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Sydney Angels Pitching and Preparing

Sydney CBD / Tank Stream Labs @ Bridge St / 12.30-1.30PM

Come and learn the art of pitching and preparing for an investor with David Jackson and Greg Bryan, both long standing Sydney Angel investors and Committee Members.

The Backroads of Artificial Intelligence

Williamtown / I2N Hub Williamtown / 3.00-4.00PM

From San Francisco’s technology hub, to Delhi’s AI strategy #AIforAll, and with surveillance and control in India’s far-eastern frontier state of Manipur, join us for an expert insight into the world of AI and its impact on emergent social and political challenges.

How Can Science and Technology Researchers Get Their Business Off the Ground

Darlington / Sydney Knowledge Hub / 2.30-4.30PM

Come along to a panel discussion with STEM startup founders and investors.

Crowdfunding for Social Enterprise and Impact Projects

Sydney CBD / Haymarket HQ / 4.30-6.00PM

Presented by social impact crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood.com this practical, fast-moving and informative presentation will teach you everything you need to know to be great at Crowdfunding.

Nature Bathing on the Bondi to Manly Walk

Sydney CBD / Haymarket HQ / 4.30-6.00PM

Nature Connection walks are the antidote to our high-stress, fast-paced modern lives.


Spark Festival x GA Ideas Challenge 2019

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 6.00-9.00PM

Join GA for Spark Festival 2019 and challenge your brain with a short and sharp Ideas Challenge! It's simple - meet new people, learn new skills, generate great ideas!

Pre Accelerator Demo Night

Bangalow / Bangalow Bowling Club / 5.00-8.00PM

You're invited to join our Pre-Accelerator graduates at the culmination of their 8 week Venture Dorm program, run by Sourdough Business Pathways in conjunction with Flinders University's New Venture Institute.

The Innovation Game

Sydney CBD / ACS / 5.45-8.00PM

The Innovation Game will pitch successful startup founders and masterful corporate innovators in the ultimate test to find out who gets the Innovation Trophy. Who will you bet on?

How to Start and Grow a Business

Sydney CBD / WeWork / 5.30-7.30PM

This panel discussion will answer all your questions about how to get started, how to work with influencers, where to focus your energy and your time, and how to avoid the pitfalls and so much more.

Future Work Summit

Sydney CBD / ICC Sydney / 8.00AM-5.00PM

You will understand what changes are in train, the opportunities that will emerge and how you can reshape your policies, strategies, and timeframes to leverage the work being done to secure the future. Use code SPARKFESTIVAL to receive $250 off.

Capital Raising Workshop

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 12.00-2.00PM

Join Wholesale Investor and GetCapital at the Sydney Startup Hub for CRIISP's Sydney Capital Raising Workshop.

The Social Enterprise Formula

Sydney Startup Hub / Microsoft Reactor / 3.00-5.00PM

This presentation and discussion will demystify social enterprise and explore why doing good can be such good business today.

Quantum Computing Explained

Surry Hills / Surry Hills Library / 6.00-7.00PM

In just 1 hour you’ll get a basic understanding of the possibilities and risks of quantum computing. 

Pitching and Funding Options

Strathfield / ACU / 4.00-6.00PM

This workshop is for those who need to gain a quick understanding of the different funding options available to businesses as they grow.

Shifting the Focus to Community

North Sydney / WeWork / 6.00-8.00PM

How can we draw on our strengths, passions and creativity and come together for the common good? Embark on an open space technology session to explore individual, community and entrepreneurial ideas.

Sydney B Local: B Corp Panel

Barangaroo / Lendlease / 5.30-8.00PM

Now more than ever we need to work together as a force for good. Purpose is both a value and an asset for companies that are passionate, authentic and committed to 'doing business better'.


Human Centred Design Plays for Your Startup

The Rocks / Airteam / 5.15-7.30PM

Tired of the same old brainstorming sessions? Want to learn a better way to solve problems and hatch bold, new ideas?

