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Business Speed Networking and Mentor Conversations

Celebrate the New Year with Speed Networking

Business Speed Networking and Mentor Conversations

It’s a New Year and…
it’s time for New & Old Connections

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with change makers and other purpose-driven business owners interested in networking with others committed to making a positive impact on the world.

To kick-start the year the first event has a twist. We’re running a speed networking event AND a speed mentoring event all in one.

How Does It Work?

  • Casual networking (15 mins)
  • Introduction to the process, Moral Fairground and the sponsors
  • Speed Networking (30 mins) meet six new people – each conversation will be five minutes, and you’ll have two minutes to speak and two minutes to listen
  • Don’t worry we’ll keep track of the time and let you know when it is time to change
  • There will be a 10-minute break
  • Conversations with Mentors for 60 minutes every 10-15 mins each mentor will move to a group and open the discussion – with a set topic
  • Casual Networking continues (30 mins)

Why are we introducing Speed Networking?

  • It is a fun way to meet a lot of people in a very short time and introduce yourself to them and practice your story.
  • Sometimes we may give you a question to answer – for example,
  • What is it you do and why?
  • Practice your pitch, or
  • what is an ethical enterprise?

This first event we will focus on the question. “What is it you do and why?” If you have not started a business – you could still answer this question.

What is Speed Mentoring?

  • When we have run this format in the past – it’s been amazing how animated the conversations have been.
  • Fun, educational, informative and insightful are just a few words we received from the feedback.
  • Each mentor will set a topic for the evening. They will present the issue to a group and start the conversation, after 10-15 minutes they will move onto the next group and start again.
  • This is an opportunity for each group to meet each mentor to discuss a very specific topic. Conversations are a fantastic way to gain insight from others and share our knowledge and the lessons we have learnt from our experiences.
The focus of this networking event is to meet like minded people, get to know who is out there trying to change the world, and to build relationships. It’s not about making a quick sale.

Thurs 22nd February 2018


$30 for Adults
$25.50 for MFG Business Members or Students
Book Tickets
Tickets includes: – Access to an evening of networking and mentoring – Light catering and soft drinks – Coffee and Tea – Automatic entry to go into a draw to win a free ticket to our next networking event – On the night bring your business card to go into a draw to win “Emergent”, Stephen Scott Johnson latest book.

Door Prizes

Automatic entry to go into a draw to win a free ticket to our next networking event.
• On the night bring your business card to go into a draw to win “Emergent”, Stephen Scott Johnson latest book.
Door Prize: Two hour profit improvement review or two hour strategic planning session with Jessica Colgan of


6:00pm: Arrival with drinks, canapés and casual networking
6:15pm – 6:50pm: Speed networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Conversations with mentors
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Casual networking


Donkey Wheel House
The Difference Incubator TDi

673 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Tram: Any tram along Spencer Street, Melbourne.
Train: Closest train station is Southern Cross.
Parking Stations nearby: Book early to save

Who are the Mentors?

Simone Maus

Simone Maus

Building Whole Teams

New ways of working needs new ways of thinking.The future of work talks about the power of culture and purpose, working collaboratively; fast-changing environments demand innovative and creative thinking. But how would you do that?

What are the conditions, new values and behaviours that need to be developed to facilitate shared power, work cooperatively and respect and value each person’s contribution.

In this topic you will get 5 steps that will help you to create collective intelligence, group synergy and whole personhood in your teams so that the whole team and it’s individuals can thrive and achieve their potential.

Simone is East-German by birth and has left Germany in 2000. Influenced by her communist upbringing, she is passionate about helping humanity to move into a more enlightened, compassionate and connected community.

Simone has been living her passion as a self-employed team consultant, facilitator and facilitation trainer for the last 5 years. She is an Associate with Zenergy Global, who has been over 20 years leading the way in whole person facilitation and co-operative team building methodologies.

Simone’s background is in adult learning. She has resided in many countries around the world and lives now in Castlemaine, near Melbourne.

Jess Colgan

Jess Colgan

Purpose & profit must unite

Purpose & profit must unite, to break down the barriers between not-for-profit & private business, bringing both purpose & profit to the forefront as significant measures of business success. Profit in any business is crucial; to create abundant opportunity for growth and ensure a strong environment to thrive. Purpose is the new indicator of success, as our evolving society demands business be successful and do good. Business must be driven by purpose, whilst understanding that every decision has a measurable financial outcome. Effective strategy and planned financial capabilities, together with interdependence & alignment across sectors, will create abundant capacity to effect positive social impact in our world.

