The 2024 Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific, in Sydney March 20-21, will feature a series of short, on-stage presentations from a select group of impact funds, organisations and enterprises in the ImpactConnect Deals room.

The ImpactConnect sessions provide a highly efficient format for sophisticated and institutional investors to learn about Australian and international impact investment opportunities.

Investors will have the opportunity to source new deals, ask questions directly from those pitching and evaluate the investment opportunities presented.

Tickets to the Summit are still available if you haven’t yet got yours:

Snow Foundation to showcase early stage enterprises

Day 1 of the Summit features a captivating session hosted by the Summit’s 2024 Pathfinder Partner, The Snow Foundation. The Opportunities Showcase session will showcase promising early-stage enterprises currently supported by the Snow Foundation. 

Interact with the following founders and gain insights into their journeys, goals and vision for social change. The entrepreneurs are seeking interest and feedback on their current and upcoming investment opportunities.

Joel Anderson

Foremind is on a mission towards zero suicide by putting proactive mental health support in the pocket of every worker. Founded out of lived experience, Foremind makes it simple for companies to navigate psychosocial risks while also providing early intervention mental health support and training to their teams. Now supporting 32 businesses across Australia we have a vision to develop a world leading Psychological Safety System that ensures everyone has access to support when they need it most.

Founder Joel Anderson, who worked in construction before completing an engineering degree, is driven by his own experience of attempting suicide. When his mental health deteriorated, it took him a long time to find the courage to seek help – only to end up with a counsellor he couldn’t relate to at all.  As a result, he founded Foremind in 2021 with the goal to end suicide – full stop.

Melissa Reader

Melissa is a dedicated social entrepreneur with a wealth of personal and professional expertise, driving impactful change in her leadership role at Violet. Drawing from her unique insights into end-of-life matters, Melissa’s consulting background in adaptive leadership, purpose-led strategy, and human-centred design has cultivated a culture of innovation and resilience within the organisation.

At Violet, Melissa has transformed a community-based charitable organisation into a tech-enabled, purpose-driven social enterprise, reshaping how we approach and manage end-of-life planning.

Violet’s Virtual care platform is setting new benchmarks in innovation and personalisation, enhancing experiences throughout the end-of-life journey.

In 2023, Melissa and co-founder Tom Hull secured a coveted spot in the Techstars Accelerator, showcasing Violet’s transformative potential on a global stage.

Melanie Greblo

Mel Greblo is the CEO and founder of Scriibed, a service-based Australian start-up revolutionising digital outsourcing with a human touch. Through its Academy, Scriibed is shifting the dial on wicked problems impacting women whilst building a pipeline of talent fit for the future of work to fill predicted skills shortages in the labour market. A serial impact entrepreneur, Mel’s leadership is underpinned by innovation, systems thinking, and a track record of success across strategy, marketing, communications, community, content and impact. She is on a mission to activate a severely underrepresented workforce globally whilst delivering an exceptional experience to Scriibed customers.

Summer Petrosius

Summer Petrosius is a passionate social entrepreneur and qualified speech pathologist with over ten years of experience in the health and disability sector. Summer is motivated by community-led systems change, peer support, and empowered parental advocacy. Summer is CEO and co-founder of Kindship and Barb an AI-powered NDIS Navigator designed to add support and reduce stress for families with disabilities.

Maryanne Harris

RoboFit is the culmination of a long journey for husband and wife duo Maryanne Harris and Daniel Hillyer. In 2010, a balcony collapse left Daniel paralysed and he was told he would never walk again. Daniel and Maryanne travelled overseas for rehabilitation options and were able to access the Cyberdyne device and see first-hand the difference it made to Daniel’s independence. Their hope is to make this technology more accessible to improve the quality of life for thousands of people. RoboFit now has 3 clinics, with another 2 clinics intended to open in 2024. 

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