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The Event.

As a small business owner, you’ve made the difficult decision to go out on your own and start something many probably told you was a waste of time. At some points, at its loneliest, it might have even felt truly impossible. Here at Waterman, we believe we’re better together and that with the right environment and the support of like-minded innovators, you can make the impossible, possible.

Waterman Business Centers is landing in Caribbean Business Park with a brand new, 4-storey, 8000sqm mammoth of a building surrounded by greenery and every recreational facility you could ever need. To celebrate Australia’s largest business hub, we’re matching it with an equally large event. Over 600 small and medium business owners coming together with fire, Tiako Drummers, keynote speakers and prizes? That’s five reasons to book your ticket right there!

Your Speakers.

  • Lisa Messenger

    CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Collective Hub

    Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Collective Hub. She launched Collective Hub as a print magazine in 2013 with no experience in an industry that people said was either dead or dying. Collective Hub has since grown into an international multimedia business and lifestyle platform with multiple verticals across print, digital, events and education – all of which serve to ignite human potential.

    Lisa is an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and the start-up scene. Lisa’s experience in publishing has seen her produce over 400 custom-published books for companies and individuals as well as having authored and co-authored 24 herself.

  • Dean O'Brien

    Co-Founder of O'Brien

    Co-founder of O’Brien Real Estate, Dean O’Brien, shares his journey to establish a successful franchise, that highlights the importance of family values, mutuality, realising potential, embracing change and the importance of nurturing health and energy.

    Now six years into his journey, and with multiplying offices across Melbourne’s southeast, Dean is relishing the opportunity to share his vision and success with more than 300 individuals across the O’Brien Real Estate team.

    As co-director, Dean is passionate about creating a place where people – his staff and all clients – can facilitate their growth. His aim is to foster a professional and outstanding service for those wanting to experience a real difference in real estate.

  • Jessica Wilson

    Founder & CEO of Stashd

    Boasting an entrepreneurial spirit since high school, this small-town girl scaled an after-party business for fellow high-schoolers up into an events management venture for milestone celebrations. Then, like many rising stars, she was told she wouldn’t last past her first year of university.

    After dropping out of formal education, and through nothing but raw tenacity, Jess secured an internship then a full-time job working fashion weeks. Traveling to fashion capitals then gave her the insight to create Stashd, the critically acclaimed one-stop app for fashion discovery and shopping.

    In 2016, after taking her idea to China’s entrepreneur pitch show, The Next Unicorn, Stashd launched and secured seed investment from the likes of Baidu and Paypal. Years later, Stashd is used in 130 countries and Jess is still a beacon of knowledge for those with big dreams.

  • Emma Davenport


    Widely regarded as one of Australia’s brightest emerging talents; Emma’s diversity and down to earth charm has seen her cover a range of different genres from chatting to celebrities on the red carpet to holding her own alongside some of Australia’s most elite athletes. Most notably she joined Australia’s Official Coverage for 2016 Paralympic Games as a reporter on the Seven Network. Bringing viewers all the colour of the Games, as well interviews with athletes and live crosses from events.

    More recently Emma was part of Seven’s exclusive coverage of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival. In 2018 she can also been seen across Seven’s Australian Open, Winter Olympics, Winter Paralympics and Commonwealth Games coverage in what promises to be her biggest year yet.


  • Neville Waterman — Founder and CEO, Waterman Business Centres

    Neville Waterman

    Founder, Waterman Business Centres

    Neville Waterman founded Waterman Business Centres with a vision to transform the landscape of small business in Australia. Neville believes in empowering and assisting small business owners by building exceptional business centres, creating vibrant communities and providing constant support. In doing this, he aims to remove the success limiting factors of isolation, lack of proper planning and accountability that plague the world of small business owners.

    Ultimately, Waterman hopes to achieve a result that positively impacts the individual, their business, and on a larger scale, the nation that we live in. Hear from Neville about the importance of developing a healthy vision and how profoundly key it is to creating a successful business.


Event Schedule.

  • 8.00PM

    Official Launch

    Immerse yourself in the excitement and buzz of the evening as the Taiko drummers mark the official opening of the centre. Hear from founder of Waterman Business Centres, Neville Waterman.

  • 8.15PM

    The Party Continues

    After our official launch, the party continues!

    We’ve invited six local food carts to join us for the celebration, and we’ve covered the bill!

    From coffee carts to burritos and donuts you won’t be short on choice.

    Our outdoor spaces will be alive with some of Melbourne’s best musical performances and roaming entertainers.

    Remember there is only an hour of centre tours, so make sure you head in and check out the incredible space.

    For our Gold and Diamond ticket holders, you will be invited to enter into our “Entrepreneurs’ Lounge” where you will hear from some of Australia’s leading business owners specialising in industries from real estate to print and digital media.

  • 8.20PM Lisa Messenger CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Collective Hub

    Guest Speaker - Lisa Messenger (Gold & Diamond Tickets)

    Emma welcomes Lisa Messenger, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Collective Hub, to the stage.

    If you are holding a Gold or Diamond ticket, and not ready to check into view your selected speaker, you are welcome to take part in a centre tour (Departing from Reception)

  • 8.45PM Dean O'Brien Co-founder of O'Brien Real Estate

    Guest Speaker - Dean O'Brien (Gold & Diamond Tickets)

    Emma welcomes Dean O’Brien, Co- founder of O’Brien Real Estate, to the stage.

  • 9.10PM

    Guest Speaker - Jessica Wilson (Gold & Diamond Tickets)

    Emma welcomes Jessica Wilson, Founder & CEO of Stashd, to the stage.

    If you haven’t registered to take part in a centre tour, now is your last chance. The last centre tour departs at 9.15PM.

  • 9.15PM

    Last Centre Tour

    The last centre tour leaves from reception at 9.15pm

  • 9.30PM

    The Finale

    As our official festivities come to a close, make sure you stay around for the closing ceremony! We promise this is something you don’t want to miss.

  • 9:45PM

    We Say Farewell

    But it’s not goodbye! As the night concludes and we wrap up, we’ll be sure to get in touch with you for more exciting events and workshops.

Get Tickets.

  • Early Bird Pricing Diamond $59.00 Regular price 89.00
    • General entry to event
    • Unlimited food & drinks at the outdoor food truck festival
    • First look at Australia's most innovative business hub
    • Entry to win the Waterman sponsorship page (Valued at $5,500)
    • Exclusive access to the “Entrepreneurs' Lounge”
    • Hear from some of Australia's top business owners and entrepreneurs
    • 30 Day Hot Desk Trial (Valued at $279)
    • BONUS: Tech start up pack (Valued at $150)
    • BONUS: 15 Meeting Room Credits (Valued at $150)
    Buy Ticket — $59.00
  • Gold $59.00 Regular price 69.00
    • General entry to event
    • Unlimited food & drinks at the outdoor food truck festival
    • First look at Australia's most innovative business hub
    • Entry to win the Waterman sponsorship page (Valued at $5,500)
    • Exclusive once-off access to the “Entrepreneurs' Lounge”
    • Hear from some of Australia's top business owners and entrepreneurs
    • BONUS: 14 Day Hot Desk Trial (Valued at $140)
    Buy Ticket — $59.00
  • Silver $29.00 Regular price 39.00
    • General entry to event
    • Unlimited food & drinks at the outdoor food truck festival
    • First look at Australia's most innovative business hub
    • Entry to win the Waterman sponsorship page (Valued at $5,500)
    Buy Ticket — $29.00