Weekly Sparks #271

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Mapping New England, Backstories of Innovation #8

Armidale | NOVA 1 | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Framed by an historical backstory, three New England businesses will share their stories of innovation.

Advanced materials that drive innovation

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Join us for an interactive facility tour of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and the Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP) facilities of the ANFF Materials Node.\

Investing like a Poker Player

ONLINE | Kamal Hassan | 13.00-4.00PM AEDT

 Can VC investors optimize their returns by following poker player strategies, including small antes to see each hand, discrimination on which hands to invest further on, and large raises on hands that develop well?

Leverage high school projects into micro-credentials

Sydney Startup Hub | Level 1 | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

In this seminar Dr Rick van der Zwan will describe how to leverage curricular and extra-curricular projects and programs into accredited micro-credentials that can be stacked into Certificate and Diploma level qualifications.

Radical Compliance: How to Use Advertising Laws for Radical Social Impact

Sydney | Marque Lawyers | 5.00-6.30PM AEDT

Learn how you can evolve your marketing, speak to your audience with honesty and integrity, and contribute in a real way to positive change.

Cash Flow Concepts for Creatives

Sydney Startup Hub | Level 1 | 5.30-7.30PM AEDT

This workshop covers more than just basic accounting principles & concepts, profit models, costings, and margins… In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to explore how your cash really flows.

Renewable Energy Tech for Climate Resilience: Clean Tech Future Series

Armidale | NOVA | 5.30-7.30PM AEDT

Innovative renewable energy technologies in the region to support climate resilience


Rise & Shine: Female Founders Breakfast

Sydney Startup Hub | Level 1 | 8.00-10.00AM AEDT

To help support our local ecosystem of women Founders, Investment NSW and UNSW Founders are hosting a Female Founders breakfast event to bring together inspiring women from Sydney’s Startup community.

2022 Coralus Australian Venture Announcement

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.00-11.00AM AEDT

Meet the women and non-binary-led Ventures funded and selected by Coralus Activators across all of Australia, learn about their businesses and what they need help with.

Don’t build a business, build a brand

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00-11.45AM AEDT

Charlie Rose, Strategy Director at Principals Melbourne office, will talk about what a brand is and what makes a brand powerful.

Funding for Startups

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.30-1.30PM AEDT

Funding options for startups have never been so broad and it can be confusing and time consuming to navigate the funding landscape. Join Stuart Reynolds  and Jack Dean who will be your guides in cutting through the noise.

Accelerating Australia’s next Cochlear

Sydney | The George Institute for Global Health | 1.00-2.15PM AEDT

Are we on the pathway to nurturing the next Cochlear and ResMed?
We are confident the answer is YES, and Health 10x is the platform that can make this a reality.

Lunch and Learn: WeConnect Global Expansion Blueprint

Tech Central | Stone & Chalk Scaleup Hub | 1.00-2.15PM AEDT

weConnect’s Co-Founder and Global Strategy Expert, Matthew Kyle, and weConnect's Australian Director, Isaac Parry, are excited to provide a free Global Expansion Blueprint Seminar.

Nanofabrication - Supporting critical technologies and advanced manufacturing

Sydney | Sydney Nanoscience Hub | 3.00-5.00PM AEDT

Join Prof Simon Fleming on an interactive facility tour of Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) capabilities followed by a networking event.

NetZero, Carbon Accounting & the Dangers of Greenwashing

Sydney | Lander & Rogers | 3.45-5.15PM AEDT

Join NetNada, a member of the 2022 LawTech Hub, at Lander & Rogers in Sydney to understand why having an ESG strategy is no longer optional for any business⁠—startup or corporate⁠—and what steps can be actioned now for future-proofing.

The New Kids on the Quantum Block

Sydney | Quantum Terminal | 5.00PM AEDT

Hear from some of the newest arrivals to Australia's quantum technology scene.

Live Call with Samantha Seljak, Founder of Seljak

ONLINE | StartSomeGood | 5.00-6.00PM AEDT

Samantha Seljak is co-founder and managing director of Seljak Brand. Together with her sister Karina, she harnesses the value of textile waste to create beautiful products that are circular by design.

