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Australia’s Fastest Growing QSR, Fishbowl with Nic Pestalozzi

Today, Nic Pestalozzi, Co-Founder of Sydney salad group, Fishbowl shares the story of his growing brand and two more, with Side Room and Fish Shop. 

Five years since starting the business, Nic and Nathan have self-funded over 30 venues for Fishbowl alone and been awarded as Australia’s fastest growing QSR.  

With over 300 staff, Nic has no plans of slowing down with a national expansion already underway.


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Project Development and The People with Andrew Taylor and Paul Schulte

Andrew Taylor and Paul Schulte, Co-founders of ‘thepeople_’ join the program today. 

With over 18 years in hotel development, design, investment and operations, Andrew is responsible for leading the company and overseeing capital raises. He’s a trained lawyer, the Founder & Managing Director of Cre8tive Property – a boutique hotel advisory and development business – and the previous head of development for Starwood and Mirvac – both of which were acquired by Marriott and Accor, respectively. 

Paul, who carries over two decades of experience as the owner and operator of dozens of hospitality venues, was previously a director of hospitality group, Keystone and has created market-leading human-centric concepts across Australia and the US. 

Together, by reanimating and revitalising legacy properties, they’re activating spaces in new ways, while respecting regional heritage and working with the fundamental belief that dining should be fun.  


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AgriFood Tech Accelerators and Rocket Seeder with Emma Coath

Emma Coath is the Managing Director of Rocket Seeder Limited in Australia and a Co-Founder and Director of GROW Agrifood Tech Accelerator in Singapore. She is driven to build a sustainable food system, through supporting innovative entrepreneurs. 

Emma has worked in the food and agriculture sectors for the past 25 years, in both public and private organisations – she has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University), a Master of eBusiness (RMIT University) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Deputy and Global Workforce Management with Ashik Ahmed

Ashik Ahmed’s career is devoted to building technologies that create better, more efficient organisations. In 2008, along with co-founder Steve Shelley, he started Deputy, a global workforce management platform for employee scheduling, timesheets and communication.

Today, Deputy services more than 250,000 workplaces across 120 countries and Ashik’s mission is to improve the lives of shift workers and small business owners worldwide.


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Urban List with Susannah George

Susannah George is the award winning CEO & Founder of Urban List – Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent lifestyle publisher. 

Identifying a gap in the Australian market for an independently curated city guide, Susannah built the brand from her bedroom in 2011 and has since established a platform with over three million visitors every month.

10 years later, her dedication to digital publishing has led her to be recognised with several accolades and collaborate with brands like Mercedes Benz, Bank Australia, Intrepid and Rolling Stone.


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Delivery Through Downturn with Shane Delia and Jason Wyatt

Today’s guests are partnered on the food delivery marketplace, Providoor. Shane Delia – director of Delia Group Restaurants – and Jason Wyatt, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Marketplacer – a global technology company.

Shane – author, TV host and Brand Ambassador (Mercedes-Benz and HostPlus) – joined Jason – Chartered Accountant (KPMG, Morgan Stanley and General Motors) and Founder of BikeExchange – to establish a premium food service in the height of covid.


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Italian Liqueurs, Marketing and Distribution with Trent Russell

Trent Russell is the Regional Director of APAC for the Italian business, Illva Saronno – the company behind leading liquor brands, Disaronno and Tia Maria.

Responsible for growth and strategy, Trent applies tertiary knowledge in psychology, law and commerce, a Masters-level education (acquired from an Executive MBA) and 10 years with the 3rd largest spirits company, Bacardi-Martini, to lead Illva Saronno across the Asia-Pacific region.

His brand management and marketing executive experience also previously based him in Sydney, Shanghai and London, before working with a family-owned Russian vodka brand.


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The Amazon of Foodservice with Ben Lipschitz

Ben Lipschitz is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at FoodByUs, a wholesale food marketplace for restaurants to order from hundreds of suppliers.

Dubbed ‘Amazon for the foodservice industry’ FoodByUs is the market leader and has received Venture Capital investment from, amongst others, Macquarie Bank’s Venture Capital division.

Prior to founding FoodByUs, Ben founded and sold international footwear company, Flipsters. He has a Bachelor of Arts/Law (UNSW).


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KeepCup, B Corp and Scaling Sustainability with Abigail Forsyth

Bright, bold and instantly recognisable, KeepCup is servicing demand in over 76 countries with offices in LA and London but remains loyal to its roots in Melbourne, where Abigail and her brother, Jamie launched their first reusable cup, 10 years ago.

A long way since the original search for a more sustainable way to serve food, Abigail joins the program with an international presence, B Corp certification and a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2025. 


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Data-Driven Customer Engagement and SevenRooms with Joel Montaniel

Joel Montaniel is the CEO and Co-Founder of SevenRooms, a fully-integrated, data-driven guest experience platform for hospitality operators. SevenRooms is venture-backed by Amazon, Comcast Ventures and Providence Strategic Growth and has been named on Inc.‘s Best Workplaces and Forbes’ Best Startup Employers lists. The company’s clients range from independent restaurants to global enterprises including MGM Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Topgolf and Live Nation. 

Joel’s experience is wide and varied from investment banking – dealing with Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) – to global AI-powered messaging technology. 


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