Navigating Your Startup’s Critical Years

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Navigating Your Startup’s Critical Years

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The first five years of your business is the most crucial part that can make you or break you. It is at this stage where you can gauge if your business has so much promise for expansion or if it is something that needs to fold up. But your goal is to make it big, so your only track is going forward, which means braving through all the rough challenges to bring your business towards the fifth year and beyond.

This stage in your business is when you plant seeds of hard work and ideas and nurture them by continuously challenging yourself and implanting yourself deeper into the business. What are things needed to be done in the first five yours so you can reap a rich harvest as time goes by? To which direction should you steer your ship and how do you bring it to the point of five years? What should you do that can build blocks that will serve as stepping stones towards reaching your long-term goal and vision? 

Find the answers to your questions through this workshop. Listen to what others who have gone ahead of you have to say with regards to your own journey and chart your own map that suits your entrepreneurial expedition. Make the first five years of the business be the best five years of your life.

About The Speaker/s

Ruby Lee

Ruby began her career as an accountant, but soon after realising it wasn't her passion, switched careers into HR & Recruitment. Ruby has had over 10 successful years working with some of Australia's largest corporate recruiting teams, and in more recent times helping startups scale up with innovative recruiting hacks to boot. 

In 2017, Ruby & co-founder Michael established Tribe9 to help funded startups, scale up. Tribe9 is the go-to people accelerator to help founders build great teams and culture. From hiring advice, engagement and scaling up, Tribe9 values are based on community, passion, hustle and happiness. 

Ruby is also the founder of an online careers community, The Careers Emporium. Launched in 2015, The Careers Emporium is today helping thousands of career seekers find inspiration and empowerment again.

Ruby is a speaker, facilitator and social media buff. She is also a Mum of two boys, an almond croissant addict and avid globetrotter.

Adam Stone

Adam is reinventing the Future of Work with Speedlancer and its Patent Pending Bundles(TM) technology. He is Australia's Student Entrepreneur of the Year (2013) at Entrepreneurs' Organisation and is running various businesses in the eCommerce and Telecommunications space since the age of 12. He is now Founder & CEO of - the World's Fastest Freelance Marketplace, delivering design, writing, and data-entry work in just 4 HOURS by curated professionals. He is currently globe-trotting, ensuring they are global from day 1 and beyond!


About The Masters Series

WeTeachMe is our vision of the future of learning: Inspired and impassioned learning that is run by the people, for the people.

In 2016, WeTeachMe officially became the biggest school in Australia, one giant leap towards our fundamental goal to be the biggest school in the world. As we start on our new journey to attain our next ambition, we begin with empowering thought leaders in every corner of the world by equipping them with the right tools and knowledge that will help them spark new ideas and bringing these ideas to life.

In accordance with this purpose, we have formed a new creative program to assist us in spreading our message into the world. We launched The Masters Series so that we could begin sharing the gifts, knowledge, and experience—of those who have achieved against all odds, the unimaginable in their life.

To achieve this aim, we invite the best and the brightest, the industry movers and shakers, the well-known and influential members of the world of entrepreneurs to share their learnings and experience in an unwavering effort to help those who are in constant search to find the answers. From creating thriving companies to achieving gold medals in the Olympics, learn from the best of the best.

Partners & Sponsors


MYOB loves supporting startups. As one of the original Australian startups, we believe in giving back to the community that helped us grow. We’re proud to back the Master Series by WeTeachMe for entrepreneurs.

City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne continues to develop new ways to gather and share information to support those whose innovations and developments underpin the growth of the city. We broaden understanding and respect for Melbourne’s diverse knowledge sector and ensure learning can be a lifelong process.


Inspire9 is the original community-led co-working space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs. It is a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. We collaborate on projects, help our neighbours with a tricky technical problem and broker business deals over a game of pool or ping-pong.

SPARK Deakin

SPARK empowers, educates and brings together Melbourne's most aspiring entrepreneurs. An initiative by Deakin University, our mission is simple: To invite everyone, Teach the curious, and Empower the best.

Startup Victoria

Startup Victoria is the go-to destination for all startup related topics. We believe that Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup. We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.

Wade Institute

Wade Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship. When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre will do just that.

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What you will learn
  • Tools to make the first five years of your business productive.
  • Tips on how to build strong foundations for the growth of your business.
  • Resources to guide you in propelling your business in the first five years.
What you will get
  • Increased knowledge on running and managing your business.
  • Boost your business opportunities.
  • Answers to questions pertaining to setting up, launching and propelling a business.

What to bring
  • Laptop or tablet.
  • Notebook and pen.
  • Camera to document your experience if you like.
What to wear

Come as you are.

Appropriate for

Aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, novice founders, interested individuals.