Discover business success secrets at the Visiting Entrepreneur Program

Tech entrepreneur Mark Brand will be amongst the leading entrepreneurs that will take part in the City of Sydney’s annual Visiting Entrepreneur Program. The popular Vancouver restauranteur and techie will share stories on creating profitable community enterprises when the City’s program kicks off in October.

Brand said the nine years he spent living in Melbourne from 1995 working as a dishwasher, cook, barman and DJ helped shape his global empire, which includes the successful Token Program which has helped to feed and clothe more than 100,000 people since its inception.

“Australia gave me my entrepreneurial start and I’m very excited to give back in every way I can,” Brand said.

“I learned how it was really done – that everything was about the customer. The customer is the single most important piece of the puzzle and the way you made them feel would make or break your business. I still attribute my success in part to one summer spent working for a Greek taverna in Lorne, Victoria.”

Brand’s other successes include Save on Meats butcher and diner which supports his local community with affordable food and training programs and the global digital platform, Positive Access Link. PAL allows people working and living in disadvantaged communities to record their needs in real time.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore suggests the Visiting Entrepreneur program provides local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from those who have gone before them.

“The visiting entrepreneur program gives our local startup community the opportunity to receive insights, expertise and guidance from skilled global entrepreneurs,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our latest program will shine a spotlight on businesses that are building sustainable and successful initiatives that are not only profitable, but also have a strong community focus.

“We’re proud to host this program in in collaboration with more than 35 industry partners with and supported by the federal government to strengthen tech start-ups and maintain our position as an innovative and prosperous city.”

Brand says the rise of the social impact economy was “driven by generations who have had enough”.

“This revolution in business is now a necessity. If we don’t double down on impact and work to blend it with good business and capital, we won’t have a planet to operate on. It also feels amazing to get up and do good every day.”

Brand will feature at a number of events as part of the City of Sydney’s October visiting entrepreneur program:

Launch Event: From Success to Significance with Mark Brand and Holly Ransom
Monday 22 October, Sydney Startup Hub

Pitch For Good Sydney: The Future of Food

Tuesday 23 October – applications closed

How Blockchain will Transform the Future with Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and Mark Pesce

Tuesday 23 October, UTS Business School

The Next Generation of Viranganas – Bridging the Gap Between the Australian & Indian Women’s Start-up Communities

Thursday 25 October, Juanita Nielsen Community Centre

Student Startup Festival

Thursday 25 October, Juanita Nielsen Community Centre

Design Thinking Masterclass with Mark Brand

Monday 29 October, Sydney Startup Hub

Regional NSW Tour: Wagga Wagga with Mark Brand
Tuesday 30 October, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tech’s Hottest Jobs of the Future

Tuesday 30 October, Customs House

The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur – in conversation with Mark Brand and Creel Price

Wednesday 31 October, Australian Technology Park

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Cec is the managing editor of KBB. She is a multimedia professional with over fifteen years experience as an editor on titles as diverse as SX, CULT, Better Pictures, Total Rock, MTV, fasterlouder, mynikonlife and Fantastic Living. She has spent the past four years working as a news journalist covering all the issues that matter in the political, health and LGBTIQ arena. She is the Head of Content at Pinstripe Media and a recent convert to the world of small business.

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