October 12-23: We Are Agents of Change

Livestream

The livestream is our very own popup TV channel, with the opportunity to chat and ask your questions of course.

Ten days. 8am to 8pm. It's ambitious, we know. But there's just so much happening in the Australian innovation community and we wanted to share the platform.

See the full program below, make sure you register, and start adding segments you don't want to miss to your calendar.

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Mon 12.10.20

12 October,
8:00am — 8:30am AEDT

Seven Steps to Building a Business with Cult Status

Consumers have changed, and the businesses that form around them are principled, purposeful and creative. Junkee Media's Co-Founder & Publisher Tim Duggan recently released his first book, Cult Status, that's rocketed to Number 1 on several bestsellers' lists. In this talk, he'll share the lessons from studying hundreds of successful entrepreneurs and changemakers over the last decade to uncover what they all have in common. Tim will share insights from his entrepreneurial journey building award-winning digital media titles and from dozens of research studies over a decade and a half to show you how to build a business with a passionate community around it.

12 October,
8:40am — 9:00am AEDT

I’ve thought of a startup idea... What next?

In this Webinar Ben Kennedy, Founder & CEO of Gecko will go through the process of how to validate your startup idea and ensure that you’re not wasting time and money on your idea.

Ben will discuss how important it is to begin with solving a problem, what validation really means, how to differentiate from your competitors, and finding your why.

12 October,
9:10am — 9:30am AEDT

The Startup Journey: Vexev and Blackbird

Vexev is creating an affordable health service that maps the vascular systems of customers, observes how it changes over time and alerts doctors if something is about to go wrong. The co-founders, John Carroll and Eamonn Colley, formed the company on the back of their PhD’s in modelling and tracking vascular disease. Their initial trials with over 150 patient scans proved the utility and effectiveness of their method, after which they took their initial concept to pitch to Blackbird. Blackbird and vexev recently closed a seed round to accelerate the commercialisation of their technology.

They will be discussing the insight: what vexev believed in that their competitors did not, the catalyst: what the founders have learnt since their PhD, and the future: plans for making vexev's dream a reality.

12 October,
9:40am — 10:00am AEDT

The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship

In this keynote, Heather MacKenzie examines the Dark Side of Entrepreneurship - the mental health challenges that are unique to founders and ways to mitigate them. She also places emphasis on educating investors on this topic, so they can better support their founders and potentially have a faster, more robust ROI.

12 October,
10:10am — 11:00am AEDT

Breaking the Mold: Daring to Disrupt

As agents of change, entrepreneurs are often trying to make big, daring, incredible visions come true to change their industries, and the world. What makes an idea disruptive? What makes one idea dangerously disruptive and another dangerously bad? How can you make real, positive change and build effective business that can transform industries?

In this panel we’ll speak to Benjamin Young of frank green, Jess Dadon of Twoobs, and Erika Geraerts of Fluff about their unique journeys, not only growing their disruptive ideas into sustainable businesses but simultaneously flipping their respective industries on their heads.

12 October,
11:10am — 11:50am AEDT

What goes around Comes Around

How did two sisters from regional Queensland go from plotting a plan on their bedroom floor to leading Australasia's transition towards a circular economy? Through the trials, tribulations and tears you'll learn how tenacity, courage and authenticity won out. Come along to hear Jaine and Ashleigh talk you through their very humble beginnings where they worked for free with 45 small businesses to prove the value of a circular economy to today where they are leading some of the world’s most impactful circular economy projects with clients including BHP, Rio Tinto, Lendlease, Mirvac, Queensland Investment Corporation, and more.

12 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

Funding Success for Sustainability Startups

Let's bust the myth that we have to choose between profit and purpose. Why can't we have both? More and more startups start to realise the importance of creating both financial and social value through their work. In this invigorating discussion, we will cover all you need to know in order to run a startup making a nice profit, and serving a great purpose at the same time. Our panel will consist of successful founders and sustainability experts.

12 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

Angel Investing 101

Sydney Angels is very pleased to present a workshop on Angel Investing 101 at this year's Spark Festival. 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

The session will cover the background of funding landscape, Australian technology success stories, early stage ecosystem, what angel investing is, private capital journal, the Sydney Angels process, and will finish with a Q&A session.

