The Spark Festival Story

Spark Festival grew out of the highly successful Startup Week Sydney 2015.

Early in 2016 we reached out to the entire startup and innovation ecosystem to set up a series of meetings. Out of this evolved a group of hard working and passionate people - our Tracks Leads - who put up their hands to run a collection of events in late October that became the Spark Festival 2016 Program. The length and breadth of this program is testimony to the depth of enthusiasm for getting Sydney back on the map as a world class entrepreneurship and innovation city.

Spark Festival had inclusiveness and diversity built in from the start, and this shines through in our program: alongside events for people already working in the startup sector, there are numerous opportunities for those who are curious to find out what it's all about to take a peek and see where their skills might find a new home.

Spark Festival is a project of Spark Festival Ltd, a not for profit whose objectives are to

  • provide opportunities for individuals of diverse background, age and gender to pursue and succeed in a career of entrepreneurship through events and other activities
  • connect entrepreneurs, industry groups, government and service providers, leading to the growth of vibrant startup communities across Australia
  • position Australia as a leading startup nation, fostering, attracting and retaining globally- recognised, talented individuals
  • support with industry development to help transition Australia’s industries towards a digital and technology future
  • help to provide training and awareness and skills for individuals of all ages, primary & secondary children and workers from any industry to help retrain and transition to new industries

As a not for profit, Spark Festival is guided and supported by its board.

And keeping it all together is Program Director, Maxine Sherrin, the person to speak to if you'd like to get involved in 2017!