the current situation the business has to manage and the goals and vision of the business.
Anthea Smits is the CEO of The Difference Incubator, which helps develop social enterprises. Anthea spoke of the challenges she faced when starting out in her first social enterprise. She discussed the fear of failure that is embedded in starting up a business or social enterprise. While fear of failure is a fantastic driver, Anthea also believed that failure is a fantastic teacher. She discussed how failure help with growth, both in a business and personally, by highlighting areas that are successful and could need improvement.
Both speakers also spoke about the skills they believe a leader should possess. These skills range from empathy and passion through to the ability to think laterally. The audience was also given the opportunity to ask questions. Many related to mentors: what is the best approach to finding a mentor or how to capitalise on the mentor-mentee relationship.
The majority of the attendees with this event were Founders of Start-Up businesses or Social Enterprises, coming from a variety of industries. I spoke with people who are bringing products and services to market with a different approach to many other businesses out there.
The event was held at the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street, the space really demonstrated the heritage of the building and the history of Melbourne. The food on offer was fresh and very tasty, the fan favourite had to be the Corn and Jalapeno Croquettes!
Overall the event was a wonderful insight into the way that a Founder tackles challenges to take their business to the next level. I would definitely attend events organised by Leadership Victoria in the future
Things to Note
- Location: JJ Clark Room, Level 1, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street Melbourne
- Highlight: Invaluable insight into the minds of successful Business Builders
- Cost: Free
- Hot Tip: Come prepared to ask questions
- Venue: 4/5
- Catering: 4/5
- Speaker: 5/5
- Networking Opportunity: 3.5/5