Meet the Experts with Penrith City Council

Sydney | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre | 5.15-7.00PM AEDT

The first in the Start Me Up Penrith event series, ‘Meet the Experts’ is your chance to find out everything you wanted to know about startups but were afraid to ask!

First Slice: A Framework for Determining How to Build Your Best Early Stage Product

Sydney | The Commons | 6.00-8.00PM AEDT

You've got an awesome idea, but how do you turn ideas into reality?

Planting Seeds: Careers in Climate Tech

Sydney Startup Hub | Fishburners | 6.00-8.30PM AEDT

Hear from Climate Tech experts and have in-depth conversations with founders and operators from across the industry about their journeys and what job opportunities exist right now for you to start yours.

How Your Business Can Benefit From A Community

Melbourne | Hub Collins Street Cafe | 6.30-8.30PM AEDT

Join Birchal and The Community Collective for this panel with industry experts as we uncover which types of businesses can benefit from building a community and how you can start building one, whatever your role!

Side Hustle | Documentary Screening | Virtual

ONLINE | Accelerator for Enterprising Women | 7.00-7.30PM AEDT

Five young women embark on a transformative journey to turn their passions into professions. With a grand prize of $30k on the line, and a high pressure ‘Shark Tank’ style live pitch, is this the make or break moment of their fledgling small businesses?


Startup Yoga & Surf Session - Bondi Beach, Sydney

Sydney | North Bondi Beach | 6.45-10.00AM AEDT

Come along to meet and mingle with an awesome startup crew and hit the waves with our free group surf lessons.

Business of Entrepreneurship: Financials for Founders

ONLINE | BDO Australia | 10.30AM-12.00PM AEDT

Presented by BDO in Australia's Financial Education Team, you will learn how to interpret your financial statements, look at your financial data from different perspectives, discuss financial terminology and more.

Unicornize Your Business Model

TBC | TBC | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

For Founders, CEOs, leaders and Directors of Tech startups and scaleups (particularly B2BSaaS), this seminar will cover the 7 steps to developing a Unicorn Business Model for YOUR business.

ESG & Sustainability 101: 3 Essential Steps to Authentic Impact

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.30PM AEDT

This session breaks down the three essential steps your business should be taking today in your ESG and / or Sustainability journey.

Moving the Metric on Investment to Women Led Ventures

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.30PM AEDT

Join SBE + Techboard for an important conversation about how we can all support the growth of women led businesses.

Accelerating Commercialisation Fireside Chat

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

Join the team from i4 Connect for a Fireside Chat with some of Accelerating Commercialisation's successful grantees.

Emerging HealthTech Startups of the Next Decade

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

This session will focus on the future of emerging healthtech startups—some of their characteristics we are seeing and expecting to evolve in the next decade.

Setting Up an Advisory Board for your Business

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 1.30-2.30PM AEDT

Join the Advisory Board Centre for a special executive insights webinar to explore if an advisory board is right for your business, and how to go about setting one up.

Cicada Open House

Sydney | Cicada Innovations | 3.00-6.00PM AEDT

Cicada's Open House is an opportunity to tour their world-class facilities, meet their dedicated team of experts, and connect with their community of deep tech innovators.

How to bring Silicon Valley to YOUR classroom

ONLINE | Anna Lee | 4.00-4.45PM AEDT

This workshop will share some of the topics we teach across the year groups, some budget-friendly resources that can help any school bring innovation in their classroom to life, and a sample lesson plan for customer interviews.

Billion Dollar Panel with Peter Lilley from Instaclustr

Canberra | Canberra Innovation Network | 4.00-5.30PM AEDT

Join us for a fireside chat with Peter Lilley to hear the story of Instaclustr – a Canberra open-source data technology company acquired by multibillion-dollar, Nasdaq-listed, cloud tech player NetApp.

Disability Incubator Series – Understanding your customers

ONLINE | ACU Co-Lab | 4.00-6.00PM AEDT

This webinar will inspire you to get out of the building and into the real world to learn what your potential customers are really looking for.

From Stuck to Go! Create a Strategy to Accelerate Yourself

Sydney | AgriWebb | 5.00-6.30PM AEDT

In this workshop we’ll help you get clear on the strategy you are currently using to not to take action, and turn this into a strategy you can use to move forwards.

