Oct 12-26 2022

Weekly Sparks #221

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SheEO AU Summit 2021

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 9.30AM-2.30PM AEDT

Join us to learn from SheEO Activators + Ventures who are redefining business to create the change that we need in the world, now more than ever.

Having a Choice and a Voice

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Join us for a friendly fireside chat to discover how you can have the courage, confidence, and trust in yourself to take the right action to achieve your greatest goals, in life and in business.

Accelerating your Business with Accelerating Commercialisation

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

The team from i4 Connect are partnering with Spark Festival to bring you a Fireside chat with some of Accelerating Commercialisation's successful grantees. Register for this free session to learn more about how AusIndustry and the team at i4 Connect can help you commercialise your novel product, process or service.

Why UX? - A 101 delivered by a Google UX Designer

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 3.00-4.00PM AEDT

In this engaging hour learn the value of good UX - and hear from an industry expert from the Google UX Team.


"10 Things I Hate About Startup Accounting" - a 101 With David Kenney

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.30-11.30AM AEDT

Accounting is one of the most confusing and troublesome areas for early stage startups. Getting it right from the beginning can help make a great business - but more often than not founders a caught out and left scrambling to fix mistakes. In this engaging hour learn the worst pitfalls of a startup books - and hear from an industry experts best pieces of advice to avoid them.

SheEO AU Summit 2021

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00AM-3.30PM AEDT

Join us to learn from SheEO Activators + Ventures who are redefining business to create the change that we need in the world, now more than ever. 

The Proptech Panel - How Proptech is Helping Home Owners

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

A new era of proptechs - technology businesses that specialise in property - are making life significantly easier for homeowners who want to build or upgrade. If you are passionate about property or love real estate, join Proptech Association founder and president Kylie Davis for our Property Panel.

Boosted Series: A Virtual Fireside Chat with Layla Foord, ex. Go1 & Seek

ONLINE | Spark Festival |12.00-2.00PM AWST

Do you struggle to hire the right people? Or lead happy and productive teams? Join us for this exclusive virtual event featuring Layla Foord, Former Global Head of Product Development at Seek and VP of Product at GO1 as she shares why the key to any team is the right mix of people and enough tension to create innovation.

Towards a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for women-led startups

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-2.15PM AEDT

Does the existing ecosystem help or hinder you? Join us at this unique panel event and hear wisdom and advice from those who've been there.

Angel Investing Demystified

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

What is an Angel Investment group? How does Angel investment work? Can I be an Angel Investor even if I'm not a Steve Baxter? These questions and more will be answered in an interactive panel session put on by Melbourne Angels - one of the most active angel investor groups in the country.


ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-4.00PM AEDT

Welcome to Pitch-O-Rama! You'll get the chance to pitch for investment.
Use it as a chance to hone your pitching skills, get feedback to understand how to improve your skills from seasoned experts and investors and refine your presentation and delivery. Learn how to "sell" what you do in 2 minutes.

The STEAM Room

Fortitude Valley | The Precinct | 2.00-5.00PM AEDT

The STEAM Room is a professional event designed to explore the unique challenges that founders of Queensland-based STEAM organisations face when delivering products or services across diverse sectors. 

FOMENT Viti, Wine and Tourism Tech Pitch Celebration

Adelaide | Flinders University | 2.30-4.00PM ACDT

Join us in person in Adelaide (limited tickets available) or online to celebrate FOMENT’s 2021 cohort driving interest in Australia as the global hub of viti, wine and tourism tech development and adoption. You will also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite pitch in our People’s Choice Award!

Gate Virtual 2021

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.00PM AEDT

Join us for our virtual showcase of our 2021 GATE cohort of Australian ag innovators and Australian research innovation.

Youth Entrepreneurial Education Ecosystem in NSW

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.30-5.30PM AEDT

Join Young Change Agents (YCA) and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) at this virtual round-table discussion on the state of entrepreneurial education for youth across the state of New South Wales (NSW).

Genesis Cohort 28 Final

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 9.30AM-2.30PM AEDT

This night is an online celebration of the top 7's progress. Come hear them give their best 1-minute pitches. Followed by open networking where you can walk around the virtual room and chat with other guests and the founders.