12 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Bio and Consciousness Hacking for Founders

As entrepreneurs we are forced into a culture of rise and grind, pushing our biological limits to the edge (and beyond) in pursuit of performance and productivity. However we are now seeing the detrimental effects (burnout, chronic fatigue, amongst others) of the eternal grind which can be entrepreneurship.
It's as part of this workshop we'll teach founders how to use cutting edge Transformative Technologies to monitor key bio (HRV, Activity, Heart Rate) and consciousness metrics (Sleep, Brain Wave States) as a means to cultivate flow, into their day to day performance, optimising health, well being, whilst improving performance, creativity, insight, awareness and potential.
Founders will learn how Transformative Technologies allow us to objectively measure and optimise sleep, activity and manage our day to day states to access greater periods of flow.
Join us as we break the old paradigm that hours in front of your computer, compromising sleep, pushing our bodies to unhealthy limits is what we need to do for productivity
As a founder of theSPACE (Cairns), Troy Haines seen first hand entrepreneurs within our community push themselves beyond healthy limits and break themselves. These technologies are enabling us to objectively optimise our day to day performance for peak productivity, wellbeing and health.

12 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

The Art of the Story: how to position your brand to attract top talent

When it comes to attracting our next best customer or employee, we as entrepreneurs may feel that we need to present a polished image of our enterprise with the perfect elevator pitch.
But when it comes to building a community of advocates for our brand we need to invite them to join us on our journey as active participants that can achieve great things alongside us.
In order to truly connect with the people who can help us turn our vision into reality, we need to tell a compelling story that motivates others to come along for the ride - and to do this, we need to have the courage to be vulnerable and share the stories that matter most.
It is by sharing our true and authentic selves with the world that we create this connection turning our audience into advocates for the communities we build and lead as Founders.
Join Steve Grace and Lauren Kress as they explore how to use the power of story to attract the people who will be excited to bring about the change you want to see in the world.

12 October,
3:40pm — 4:30pm AEDT

Moving the Needle in Regional Australia

A panel discussion around the skills, resources & magic sparking across regional Australia - particularly for women in startups and small business. Rural Australia has the answer to the world's problems; this panel will discuss innovation and entrepreneurship currently happening across rural Australia. This panel will be made up of three movers & shakers who between them have founded and run seven businesses. Jo Palmer (Pointer Remote Roles) & Fleur Anderson (Rural Collective) would then join me on the panel.

We'd love to represent rural Australia and the role that women in business and startups are playing to solve the world's problems.

12 October,
4:40pm — 5:20pm AEDT

Agridigital Fireside Chat

Sit by the fire and relax as Fintech Australia chats with Emma Weston, CEO of Agridigital, about helping thousands of farmers access capital, their unique use of innovative tech, and their thoughts on the future of agritech and finance. 

This segment brought to you by Fintech Australia and Intersekt Festival.

12 October,
6:30pm — 6:50pm AEDT

Disability Entrepreneurship: A Solution to the Unemployment Crisis

Self-employment and entrepreneurship provide viable alternative models for people with disability to obtain purpose, agency and financial independence. A 2020 UTS report showed that people with disability have higher rates of self-employment and entrepreneurship than people without disability. However, the report also showed that people with disability encounter more barriers to establishing their own initiatives.
Mathew Townsend will cast light on this important topic by sharing his own journey of entrepreneurship as a person living with disability. With a Master of Environmental Management degree and a strong passion for the environment, Mathew experienced multiple barriers to gaining employment within mainstream organisations. This experience lead him to form his own start-up. Today, that start-up is a successful social enterprise with an annual program providing people with disability access to the natural environment.
The talk will be highly relevant to the business, government and community sectors to gain an understanding of the value of self-employment and entrepreneurship employment models for people with disability; the benefit this brings at the individual, societal and economic level; and how to facilitate and access this important resource.
The practical insights afforded by the talk will also be very pertinent to people living with disability who are interested in exploring self-employment or entrepreneurship models.

12 October,
7:00pm — 8:00pm AEDT

The Great Reset: Shaping Innovation through Australia's Indigenous Education System

The onset of COVID-19 has exacerbated the disparities of Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, which proves to be at greater levels than other developed countries around the world. The challenges of Indigenous Australian youth participating in a western-designed education system that does not holistically support them was recently captured in the critically-acclaimed documentary “In My Blood It Runs”. The issue showcases how imperative it is for Indigenous people to gain more agency and foster traditional methods of learning and child-rearing.

