22 March 2017
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Unlimited slots available

AIFST's Innovation Masterclass 2017 -
Disrupt your Business: “The Uber Effect”

  • Why does the food industry need assistance to innovate?
  • Why will attending the Masterclass assist people to better implement innovation within their businesses?
  • Why this innovation workshop over others offered in industry?

The state of innovation in the Australian food industry has never been as topical as now. How do you get ahead and truly disrupt the market resulting in your own ‘Uber’ effect?

The key to innovation is understanding how to deal with a changing industry landscape so you can thrive in a changing consumer and industry marketplace. To assist individuals and businesses to better adopt innovation, AIFST launched the Innovation Masterclass in 2011. Now in its fifthyear, this popular hands-on workshop provides attendees with access to world-class speakers and practical knowledge that can be applied in your business today.

Key themes for 2017:

  • Overcoming innovation challenges in the food industry.
  • The changing face of how we do business – how do we market ourselves in 2017?
  • Digital disruption - what can disrupt your business - insight or foresight.
  • Understanding consumer purchase behaviour.

For more information please contact AIFST on 02 9394 8650 or email [email protected]

Full program available here.

2017 Program highlights

George Peppou - Design Innovation Practitioner, UTS

George comes from a background of technical invention, working with innovation firm Intellectual Ventures inventing new food packaging and production technology for clients globally. More recently George has been working for the University of Technology Sydney facilitating research engagement with Australian agricultural industries. He now works at the UTS Design Innovation research centre focusing on long-term innovation and strategy in the Australian food industry. This includes the development of a sector competitiveness plan for the Agrifood sector and working with a number of Rural Research and Development Corporations on both innovation projects and capability development. George will discuss the concept of "Design Led Innovation" with Innovation Masterclass attendees.


Steve Chapman - CEO & Co Founder, SHINE+ Drink

Steve started his career at PwC but realised he was far more entrepreneur than accountant and left PwC to launch his first start-up, a social-commerce platform. It was featured as one of Apple's Top Lifestyle Apps and Stephen was featured in The Australian and BRW and recognised as one of Australia's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25 by StartupSmart in 2013. Steve subsequently started an entrepreneurial apprenticeship with BRW Young Rich Lister and ACT Young Australian of the Year, Dr Sam Prince. Steve launched shine+ in 2016, Australia’s first focus drink. Steve will share his experiences with the Innovation Masterclass providing insights in how we market our products to consumer in the current environment.


Nic Moulis - GasBuddy

Nic has over 20 years of experience as an operator and senior executive in the Australasian Petroleum Industry. Over the last decade he has become one of the leading commentators to media and an adviser to governments at all levels on the Australian Fuel Industry. In 2016, Nic has brought GasBuddy, the world’s most popular fuel pricing app to Australia. With over 60 million downloads and in excess of 2.2 million prices collected daily, GasBuddy is a massive influencer of fuel buying habits that saves its users almost $4 billion dollars annually. At the 2017 Innovation Masterclass, Nic will discuss in insights around crowdsourcing and how to build a business model around this financing structure.

AIFST would like to acknowledge our 2017 Innovation Masterclass Sponsors – Thomson Reuters and Xinova.

We would like to acknowledge the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) for their support of the AIFST program.