Learn & grow faster than your startup needs you to.

Upside helps Founders optimise themselves, their teams and their business so they can keep leading the business they started. Learn from people who know the founder journey in a cohort of your peers at the same Series A-B growth stage as you.

Learn & grow faster than your startup needs you to.

Upside helps Founders optimise themselves, their teams and their business. Learn from people who know the founder journey in a cohort of your peers at the same Series A-B growth stage as you.

KPMG High Growth Ventures

Sponsored by KPMG High Growth Ventures

KPMG High Growth Ventures is a team dedicated to startup founders and the Australian startup ecosystem. Our unique, founder-first approach helps founders develop as leaders, enhance team work and improve business performance under pressure.

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Why
Upside?

Hi, Craig here, co-founder of Sendle, Startmate mentor and ringmaster of Upside Founder Programs.

Having been on my own startup journey and mentored, invested in, and advised many other founders, including Startmate cohorts and companies in KPMG’s High Growth Ventures’ portfolio, I can tell you that the best founders are the ones determined to learn and grow faster

than their startup needs them to.* That means optimising themselves, their team, and the business itself.

These are not easy skills to master and they’re almost impossible to acquire on your own.

Why
Upside?

Hi, Craig here, co-founder of Sendle, Startmate mentor and ringmaster of Upside Founder Programs.

Having been on my own startup journey and having mentored and advised many other founders, including Startmate cohorts and companies in KPMG’s High Growth Ventures’ portfolio, I can tell you that the best founders are the ones determined to learn and grow faster than their startup needs them to*, and become the best possible leaders of their business. That means optimising themselves, their team, and the business itself.

These are not easy skills to master and they’re almost impossible to acquire on your own.

Upside is informed by years of real-world experiences and decades of exploration into human performance, leadership and wellbeing.

The program is delivered by some of the world’s best practitioners excited to share actionable models, insights and practices that you can use straight away.

We use a unique combination of skills training, technology, experiences, cohort support and accountability, and data to help you unlock your full potential.

Programs run over three consecutive modules, each one a three month period involving one day (and that same evening) per month.

Powerful, practical learning

Upside is informed by years of real-world experiences and two decades worth of exploration into human performance, leadership and wellbeing.

We use a unique combination of skills training, technology, experiences, cohort support and accountability, and data to help you unlock your full potential.

Programs run over three consecutive modules, each one a three month period involving one day (and that same evening) per month.

The program is delivered by some of the world’s best practitioners excited to share actionable models, insights and practices that you can use straight away.

Powerful, practical learning

Modules

Optimising the Founder

Module 1 – Optimising the Founder.

In person in Sydney – February 4, March 4, April 1, 2021. Build your emotional intelligence capabilities, improve your ability to focus, better understand and enhance your physical health, learn how to boost your energy, and discover how to develop your personal and professional relationships.

Optimising the Team.

Module 2 – Optimising the Team.

In person in Sydney – Q2, 2021. What are high performing teams and company cultures made of? How do you design, build and lead your own? What is workforce planning and when do you need to start? People, love ‘em, are complicated so learn how to lead them to deliver the best work of their careers.

Optimising the Business

Module 3 – Optimising the Business.

In person in Sydney – Q3, 2021. Scaling your business requires customers and capital. But where will they come from? What is the role of product, marketing, sales and business model design? Before you start thinking about bringing more customers and more money into the mix, we get you to step back and challenge your own assumptions.

Up skill, up speed, up scale

Upside is definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for short-term fixes or silver bullets, aren’t willing to put the work in on yourself, your team, your business and your network to access real upside, then you should probably look elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you’re excited by the prospect of learning and growing faster than your business needs you to, and being the best founder and leader you can be, we’d love to be working with you.

Onwards, upwards.
Craig.

Sustainable high performance

Upside is definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for short-term fixes or silver bullets, aren’t willing to put the work in on yourself, your team, your business and your network to access real upside, then you should probably look elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you’re excited by the prospect of learning and growing faster than your business needs you to, and being the best founder and leader you can be, we’d love to be working with you.

Onwards, upwards.
Craig.

Faculty

Craig Davis 2022

Craig Davis

Co-founder, Sendle. Mentor, Startmate. Advisor, KPMG High Growth Ventures. Teacher, Search Inside Yourself. Helping founders realise their full potential and be the best person to lead their businesses as they grow.

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann

Startup super fan. Early stage investor. Big picture thinker. Customer + product junkie. Voracious reader. Extreme walker. Wanna be farmer. Art Wank. Wife keeper. Kid wrangler. Dog lover. No shoes.

James Tynan

James Tynan

Principal on the investment team at Square Peg. Previously CEO of Startmate, Australia’s leading seed fund and startup network. Prior to that, James was based in Silicon Valley where he helped scale Khan Academy from YouTube success to the largest ed-tech organisation in the world.

Michelle Duval

Michelle Duval

Professional coach to high growth founders and their teams, researcher on founder and co-founder mindset, founder of Fingerprint for Success.