Jess Colgan is a Chartered Accountant with over a decade of experience partnering with private business, managing finance teams, implementing key human resource initiatives and managing property & venue development projects.

Driven by a strong purpose to enable positive social impact through business, Jess now partners with social enterprise seeking financially sustainable models to thrive and private business motivated to intertwine positive social impact into strategy & operations.

Hospitality is her passion & specialisation, seeing the limitless potential for this industry to create financial return whilst generating major social change.

Together with Catherine Wyatt, she founded a not-for-profit Social Impact Business simply called Y.

Hiroshi Kikuchi

Hiroshi Kikuchi

Brand Storytelling with Purpose!

It’s not just about a memorable brand identity, it’s not just about a memorable campaign, it’s more than just a great product or service… it’s also about engaging your audience with purposeful & meaningful storytelling about you and your brand in a market that is screaming for authenticity & true purpose. Put all those things together and you have the makings of a great brand!

Former creative director of a multi-award winning branding agency for nearly 18 years and with over 27 years of branding & marketing knowledge… Hiroshi is now the head creative director of Brandhiro.

Brandhiro is a forward-thinking branding agency that will discover, inspire and capture opportunities within competitive and emerging markets with powerful creative & clever strategies. Brandhiro will challenge and disrupt traditional industries but most of all it will challenge traditional thinking to gain a market edge. From Branding, Packaging, Marketing B2C + B2B, Advertising, Audio + Video Capture/Editing, WordPress Website Development, Search Engine Marketing, Managed Social Media & Digital Content Development, Brandhiro’s full services are now even more inter-connected than ever before!

Read more…

Jackie Colmar

Jackie Colmar

Storytelling for Change

The importance of empowering and ethical storytelling for sustainable change.

Jackie Colmar is the Head of Communications at The Difference Incubator. She has worked with nonprofits from around the world – China, England, Australia and the States – and is passionate about the power of misson-led enterprises to create sustainable change. She’s also the founder of Tilt – a media company aimed at inspiring and empowering more people to create sustainable change, and believes with the right tools and support, anyone can be a changemaker.

Who are we?

moral fairground evolve with us
Moral Fairground is devoted to promoting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Our mission to educate, inspire and encourage people to make choices that will have a positive impact on the world, the environment and the people we share it with.

Charity Partner


the toxic fox
The Toxic Fox Show is a podcast for conscious business owners who give a damn! About the impact their business has on you and future generations. The interviews are conversations with entrepreneurs who run a business that aims to have a positive impact on the world. The second season will be recorded and released this year.
The Difference Incubator TDi
The Difference Incubator (TDi) is our Venue partner. TDi fundamentally believes that if you’re passionate about seeing change in the world, building businesses where social and financial returns are aligned is the best way to achieve it. Through our method we seek to build better businesses with alternative, sustainable revenue streams, ultimately helping us crack entrenched social and environmental challenges.
Qi Teas
Qi Tea is an award-winning Fair Trade brand that specialises in organic, Fairtrade functional teas. Each variety contains an array of herbs, carefully blended for taste and balance.
If you are a retailer wanting to stock delicious, organic and Fair Trade teas or if you are personally wanting to purchase some, click here.

Upcoming Events in 2018

Wednesday 21st March

Ethical Networking Event - Starting, growing and scaling business with the right types of capital

Cameron Neil
“Starting, growing and scaling business with the right types of capital”

Book Tickets

Time: 6 pm – 8pm
Date: Wednesday 21st March 2018
Venue: The Difference Incubator TDi
673 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The session will explore the various capital options available to founders to start, grow and scale a business with social or environmental impact at its core. Cameron will provide examples of how different sources and types of capital have been used by others and outline options available to founders.
• Insights in to the capital options for businesses pursuing social and/or environmental impact • Guidance on what options may best suit their idea or business.

What is the ethical network event series?

A business networking event for leaders and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and discuss their ethical business practices.

The ethical network event series is a unique opportunity to form business relationships with like-minded leaders and new ethical entrepreneurs. Each event is an educational and networking event, an opportunity to come together in a relaxed environment to meet and network with other like-minded businesses and individuals. It is a chance to celebrate the skills, passion and diversity of the ethical business network and recognise the achievements of the business leaders who are driving social and ethical business movement and the social economy. The event creates networking opportunities for Ethical SMEs. We embrace this business community through networking, professional development and coaching opportunities in an intimate and informative environment.

Want to get involved?

If you would like to get involved as a speaker, running a workshop, host a panel discussion or a debate at the Ethical Network Events, we look forward to hearing from you. By participating as a speaker in this event you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and skills as well as allocated time to network with attendees. Feel free to get in touch.

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