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Bizruption PwC Barangaroo – Ending 2019 on a high note!

Monday 4th November was an unforgettable day as we marked the last Bizruption event for the year 2019 and the decade.

An amazing opportunity for small and medium businesses of Sydney, Bizruption PwC Barangaroo  saw over 170 entrepreneurs, start-ups, industry leaders, investors and this time, even policymakers from all over the state, come and connect through discussions on digital innovation within the SME community. 

With the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business; Skills and Vocational Education as guest of honour, and over 250 small business owners and entrepreneurs assembling at Netstripes’ biggest small business networking center stage, it is safe to say, Bizruption PwC Barangaroo was a massive success and a night to remember!

But, the excitement doesn’t stop here! Keep reading to check out the highlights of Bizruption PwC Barangaroo. 

How could we have a Bizruption without the one and only Sonia Wray. Our fabulous MC for the evening, Ms Sonia Wray started the evening on a high note by welcoming our guests with her boundless energy and good-natured humour.

She sure can project her voice through a room, making sure everyone was involved and focused on the evenings proceedings.

The Federal Minister for Small and Family Business; Skills and Vocational Education, shares her thought on small business industry and digital innovation
The Honourable Minister Michaelia Cash addressing the audience

We had the great pleasure of hosting the honourable Michaelia Cash, the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business; Skills and Vocational Education, at Bizruption.

Her words of encouragement and support to facilitate the small businesses of NSW was delivered on Monday night, where she shared insights on the small business industry, her thoughts on digital innovation and how the government plans to implement more processes to support the backbone of the Australian Economy.

The Minister stressed the importance of digital innovation and data analysis for small and medium business if they want to succeed in the digital age; and went on to state that if more small businesses in Australia can achieve digital engagement and increase their employees by just one person, there will be more the 1 one million new jobs created in the industry.

She went on to reiterate the importance of cash flow in small businesses; and said that with over 7 billion worth of small business money tied up with debtors, the Federal and State Government are implementing a method to pay small businesses that send a digital invoice within 5 working days.

The private sector has also been encouraged to do the same in an effort to release more cash flow. Throughout the evening, Michaelia took the time to get to know all the attendees and answer any questions they had for her.

To read the Minister’s full keynote speech – click here.

Dinesh De Silva presents Michaelia Cash and Manoj Santiago with The State of The Nation Research

It was also our greatest delight to hand over our research publication – State of the Nation 2019 to Michaelia Cash.

To learn more about our research findings and other free resources, click here.


And of course, we wrapped up the evening with Pitchfest; the best opportunity for all small businesses to do a quick 30-second business pitch to their peers.

18 businesses took part in an adrenaline-rush activity (tick tock), with Mr. Shanaka Fernando walking away as the winner. His pitch was so good that not only he was unanimously voted as the winner, Minister Cash was so impressed she made a beeline to congratulate him.

We would like to take this opportunity to give our gratitude to the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business; Skills and Vocational Education, the honourable Michaelia Cash for joining us at Bizruption.

It was our greatest pleasure to have the minister make an appearance at our event, yet alone address the small business community.

The Government and Business Connect’s support has been highly appreciated here at NetStripes, and we hope this continues to facilitate the growth of small businesses in NSW for many years to come.

Also extending our thanks to our fabulous sponsor, Manoj Santiago and the team at PwC Private Client for sponsoring us and providing yet another great venue for Bizruption.

Thank you to our inspirational MC Sonia Wray for hosting the night and giving our guests the best Bizruption show possible.

And of course not to mention all the small business owners who made the time to come and attend our event.

Without all these people, this event wouldn’t have been possible, so thank you for making this happen, and helping us spread the awareness on the urgency of digital disruption and small business innovation.

NetStripes hope Bizruption has inspired everyone for even greater success and connected like-minded entrepreneurs together in our small business community.

For more information on how Netstripes can help your business become digitally engaged in the new year, check out our Web Solutions services or book a consultation with our digital specialists.

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The NetStripes Team.

If you’re interested in participating as a sponsor or would like to feature your business at our next Bizruption – email us on bc@wpupdate.netstripes.info or call us on 1300 10 8880

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