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October 4, 2019 @ 8:15am-1:00 pm

Mature Entrepreneurs Conference

Starting a business later in life

Mature entrepreneurship is a significant phenomenon across the globe. Many mature-aged people find self-employment has a number of positive economic and social benefits, including:

  • participation in the workforce and economy.

  • maintaining an active lifestyle.

  • achieving personal and family goals and work–life balance.

  • providing satisfaction through networks, start-up activities, growing the business and financial rewards.

  • providing an alternative to employment, under-employment, and unemployment.

  • overcoming discrimination in the workforce.

This conference brings together a range of speakers on this important topic. If you have ever thought about starting a business, this event will give you the opportunity to find out how to take the next step. The keynote speaker, Professor Alex Maritz, has spent many years researching this sector and will provide valuable insights into the benefits and challenges for mature entrepreneurs in Australia.

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Conference Schedule

8:15 – 8:30 | Arrival & Registration

8:30 – 8:45 | Official welcome

8:45 – 9:30 | Entrepreneur Start-Up Myths Exposed - the Rise of Mature Entrepreneurs in Australia

A.Professor Alex Maritz, La Trobe University

9:30 – 9:50 | Minimise the entrepreneurial toll – a strategic approach

A.Allan Labas Federation University

9:50 – 10:35 | Why I Started a Business and What I Learned


  • Madeleine Witham,The Little Cupcake.
  • Glenn Campbell,Lifeful Coordination and Management.
  • Mike Allen.
  • Jan Livingston & Phoebe Croucher,Smuk Property Styling.

10:35 – 11:00| Refreshments

11:00 – 11:30 | Is Entrepreneurship for me? Q & A Panel Discussion

A.Alex Maritz,Arnab Dasgupta, Wedderburg Pty Ltd Netgain / Kangan Runway

11:30 – 11:45 | The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Ballarat

A.Kelli Moran, Economic Development Sector Specialist,City of Ballarat

11:45 – 12:00 | The Nature of Change: Overcoming Your Fears

A.Ellen Jackson, Workplace Psychologist, Potential Psychology.

12:00 – 12:15 | Money Matters – Minimising the Risk.

A.Nicholas Locke, Financial Planner. Summit Financial Planning

12:15 – 12:30 | Closing address - Where to from here?

12:30 – 1:00 | Networking – Tea and coffee

Our Partners

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Event Venue

Ballarat Tech School FedUni SMB Campus, MB John Building, Level 1, 136 Albert St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350, Australia.

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