The Idea Exchange brings the curiosity and smarts of the American Express business community together.

Because individually we’re strong, but together we’re stronger.

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The Idea Exchange brings the curiosity and smarts of the American Express business community together.

Because individually we’re strong, but together we’re stronger.

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Mentoring




Mentoring




We’re partnering with Rare Birds and Andrew Banks to bring American Express business customers the opportunity to thrive through one-on-one mentoring.

Rare Birds mentoring program

20 successful applicants will receive:

  • A mentor, carefully selected from Rare Birds’ high-calibre network of entrepreneurs, business executives and industry-leading experts
  • 2 hours of mentor interaction each month for 12 months – with the option to tailor the structure of these meetings to suit their business2
  • Access to Rare Birds’ online platform, where they can set goals, track their progress and share insights with other successful applicants

What is Rare Birds?

Rare Birds is a platform designed to help business owners grow beyond their expectations through mentoring, quality online resources and community connections.

Founded by entrepreneur and Card Member, Jo Burston, in 2014, Rare Birds has already made a significant impact:

 

  • Almost 1900 business owners have been mentored to date
  • 81% of participants reported business growth post program, with 94% expecting further growth in the next 12 months
  • 87.5% of participants felt more confident in their business capability

Keen to know more? Tune into a webinar hosted by Rare Birds on 2 July for more information.

Andrew Banks mentoring

Of the 20 successful applicants, one will be chosen to win:

  • Additional mentoring from expert entrepreneur, Andrew Banks
  • A $30,000 cash grant to spend on their business2

About Andrew

Andrew Banks is an innovator, investor, and one of Australia’s most respected business leaders.

In addition to co-founding the recruitment company Morgan & Banks and growing its sales to over $700 million, Andrew has been a judge on Shark Tank, authored four books on recruiting and accumulated decades of experience in Australia and internationally.

 

Andrew’s expertise spans many areas, including:

  • Developing startups into successful companies
  • Extensive global networking
  • Building revenue, market share and shareholder returns

Applications have closed for 2019.

Still want to get involved? Seminar spots may be available.

What’s in it for me?

Expert knowledge

Confidently tackle your goals with the backing of a tried-and-tested skillset.

Tailored teachings

Receive strategies and advice, uniquely tailored to where you’re going.

Flexible commitment

Choose when, where and how you meet with your mentor.

 

Jo Burston, Founder of Rare Birds

“The biggest impact mentoring has had for me is the doors it has opened – and that’s globally.

Mentoring FAQs

Before mentoring

 

When will I know if I’ve been successful at securing a place?

 

Who are Rare Birds mentors?

 

What is the structure of the mentoring sessions?

 

During mentoring

 

Do I have a choice in who I’m mentored by?

 

What if I can’t meet the 2-hour monthly commitment?

 

Are there any exclusions to how I spend the $30,000?

 

After mentoring

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Will I have ongoing access to the Rare Birds online platform?

 

Can I independently contact my mentor beyond the program?

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Workshops




Workshops




We’re bringing select American Express business customers and  industry-leading experts together at a series of intimate, full-day workshops.3

Sydney workshop

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore key business topics in depth, while also gaining practical advice on tackling day-to-day challenges.

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
The Establishment,
Room 2 Lvl 3/252
George St, Sydney 2000

 

When?
Thursday 12 September 2019
8:45pm-4:30pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

Entries have closed for 2019.
Thanks for your interest. Workshop entries have closed, and winners will be announced 17 July.


If you’d still like to be involved in Idea Exchange this year, some seminar spots may be available. Alternatively, you can
opt in to receive emails and be the first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

Adelaide workshop

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore key business topics in depth, while also gaining practical advice on tackling day-to-day challenges.

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
Electra House
131 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

 

When?
Wednesday 14 August 2019
8.45am-4.30pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

Entries have closed for 2019.
Thanks for your interest. Workshop entries have closed, and winners will be announced 17 July.


If you’d still like to be involved in Idea Exchange this year, some seminar spots may be available. Alternatively, you can
opt in to receive emails and be the first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

Brisbane workshop

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore key business topics in depth, while also gaining practical advice on tackling day-to-day challenges.

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
Calile Hotel
48 James Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

 

When?
Thursday 8 August 2019
8.45am-4.30pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

Entries have closed for 2019.
Thanks for your interest. Workshop entries have closed, and winners will be announced 17 July.


