Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
The National Angel Conference 2012 will host what promises to be a fiery debate on the merits of investing in the arts and new media technologies rather than just “digging holes in the ground”.

The premise is that investors don’t understand business models from the creative sector and creative people don’t understand commercial prerogatives.

New Models, New Partnerships, New Experiences
will be emceed by Hael Kobayashi of the Creative Industries Innovation Centre; the Chair of Digital Sydney, Kobayashi was one of the producers of Oscar winning animated feature Happy Feet.

Keynote speakers include:

Mitch Olson, co-founder of SmallWorlds, New Zealand's largest social gaming company with over 6 million registered players.

Mario Andreacchio, an international Emmy Award winner who has made nine movies, two telemovies and a host of television and documentaries over the past 20 years.

Ruth Drinkwater, CEO of conference organiser the Australian Association of Angel Investors, says the dinner event is designed to encourage more investors to think beyond traditional mining and listed stocks to new opportunities incorporating the creative industries and new media.

“Private investors are missing out on real investment opportunities available outside the current well known sectors," Drinkwater says. "This includes young entrepreneurial companies that are the future for business in Australia. Many of these are coming from online media and the creative industries.

“Australian businesses such as RushCrowds,, The Loop, and Gen3Media are based on technology and social media with new business models based around user experience.”

Using the entertainment and on-line games industries to demonstrate new frameworks beyond the “service” approach of many of the current darlings of the technology market, this event is a must attend for any investor and entrepreneur who wants to be ahead of the game.

Find out how to be involved and explore how far this convergence of experiences is driving business towards new models, partnerships and investment opportunities as well as providing a new collaborative model to work with public institutions generating content in an open innovation framework.

The New Models, New Partnerships, New Experiences event will be held on Wednesday 29 February, 2012 at Experimedia, State Library of Victoria.

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About the National Angel Conference

New Models, New Partnerships, New Experiences is part of a broader event being delivered by the Australian Association of Angel Investors: the 2012 National Angel Conference, to be held from 29 February – 2 March, 2012 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 2012 conference theme is based on collaboration and "Angel Capital - ensuring a sustainable future". For further information on the conference and to register:

Media who wish to attend should contact Ruth Drinkwater
mobile: 0409759322; Email: [email protected]

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Australian Association of Angel Investors

Australian Association of Angel Investors (AAAI) is the national forum for advancing the professional development of Angel Investors and furthering its members’ passion for investing in entrepreneurial success. AAAI is a social not-for-profit enterprise offering a range of networking, professional development, advocacy and research activities supporting members’ activities. Angel Investors are private individuals who invest their own personal assets (financial and intellectual) as Angel Capital into entrepreneurial high growth business opportunities. Angel Groups are the natural formation of like-minded individual Angel Investors who wish to leverage their combined intellectual and financial capital and shared deal flow. Angel Investors acting within Angel Groups are recognised as international best practice.
Ruth Drinkwater, CEO, Australian Association of Angel Investors
P: 0409759322


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