elevate 61 provides Australia's entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to fast-track their business growth and take on the world. For the first time the international business and advisory networks, technical expertise and global experience of Advance and KPMG Australia will work with the 'best of the best' Australian entrepreneurs.

To celebrate the launch, we brought together some of the best minds in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation to discuss the topic: Disrupt, innovate or get out of the way.

The elevate 61 panels shined a spotlight on Australia’s leading disruptors, innovators and pragmatic business risk-takers. These are the startups that are taking on the world, the venture capitalists who are funding big ideas and the corporations who are taking notice and embracing new ideas. These are the drivers of new growth, new markets and new jobs.

Here's a snapshot of what they discussed:

In a high stakes global economy, Australia needs new sources of growth. To improve corporate efficiency and advance technology-driven entrepreneurship, innovation and someone to take a risk is required. Sometimes the effort will not pay off, but just occasionally it will and when it does, we find a better process, a more efficient organisational design or an idea that radically transforms how we do things.

Melbourne - Wednesday 11 February 2015

Venue: KPMG, Ground Floor, 147 Collins Street

Time: 5.30pm

Panelists included:

  • Andrew Cairns, Head of Customer Led Connections, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
  • John Dyson, Founder and Managing Partner, StarFish Ventures
  • Adrian Giles, Non Executive Director, Adslot and former founder, HitWise
  • Richard Umbers, CIO and Supply Chain Officer, Myer Group
  • Moderator, Sandy Plunkett, Founder, Innovation Clearinghouse

Sydney - Thursday 12 February 2015

Venue: KPMG, Ground Floor, 10 Shelley Street

Time: 5.30pm

Panelists included:

  • Jost Stollmann, CEO Tyro Payments Limited
  • Philip Copeland, Founder and CEO, Avoka Technologies
  • Ian Hill, Group Head of Innovation, Westpac
  • Pam Rebecca, General Manager ANZ Digital
  • Moderator, Sandy Plunkett, Founder, Innovation Clearinghouse

Adelaide - Wednesday 18 February 2015

Venue: The Hub, 5 Peel St

Time: 5.30pm

Panelists included:

  • Marco Baccanti, CEO HealthInSA
  • Wayne Liubinskas, VP Business Development Telstra Health
  • Lusia Guthrie, CEO, LBT Innovations
  • Andrew Bollen, Managing Partner, Acumen Ventures
  • Dr Deborah Rathjen, CEO, Bionomics
  • Moderator, James Mabbott, Head of Markets, KPMG Australia

Perth - Wednesday 18 February 2015

In Perth, the program will be launched as part of the West Tech Fest.

Brisbane - Thursday 19 February 2015

Venue: KPMG, Riparian Plaza, Level 16, 71 Eagle Street

Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start

Panelists included:

  • Bob Christiansen, Managing Partner, Southern Cross Venture Partners
  • Bernie Woodcroft, CEO, iLab
  • Wayne Gerard, CEO and Founder, RedEye Apps