OCT 13-28 2021

Weekly Sparks 185


Founder Stories: Evan Wong

ONLINE | Tank Stream Labs | 1.00-1.30PM AEDT

In the first Founder Stories session for 2021, Tank Stream Labs will speak with Evan Wong, Co-Founder | CEO, Checkbox.

Mentor Office Hours

ONLINE | Cicada Innovations | All Day

Cicada GrowLab is partnering with EvokeAG to connect you with the specialist help you’ll need to get your agrifood tech idea off the ground. This is an opportunity for you to chat candidly about startup challenges and get helpful feedback from their highly sought-after mentors.


Climate & Peace Forum

ONLINE | The Rotary Club | 7.30AM AEDT

The Climate and Peace Forum brings you world leading voices in climate and peace.

Increasing Your SaaS Trial Conversations Without Developer Involvement

ONLINE | Blackbird | 8.00AM AEDT

A product-led growth approach requires an experimental and iterative approach to improving your customer journey. Without an approach for implementing experiments in a rapid manner, your PLG strategy will be stuck waiting on the developer bottleneck. In this session, Funnel Ventures CEO Audrey Melnik will discuss how to tackle this by empowering the non-technical team members to experiment and iterate without developer involvement.

Not Everyone is an Entrepreneur but Everyone Should be Entrepreneurial

ONLINE | Curtin University | 9.00AM AEDT

Join U.S. Consul General, David J. Gainer hosting Spacecubed's Kali Norman in Conversation with Marvin Liao, Partner & Board Member @Gamegroove Capital (formerly Partner at Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups.

Founders' Stories: George Hedon

ONLINE | The Studio | 12.00-12.30PM AEDT

Tune in next Tuesday to meet George and learn how he overcame the hurdles of scaling Pause Fest while constantly surpassing attendees’ expectations. Gain inside tips on what is hot in this year's Pause Fest.

Breakfast at Noon: Conversations on Innovation and Change

ONLINE | La Trobe | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

In this monthly online webinar series, you are invited to join conversations about learning to adapt and continuing to grow especially during a time of the unknown.

Digital Marketing Trends of 2021

ONLINE | General Assembly | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

Join GA as they predict trends that will give insight into what they believe will be the most important digital marketing strategy or tactic to plan for in 2021.

Early Stage Investment with Jason Simmonds

ONLINE | UNE SMART Region Incubator | 1.30-2.30PM AEDT

The session will cover a few of the different options for formalising investment, understanding that every situation is unique, the importance of engaging a professional, and when to turn to an accountant vs a lawyer.

Storytelling Techniques to Command a Crowd

ONLINE | General Assembly | 3.30-4.30PM AEDT

Join Anna Ong as she guides you through how to tell powerful stories that stuck. You will walk away with techniques and tricks that you can test out and make your next speaking opportunity a success.

Innovating in Industry

ONLINE | General Assembly | 6.00-7.00PM AEDT

Join this panel of startup founders and industry disruptors to hear how they're shaking up big industry like farming, logistics and construction with even bigger ideas.

Meet the Alumni of the Founder Institute Perth and Sydney

ONLINE | Founder Institute | 6.30-8.00PM AEDT

As the next Sydney cohort gets ready to start, join this online and interactive Q&A panel event with the Local Leaders and various program Alumni. Learn the tips and tricks to building a startup in Sydney, and ask the alumni about their experience in the FI program.


How Do We Address the Seed Funding Gap

ONLINE | Innovation Bay | 8.00-9.00AM AEDT

Innovation Bay have invited three exceptional personalities to discuss how the gap in seed funding has developed and what steps need to be taken to jump start a fresh wave of funding for early-stage startups in Australia.

ATO - Introduction to Starting a Small Business


If you are thinking of starting a small business, you will need to know what your obligations to the Australian Taxation office.

Payroll Tax Audit Landscape and Legal Trends

ONLINE | William Buck | 10.00-11.00AM AEDT

This concise one hour ‘Brief the Chief’ session will deep-dive into some of the common mistakes that businesses often make in their payroll tax activities.

Practical Tips to Help You Grow Your Business in 2021

ONLINE | Nasdaq | 1.00-2.00PM AEDT

Ask an expert LIVE and Learn practical strategies and tactics you can use to increase revenue in 2021.