Lauren Capelin

Lauren Capelin

Principal, Startmate. On the lookout for Australia and New Zealand’s best founders before they even know it!

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Vu Tran

Cofounded GO1.com with my best mates from high school where my main focus was heading up growth of b2b sales. Also a doctor (GP) and still practice a day a week in my own time.

Justin Angsuwat

Justin Angsuwat

Chief People Officer. Startup advisor. Passionate explorer. Fuelled by adventure and discovering the unknown. Life learner. Happiness sherpa.

Michael Batko

Michael Batko

Started out in corporate (Finance @ American Express, consulting @ PwC/KPMG) before working at two of the largest Australian marketplaces MadPaws and Expert360. After taking Expert360 through a $14m Series B he joined Startmate, Australia’s most ambitious accelerator, first as Head of Operations and now as CEO.

Sarah Mills-Krutilek

Sarah Mills-Krutilek

Managing Director and Director of Talent. Previously US-based Head of Recruiting for Twitter’s Global Sales Organization and led Marketing recruitment at Dropbox. Recruited for and advised companies such as Tesla, Apple, MixPanel, Chronosphere, Charles Schwab, Sephora, and Louis Vuitton. Love helping pre-IPO companies set up recruiting processes and scale rapidly. Oh, and I now live in Melbourne.

Paul Naphtali

Paul Naphtali

Founded Rampersand, an early stage Australian tech VC, after a career working with tech startups in commercial marketing roles in Australia, Europe and Silicon Valley

Rod Hamilton

Rod Hamilton

Co-founder, Culture Amp. Passionate about building high-performance teams, Rod leads Culture Amp’s Product org of over 150 Product Managers, Designers, Engineers, and everyone involved in building the world’s most impactful People & Culture Platform.

Scott Draper

Scott Draper

Married with 3 kids, I’ve achieved and struggled. Former pro athlete (tennis and golf), high-performance coach, now leadership consultant, coach and facilitator. Known for my authenticity, humility and ability to help leaders and teams perform.

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm focussed on investing in the best global tech startups being formed in Australia. Prior to Blackbird, Rick ran MLC’s venture capital portfolio with investments of over half a billion dollars. Prior to MLC, Rick co-founded two successful software companies: IDC Global and Right Party Connect.

Eva Ross

Eva Ross

CMO, Sendle. No stranger to hyper-growth after joining Airbnb as the first employee in Australia in 2012 and expanding her remit across Asia Pacific. Joined Sendle, Australia’s first technology B Corp, in 2018. The company is based in Sydney, Australia and launched in the US in late 2019.

Nick Crocker

Nick Crocker

General Partner at Blackbird VC, based in Melbourne. He has invested in companies like Culture Amp, nura, Dovetail, Eucalyptus, Morse Micro, XY Sense and Applied.

Sonia Friedrich

Sonia Friedrich

Expert in the application of behavioural economics in business, and life. She makes and saves clients money, changes behaviour, and proves outcomes. She is a trusted keynote speaker…and loves wildlife photography.

James Cattermole

James Cattermole

Serial entrepreneur. Tech investor. Built and exited a number of technology companies. Lived in Silicon Valley for several years. Exercise nut.

Damian Png

Damian Png

Surfing fanatic. Sleep obsessed. Love HealthTech, and all my work centres around this. Currently exploring SleepTech – am determined to address the sleep loss crisis!

Ben Hartney

Ben Hartney

Product & product ops person. Previously a founder (have gone through 2 acquisitions), a developer, and a program manager. Currently building Austrade’s services to help startups go global.

Benjamin Chong

Benjamin Chong

Founder, Investor at Right Click Capital. Has a track record of investing in and building successful technology businesses for over twenty years.

Mike Kendig

Mike Kendig

Postdoctoral Fellow UNSW. Studying the impact of diet on brain and behaviour.

Francis Vierboom

Francis Vierboom

Co-founded Propeller Aero in 2014, a SaaS platform for construction teams that’s grown to one of Australia’s top startups, and worked with hundreds of founders as part of the AWS Startups team.

Matt Allen

Matt Allen

CEO of Tractor Ventures, has 40 or so early tech investments and an ex-technical founder x3. He likes electric things like cars & bikes.

Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell

A leading expert in sleep health and fatigue risk management, with a passion for sharing the importance of prioritising good sleep and practical evidence-based tips for how to get it.

Anders Vandenberg

Anders Vandenberg

A sleep fanatic, behavioural psychology nerd and quantified-self obsessor. Background in engineering, ops and product. Currently exploring SleepTech – determined to address the sleep health crisis!

James Chin Moody

James Chin Moody

Co-Founder and CEO of Sendle, Australia and America’s first 100% Carbon Neutral parcel delivery service.

Amanda Price

Amanda Price

Head of High Growth Ventures, a team within KPMG dedicated to working with startups. Has worked in and with startups for over 20 years in both Australia and the US. Believe very strongly in the correlation between the mental and physical health of the Founder and the performance of the startup.

