The 2015 elevate61 program began with three consecutive days of intensive workshops facilitated by an US-based team of experts that have many years experience successfully launching companies in the US, building networks, generating revenue and raising capital. Key themes for the workshop included:

  • Establishing your business in the US
  • Developing a winning value proposition and pitch
  • Enterprise selling: Who | What | How
  • Building valuable networks
  • Developing a structured path to fund raising

A key component of the elevate61 Program is matching our participants with advisors. Our advisors are successful entrepreneurs from the global Advance community and KPMG Australia’s networks with US experience across a broad range of industries.

We also had a number of established entrepreneurs and key figures from the Australian start-up eco-system participate in the workshops. They gave feedback on value propositions and pitching, they shared their insights and learnings with regards to establishing a business in the US. The list included:

One month after the workshops, we headed to the US for 10 days. The objectives for the trip were as follows:

  • Increase participants understanding of the US funding landscape
  • Develop participant's ability to approach and sell to enterprise buyers
  • Build networks of potential advisors, clients and investors

Participants spent time in the entrepreneurial hubs of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York listening and interacting with a range of speakers such as:


Upon returning to Australia, participants then had the opportunity to share their experiences with fellow entrepreneurs as well as potential clients and investors through a series of roundtable events at KPMG offices.

Meet the companies who participated in the 2016 elevate61 Program:

Check out the wrap up video from the 2015 US Tour: