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Young Business Forum

About the YBF

The YBF is Australia’s leading networking organisation for young business professionals in Australia. We host events featuring high caliber speakers, including leading political and business figures. We also deliver mentoring and training programs. 

 Our Mission is to:

  1. Inspire, grow and connect Australia’s future business leaders; and
  2. Provide our members with opportunities to explore Israel’s unique entrepreneurial and innovative culture.  

Joining the YBF is the best way to network with emerging business leaders in Australia.  Unlike industry organisations, the YBF offers events across all industry sectors.  With over 1200 members in Victoria alone, from diverse industries such as financial services, consulting, technology and manufacturing, and with uniquely strong ties to the start-up capital of the world, the YBF is the fastest growing business forum in Melbourne.

What is the YBF’s relationship with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce?

The YBF is a division of the AICC, born from the need to have a dedicated network for young professionals to emerge as the next generation of business leaders in Australia.

What is the YBF’s connection to Israel?

As the young division of the AICC, the YBF is focused on celebrating and exposing Australia’s emerging business leaders to Israel’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

With an office in Tel-Aviv and a strong network of business contacts in Israel, the YBF and AICC help foster relationships and collaboration between Australian and Israeli business, Government and academic institutions. With the Australian start-up ecosystem beginning to flourish and with Israel leading the world in the fields of cyber security, water preservation and agriculture technology, the YBF has an integral role to play in the upcoming business landscape in Australia.

Israel’s dynamic tech startup scene is no secret. The country has been called the “start-up nation” for years and, today, only the U.S. and China have more companies listed on the NASDAQ than Israel’s 90 – worth a total of $40 billion. Innovation in Israel continues at a startling pace and a new crop of Israeli tech startups are on their way up, transforming healthcare, entertainment, finance, media and a myriad of other industries.

Australia has already recognised it can learn a lot from Israel. In recent times there have been investments into Israel’s vibrant startup scene with Square Peg Capital establishing an office in Tel Aviv to source opportunities and crowd funders OurCrowd and iAngeles all attracting significant Australian Investments. The Federal government’s recently announced Global Innovation Policy chose Tel Aviv as one of 5 international landing pad destinations worldwide identifying Tel Aviv as a global innovation hotspot.

Our vision is that our emerging Australian business leaders will connect with all that Israel has to offer to the benefit of both countries.

Who runs the YBF?

The YBF is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a team of dedicated volunteers. The managing committee is comprised of leading young professionals. More details about them can be found on the YBF website. 

Connect with the YBF by visiting their website and Facebook page