Mike Smith

Founder, Zero Co | Zero Co

Mike Smith


Mike Smith believes that radical transparency is the silver bullet of our times – and he’s already well on his way to proving it! Mike is an adventurer, entrepreneur and not-for-profit founder with a huge heart and a powerful message.

Over the past 15 years Mike has founded multiple start-ups in the surfing, wine and sustainability industries. He’s even created a non-for-profit that has built 2 schools in Myanmar. Even more impressive however, is Mike’s latest eco-conscious mission Zero Co, which looks to top them all by helping solve the global plastic problem. Through the power of community connection, this ground-breaking project is already well on the way to revolutionising global sustainability practices through large-scale ocean clean-ups that in turn feed a closed-loop solution for plastic products. By harnessing a $5M crowdfunding campaign that smashed the Australian equity crowdfunding record in 2021 (as well as an enormous $8M funding boost from some of Australia’s largest VC funds), Zero Co has skyrocketed within a year to a projected revenue of $1M a month.

Mike Smith is a trailblazer in building community and raising funds for planet-friendly causes, but he’s also infectiously passionate about inspiring others to dare to dream just like he did. This radical changemaker is ready, willing and able to share his ground-breaking lessons from his experience in sustainability innovation and entrepreneurialism. He is an expert in circular economy solutions to climate change and has a powerful keynote to share about how brands can and do lead the way in tackling and talking about carbon. Mike is out to convince the world that a product can be good for both business and the earth, for the future of our planet is dependent on sustainable business models.


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