Rare Birds Con 2016 is a two-day conference packed with inspiring and practical information that offers incredible opportunities for business owners to connect. Hear from 47 of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship and innovation and be fired up by hard-hitting new ideas.

Whether you’re GETTING IN to your first business, GROWING your early stage business, GETTING ON top of your current business or GETTING OUT of your mature business – this is your chance to soak up deep learning that can impact your operations in tangible ways. Every minute of every session, workshop, Q&A and keynote will show you how to turn your business into a global enterprise.

Expect direct, tactical information on how to grow and monetise your business in better, faster and more cost effective ways. Over two days our presenters will challenge conventional thinking and their experiences will revolutionise the way you do business.

We will also run a pitching competition on 9th June where 9 global thinking, impact focused, game changing entrepreneurs will present their business ideas for the opportunity to win prizes valued at over $20,000 AUD. Find out all of the details and how to enter at the Startup.Business Rare Birds Con Pitching page.

Now offering attendees single day, premium two day and discounted student passes!


  • One Day Pass
    $399 AUD

    Your one day pass grants you access into either the 8th or 9th June for one full day packed with inspiring keynotes, engaging panel discussions and practical workshops. Choose which day has the content that best fits your current stage of business and grab yours now!
    *Price excludes GST

  • Premium Two Day Pass
    $980 AUD

    Our premium two day pass offers full access to both the 8th and 9th June. Each day is packed with inspiring keynotes, engaging panel discussions and practical workshops created to give you the exact tools and resources you need to take your business to the next level!
    *Price excludes GST

  • Student Access
    from $99 AUD

    We believe that entrepreneurship happens at every age. We also know that student budgets can be tight so we are offering access at a discounted price for full-time, currently enrolled students. Limited availability so grab yours now!
    *Price excludes GST


The Four Pillars of Entrepreneurship

The Rare Birds Con agenda has been created around the four stages of business for entrepreneurs, which we call GETTING IN, GROWING UP, GETTING ON and GETTING OUT. Individuals in these stages can be students, aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging entrepreneurs or established entrepreneurs. To ensure you get the most out of your Rare Birds Con experience, we’ve aligned each session in the agenda with one of the four stages. Each day has a mix of all four pillars with concurrent sessions so you can create your own experience and never sit through something that doesn’t apply to you. See below a few of our highlighted sessions and get ready for a conference experience like no other!

wdt_IDGETTING IN: Starting my entrepreneurial journeyGROWING UP: Scaling my entrepreneurial ventureGETTING ON: Making my entrepreneurial business bullet proofGETTING OUT: Exiting or selling my entrepreneurial business
1 FOR: Students, Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Emerging Entrepreneurs FOR: Students, Emerging Entrepreneurs FOR: Emerging Entrepreneurs, Established Entrepreneurs FOR: Emerging Entrepreneurs, Established Entrepreneurs
2 SESSION 1: Ch, ch, ch changes. Using business to drive social change SESSION 1: Ultimate Success Story: How Xero became the most innovative company on the planet SESSION 1: How to Replicate Deloitte Digital's Astonishing Global Success SESSION 1: The Same Bed But It Feels a Little Bigger Now
3 Speaker: Rosie and Lucy Thomas Speaker: Andy Lark Speaker: Peter Williams Speaker: Mellissah Smith
4 Takeaway: You'll learn how to grow an idea into a business strategy (particularly for social enterprise) Takeaway: You'll learn about the benefits and success digital marketing can bring to your business Takeaway: You'll learn how a company expands quickly into global markets Takeaway: You'll learn how your business goals can be transformed after global expansion
5 SESSION 2: Global Entrepreneurship and the amazing opportunities for female founders SESSION 2: Success Via Software and Services SESSION 2: Spotlight on Asia - Important insights for expansion SESSION 2: Exits - Knowing How and When to Get Out
6 Speaker: Prof. Patricia McDougall-Covin Speaker: Emma Lo Russo Speakers: Dr. Richard Seymour, Jessica Wilson Speakers: Nicole Kersh, Kylie Green, David Fastuca
7 Takeaway: You'll discover what's holding you back from taking your business global, and how you can push forward Takeaway: You will learn what software and services can aid your business growth Takeaway: You will develop an understanding of the Asian market from an entrepreneurial perspective Takeaway: You'll discover the right time to exit your business
8 SESSION 3: Encouraging Australia's astonishing young minds SESSION 3: Fascinating lessons from inside mentoring relationships SESSION 3: Survival tips for global expansion
9 Speaker: Jan Owen Speakers: Jo Burston, ShanShan Wang, Le Ho, Kath Purkis Speakers: Vanessa Cullen, Taryn Williams, Lindsay Rogers
10 Takeaway: You will be inspired and learn how to foster a entrepreneurial mindset Takeaway: You'll find out how much a mentor can help you in the challenges of running your business Takeaway: You'll gain an understanding of the right time to grow your business globally


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