Medical Research Speed Dating: Meet Scientists & collaborators

Sydney | Centenary Institute | 530-7.30PM AEDT

Take the opportunity to chat one-on-one with the people who a striving to better understand diseases to provide us all with a healthy, longer future.

2022 Scaling Impact Showcase

Sydney | EY | 6.00-8.00PM AEDT

Are you an impact investor looking for deal flow, a social enterprise founder curious to meet your peers or collaborate with others, or just eager to discover the future superstars of the social impact scene?

Is the Future Female?

Sydney | Hall Chadwick | 6.30-8.30PM AEDT

Join Rare Birds Founder and CEO Jo Burston as she discusses the barriers and hurdles that women entrepreneurs face and what can be done to remove them.


The Future of Tech Design and Innovation is Accessible

Sydney | Stone & Chalk Scaleup Hub | 10.00-11.30AM AEDT

From investment to untapped market potential, this is an event for those eager to embrace the rapidly growing wave of the health and disability-tech space.

Business of Entrepreneurship: Investment Readiness

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 10.30AM-12.00PM AEDT

Presented by BDO in Australia's Financial Education Team, you will learn how to assess the feasibility of your company and determine the steps you need to take to prepare for investment.

Startup 101: Understanding Term Sheets

ONLINE | LegalVision| 11.00-11.45AM AEDT

If your startup is negotiating with investors, you will likely need a term sheet to outline the key terms, and to serve as a blueprint when the lawyers draft your contract.

MVP Champions

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 11.00AM-12.00PM AEDT

Join us on Thursday 20 October at 11:00am for a special panel discussion as we showcase four successful startups that have received an MVP grant.

A Founder's Guide to Startup Boards

ONLINE | Anita Brown | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Get tips on how to select the right directors for your board and run effective board meetings.

Sydney Angels Pitching & Preparing

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

The session will cover an introduction to Sydney Angels, what Angel Investors look for in a pitch, nailing the perfect presentation followed by a Q&A.

Unique Challenges Faced by Defence Startups

Sydney | Macquarie University Incubator | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Join us for a special panel to discuss the unique challenges faced by defence startups.

Startup Networks & Culture

Sydney | Merewether Building | 2.00-4.00PM AEDT

What is it like to work in a startup? Where can I talk to someone in startups and get more information? Adam & Sasha dive into the Sydney innovation ecosystem with innovators from Canva and Reddit.

Startup Screw-ups

Sydney | Merewether Building | 2.00-4.00PM AEDT

Hear the lessons learned from Australia's most honest founders including James Edwards from PetCircle and Jen Andre from Kitchko.

Venture Design for Early stage founders

Sydney | GHO Sydney | 4.00-5.30PM AEDT

This will help you better understand some of the elements that you can incorporate in designing your venture, as you make your way from the 'messy-middle' to product market fit.

Lights, Climate, Action!

Sydney | Merewether Building | 4.00-6.00PM AEDT

It is certain that we must reach a net zero future. So what investments, policies and innovations are key to a sustainable future?

Round 2 - Insights from repeat founders

Sydney | Merewether Building | 4.00-6.00PM AEDT

We take a look at some of the University's most successful founders and ask them why they have chosen to start again at step 1.

Latest Wine Tech Trends: a FOMENT degustation

ONLINE | Spark Festival | 4.30-5.30PM AEDT

Have your wine glasses ready for this degustation of the latest global trends in wine tech!

Don’t cook your cap table: how to stay investable

Melbourne | Skalata Ventures | 4.30-6.00PM AEDT

Find out what really matters to investors when they open up that Excel file for the first time – what they need to see, what’s concerning and what’s an absolute deal breaker.

From idea to proof-of-concept: the R&D ecosystem supporting innovation

Sydney | William Buck | 4.30-7.00PM AEDT

Join us for an evening of panel discussion about how our national R&D ecosystem supports innovation across various industry sectors, followed by a networking event with light refreshments.

How Women Will Save Us: A Climate Tech Solution

Sunshine Coast | Vitality Village | 5.00-8 .00PM AEDT

This panel of fierce female founders and investors in climate tech will tackle the barriers for entry, the design solution process and what it will take for climate tech to save us all.

