Oct 12-26 2022

Weekly Sparks #219

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Light Your Spark: Meet the Spark Community

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 6.00-7.30PM AEDT

Join the friendly faces of the Spark Festival community for our Opening Night and find out more about what this program is all about.

Cicada Buzz | Fireside chat with Daniel Faber, Orbit Fab

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 8.30-9.20AM AEDT

This is your chance to learn from one of the world’s premier space entrepreneurs. With over 20 years experience in the space industry,Daniel Faber has founded and built multiple incredibly successful space companies. From homegrown Australian engineer to serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge to share.

Winning Clients - Without an International Boarding Pass

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 9.00-10.00AM AEDT

FD Global Connections has rallied its network to share tips on Distribution Strategies - how to identify and win clients virtually in the USA. If you are a tech company focussing on expanding into the USA, this is an event not to be missed!

How The Games Industry is About to be Accelerated

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-12.45PM AEDT

As part of Spark Festival, The Studio is presenting 'Back in the Game'. Join this lunch time session to hear about how the Australian Games Industry is about to be accelerated (or not) by the new digital games tax incentive, 30 per cent refundable tax offset which kicks off 1st July 2022. 

Leaders, Innovators & Disruptors - In Conversation with Invicta Prospects Group

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

The Journey from Special Forces to Defence Startup – Hear from two founders who have taken that path. Join us on October 13 to hear from Executive Directors of Invicta Prospects Group, Daniel Pace and Shane Acorn discuss their journey from the Special Forces to Defence startup.

How to Design an Impactful and Fulfilling Career

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

This workshop will equip you to unpack your authentic self, inspire you with the ingredients for impact, and empower you with practical strategies to find your calling, so you can design a career — and life — that is fulfilling and meaningful. 

Pitch Power Series: Nailing Your Elevator Pitch

ONLINE | Spark Festival |12.00-1.30PM AEDT

The Sydney Startup Hub invites you to The Pitch Power Series. This series of 4 weekly 90-minute online workshops, will prepare you with the tools and skills needed to grow your startup and take it to the next level.

Give It A Nudge – Live Show

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-2.00PM AEDT

For this very special Spark Festival edition of the Give It A Nudge show, we will be interviewing Ali & Stephanie King, the co-founding powerhouse behind Ask Marketing, and Gillian Findlay, Operating Partner at AirTree to discuss all the buzzing topics on the start-up and scale-up world!

Best Practices to Remove Bias from VC and Angel investing

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-1.30PM AEDT

Learn about the economics of investing in startups, bias in the investing process, how to overcome it either as an angel or through a VC.

Sydney Innovation Festival

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-5.00PM AEDT

The Sydney Innovation Festival is an annual event designed for anyone and everyone who's looking for the latest insights into the Sydney innovation ecosystem. 

Strategic Influence & Storytelling

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 2.00-3.00PM AEDT

In this session, you will learn the vital foundations of your organization's story. You will discover the power of storytelling and how to leverage core communications skills to get buy-in from stakeholders. Whether you are looking to lead more effectively, sell more, or build better relationships with your clients, this session can help you do it.

Thinking Commercially About Your Research

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 3.30-5.00PM AEDT

As part of Sydney Innovation Festival, The Sydney Knowledge Hub hosts an introduction to foundational elements to consider if you’re thinking about commercialisation of research and bringing your work to the market. 

Social Enterprise Series - Building Your Tribe

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.00-6.00PM AEDT

Twenty-first century marketing builds communities around businesses by being useful, valuable and relevant to their ideal clients. There is a huge opportunity to leverage your impact story to gain attention and business. For start-up founders, digital marketing is often not a specialty but something you need to take responsibility for early on, so it’s crucial you understand what works and what doesn’t and a focus on reaching the right audiences with your story.

Scaling your start up through uncertainty

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 5.00-7.00PM AEDT

Join ThincLab on the opening day event of the Spark Festival 2021 to hear from a panel of three leading entrepreneurs who managed to scale their companies during the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will bring leaders, creatives and thinkers from the business world and beyond under one roof to exchange ideas and thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing our communities and discuss ways to spark our way ahead.


Why Australia ROCKS at Research Commercialisation

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 9.00-9.45AM AEDT

In this session Tim Boyle, founder of nandin, Director, Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO and Chair of ATTP will present the surprising outcomes of a longitudinal review benchmarking global commercialisation metrics.

Tech Central for Newbies, by Diploma in Innovation at UTS

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 9.30-10.30AM AEDT

TIn July 2021, we sent 60 UTS students in a core subject from the Diploma in Innovation at TD School around Tech Central to get the scoop on what it is, what its vision is, and how people can contribute to that vision. This is a showcase of their findings and provocations.

SheScalesGlobal - Conversation with a Unique Investor

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.00-11.00AM AEDT

FD Global Connections is delighted to invite business leaders to this unique event - a conversation with Andrea Gardiner, CEO and Founder of Jelix Ventures. Andrea has been a world-class climber, a global debt capital markets lawyer and an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Jelix Ventures is a Sydney based venture capital firm that backs daring entrepreneurs to build a better future through technology.

Data-led Community Transformation and Societal Reform

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00AM-12.00PM AEDT

Hear from Australian community changemakers how they are innovating at a local level and leveraging the power of data, artificial intelligence, and data science to literally change the world around them.

Music Startups: The Next Aussie Tech Goldrush

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00AM-12.30PM AEDT

Australia has a rich history of entrepreneurship in the music industry and innovative Australian companies are starting to break through on the global stage. Sparkfest will introduce some of the Australian music industry's most forward-thinking investors who are backing the next generation of music tech start up founders. Meet the boundary-breaking thought leaders investing in the future of music.