Scaling Staff & Business, Post Raising Capital

Sydney Startup Hub / The Studio / 12.30-1.30PM

Have you just closed a seed round or series A? Are you just about to triple your revenue and double your workforce? Would a panel discussion on scaling your business post raising be of benefit, then RSVP now.

The Power of Location Data

Sydney CBD / WeWork / 12.00-2.00PM

How do you set up maps onto your website, and how can you get the maximum benefits from location data?


Camperdown / The University of Sydney - Great Hall / 5.30-9.00PM

INCUBATE is Australia’s multi award-winning accelerator program that supports and mentors the University of Sydney community to launch successful startups.

Why Startups Should Consider Venture Debt

Pyrmont / LegalVision / 5.30-7.00PM

Most startups are cash hungry; while some can grow without raising external capital, they are few and far between.

Deal Screening Live Demo

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 12.30-1.30PM

Two founders will be pitching live in front of Angel Investors - this is your chance to get a front row seat and see how the pitching process works for Sydney Angels.

mnmUnlock Presents: Communication Essentials

Sydney CBD / MnM Institute / 6.00-9.00PM

Build your holistic speaking skills including developing your delivery methods, mental and physical skills (to manage anxiety) and how to control nerves.

Somos21 Entrepreneur Series: Get Real!

Ultimo / UTS Startups / 5.30-8.00PM

Get Real will be a pitch fest meets "Shark Tank" style event for entrepreneurs seeking to improve their entrepreneurship skills and launch a business idea in Sydney.

The Co-Evolution of AI and Humanity

Sydney CBD / Parliament of NSW / 7.30-9.30AM

How will artificial intelligence (AI) evolve? How will humanity change in the process? Liesl Yearsley will bring perspectives from the frontline.

The ONE Reason Why Startups Fail

Sydney CBD / Tank Stream Labs @ Bridge St / 12.00-1.00PM

Understand it, learn from it and ensure you give yourself every chance for success!

Pitching and Funding Options

North Sydney / ACU / 4.00-6.00PM

This workshop is for those who need to gain a quick understanding of the different funding options available to businesses as they grow.


Working on Team Human

Sydney Startup Hub / Microsoft Reactor / 9.30AM-1.00PM

This event opens a conversation around a realignment of the balance between hard and soft (human) skills in the creation and management of effective teams.

Mastering the Art of Impact Storytelling

Surry Hills / Canva / 7.00-9.30AM

This seminar will be an interactive experience that offers tools, lessons, resources and best-practice examples on how to craft engaging stories that spark a connection with your audience and grow your influence.

JUMPSTART Pitch Night Vol. 2

Sydney CBD / Hall Chadwick / 6.00-8.30PM

Are you an entrepreneur founder or working full time and looking to launch your own startup? Then come along to learn more about how JUMPSTART can unlock your entrepreneur vision!

Startup Marketing - Myths and Magic

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 12.00-2.00PM

The startup landscape is soaked in myths about flying unicorns and overnight successes, but myths are just myths and holding on to them holds startups back from success.

How to Value a Startup

Sydney CBD / WeWork / 12.30-1.30PM

Come along to learn about valuing startups, what impacts valuations and look at case studies.

Funding Roadmap

Newcastle / I2N Hub / 1.00-2.00PM

Find out first-hand what opportunities are available to bring your new product, process or service through the phases of “explore – experiment – accelerate – scale”.

iAccelerate Pitch Final 2019

North Wollongong / iAccelerate Centre / 5.00-7.30PM

The program includes peer-to-peer pitching opportunities, professional presentation training and mentoring, culminating in a final pitching event.

Designing Your Strategic Future

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 9.00AM-1.00PM

In one half-day workshop, you will learn about the application of Design Thinking in a business strategy context, see case studies, trial the methodology in a hands-on exercise, and participate in robust discussions about how you can apply the learned methodologies to your company.