Croc Pitch 2021

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 8.00AM-5.00PM ACST

Join a stellar list of businesses who have won big with Croc Pitch. With up to $1 million in Venture Capital up for grabs Croc Pitch has added a virtual presence, so you can pitch from anywhere! We're going global to further draw the attention of co-investors and to foster potential innovation partnerships.

The Technical Founder's Guide to Getting Your First Customers

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00AM-12.00PM AEDT

In this session, we will hear from three Tech founders about how they acquired their first customers and what strategies they used to bring the traction to their startups.

The Art of Delegation

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Join Impact HR Founder and Director, Therese Ravell for this practical webinar where she'll share the 4D's of delegation and examples of what has worked for other business owners and leaders in her 20+ years of experience working as a Senior HR Consultant for start-ups, SMEs and global organisations.

Pitch Power Series: Which Deck?

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.

Female Founders Lunch with Denada Co: Perth to Global Expansion

Perth | Murdoch University x Spacecubed CBD Space | 12.00-2.00PM AWST

Moderated by Behind the Brands Founder, Megan Del Borrello, join us as Charlotte Haygarth and Jayde Taylor share their story of building an incredible local business in early 2018.

Social Enterprise Series - Show Me the Money

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.00-6.00PM AEDT

Learn more about finding your ‘first money’ and grow your understanding of investment, philanthropy, sales and the legal considerations for social entrepreneurs.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling - Women in Leadership

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 6.00-7.00PM AEDT

This panel of established leaders and professionals will discuss some ways we can and should increase the number of female leaders in the technology, entrepreneurship and innovation sectors. They will also share their personal experience, journeys and insight on how they reached their management positions, and how they broke through the glass ceiling. 

Speed Pitch Masterclass: King Island

Tasmania | King Island Hotel | 6.00-9.30PM AEDT

Sharpen your pitch and make sure you're getting the intended message across, with our FREE Speed Pitch Masterclass Session, where we'll Mentor you using our favourite pitch planner tools and give you our best advice on all the different kinds of verbal pitches.

Founders' $*@^up Stories & How to Avoid Them

Sydney | The Batcave | 6.30-8.00PM AEDT

At this dare to come event, we're gonna get a bunch of hardware (& other, its open to every kind) founders to get up in front of a room (and online) full of strangers to share their own professional fuckups. The stories of the businesses that crashed and burned, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, we tell them all.

Communication and Collaboration Skills for Startups & SMEs

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 7.00-8.00PM 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.


Cybersecurity: Global Threats, Local Impacts

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 8.30-9.30AM AEDT

The cybersecurity threat is a risk to every organisation, irrespective of size, industry or sophistication. There have been attacks on pipelines, meatworks and local legal practices. We are bringing together global experts to help high growth startups and small-to-medium businesses better understand: How threat actors are increasingly targeting small companies with cyber security attacks, and what to do if you're faced with ransomware.

Celebrating 1,000 Startups Funded by the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Program

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.00-10.45AM AEDT

This panel discussion will draw on insights from successful startups, which have received the MVP grant covering their journey as founders and as part of a startup and how the program has helped grow their business.

Meet The People of Tech Central

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-1.15PM AEDT

Tech Central is Australia's Innovation Engine. Get to know the diverse organisations who already call this exciting place home. Meet the People of the Tech Central community and find out how you could be a part of it.

Future of Payments from Rewards to Crypto

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

Join us for our inaugural customer showcase webinar as we deep dive into iGoDirect and CryptoSpend's journey in launching their card programs. 

The Quiet Pursuit of the Extraordinary: Regional Innovation in Tasmania

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.30-2.30PM AEDT

Join with The Van Diemen Project as they showcase regional innovators of Tasmania to tell their stories of innovation and entrepreneurship from their own perspectives, and as they reflect their own journey to date of how their location has underpinned their success to date so far.

Startup&Angels: Fintech Pitches & Angels Night

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.00-5.30PM AEDT

The event will feature four fintech startups founders who will be pitching and sharing their startup journeys. Industry experts will act as our judging panel who will ask questions and give their feedback on the startups pitches. The audience will also have the opportunity vote for their favourite Startup and help them win an exciting prize. Added with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

HATCH Taronga Accelerator Program Pitch Event 2021

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 6.00-8.00PM AEDT

Join us for the HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program Pitch Event 2021 to hear from our passionate founders about the brilliant initiatives they are hatching for the planet.

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