Venture Abroad Successfully: Smart Frameworks & Expert Advice to Go Global

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

In this highly interactive and practical workshop, you'll gain frameworks and best practices and personalised feedback from experts to increase your chances of success abroad.

Lunch & Learn: Angel Investing 101 with Sydney Angels

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-1.15PM AEDT

Are you interested in becoming an Angel Investor? Join Sydney Angels, Phillip Argy for a workshop on what it takes to be an excellent investor in the complex world of start-up.

Intuitive Guidance for Your Business

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-130PM AEDT

In this 45 minute session, intuitive healer Reaya Pellegrini will take your questions on where your business is at; uncovering any blocks and giving spiritual guidance using tarot and Angel cards to guide your next best step forward.

DIY Design for Startups

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

Join us for a marketing design session with our digital rockstar and director of the Social Lab, Jordan Lomax where she'll show you the tools and tricks to design content yourself (without the need for a design background!). We'll make sure you're highlighting the best of your business with tips to follow and easy applications to use.

Future of Open Finance in Australia

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

How can data sharing under the Consumer Data Right open up the whole of finance? For example, faster payments, better credit, and cheaper insurance. There's more to open data than banking. 

Sydney Innovation Festival

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

The Sydney Innovation Festival is an annual event designed for anyone and everyone who's looking for the latest insights into the Sydney innovation ecosystem.

Communication and Collaboration Skills for Startups & SMEs

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 3.00-4.00PM AEDT

Join us for an interactive online workshop where we'll use the fundamentals of improvisation to give you new tools and techniques for better communication and collaboration.

Growth Hack Your Revenue

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 3.00-5.00PM AEDT

Ever met a business owner or founder who doesn’t want to grow his or her revenue? This event is educational and interactive giving entrepreneurs a range of proven ways to grow the revenue with little or no additional cost and with demonstrable results to show within weeks or months.

Founder Fundraising Journeys

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.00-5.15PM AEDT

This panel and networking event is designed to for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups from the Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem who want to engage with tech startups and are keen to understand more about the fundraising and the investment landscape.

Learnings from Israel's Startup Ecosystem

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 5.00-5.45PM AEDT

The Sydney Startup Hub invites you to attend Learnings from Israel's Startup Ecosystem taking place Thursday, 14th November at 5:00 PM AEDT to hear directly from Astorre Modena, Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Venture Partners, one of Israel’s leading venture funds focused on early-stage startups.

Entrepreneurial Spirit - who does it best?

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 5.00-6.15PM AEDT

You might be attracted to a startup because it’s innovative, collaborative and responsive OR you may prefer the more formal, hierarchical nature of a corporate environment. Both of these descriptions are stereotypical and there are benefits and downsides to both. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in both too, but who does it best? 

NSW Pearcey Award for the Tech Entrepreneur of the Year

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 5.30-7.00PM AEDT

Join us for the only NSW ICT industry event that celebrates inspiring founders. Past winners include Adam Brimo (Open Learning), Melanie Perkins (Canva), Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquar (Atlassian) and Nick Molnar (Afterpay). The NSW Pearcey Entrepreneur Award recognises a NSW person in "mid career", who is already a successful Tech Entrepreneur, and who has the potential to succeed further.

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup: Solve Problems That Matter

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 6.00-8.00PM AEDT

You know when you have a social enterprise idea you think will help solve a problem that really matters but you’re busy, not sure how to make it happen, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed? Well, this session is for you.

Blast Furnace: Casual Coding Comp

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 6.30-9.00PM AEDT

Blast Furnace is a casual coding comp meetup and a fun opportunity to show off your skills and hang with other devs.


National Brilliant Business Kids Festival 2021

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 9.00AM-3.00PM AEDT

The National Brilliant Business Kids Festival is an annual nationwide event that celebrates the innovative and creative initiatives high school students from all over Australia are creating.

Ignite your Financials

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.00-10.45AM AEDT

Whether you’re an emerging entrepreneur or a seasoned innovator, you can’t afford to gloss over the financials. Accounting and tax knowledge are among the most vital skills for today’s founders.

A Culture of Innovation for the Disability Sector: A Tasmanian Case Study

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.15-11.00AM AEDT

One of the underestimated populations in Australia around innovation and entrepreneurship is those who live with disabilities, and Tasmania has the highest rate of disability in Australia at 26% of the population (Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015). Join us as we introduce the situation in Tasmania and talk about the opportunities that entrepreneurship will bring to our community.

Spark Your Talent Pipeline

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00-11.45AM AEDT

Spark Your Talent Pipeline is an event delivered by SSE explores how the unique benefits of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs (sometimes known as internships) can be leveraged by startups and scaleups to support their talent pipeline and gain high-quality employees.

How to Lead With Compassion and Create a Successful Business

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

In this lunch and learn webinar, we'll share the latest research and some practical tools for creating a culture of compassion and improving your wellbeing and performance as a leader.

NFT Sparkle - A Deep Dive Into This Fascinating New World

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-1.30PM AEDT

Non-Fungible Tokens... What are they? How they work? NFTs have exploded outside of the cryptoverse this year and is capturing people's imagination. In this event we will host a panel of amazing, curious, knowledgeable people, who will share their experiences and, hopefully, inspire you to explore this fascinating new world.

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 5.30-8.00PM AEDT

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the barriers around water use, pollution and disaster and generate solutions to build a sustainable world. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

Practice Your Pitch

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-1.15PM AEDT

Pitching your business and articulating exactly what it is you do and why it's unique and amazing is an essential skill for every business owner. For this reason Mums & Co is hosting monthly Practice Your Pitch Sessions - to help you nail that pitch first time around and always make the best impression.

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