Savvy students around the world are searching for a more practical approach to enter the business world rather than the tradition theory textbook/classroom pathway. Insight Academy has answered this call by tailor making its own innovating hands on practical training. A unique delivery model that challenges future innovators to develop their own business ideas into real world projects as a core part of their course. This unique ‘incubator’ approach occurs within a dynamic multi-layered supportive learning environment. Students are first coached, mentored and then stimulated with an endless array of industry expert guest speakers and a series of executive Masterclasses. Insight Academy is fast becoming known as one of Melbourne’s most vibrant business development hubs attracting both aspiring as well as experienced entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs.
What is INSIGHT?
traditional education vs Insight Academy
|A holistic focus on your individual traits|
|Industry-experienced coaches & mentors|
|Real-world projects & relevancy|
|Business project incubator|
|Personal & professional development|
|Unparalleled networking opportunities and online learning resources|
WHAT IS ?
Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity
A manager within a company who promotes innovative product development and marketing
Coach & Mentor
Chinmay is the proud owner of six failed businesses.
He’s proud to have failed so many times as it prompted him to find out the reasons why.
He is known for his research on hundreds of failed businesses to discover ‘Two Common Finance Mistakes made in Business’ which he has presented to the Australian Taxation Office, Certified Practising Accountants (CPA), Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Business Schools, and various Industry Associations and Councils.
Over the past five years, Chinmay has trained and consulted 700 business owners and non-financial managers in corporate, government and family businesses.
Chinmay’s Book “FUNdamentals of Financial Statements” is Amazon’s Best Seller. Written by a non-accountant, the content in this book has been researched, tested and presented over five years to make the subject of business finance FUN to learn!
I am a former electronic engineer, passionate about entrepreneurship and technology.
I have over 11 years of experience in the electric and mining sectors, managing sales, managing marketing and most importantly leading people, with one purpose, get the best performance out of a team.
Today, I do the same, but with one big difference, i have to make greater decisions… and want to know why? Easy, it is my business!
Laura has a Masters in International Development from UNSW and is an experienced Educator and Program Manager. She has worked and lived throughout the Asia-Pacific working for both small grassroots organisations and large international NFPs. Laura cofounded two community based organisations providing education and community engagement to vulnerable minority groups in Nepal and refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia.
She strongly believes that sustainable development and innovative solutions are found within communities, and loves to strengthen other’s capacities so that ownership and solutions are driven by those whose challenges have been identified. This was the approach taken when Laura set up a refugee led learning centre, which is still successfully run by the community, positively impacting hundreds of lives. This philosophy is both incredibly simple and complex and Laura loves to guide students, clients, stakeholders and beneficiaries to achieve impact that matters.
Laura has worked in disaster risk reduction, training and education projects, refugee protection, livelihood development, child protection, youth engagement, program management and event coordination. She is:
- Ethically driven
- Attentive to details
- Resilient, creative & flexible
Outside of this sphere, Laura enjoys strumming a guitar or ukulele, travelling out of Melbourne in her 1992 Toyota pop-top campervan and volunteering at festivals and sustainable events, equipped with a bamboo straw.
Fascinated by the human experience, I bring human potential into practice in professional and personal contexts through curated self-discovery processes that incorporate emotional intelligence, leadership development, and many other out of the box spiritual practices.
Deeply enthusiastic about life and its ephemeral nature, I believe all sustainable change must begin at the core of every individual Self. Spanish, Venezuelan, Italian and American.
In Melbourne open for collaborations, speaking opportunities and working with any person or team that wants to take themselves to another level.
Looking for a driven intern in digital marketing in Melbourne with a genuine interest in helping others, in self-discovery or self-development and in making an impact.
I’m an entrepreneur.
I am a responsible, energetic and proactive professional, with a business development-oriented profile.
Deep expertise in marketing strategies creation and implementation and broad experience in building and leading of teams.
I have a great capacity to develop action plans and to encourage my teams to implement and achieve them, motivated by a passion for excellence and success.
In the recent years I invested and was mentor to other entrepreneurs and startups.
Moreover I gave keynotes, general session presentations and was part of judging panels at more than 20 events and awards.
My goal is to keep on growing, learning and improving.
I’m a multi-skilled Manager Expert (12 years’ experience in the Victorian Market), Franchisee, Entrepreneur, Senior Sales Manager, Marketing, Advertising, Mentor and Team Leader; with 18 years of successful experience in Management, Sales, Business Administration, Project Manager and Team Development, specialised on the Retail, eCommerce & Media industries.
