20 December 2017 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Event details

This year, the Australian tech and startup sector saw more than $192 million injected into investments and acquisitions. Investor interest in startups is strong and the sector is maturing and growing every year. According to KPMG, more and more early-stage startups are achieving success and seeking funds to super-charge their growth.


We’ve seen startups like Hyper Anna, Expert360, and RateSetter raise a combined total of $39.5 million in this year alone.


How have these startups super-charged their growth? What’s their secret growth sauce?


Come along to our event Growth Trends of 2018 to look at past and future trends that dictate the growth of our startup sector. The secret growth sauce may very well lie within these future industry trends.


Last year, retailers were scrambling to future-proof their company in time for the launch of Amazon. But what will 2018 hold? It’s a dog eat dog world, and for startups, it’s either disrupt or be disrupted.


We have lined up a panel of amazing growth experts including Anna Cheng, AP of Growth at Spaceship, Xingly Ho, International Growth Lead at Canva, Miles Thomas, Head of Growth at Recomazing, Jon Westenberg, CMO at Speedlancer, and our very own Growth Marketer David Quan. And finally, leading the panelists as MC will be Onur Ekinci, Growth Lead at Wildcard.

Together, these hackers and hustlers will tell you what spaces to watch in 2018 and where you might find that secret growth sauce.  


Xingyi Ho

International Growth Lead at Canva

Xingyi currently leads Canva’s international growth team for over 6 key markets, including up and coming markets such as Canva Japan  and Canva Indonesia

Prior to joining Canva, Xingyi built two award-winning startups that grew to a user base of more than 300,000. He also consults with various early-stage startups  and is always inspired by entrepreneurs who execute with speed and clarity.

Miles Thomas

Head of Growth at Recomazing

Miles heads up the growth team at Recomazing, a startup that connects the community with the best growth tools and recommendations. For over eight years, Miles has worked with global brands including Dettol, Durex, Veet, and Clearasil. He is also passionate about helping business owners, managers, and marketers unlock the right stack of tools they need to accelerate their company growth.

David Quan

Growth Lead at Academy Xi

David is Academy Xi’s resident Growth Marketer and has helped us grow from a small office in Surry Hills with a handful of staff, to now nearly 30 employees across Australia. It’s David’s mission in life to help others grow and shape their future and while working with us, he has mentored students and partnership teams on the side. In another side project, this year, David also took out the crown for Startup Weekend, with his team winning the best startup idea after having formed, pitched, launched in 52 hours.

Jon Westenberg

CMO at Speedlancer

Jon is the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at Speedlancer, a 500 Startups company that aims to streamline freelance productivity. Over the years, Jon has built a career on content, largely through his columns in TIME, Inc.com, The New York Observer, and his Medium blog, which has more than 120,000 readers.

Jon has helped businesses all over the world grow their audience and take control of their future. Now, he comes to Academy Xi to share his knowledge of the sector with our community.

Anna Cheng

AP Growth at Spaceship

Anna co-founded her first business at 19 years old. At 20, she took on her first role as a Growth Hacker and graduated Muru-D Syd3 with Uprise, an award-winning B2B mental health startup. Now, at 21, Anna works as Head of Growth at Spaceship, a tech-focused Super Fund aimed at millennials. Spaceship grew a waitlist of over 30,000 people and had over $100 million in Funds under Management pre-launch. Anna’s philosophy is that your product should be used as a vehicle for growth – rather than something to be sprinkled on as an after-thought.

Onur Ekinci

Growth Lead at Wildcard

Onur is a passionate startup Growth Marketer with a solid background in UX Design, Product Development, and Conversion Rate Optimisation. His main drive in life is building things that scale.

Most recently, Onur has worked as a Growth Lead and Consultant for companies like Wildcard, Stake and Peer Academy, a 2015 Tech Crunch Social Innovation Award Finalist, which he co-founded.

He has also led the design of products and services with clients such as Telstra, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, David Jones and the Victorian Government

Dates and fees
20 December
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


66-68 Devonshire Street,
Surry Hills,
NSW 2010