If you’d still like to be involved in Idea Exchange this year, some seminar spots may be available. Alternatively, you can
opt in to receive emails and be the first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

Melbourne workshop

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore key business topics in depth, while also gaining practical advice on tackling day-to-day challenges.

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
The Como Melbourne
630 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

 

When?
Tuesday 3 September 2019
8.45am-4.30pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

Entries have closed for 2019.
Thanks for your interest. Workshop entries have closed, and winners will be announced 17 July.


If you’d still like to be involved in Idea Exchange this year, some seminar spots may be available. Alternatively, you can
opt in to receive emails and be the first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

Perth workshop

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore key business topics in depth, while also gaining practical advice on tackling day-to-day challenges.

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
The Westin Perth
480 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000

 

When?
Tuesday 13 August 2019
8.45am-4.30pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

Entries have closed for 2019.
Thanks for your interest. Workshop entries have closed, and winners will be announced 17 July.


If you’d still like to be involved in Idea Exchange this year, some seminar spots may be available. Alternatively, you can
opt in to receive emails and be the first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

What’s in it for me?

Networking

Meet with like-minded peers to grow your support network.

Tailored advice

Benefit from insights tailored to your business in a small group setting.

Diverse skillsets

Learn from a range of business leaders with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Workshop Agenda

  • 8:45am – 9:00am
    Arrival + meet & greet
  • 9:00am – 9:30am
    Workshop introduction + ice-breaker Tim Reid
  • 9:30am – 10:30am
    Deep Dive: Business & Money Management
  • 10:30am – 11:15am
    Networking + morning tea
  • 11:15am – 1.00pm
    Deep Dive: People & Culture
  • 1:00pm – 2.30pm
    Deep Dive: Hybrid Life (and lunch)
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Deep Dive: Growth Strategies
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm
    Reflection time
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm
    Wrap-up and key takeaways
  • 4:30pm
    End

Workshop facilitators

Andrew Banks

Entrepreneur

 

Co-founder of Morgan & Banks and one of Australia’s most respected business leaders.

Tim Reid

Host of Small Business Big Marketing

 

Author of The Boomerang Effect and host of Australia’s no.1 marketing podcast.

Jo Burston

Founder of Job Capital, startup.business and Inspiring Rare Birds

Named in Australia’s top 30 Women Entrepreneurs every year since 2013.

 

Lisa Baxter,
Your Hot Property

“It was really refreshing to meet other business owners from all different industries and to realise that we’re all facing the same challenges.”

Entries have closed for 2019.

Still want to get involved? Seminar spots may be available.

Workshop FAQs

Before the workshop

 

When will I know if I’ve been successful at securing a place?

 

How many places are available at each workshop and is there a waitlist?

 

 

During the workshop

 

Will I have the chance to workshop my specific business challenges one-on-one?

 

Will I get an opportunity to work with every workshop facilitator?

 

Will lunch be provided on the day?

After the workshop

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I independently contact workshop facilitators after the workshop?

 

 

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Seminars




Seminars




Join 300 American Express business customers to uncover answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Sydney seminar

This seminar will give attendees the opportunity to take part in a thought-provoking discussion around big and small challenges in business ownership.4

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
Ivy Complex
330 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

 

When?
Wednesday 11 September 2019
5:45pm-9pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

How do I attend?
This event is free to American Express business customers, but you will need to register to attend. Registrations open

3 June 2019.

What’s in it for me?

Expert insights

Absorb the knowledge of successful business owners who’ve seen it all.

Peer review

Get multiple perspectives on a problem from businesses, big and small.

Community

Network with like-minded business owners or open the door to an opportunity.

Seminar Agenda

  • 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    Registration + Networking drinks
  • 6:15pm – 6:30pm
    Introduction from Andrew Banks
  • 6:30pm – 7:45pm
    Panel Discussion + Audience Q&A
  • 7:45pm – 8:00pm
    Closing address from Andrew Banks
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
    Networking drinks
  • 9:00pm
    End

Sydney speakers

 Andrew Banks

Andrew Banks

Entrepreneur

 

Co-founder of Morgan & Banks and one of Australia’s most respected business leaders.

