Program & Speakers

Our first keynote speaker from from Rebel Food Tasmania (an insect farmer) will share the journey of establishing a truly novel product and especially focusing on the amount of effort required at the beginning of a new food business to establish solid foundations; and then being ready to launch a new food product ahead of the curve. The first Q&A Panel for the day will continue the discussion about identifying worthy trends and how to pick them, knowing the risks associated and what to be aware of, the attributes of a business (and owner) ready to scale up, how to respond to changing market demands and being prepared for new business opportunities. Panel Members are: Bonbo, KHQ Lawyers, Nutrition Darling with Smoothie Bombs.

Our second keynote speaker from Chobani (a successful food manufacturer running an Accelerator Program) will discuss how and why larger companies in the food industry are actively working to grow the start ecosystem in the Australian food industry. The panel members will be sharing tips on identifying the start up programs and funding opportunities available to young players in the food industry, introduce you to the concepts of coworking spaces, venture capitalists and other forms of support. The discussion will cover the startup ecosystem in general and how to maximise the help available to make sure your food venture is as successful as it can be.

Find more information about our MC and keynote speakers after the Expo Program details.

Expo Program

Time Activity

10am Doors open

10:30am to 10:55am Official welcome: Jane Del Rosso, Owner of The Business of Food & our MC: Danielle Storey, CEO of Eastern Innovation

11:30am to 11:55am Key note speaker: Louise Morris from Rebel Food Tasmania

12:00pm to 12:45pm Panel 1 Creating your Food Business

1:00pm to 2:00pm Networking lunch

2:15pm to 2:40pm Key note speakers: Olivia Dickinson and Damian Young from Chobani

2:45pm to 3:30pm Panel 2 Boosting your Food Business

4:30pm to 4:45pm Closing address

5pm Expo closes

More about our MC and Keynote Speakers

Danielle Storey, Eastern Innovation

Danielle Storey, Eastern Innovation

Danielle Storey: is the CEO of Eastern Innovation (EI), a not-for-profit innovation and startup hub that serves East and South East Melbourne and is proudly supported by the City of Monash. Danielle is also an author, international business co-owner and innovation champion. She is passionate about the future of work, business and life and would, without hesitation, jump into and trial a driverless vehicle on Melbourne roads, buy and wear the latest wearable or play with the latest technology available that let’s humans do what they are good at – engage with each other in a way that makes the world a happier place. Danielle is also an LGA Advisory Board Member and Metropolitan Partnerships (Eastern) Committee Member.

Louise Morris, Rebel Food Tasmania

Louise Morris, Rebel Food Tasmania

Louise Morris: is the Director and founder of Rebel Food Tasmania, the only premium edible insect farm in Australia using a food systems approach. Louise came to edible insect farming after more than twenty years working in environmental campaigns and advocacy, sustainability consulting, political advisor and in her distant past a vet nurse.

Louise is also a founding board member of the Insect Protein Association of Australia (IPAA) the industry representative body for the insect industry in Australia, and chairs the Food Working Group of the IPAA.

Damian Young, Chobani Australia

Damian Young, Chobani Australia

Damian Young: is the General Manager Marketing of Chobani Australia. Damian is a senior marketer with over 20 years experience in FMCG. He joined Chobani as part of the start-up leadership team in Australia and has been with the business for nearly 8 years. Chobani has been a remarkable success since launching in Australia and is now the #1 Yogurt brand in Australia by sales value. Chobani remains a founder led business. Damian offers insight on how to balance a founders vision and growing a food company rapidly.

Olivia Dickinson: is the Digital and Communications Marketing Manager of Chobani Australia, will also be speaking.