Regional Sparks

At Spark we are firm believers that innovation and entrepreneurship are not confined to the rarefied centre of a major city. So in 2018 when we reached out across all of NSW to see who wanted to get involved in the program, we were thrilled at what we found. From the lean canvas in Lismore, to innovation in up-cycling in Bega, we were incredibly proud to showcase the work being done in the regions.


Urban IOT Hackathon

25 October — 27 October
New Space, The University of Newcastle
The Urban IoT Hackathon recognises future urban challenges and invites cross-disciplinary teams from IT, Business, Design, Sociology, Engineering and Environment Science backgrounds to imagine IoT insertions, activations, integrations and solutions which benefit citizens, business, community and government. Book now.

Innovation Champions & Your Business

1 November
Hub Williamtown
Organisations are inherently risk-averse, designed to drive collective action towards efficiency and consistency. How in such contexts does innovation happen? An Innovation Champion is a key individual that has a significant role in overcoming organisational resistance to change. Book now.

A to Z of Startup Funding

19 October
Watt St Arc
From ‘Family Friends and Fools’ to Venture Capitalists, each potential investor has different a different lingo and expectations. Startup founders need answers ready for questions as diverse as ‘So when do you think you’ll be able to draw an income and move out of home’ to ‘What are your liquidity preferences and where’s the anti-dilution clause in the term sheet’. Book now.

Join the Dots for Innovation

31 October
I2N Hub Hunter Street
Join like-minded creative business people, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs for a short and sharp series of pitches followed by informal networking to help you join the dots for future collaboration. Book now.

Startup Stories - Edwina Sharrock (Birth Beat)

25 October
I2N Hub Hunter St
Registered midwife, mother of two and Tamworth based entrepreneur, Edwina Sharrock is building an empire while helping expectant mothers give birth all across the country. Hear Edwina tell her story and learn how the Birth Beat team are educating expectant mothers and fathers across the country. Book now.

Startup Stories - Cindy Luken (Luk Beautifood)

1 November
Cindy Luken's product Luk Beautifood are disrupting the traditional beauty market. Luk Beautifood came to life with Cindy's philosophy of ‘eating for health’ to beauty products. Cindy researched the manufacturing behind traditional lipsticks and realised it was possible to substitute the cheap fillers and toxic ingredients with real food. This initiative will be scaling clean, toxin free food active makeup across the world. Book now.

Start House Pitch Night - Newcastle

24 October
Local innovators and startups will have the opportunity to pitch their next big idea to investors and industry leaders. Book now.


One-Page Business Plan: an Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

25 October
Southern Cross Enterprise Lab
What is your value proposition? Who are your most valuable customers and key partners? What revenue streams are available to you? The Business Model Canvas, a unique business plan used by startups and entrepreneurs, will help you unveil the answers to these questions and much more. Book now.


Turning Trash Into Cash: Innovation in up-cycling

26 October
Funhouse Studio
'Turning Trash into Cash: Innovation in up-cycling' is an opportunity for participants to re-envision the rubbish around them, and to capitalise on the potential profits for both you and the planet. Book now.


Swift Startups

29 October
Zig Zag Hub
Interested in entrepreneurship and innovation but don't know where to start? Head along to Zig Zag Hub for an intensive, fun, hands on workshop where you will go through the stages of starting a business: from the initial stages of finding a problem, to developing a sound prototype reflecting your solution. Book now.

Byron Bay

Investor Ready - Food & Agribusinesses

26 October
If you are into making your Food or Agri-Business company 'Investor Ready', this event is for you. The morning includes a three-hour workshop with one of Australia’s leading food and ag-tech businesses and investors, Sarah Nolet of AgThentic. Sarah will be speaking about Australia's competitive advantage in AgTech, regional/city connections, food system innovation, lessons from the US and more. Book now.

How to Pitch Your Idea Workshop

23 October
Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay
Bryon Shire Council, NSW State Government and Founders Northern Rivers, as part of Small Business Week, want to help you PERFECT YOUR PITCH! Workshop will be followed by a pitching session by five pre-selected local startups who will have 4 minutes each to explain their idea to a panel of judges. The winner of this pitch competition will be flown to Sydney by Jobs for NSW to pitch their idea at Regional Pitchfest. Book now.

Central Coast

Start House Pitch Night - On the Coast

31 October
North Wyong
Local innovators and startups will have the opportunity to pitch their next big idea to investors and industry leaders. Book now.

Local Innovation Network Pitchfest

Local Innovation Network Pitchfest

31 October
Sydney Startup Hub
Seven regional startups from the NSW Local Innovation Network (Armidale, Bathurst, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle/Hunter, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong/Illawarra) on site at the Sydney Startup Hub to pitch to an expert panel in front of a live audience. A great opportunity to find out what's happening in the regions!

Book now.

Wagga Wagga

From Success to Significance with Mark Brand in Wagga Wagga

30 October
Food I Am, Wagga Wagga
This free event will be held at the beautiful Food I Am cooking school on the Nu-Lumeah property outside of Wagga Wagga, co-hosted by the City of Sydney, the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and Charles Sturt University. Hear stories behind projects such as Save On Meats and The Token Program, a cashless system which has fed over 100,000 people in need. Book now.


Financing and Pitfalls of Start-ups

23 October
Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange
This event entails a diverse panel, within startups, marketing, financing, and business models. The panel includes James Triggs, Expert in Residence for the Bathurst Upstairs Incubator, Zoe Hida Co-Founder and Business Development Manager of Appiwork, Andrew Logan, (CEO OneCrop, Orange), Olympia Yarger (Founder and CEO of GOTERRA, Canberra) and Hayley Barrett (Digital Business Advisor for Central West BizHQ, Orange). Book now.


Pitching for Investment with Edith Yeung, Bathurst

29 October
Upstairs Startup Hub, Bathurst
This is an exclusive event by Jobs for NSW with international venture capitalist Edith Yeung. One of Silicon Valley's 'investors you must know', Edith Yeung is Partner, 500 Startups (Greater China) and leads the blockchain accelerator program. Edith has invested in over 50 startups and can help you understand what makes a good pitch, and what she looks for in a startup to invest in. Book now.