The Future of Food & Sustainable Farming

ONLINE | Stone & Chalk | 5.30-6.30PM AEDT

Join Stone & Chalk as they chat virtually to Australia’s leading agtech startups. They will be uncovering what they are doing to bring sustainable solutions to the country and drive the future of food.

How to Start a Social Impact Business and Change the World

ONLINE | Academy of Entrepreneurs | 6.00-7.00PM AEDT

Learn how to start your 1st Social Enterprise.

Introduction to SQL

ONLINE | Le Wagon | 6.30-8.30PM AEDT

In this two hours workshop, you are going to learn how to interact with a database.

Making a Successful Career Transition into Tech After 40

ONLINE | General Assembly | 9.00-10.00PM AEDT

Join a panel of both tech recruiters as well as professionals who have gone through a career change to break into tech past 40. They will debunk the notion that tech is exclusive to young professionals, share tips on how to navigate this scene and how you can successfully break into tech.


Is Share of Search (SOS) the Missing Link for Marketers?

ONLINE | Growth Colony | 11.00AM AEDT

Holistic Analytics founder Tasman Murray agrees. Tasman describes SOS as a light-touch, high impact market share predictor.

EnergyLab Scaleup Showcase

ONLINE | EnergyLab | 11.00AM-12.30PM AEDT

Built specifically to help accelerate high-impact clean energy startups in Australia and overseas, EnergyLab’s Scaleup Program facilitates collaboration between fast-growing cleantech companies, energy utilities and other partner organisations.

Social Media Manipulation: Clever Tactics & Conspiracy Lies

ONLINE | The Studio | 12.00-12.40PM AEDT

What are the clever tactics that make conspiracy lies go viral and why should start-ups be aware? In the lush land of northern New South Wales, internet guru Mitra Ardron has a unique access to the land of conspiracy theories and the tactics that amplify them on social media.

How to Build a Team that Fits Your Company Culture

ONLINE | Fishburners | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

During this session, you will explore why this is the case by unpacking what "cultural fit" means, how to test for it and how to enable others in your organisation to assist in testing for it. From there, you will learn the importance of skill, how to identify what you need and how to determine if someone is "great" at something.

Venture Cafe Sydney 2nd Birthday

ONLINE | Venture Cafe Sydney | 3.00-8.00PM AEDT

2020 has been a funny year. Venture Cafe Sydney wants you to re:connect, re:learn, re:share, together and re:imagine what the future of innovation and our brave new world will look like.

The Power of Place: Re-Thinking Places, Spaces and Communities

ONLINE | Venture Cafe Sydney | 3.45-4.30PM AEDT

Join this diverse panel of leaders to explore the importance of building community on and offline, creating a sense of place in the digital age, and opportunities to implement technology to achieve this.

Climate Action & Resilience Hackathon

ONLINE | Venture Cafe Sydney | 5.00-6.30PM AEDT

Join Macquarie University Pro-Vice Chancellor , Lesley Hughes and the Education for Sustainability Team as they break down and discover ways to take action on climate issues discussed at the upcoming Climate and Peace Forum on 16 Feb.

FinTech Australia Road Show - Sydney

YBF - Sydney | FinTech Australia | 5.30-7.00PM AEDT

An evening of networking, and an update on FinTech Australia and how to get involved in the community.


Be What You See

ONLINE | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center | 6.30-8.00AM AEDT

Join leaders from Discover, Mindset & Milestones, The Last Mile, & ParentPreneur Foundation to share experiences on the power of mentorship.

Tour of The Studio

Sydney Startup Hub | The Studio | 12.00-1.00PM AEDT

What is The Studio? What amazing benefits do you get by being part of their community? What are their different memberships and programs?

Build and Share Ideas with Potential Customers

ONLINE | Founder Institute | 12.00-2.00PM AEDT

This interactive online conference will start with a short presentation on the best practices for forming and validating business ideas, followed by a long networking session where you can share your startup ideas for feedback with other attendees. You will also have the opportunity to give feedback on ideas and meet other people interested in your space. Join us for what promises to be a fun event!

Circular Economy Pitch Night

Sydney Startup Hub | Fishburners | 5.00-7.00PM AEDT

Fishburners are looking forward to supporting founders during this pitch night whose businesses have a regenerative focus and are making a positive impact on the planet.

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