Responsible for the positive development of many Franchised Stores, Sales, Account Executives and be the key person in charge of Sales, Budgets, KPIs, Business Development, Creative Business Solutions, Marketing, Advertising, Design, and Business Administration.
I’m passionate about Cinema; CEO of Latin Film Fest, Producer of many Film & TV productions, Film Distributor and responsible of many Artistic Projects; Cinema has been an incredible life journey of Art and Community Engagement.
My artistic approached is my Key to problem-solving, parallel solutions, outside of the box thinking and my point of difference with any other Manager to be able to connect with any person or team member from any cultural background or age.
A proven marketing leader, motivated by designing an inspiring marketing vision that will add significant brand & business value. Building strong Marketing & Customer Strategies can transform a business and identify untapped commercial potential.
Passionate about developing and leading the marketing function to achieve its potential. By identifying key commercial objectives, an innovative and inspiring marketing pathway can be designed to support the achievement of business goals whilst taking stakeholders on a dynamic journey of growth.
Through a personable, empathetic and collaborative approach, every day I lead the teams & businesses I serve, to visualise and then achieve what’s never been done before.
Morry is a serial entrepreneur having developed and exited businesses within the consulting, training, live performance, and the App space. He has also served as the CEO of Haufe Academy China, a division of Germany’s largest corporate training firms.
Morry is also an internationally published author with his book, ‘Selling Big to China – Negotiating Principles for the World’s Largest Market’. He has also published ‘Managing the Millions – Practical Human Resource Management in China.
Since 2001, Morry has been working in the training and development industry and has previously led his team to ‘Training Firm of the Year’ over two consecutive years. He has also been named ‘Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report Business Leader of the Month’ and been ranked 14th Global Sales Guru.
Outside the training market, Morry has also helped develop IoT and cybersecurity start-up firms in Singapore and Australia.
Morry is an accomplished speaker, having delivered TEDx talks in China, with over 35,000 views. He’s also regularly interviewed regarding business in China and has been featured in the China Daily, Marketing Magazine, Business Insider, and SmartCompany.
Did business turn out to be everything you expected? Are you truly thriving or is there opportunity for more?
Creating a thriving business is absolutely possible when we prioritise, streamline and have clarity on where we’re going and what we’re creating. Business comes with many moving parts: staff, suppliers, clients, product/service delivery and thats just the beginning. We often also have personal commitments outside of the business we’re juggling. It can become overwhelming really quickly if we don’t have a solid foundation.
I’m sure you can resonate with some, if not all of those points right?
When we’re in the doing it can be a little more challenging to see where we can possibly start refining things to support us in the long run and that’s where I can help!
It’s my aim to help you be limitless in both business and life through increased self-awareness. I will assist you with optimising what is already there. Together we work on creating a roadmap that is unique to you and your business- no cookie cutting here.
I’ve had a coach, what makes you different I hear you say? Well that’s a question I’d love to answer when we connect. I can say that I come from a place of appreciating that people and business go through cycles. Business evolves and changes rapidly. No business is the same, no person in the business is the same.
Want to explore if I could be a fit for you and your business?
Coach & Mentor
- personal development and human potential
- time-management (techniques and hacks)
- personal productivity (physiology and psychology)
- employee performance, engagement, engagement
- marketing, branding and sales via face to face networking
- branding via LinkedIn
- body language
- inter-personal skills and communication agility
- building confidence
- studying in a foreign language
With over 15 years of experience as an owner,
pizza-chef, general manager and consultant, My expertise cover all aspects of food and hospitality business management, sales & marketing and operations. My wealth of knowledge and thorough understanding of the industry has helped several hospitality and food-related businesses achieve great success.
“Helping independent Restaurant Build a successful Business, Offering a tailored approach for every project.”
Laurent Mas is an experienced business adviser with 25 years of business expertise. He is a visionary strategic thinker, with an ability to translate the big picture into a strategic plan. Previously in Management at Ernst & Young Melbourne, Laurent has been leading transaction services and M&A advisory for the acquisition of several businesses, valuing up to $150m. He was the head of the French Business Centre of Ernst & Young Melbourne for 5 years and has extensive expertise in negotiating acquisitional transactions within the industry.
Laurent became in 2017, Ambassador of NegotiationWise, offering expertise, training, and advice, to integrate a structured approach before and during negotiations.
In 2018, Laurent partnered with Saguity and launched CX-Assurance, a new disruptive Merger & Acquisition service that is a new standard of Client Due Diligence. Laurent is still currently a partner of Saguity.
Over the past 10 years, he has led successful capital raising and business financing projects valuing up to $25m and also held the interim position of CFO of an ASX listed company.
