Game Changers: Inspiring Conversations with La Trobe Alumni Entrepreneurs

Join La Trobe University alumni as they reflect on their entrepreneurial journeys so far, and share tips and wisdom picked up along the way.

An inspiring online event hosted by La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Alumni & Advancement in conversation with our La Trobe University alumni entrepreneurs.

Part of a Game Changer series, this webinar will focus on the journey of entrepreneurship, importance of 'having a go' and celebrating individuality in entrepreneurship.

This is a La Trobe student and alumni only event.

La Trobe University will also take this opportunity to launch the new Alumni Entrepreneurship Network.

Program details

  • Date: Wednesday 13 September 2023
  • Time: 5 – 6pm
  • Location: Online (Zoom link supplied upon registration)

Why attend?

Discover how being a founder can take various exciting forms. From tech startups to wellness products, a panel of accomplished alumni founders will share their journeys, insights, and the unexpected ways they shaped their entrepreneurial careers.

You will:

  • Gain valuable insight from versatile La Trobe alumni entrepreneurs
  • Hear about unconventional routes to startup success
  • Learn about navigating challenges and seizing opportunities
  • Learn about the new Alumni Entrepreneurship Network
  • Ask your own burning questions in a Q&A session with panel.

Who is speaking?

Millie Marconi

Millie Marconi
Co-Founder | Yesterday

Studied Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Events) at La Trobe!

Millie is the CEO and co-founder of Yesterday, with a business background that includes co-founding a performance marketing company and headhunting for some of Australia's fastest-growing start-ups. Having jumped into the deep end of entrepreneurship more than once, she brings hands-on experience and a keen understanding of the start-up landscape. Her expertise in recruitment, coupled with her strong sales and partnerships background, positions Yesterday to become a leader in AI-driven hiring solutions. Her focus now is leveraging her past experiences to drive innovation and growth at Yesterday.

Yesterday is a VC-backed HR tech company founded in Australia, dedicated to transforming the recruitment industry. By leveraging AI algorithms and data analytics, we reduce the time to hire new employees, initially targeting recruitment firms. Having successfully raised a pre-seed round, we are now in the product development phase, aligning our focus on innovation, compliance, and customer-centric solutions. Led by two female co-founders with extensive expertise in recruitment, sales, content, and marketing, and part of Antler VC's accelerator – Yesterday is poised to disrupt the traditional recruitment landscape, setting new benchmarks for efficiency.


Jason Fairclough La Trobe University alumni

Jason Fairclough
Founder | Kangaroo Medtek

Studied Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at La Trobe!

Jason Fairclough is the founder of Kangaroo Medtek, an Australian sports and medical technology development company. Jason graduated from La Trobe University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Subsequently Jason went on to work in public hospitals, physio (sports) clinics and completed studies and research in biotechnology and information technology (UI, UX, Cybersecurity). A graduate of the Medical Devices Commercialisation Training Program at CicadaInnovations, Jason went on to win a six month incubator internship, and commercial development grant from IDE Group. Jason has presented at International Surgical and Physiotherapy Conferences and workshops in Australia, Argentina, China, the UK, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. Designs for five patented devices used for fracture reduction, dynamic stability and hand strength are credited to Jason. In his spare time Jason enjoys taichi, sports, languages (Chinese, Spanish), coding and hanging out in Makerspaces.

Kangaroo Medtek was established in 2019 and has the goal of creating simple, smart and safe medical and sports rehabilitation solutions to improve equity and outcomes for people across national borders. Innovations include use of smart sensors and real-time feedback. The company has registered for five patents, and copyright in devices and smart device apps including the Gx Gyroball and DIscs for sports rehab, the Butterfly Traction System for finger fracture reduction, Slotted Foam for hand rehabilitation and WriteNice App for kids. The company has an extensive network of product testers in the USA, Europe, the UK and Australia for development.

Connect with Kangaroo Medtek on LinkedIn, Youtube and Facebook

Catalina Monsalve La Trobe Alumni

Catalina Monsalve
Founder | Holística

Studied Master of Science (Biotechnology & Bioinformatics) at La Trobe!

La Trobe alumni Jenny Bevis

Jenny Bevis

Jenny works within the La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship team. She is a La Trobe University alumni (Business School) and a La Trobe Accelerator Program graduate.