Light the SPARK in Your Business

Sydney | Campbelltown Arts Centre | 5.00-8.00PM AEDT

Wherever you're at, there's never been a better time to sharpen that entrepreneurial hustle.

The Social Impact Of Technology - Disrupting with purpose and heart

Melbourne | Stone & Chalk | 5.30-7.30PM AEDT

We invite you to join Stone & Chalk as we hear from inspiring startups that are driving real positive social and environmental change and making a radical difference in a way that is full of purpose and heart.

Power your Network - Sydney

Sydney | EnergyLab | 5.30-8.30PM AEDT

Please join us for an evening of electric networking between founders, mentors, investors and peers in the climate tech ecosystem!

Launch of the Southern Sydney Innovation Network

Sydney | Upstairs Room at The Botanical | 6.00-8.00PM AEDT

Join us for the launch of a new, innovation and entrepreneurship network, focused on bringing together and connecting startups, entrepreneurs, and innovative businesses from across Sydney’s South.

Find Your Co-founder

Sydney Startup Hub | Level 1 | 6.00-8.30PM AEDT

You will have the opportunity to pitch your business or share the skill set you would bring to the table as a future co-founder. After the pitches, you'll get the chance to network and connect with those who impressed you!


Networking In Nature

Sydney | Piccolo Me Cafe | 7.00-9.15AM AEDT

In this special 'Spark Festival' edition of Networking In Nature, our morning walk with author and entrepreneur Alan Riva will provide a platform to 'tune in' to mental health and wellbeing - specifically for professionals, innovators, start-ups and change makers.

Country Spark 2022 - Day 2 - Tour

TBA | Engage & Create Consulting | 9.00AM-1.00PM AEDT

Join us for our 2nd day Country Spark with a tour to several innovative businesses in the region, starting with AgTronics.

Bright Sparks: Sutherland Shire Youth Design Challenge

Lucas Heights | nandin Innovation Centre | 9.00AM-1.00PM AEDT

This will be a hands-on workshop format, using design thinking to understand the end-user, uncover the root problem, brainstorm creative solutions, and develop prototypes.

Office Hours: Inroads to Government

Sydney Startup Hub | Stone & Chalk Scaleup Hub | 10.00AM-4.00PM AEDT

These meaningful conversations will provide you an opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance and advice from a subject matter expert in a range of specialised fields that assist startups.

Supercharge your CREATIVITY and Present & Pitch with IMPACT

Sydney | Haymarket HQ | 11.00-11.45AM AEDT

Learn how to be stress free and harness your own personal power. 

Wellbeing for Changemakers and their Teams

Sydney Startup Hub | Level 1 | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

We invite you to join us for an immersive experience where you will get to connect to yourself and others in a safe space, get introduced to some powerful wellbeing practices and feel heard, energized and rejuvenated!

The Anxiety Breakthrough Workshop

Sydney Startup Hub | Spark Festival | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

At this in-person event, you will learn ground-breaking mind hacks to release anxiety and boost your confidence, so that you can overcome any challenge!

Avoiding Burnout Through Effective Delegation

Sydney Startup Hub | Spark Festival | 1.10-2.10PM AEDT

This workshop will help you navigate the process of effectively delegating.

Activating your mind's full potential

Sydney Startup Hub | Spark Festival | 1.10-2.10PM AEDT

This workshop will help unleash the greatness within you through the power of your mind. It's designed for founders, operators, investors, or anyone curious about getting the edge in their lives.

Mindfull 2 Mindful

Sydney Startup Hub | Spark Festival | 2.15-3.15PM AEDT

Through this practice, you will be able to access your own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.

New Futures Hackathon for Ageing in Place

Newcastle | I2N Hub Honeysuckle | Multi-Day Event

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.


Your AI Journey Starts Here

Sydney | The Learning Space | 10.00AM-4.00PM AEDT

You will learn the fundamental concepts and use cases for the technology, as well as participate in critical discussion and hands-on activities.

Spark Festival Hardware Day

Sydney | The Gateway Coworking Hub | 10.00AM-1.00PM AEDT

Come by to catch some of the awesome info sessions and connect in with other folks who are excited about physical product startups!

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