 

Daniel Flynn

Managing Director of Thankyou

Co-founder of social enterprise Thankyou and author of the bestselling book Chapter One.

 Andrew Banks

Jen Geale

Co-founder of Mountain Bikes Direct

Co-creator of Australia’s largest mountain biking retailer and Top 50 People in Ecommerce winner (2018, 2019).

 Andrew Banks

Kate Morris

Founder of Adore Beauty

 

Beauty advocate and business innovator behind Australia’s first beauty e-commerce site.

 Andrew Banks

Tim Reid

Host of Small Business Big Marketing

Author of The Boomerang Effect and host of Australia’s no.1 marketing podcast.

 

Kane Sajdak,
BiTS Technology Group

Andrew Banks gave the kind of business insights you can’t get from many people in this world.”

Register to attend an Idea Exchange Seminar4

Seminar FAQs

Before the seminar

 

When will I know if I’ve been successful at securing a seat?

 

How many business customers will be there?

 

Will dinner be provided on the night?

 

 

During the seminar

 

Will there be time to ask questions specific to my business?

 

Is there any flexibility to the ideas that will be exchanged on the night?

 

Will seats be pre-assigned or assigned on a first come, first served basis?

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

Melbourne seminar

This seminar will give attendees the opportunity to take part in a thought-provoking discussion around big and small challenges in business ownership.4

Ideas we’ll be exchanging:

Growth Strategies

Hybrid Life

Business and Money Management

People and Culture

Where?
Metropolis Events
Level 4, Southgate Shopping & Restaurant Precinct
1/3 Southgate Avenue
Southbank VIC 3006

 

When?
Wednesday 4 September 2019
5:45pm-9pm

 

Getting there
Plan your trip here.

How do I attend?
This event is free to American Express business customers, but you will need to register to attend. Registrations open

3 June 2019.

What’s in it for me?

Expert insights

Absorb the knowledge of successful business owners who’ve seen it all.

Peer review

Get multiple perspectives on a problem from businesses, big and small.

Community

Network with like-minded business owners or open the door to an opportunity.

Seminar Agenda

  • 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    Registration + Networking drinks
  • 6:15pm – 6:30pm
    Introduction from Andrew Banks
  • 6:30pm – 7:45pm
    Panel Discussion + Audience Q&A
  • 7:45pm – 8:00pm
    Closing address from Andrew Banks
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
    Networking drinks
  • 9:00pm
    End

Melbourne speakers

 Andrew Banks

Andrew Banks

Entrepreneur

 

Co-founder of Morgan & Banks and one of Australia’s most respected business leaders.

 

 Andrew Banks

Daniel Flynn

Managing Director of Thankyou

Co-founder of social enterprise Thankyou and author of the bestselling book Chapter One.

 Andrew Banks

Jane Lu

Founder of Showpo

 

Launched the online fashion brand in 2010, Showpo now ships to over 100 countries. Jane is regular keynote speaker in Australia and internationally.

 Andrew Banks

Kristina Karlsson

Founder of Kikki.K

 

Founder and Creative Director of the global Swedish design and stationary business loved in over 147 countries.

 Andrew Banks

Tim Reid

Host of Small Business Big Marketing

Author of The Boomerang Effect and host of Australia’s no.1 marketing podcast.

 

Kane Sajdak,
BiTS Technology Group

Andrew Banks gave the kind of business insights you can’t get from many people in this world.”

Register to attend an Idea Exchange Seminar4

Seminar FAQs

Before the seminar

 

When will I know if I’ve been successful at securing a seat?

 

How many business customers will be there?

 

Will dinner be provided on the night?

 

 

During the seminar

 

Will there be time to ask questions specific to my business?

 

Is there any flexibility to the ideas that will be exchanged on the night?

 

Will seats be pre-assigned or assigned on a first come, first served basis?

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

Brisbane seminar

Thanks for your interest. The Brisbane seminar has already taken place. If you would like to attend seminar in Melbourne and Sydney registrations are still open.

 

Kane Sajdak,
BiTS Technology Group

Andrew Banks gave the kind of business insights you can’t get from many people in this world.”

Seminar FAQs

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Insights
& Stories




Insights
& Stories




Keep on top of the topics trending in business or snap up some wisdom from Andrew Banks.

 

Trends & Insights

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Alexandra Cain Writer,
Cain Creativity, Inc.

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