October 12-23: We Are Agents of Change

What is Spark Festival?

Spark is an Not For Profit, grassroots festival whose mission is to drive prosperity for all Australians via the growth of thriving new economy businesses. Our community is large and strong: startups, investors, SMEs, big corporates and innovators at every stage are all invited. Whether you are getting started or going global, you'll find your spark at Spark.

Spark Festival is the place to get inspired, make connections with impact, and learn the tools and techniques of the new economy.

A celebration of entrepreneurship everywhere, Spark Festival brings together all walks of the startup world who share a common goal: to imagine and bring to life exciting, valuable, and successful ventures.

 

Our Values

The principles that guide all our activities and shape our community.

Innovation

We do things better and solve problems in new ways. We only make new mistakes. Business as usual is not an option because we are agents of change.

Empathy

Understanding and appreciating others is the bedrock of inclusion and diversity, making us all stronger.

Generosity

We foster a culture of abundance and #GiveFirst with our knowledge and networks.

Sustainability

We are the custodians of this beautiful planet: the wellbeing and prosperity of future Australians is in the hands of those who are alive today. 

The people of Spark

Participation in the annual program is by EOI, with people and organisations from across the country invited and encouraged to contribute. This process is supported by The Spark Festival Activators, a collective of ecosystem contributors who ensure that the final program is a true representation of startups, innovation and entrepreneurship from across Australia. Keeping it all together is Program Director, Maxine Sherrin.

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

Spark Festival Activators

Liz Jackson

Liz Jackson

Education & Program Director,

Startup Business International

Adam Mostogl

Adam Mostogl

Executive Director,

The Van Diemen Project

Rebecca Schot-Guppy

Rebecca Schot-Guppy

CEO,

Fintech Australia

Murray Galbriath

Murray Galbriath

Founder,

Half Decent

Sarah Lacroix

Sarah Lacroix

Community Manager,

Usman Iftikar

Usman Iftikar

CEO,

Catalysr

Kristy Frahm

Kristy Frahm

CEO,

BIEDO

Chad Renando

Chad Renando

Managing Director,

Global Entrepreneurship Network Australia

Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack

National Head of Community,

Stone & Chalk

Sean Armistead

Sean Armistead

Executive Director,

Indigenous Business Australia

Jude Ellen

Jude Ellen

Founder,

RUST490

Craig Swann

Craig Swann

Event Director,

SouthStart

Elena Kelareva

Elena Kelareva

CEO,

GippsTech

Program Director

Maxine Sherrin

Maxine Sherrin

Program Director,

Spark Festival

Spark Festival Board

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Co-director,

Founder Institute Sydney

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra

CEO,

Stone & Chalk

Maria MacNamara

Maria MacNamara

CEO,

Advance.org

Eitan Bienstock

Eitan Bienstock

CEO,

YML Innovation

Kristy Dixon

Kristy Dixon

Partner,

Marque Lawyers

Murray Hurps

Murray Hurps

Director of Entrepreneurship,

University of Technology Sydney