Dr Michael Sughrue

Dr Michael Sughrue

Founder of Omniscient Neurotechnology, an artificial intelligence startup company aimed at radically accelerating the evolution of our understanding of human brain disease and mental illness, and bringing these technologies to the clinic more rapidly.

Med School at Columbia, Neurosurgery at UC. Fellowship in Sydney. Director of the Brain Tumour Centre at the University of Oklahoma. Authored over 250 scientific publications, and 4 textbooks, among other things.

Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths

Simon is the co-founder and CEO of Who Gives A Crap, the DTC home products company that donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets. Since launching in 2012 they’ve donated more than $10m.

David Droga

David Droga

Growing up in an Australian ski resort, David dreamed of touring the world as a ski instructor—but his imagination would take him down a different path. In 2006, dissatisfied with helping other companies flourish, he launched Droga5 in New York City. Over the course of his career, David has received an embarrassment of personal accolades, but he’s much happier discussing his family, sports or anything Australian.

Dave Whittle

Dave Whittle

He loves to combine his passion for creativity and technology with an entrepreneurial spirit to drive transformative growth. He has been a Founder/CEO or Board Member in Advertising, Retail, Software, Hospitality and Arts.

Kate Dunn

Kathryn Dunn

Kate left Rockhampton on a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School  in London at 16 and was offered a coveted graduate position at the Royal Ballet Company, touring the world from Moscow to New York. Returning to Australia, she worked with the country’s best contemporary dance companies – Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra, Chunky Move and Australian Dance Theatre.

Kate headed back to the UK in 2002 on a journey that took her from the West End to Broadway working on Billy Elliott and Matilda, which have had major success, both critically and at the box office. She has lived and worked in London, New York and Los Angeles for more than 20 years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, and knows what it takes to perform at the most elite level over decades.

Christine Stewart

Christine Stewart

She is a Nutritionist, Registered Nurse and Clinical Application Specialist at Microba. She has a passion for obesity-related chronic disease prevention and furthering our understanding of the association between the microbiome and metabolic disease.

Reshmi Buthello

Reshmi Buthello

Reshmi is the VP of People and Culture at Baraja, a start-up with a unique approach to LiDAR for self-driving vehicles. Reshmi has been in the People and Technology space for 20 years working around the world experiencing different cultures. She believes that when people are given the opportunity for creativity there are amazing breakthroughs. Reshmi is the custodian of the People and Culture, where the company is innovating and developing a fundamentally differentiated technology called Spectrum-Scan™ LiDAR.

Casey Flint

Casey Flint

Casey is an Investor at Square Peg, an international VC invested in companies like Fiverr, Stripe and Canva. Before joining Square Peg, she was at Uber for almost 6 years in Operations & Strategy.

Will Richardson

Will Richardson

Will is Managing Partner of Giant Leap, Australia’s first 100% impact venture capital fund dedicated to investing in rapidly scalable, early stage businesses that fuse profit and purpose. Will has over 15 years experience in venture capital and private equity. He was previously Head of Venture Capital at the Impact Investment Group and Executive Officer at the CVC Group. He is also a Director of Alberts, a mentor at Startmate and has held various not-for-profit directorships.

Layla Foord

Layla Foord

Layla is a product expert and has experience in everything from adtech to edtech, traffic routing to local search. Layla helps fast growth startup founders to scale, through unlocking the power of people, products and technology.

Kate Dinon

Kate Dinon

Kate is a communications and public relations strategist who helps interesting people execute ambitious ideas. She is a trusted advisor to founders and business leaders across Australia. Her expertise has been honed by more than 17 years of global experience working with the startup, technology, government, design and cultural sectors.

Teaching Philosophy

Physical: Founders spend 99% of their time in their heads and need opportunities to get into their bodies. Getting reacquainted with breathing and movement are revitalising experiences. Not to mention that relationships forged in the crucible of a physical challenge last a lifetime.

Disconnect: We know that stepping out, right out, of the day-to-day is critical for Founders to decompress and to create the bandwidth for learning and growth.

Learning: We believe in the power of the adult learning model – Learn. Show. Do. And we bake it into every part of the founder program experience.

Habits: The role of the founder program is to upgrade founders’ operating-system. Our work is not done until we have helped founders turn new doing into new being.

Community: We recognise that we have as much to learn from each other as we do from the ‘experts’. No matter who we are as founders, we all need support as humans. When you join the founder program you are joining a community high on humility, compassion and mutual respect.

Teaching: Teaching is not the same as presenting, selling or facilitating. We work with best in class teachers who are motivated by compassion, building the capacity of participants, and being of service. This is what we mean when we say, “always work with the best people”

Divine discontent: Our teachers are all awesome and, no matter how incredible they are, we will always strive to make them even better with the benefit of feedback. We’re all here to grow.

Upside is for Series A founders who want to learn how to be the best leaders for their business. 

Upside Founder Program 2021

Increase the speed and scale of your startup success.

“Startups are business machines engineered to grow quickly. The forces of hyper-growth exert enormous strain on every aspect of the company. Your startup is going to grow and change in so many different ways that it requires leaders who can learn and grow faster than the business needs them to.” – Tomasz Tunguz*