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Start-Ups and Innovation Panel with Doron Ben-Meir, Commercialisation Australia, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, BlueChilli and Lance Kalish, Yes to Inc. 19 November 2013

Lance, moderated a discussion on “Start-Ups and Innovation – The Australian Way.” The panel addressed a Young Business Forum reception with 100 young professionals. The discussion was followed by a Q&A session with the panel. This event was proudly sponsored by DLA Piper.


The World of Start-Ups and Innovation is a burgeoning one with the US and Israel at the forefront. In recent years Australia has become a serious participant from all sides of this complex business environment. We brought together three of our nation’s leading entrepreneurs and experts representing all facets of the innovation life-cycle:


Doron Ben-Meir - Commercialisation Australia provides Australian businesses with access to funding and human resources tailored to help them bring their new intellectual property to market. Doron has extensive experience in the venture capital industry, was a founder/co-founder of six start-up companies, as well as an investor, investment manager, and advisor to several others.


Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin – BlueChilli builds and invests in online companies, with a goal of building 100 start-ups by 2016, a model pioneered by Sebastien called Venture Technology. BlueChilli gives start-ups all the services of a digital agency, training and support through their Sydney and Melbourne incubators and funding support through their venture fund, all of which contributed to being named BRW’s 3rd most innovative company of 2012.


Lance Kalish - Yes To Inc is the maker of global natural skincare brands Yes To Carrots, Yes To Blueberries, and Yes To Cucumbers. In less than three years the brand is now one of the fastest growing skin care companies in the world, with coverage in 28,000 stores in 25 countries. A serial entrepreneur, Lance is one of Australia’s most active and experienced practitioners in the local start-up ecosystem.




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