BNI Bamboo's Black Tie Breakfast

On 23 November 2017, BNI Bamboo will be hosting a special Black Tie Breakfast to raise funds for the Ethan Davies Fellowship, and we'd love to see you there.

This business networking breakfast event will feature presentations from special guest speakers Dr Marcus Tan and Dr Raelene Endersby, as well as Ethan's dad.

Dr Marcus Tan, CEO and Founder of HealthEngine

HealthEngine, a Perth-based start-up, has been described as a for doctors, and has attracted investment from a syndicate of investors led by Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Sequoia India (which has previously provided seed capital for the likes of tech giants such as Apple, Google, AirBnB, and WhatsApp).

Dr Raelene Endersby, Co-Head, Brain Tumour Research at the Telethon Kids Institute

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the Telethon Kids Institute is a team of almost 600 dedicated researchers and support staff who are passionate about discovering causes, cures and treatments for the illnesses and diseases that target our kids and young people. Learn about the cutting edge research being conducted right here in Perth to help fight childhood brain cancer from Dr Endersby.

Shannon Davies, Co-Founder, Ethan Davies Fellowship

Shannon's son Ethan was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 20 months. Together with his wife Christie-Lee, he co-founded the Ethan Davies Fellowship, a visiting fellowship scheme supporting collaborative childhood brain cancer research through the Telethon Kids Institute.

The event will also include a charity auction, as well as raffles and prizes.

As this is a business breakfast, there will be opportunities for networking with other attendees.

BNI Bamboo Black Tie Breakfast
Event Details:

Thursday, 23 November 2017
7.15am to 9.30 am (registration and networking from 6.30am)
Royal Perth Golf Club, Labouchere Road, South Perth
Dress code – “dress to impress” (business attire minimum)
Parking – public car park opposite the Perth Zoo
$75 entry includes a la carte breakfast (set menu)
Auctions, raffles and prizes on the day

Please bring business cards with you.

Tables of 10 available.


Special Guest: Dr Marcus Tan
CEO and Medical Director of HealthEngine

HealthEngine is an online booking tool and directory that allows patients to book medical appointments online.

Marcus has grown the business from a home-based entity to a company with 100 staff in three offices across Australia.

Along the way, he's raised nearly $50 million in private funding and today more than one million patients use HealthEngine every month. There appears to be no signs of a slowdown: growth in 2016 was up 495 per cent.


Special Guest: Dr Raelene Endersby
Co-Head, Brain Tumour Research at the Telethon Kids Institute

Raelene was awarded her PhD in 2003 from the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research (under the supervision of Peter Klinken), undertook postdoctoral training in the Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program at St Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA (under the supervision of Suzanne Baker), and was awarded a Fellowship in 2011 to return to Australia to establish the Brain Tumour Research Program at the Telethon Kids Institute, which she co-leads with Nick Gottardo.

This collaborative group of clinicians, neurosurgeons and laboratory scientists uses a suite of in vivo models to understand the effects of paediatric brain tumour mutations on normal brain development and tumorigenesis.


About BNI Bamboo
Bamboo is regarded as one of the most successful BNI Chapters in Australia, attracting high-calibre business owners and key decision makers.
These professionals share Bamboo's vision of developing sustainable and rewarding business relationships in a stimulating and supportive environment, resulting in qualified referrals for all members.

Meaning of the name
Resilience. Strength. Life.
Every BNI chapter has a name. "Bamboo" is based on the Chinese Guanxi principle.
"Guanxi" refers to interpersonal connections (networks). Like its counterpart, Bamboo spreads beneath the surface (propagated by its core member base), before establishing results through the rapid growth of shoots (referral generation) which are abundant, enduring and resilient.

Rewards of membership
Bamboo prides itself on creating new business for its members.
Since 2013, Bamboo's activity and referrals have generated more than $12M in closed business.
Because of its status, the chapter continues to attract high-level professionals, business owners and decision makers who provide premium services and products.
With existing high-calibre members and an experienced leadership team, membership in Bamboo is a proven way to grow your business.

Shannon Davies