From little things, big things grow

September 9 – 12, 2024
Darwin, NT

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What is Explore24?

Innovation Bay is Australia’s leading membership community for tech founders and investors. Explore24 is our signature event of the year.

200 attendees coming together over 4 thrilling days, comprising 3 unique journeys, representing 2 sides of the tech ecosystem – founders and investors, all creating 1 must-attend experience.

Explore24 is not just another tech conference. It’s an unparalleled, unplugged retreat that fosters genuine connections and collaboration in an immersive environment. Over four days, participants will engage in a series of experiential activities, insightful discussions, and meaningful networking opportunities—all set against a backdrop of the best the Northern Territory has to offer.

Designed as three unique 2.5-day journeys, one for each of our Founder, Angel, and VC communities, that culminates in a coming together on the third day to unlock and unleash the power of founders, investors, and ecosystem partners spending quality time together. 

This is a one-of-a-kind event for the Australian and New Zealand tech startup ecosystem. We’d love you to be a part of it.

Why attend Explore24? 

Immerse yourself in the collective wisdom of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring people.

Meet founders and investors who are doing, or have done, what you’re doing.

There’s infinite potential to discover new ideas and initiatives to deploy in your business, investment opportunities, cross-business collaboration opportunities, and solutions to key problems. 

Forge deeper, more meaningful relationships faster.

There’s only so much you can talk about at networking drinks.

At Explore, you’ll be sharing unique experiences designed to strengthen bonds and build rich connections to propel you forward, professionally and personally.

Solve your biggest challenges with a departure from your day-to-day.

Ignite your mind with a powerful change of scenery and an injection of fresh perspective.

We use neuroscience and our 20+ year history in running events to craft moments that will unlock your ability to think through some of your most pressing problems.

Experience Australia’s unforgettable Northern Territory like never before.

Innovation Bay has worked in close partnership with the Northern Territory government to create a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary that will immerse you in local indigenous history, connect you with your inner-adventurer and give you the perspective that only this vast and awe-inspiring landscape can offer.

What’s on at Explore24?

Who’s attending?

Find your people! Here’s a selection of the confirmed attendees for Explore24

Alex Guyer, Partner, Firemark Ventures
Amit Verma, Manager, Listings, ASX
Andrew Poesaste, Partner, Rampersand
Andrew Sypkes, CEO, Sypkes Family Office
Anna Wright, CEO, BindiMaps
Anthony Willmott, CEO and Co-founder, Digital Agriculture Services
Anthony Woodward, CEO, RecordPoint
Caitlin Iles, Managing Director, EM Advisory & Invest
Cameron Kavanagh, Principal, Jelix Ventures
Charlie Ill, CIO, Investible
Charlie Wood, CEO, Wiise
Cheryl Mack, CEO, Aussie Angels
Chris Breidahl, Managing Partner, Upswell Ventures
Chris Quirk, Principal
Daniel Lohrmann, Managing Director, ikaros
Daniel Ouliaris, Founder & CEO, NeoIntelligence
Danin Kahn, Electrifi Ventures
Dave Harris, CEO, Guinevere Capital Esports & Entertainment
David Moss, Partner, Second Quarter
David Rowe, Head of Ventures, 1835i
Deborah Johns, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Dennis Savic, Founder, Savic Motorcycles
Derek Gerrard, Managing Director, Purpose Ventures
Doron Ben-Meir, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President, Monash University
Ed Bigazzi, Investor, Five V Capital
Edwin Mak, Principal, Burda Principal Investments
Gary Xu, Investment Director, Touch Ventures Limited
Georgia Barkell, Managing Partner, Sprint Ventures
Glenn Bartlett, Head of Ventures, Alberts
Ian Beatty, Managing Partner, Second Quarter
Iain McDonald, Founder, 8seats
James McCLure, General Partner, Antler
Jo Robyn, Partner, Black Nova Venture Capital
John Fargher, Co Founder / Chief Strategy Officer, AgriWebb
Karen Chan, Portfolio Manager, Perennial
Kate Galpin, Listings, ASX
Kevin Wilson, Partner, OIF Ventures
Kylie Gerrard, General Partner, Purpose Ventures

Llew Jury, General Partner, Sprint Ventures
Marisa Warren, Founder & Managing Partner, ALIAVIA Ventures
Mark Frayman, Managing Partner, Orion Industrial Ventures
Mark Velik, Principal, EVP
Martin Duursma`, Partner, Main Sequence
Matthew Parbhu, Principal, Shearwater Capital
Matthew Smith, CEO, MyPass Global
McGregor Fea, Managing Partner, Altered Capital
Melissa Widner, CEO, Lighter Capital
Michael Zimmerman, Partner, Main Sequence
Mike Abbott, General Partner, Antler
Mike Robinson, Cofounder and Partner, Macdoch Ventures
Milly Goucher, Head of Corporate Development & Investments, Helia
Mitali Purohit, Partner, Nuance Capital
Nick Gainsley, Partner, OneVentures
Paula Burton, CEO, Mass Dynamics
Peter Kennedy, Senior Adviser, Burda Principal Investments
Priya Saiprasad, General Partner, Touring Capital
Prue Gilbert, CEO, Grace Papers
Quentin Wallace, Partner, Archangel Ventures
Rachel Yang, Partner, Giant Leap
Rajeev Gupta, Partner, Alium Capital
Robert Kinkade, Director (Dynamic Uplift) and Senior Partner (MitchelLake), Dynamic Uplift + MitchelLake
Sachin Bhanot , Head of Investments, SEA & ANZ, Prosus Ventures
Simon Betschel, Operating Partner, Possible Ventures
Stephanie Hamlyn, Investment Manager, Partners For Growth
Steve Lewis, Founder CEO, Nabu AI
Stuart Low, CEO and Founder, BIZA.IO
Tom Humphrey, Investments Partner, Blackbird Ventures
Trent Bagnall, Partner, Melt Ventures
Vincent Fletcher, Chief Product Officer, CartonCloud
Xavier Keary, Special Counsel, Gilbert + Tobin
Yash Varma, Founder & General Partner, Empress Capital


Explore24 is exclusively for Innovation Bay members. 

Not a member? We have a limited number of openings for prospective members who are exploring becoming joining Innovation Bay. Apply to attend and we’ll be in touch.

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Explore24 experience?

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What people say about our events

“The Innovation Bay team structured one of the most relevant events for business leaders I’ve experienced with room full of positive ego professionals invested in success beyond 2024.”

Steve Lewis | Vigilum, Nabu

“Innovation Bay is really unique. It’s an open forum for discussion. We come and connect and share deals and talk about what we’re struggling with or what we’re aiming for. It’s such a great space to be able to get everyone together and all the different ideas in an open forum.”

Georgia Barkell | Sprint Ventures

“The magic happens when you can put lots of people in a room together who have the right values and intentions. What I’m finding is that everyone wants to help each other. We’ve built some really great relationships.”

Yash Varma | Empress Capital


Explore24 is exclusively for Innovation Bay members. 

Not a member? We have a limited number of openings for prospective members who are exploring becoming joining Innovation Bay. Register your interest and we’ll be in touch.