Startup Grind comes to Asia Pacific for the first time

Melbourne will be the first city in Asia Pacific to host the world-class Startup Grind Conference on 6 and 7 December 2018.  The conference, which has previously been held in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and London, is brought to Australia as part of a new partnership with MYOB, a prominent Australian technology company, and TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading Ticketing, Live Entertainment and Data Analytics company.

Startup Grind will be held at the Plenary at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6 and 7 December 2018.  Thanks to MYOB, a limited number of early bird tickets are on sale now at this link: A 2-Day Pass (Early Bird) is available for $301.70 from Thursday 23 August at 5pm.

The 2-Day Pass standard price is $403.65 and will be available to purchase from 10am on Wednesday 29 August from

Startup Grind was founded in Silicon Valley in 2010 as a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs across all sectors of the economy.  It has grown into the largest independent start up community in the world, actively educating, inspiring and connecting more than 1.5 million entrepreneurs in over 400 cities and 120 countries.

Startup Grind’s first Asia Pacific event will bring hundreds of founders and investors together each day, inspired by high-profile speakers, plus exhibiting startups. Bringing together great content and great people in an incredible setting, injecting some custom-built networking technology, and topping it all off with an unrivalled feeling of intimacy is how Startup Grind guarantees amazing business and an awesome experience.

Guy Kawasaki headlines international line up of speakers

International headline speakers include Guy Kawasaki (The Art of the Start 2.0, Chief Evangelist of Canva), Genevieve Leveille (Co-Chair techUK Distributed Ledger Technologies), William Bao Bean (Managing Director, Chinaccelerator), and Jessica Alter (Entrepreneur in Residence, Social Capital). Many more speakers will be announced soon.

Geoff Jones, Chief Executive Officer of TEG, said the conference will be a landmark event for all Australians who understand that innovation and technological change are the keys to the nation’s economic future.

“Having Startup Grind in Australia is like hosting the World Cup of the hottest innovations in business development and latest insights and trends going around,” said Jones.

“As the CEO of a company that has launched our own startups in data analytics and technology in recent times, I see Startup Grind as a great launch pad to bring ideas to business reality.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have secured this event for Melbourne. We will have some of the world’s most successful innovators and thinkers mixing with industry leaders, investors and the many ambitious Australian startup entrepreneurs who are our future.”

Local startup scene bolstered by global attention

MYOB Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Birch, said MYOB is committed to helping businesses succeed and understands the challenges startups face.

“We are thrilled to bring one of best startup conferences in the world to Australia,” Birch said.

“As one of Australia’s largest tech companies, we’re excited to partner with Startup Grind and bring some truly inspirational speakers and guests to our community.”

Startup Grind is supported by global companies such as Google and Oracle.

Startup Grind Founder and CEO Derek Andersen said he was thrilled to take the event to Australia.

“Startup Grind is very excited about hosting its first conference in Asia Pacific. We have seen incredible growth across the region, particularly in China and we are now represented in 50+ cities across Asia Pacific. Melbourne is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world with amazing companies that have supported us over the years including our friends at MYOB and TEG. I am certainly looking forward to joining all our friends there for your summer!”

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About MYOB

MYOB is a leading provider of online business management solutions. MYOB makes business life easier for approximately 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, job costing, inventory and more. MYOB operates across three core segments – Clients and Partners (business solutions to SMEs and Advisers); Enterprise Solutions (larger businesses) and Payment Solutions. We also provide ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. We are committed to ongoing innovation, particularly through our Connected Practice Strategy and through the development of the MYOB Platform.

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About Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s largest entrepreneurship community of 1.5 million entrepreneurs, designed to educate, connect, and inspire founders in their local ecosystems. Startup Grind produces events and media for founders, investors, and technologists in over 400 cities and 120 countries. Since being founded in Silicon Valley in 2010, Startup Grind has hosted over 2,500 events and connected millions of founders with investors, new hires, mentors, and resources. #startupgrind

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