Uncovering Indigenous Innovation

Camperdown / Administration Building / 5.15-7.15PM

This panel will bring together Indigenous speakers and design thinkers to explore some of these innovations through an entrepreneurial lens and to reflect on the value of Indigenous thinking for today's society.

Cultivating an Innovation Mindset within Teams

Sydney CBD / BlueChilli / 6.00-8.00PM

Learn how to instill growth mindset in your team at this high-impact, hands-on workshop.

How to Get Your Startup Off the Ground Through Employee Equity

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 3.00-3.45PM

Speaking from his own experience, Detch Singh will shed light on why this structure worked for his business and why startups can consider alternative funding options.

How to Start an Online Business with Just $169

Pyrmont / Academy of Entrepreneurs / 6.00-8.30PM

During this workshop you'll learn how to transform your Idea into an Online Business.

Networking in Nature

Royal Botanic Gardens / Piccolo Me Cafe / 7.00-8.45AM

Networking In Nature is a monthly guided morning walk for professionals and business owners in Sydney's stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.

mnmUnlock - Pitch Off

Sydney CBD / MnM Institute / 6.00-9.00PM

Join the MnM Institute to support these talented founders working to transform industries and shape new ones.

Recycling the SMaRT Way

North Sydney / Stanton Library / 6.30-7.30PM

Researchers at SMaRT@UNSW are dedicated to finding new solutions to some of these problems by discovering innovative ways of “mining” the waste streams for valuable, new materials.


Improve the Third

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 12.00-1.30PM

Improve the Third will be focused on growth and resilience. Every day, founders and startups are met with challenges and difficult decisions.

Indigenous Pitch Night

Sydney Startup Hub / Fishburners / 5.00-8.00PM

Every Friday night from 5pm, Fishburners opens its doors to host Shark Tank style, Friday Night Pitches. This particular event will feature Indigenous startups sponsored by Indigispace.

Angel Investing 101

Sydney Startup Hub / Stone & Chalk / 12.30-1.30PM

Are you interested in becoming an Angel Investor? Please come along to see Philip Argy, Sydney Angels investor and Committee Member detail what it takes to be an excellent investor in the complex world of start-ups.

20 Seconds to Impact: Master Your Pitch

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 3.00-5.00PM

Learn to pitch artfully in under 20 seconds in this masterclass for founders delivered by leading Israeli pitch coach Lior Shoham.

Startmate Pitch Coaching

Sydney Startup Hub / Level 1 / 12.00-2.00PM

This is an awesome opportunity to learn from Australia's leading accelerator program on how to craft the best possible story for your startup, and understand how VC's think.


TinkerTank Robotics Workshop for Beginners

Manly / TinkerTank / 1.30-3.30PM

This workshop is for ages 8 to 14, using EV3 robots to complete a series of challenges and then BATTLE!

TinkerTank Robotics Workshop for Beginners

St Leonards / 58 Atchinson St / 1.30-3.30PM

This workshop is for ages 8 to 14, using EV3 robots to complete a series of challenges and then BATTLE!

Today's Learners - Tomorrow's Leaders

Sydney CBD / State Library of NSW / 8.30AM-4.00PM

Today's Learners - Tomorrow's Leaders is a future-focused conference will prompt delegates to reflect on the ways in which today’s learners are being equipped with the knowledge and skills to prosper personally and professionally tomorrow.

Business Hack-a-Thon

Sawtell / Sawtell Success Hubs / 8.30AM-7.00PM

Have you ever wondered how innovation can help your business?

NASA Space Apps Challenge

Ultimo / UTS / Multi-Day Event

The International Space Apps Challenge (A.K.A. NASA open Innovation Initiative) is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world.


Sydney CBD / Lower Town Hall / 10.00AM-3.00PM

20 presentations, 50 displays, and 1 big opportunity to get up close with the innovators and experience the emerging ideas and technology that will shape Sydney as we move toward 2050.

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