Advisory skills are one aspect of Laurent’s business expertise, however he is a well-established entrepreneur and founder of 3 businesses; TEKAMAS Group, SWISH Group and Successful Business Advisors. This year is the 10th anniversary of TEKAMAS Group, in which Laurent has been involved with various ventures across an array of industries.
Furthering his passion of personal development, in 2018 Laurent secured the role of City Host of the Money & You Melbourne program, and in 2019 he became the lead promoter in Melbourne for Sandra & Daniel Biskind.
Laurent is the founder and has been President of the French and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Young Professionals (FACCI YP) and has been on the Board of the French and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) for the last 6 years.
For over nine years, Jess has been the driving force of Butter Collective. Passionate about every project Butter takes on, Jess loves working with clients, and coming up with fresh ways to solve problems. Jess has been recognised with awards for her photography, advertising and website design.
In the past, she worked as a creative director across Australia and Berlin. But lately, Jess embarked on a new business selling book journals, while creating a second product around journaling, which will be launched in a few months.
Jess will bring the lessons from these years into their sessions: “I’ve walked a colourful road and taken a lot of risks. First hand I’ve experience of the good and the bad of running my own gig”
CEO / Founder
Street smarts have been the foundation of Jose’s education.
Travelling the world since the age of 17, he has developed his network of relations spanning over 50 countries and 1000’s of individuals across numerous professions.
Jose’s passion and his persistence to achieve high-end, world-wide sales across the global education sector quickly increased the demand for his services.
Today, Jose is no longer the newly-arrived migrant with $300 in his pocket, but a savvy business entrepreneur launching one of Australia’s most innovative entrepreneur development academies.
Jose is not a believer that education is about study, but rather the practical application of human instinct.
Operations And Finance Manager
Marcela’s industry experience includes Commercial Banks, Insurance Brokering, Financial Company services and Hospitality and Funds Managements.
With degrees in Finance & International Commerce as well as Masters in Accounting and in Business Administration qualifies her as our powerful in-house wizard of Operations and Finance.
Marine is the student’s main point of call, she is a polyglot graduate with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management with several years of HR consulting and project management experience she is the ‘calm wisdom’ that holds Insight Academy together in a distinctly elegant French style.
David Ponce de Leon
Academic Support and Communications
Experienced Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry and the franchise industry in both the education and food sectors. Skilled in English as a Second Language (ESL), Corporate Image Management, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Classroom Management, and Lesson Planning. Strong sales professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration.
I am graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics, a major in Accounting. With more than 6 years of work experience as an accountant, having analytical mind and passion for the accountancy, my responsibilities embrace keeping accounts, managing students payments and so on. I love animals, skiing and travelling.
With degrees in both marketing and communication design, Jack came on board as the resident designer to build the academy’s identity and carry the brand forward by producing our funky content.
Alongside his “make my logo bigger” work at Insight Academy, he also undertakes freelance design work with his personal consultancy Partyfrog Designs while listening to death metal tunes on his headphones.
Business Development Manager
Proven Business Systems Development and Project Management skills, with over 12 years of professional development contributing to organizations from different industries with tailored medium and long-term consistent and sustainable business plans.
Experience in working with internal and external stakeholders to analyze requirements, design and implement sound business systems.
Strong analytical skills combined with lateral thinking and problem-solving techniques when establishing strategic plans and objectives.
A broad experience in sales & leading teams that not only ensures new business opportunities but also provides the necessary leadership to drive the business development process.
With the desire to meet dynamic people and companies that seek to take their business to the next level and, always looking for new challenges.
- Integrated business systems development and implementation
- Intuitive relationship generator with a focus on long-term business partnerships
- Project management
- Business process analysis and design
Offshore Business Development Manager
Commercially-minded professional with extensive experience providing internal product management, sales leadership, and exceptional customer service in highly competitive markets.
Capable of defining business mission and integrating resource strengths to deliver impeccable performances.
Proven track record of leadership in business management, strategic key account growth, staff training, and brand promotion.
Demonstrated ability to conduct ongoing analysis for measuring and managing sales performance against market trends.
Possess solid history of strategic negotiations with key client.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Having worked in Digital Marketing Agencies for over 5 years, Isabel has been able to collaborate with many different brands to develop successful marketing campaigns for a wide-ranging of products and services.
With strong communication and customer service skills, detail-oriented individual and good organisational skills.
The experience gained as Artist Liaison and Event Manager in live music events provided Isabel great adaptability, problem-solving and effective stakeholders management skills.
‘My professional experience is based on managing high-standard projects across different stages’