Join this panel discussion moderated by Worimi woman, entrepreneur and World Economic Forum Global Shaper Remy Crick, to discuss how a Great Reset within the mainstream education system can incorporate traditional Aboriginal methods of learning that have been in place for over 65,000 years, with the aim of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Aboriginal communities. Remy will be joined by an esteemed panel which will include Gumbaynggirr and Wakka Wakka man Liam Ridgeway, from IndigiGig, Indigitek and NGNY.

This event is the first of a three-part “Great Reset’ webinar series by the Global Shapers Sydney, a community of the World Economic Forum to convene multi-disciplinary leaders in Australia to discuss and take action on how to enable better outcomes in the areas of Sustainability and Climate Change, Diversity and Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship and Education. The Great Reset is a global initiative of the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The initiative was launched in response to the political, economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Crisis, and challenges governments and business leaders worldwide to use the pressures and uncertainties created as an opportunity to question and re-design aspects of how our society functions on a micro and macro level.

Tue 13.10.20

13 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

How to Get Unstuck as a Startup Founder, Business Owner & Entrepreneur

Do you struggle with managing priorities and decisions that truly move your business forward? In this presentation Ram Castillo will be offering practical advice and insights on getting unstuck, lightning fast.
This includes overcoming being the bottleneck, distinguishing high vs low value activities, implementing efficient systems and processes, hiring and keeping quality staff, value pricing, diversifying revenue streams, market penetration or expansion, and strategic branding and marketing initiatives.
This session is perfect for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs of every persuasion.

13 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

Founders' Identity: 10 Tips on How to be Found

Achieving product-market fit and gaining sales momentum is the most challenging aspect of the startup journey. Being a founder is more than just founding a company, it is also about developing a personal brand and avatar with a presence that allows you to be 'found' rather than requiring you to find others. This keynote session will cover the top ten insights into developing a founders identity.
The session is applicable to everyone and covers content given in the first module of the nandin entrepreneurial learning program. Whether you are a student, postgrad, startup CEO, or seasoned professional, there's something in this session for you.

13 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

PR for Tech Superstars

Hannah Moreno, founder of technology and finance public relations company Third Hemisphere, gives her tips for startups and scale-ups wanting to use the news media to help them achieve some of their biggest goals. This includes consideration around the need for: successive capital raises, rapid growth and scale, high-profile partnerships and/or advisory board appointments, attracting talent, and market education on a new and disruptive product.

13 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

#RegTechOpen4Business | Upacking RegTech and the Human Impact

In the past six months the world has seen massive changes in the way we live, work and communicate. The rapid uptake of technology to support these changes has permeated our offices and our homes, which for a lot of us, has become one and the same thing.

It is critical that trust, transparency and good governance remains at our collective forefront as we continue to navigate this new world. RegTech can help organisations implement better compliance, translate data into actionable insights that help make better business decisions but most of all the down-stream impacts are that it helps protect people and restores trust.

This event is the 101 of RegTech and is suitable for anyone interested to understand more about regulatory and compliance technology across any regulated industry vertical and will feature a real-life case study from RTA member, Dekko Secure.

13 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

Overcoming Challenges to Regional Startups

Overcoming Challenges to Regional Startups is about the resources and developing ecosystem in the Central West and surrounds of NSW. With clever people working on global solutions and with the networks and resources to support them being in the area it has been a focus of the Upstairs Startup Hub to pull the pieces together and help each be more connected and successful. From local schools setting up innovation centres to established research and education centres with depth of knowledge to the coworking spaces set up to support the people exploring innovations and market solutions. The Upstairs Startup Hub is a central network space for these growing partnerships. The end goal is that wherever an Entrepreneur lands in the region they will find the resources and support they need to reach their goals. Success then means we have the potential to grow these businesses and retain them in the area.

This will be a showcase of local talent and resources and how we are building the regional ecosystem and may include a selection of different speakers.

13 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Understanding the SDG Agenda for You - And What is an SDG?

The whole world is focused on set of global goals with 17 different impact areas and 197 different targets that we're aiming to achieve by 2030 - but in Australia, most of us wouldn't even know what these are!
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the guiding principles of international development, agreed to by 197 member countries of the UN, which replaced the Millenium Goals (and let's not talk about how many of those we reached...). When meeting with people from developing countries, the SDGs are the guiding themes for impact, community development and social enterprise - but in first world countries, these hardly race a mention.
Let's change that - now!
2030 isn't that far away - and we all have a role to play. Learn about the SDGs, what they mean for us in a first world country (and what we'll learn about where we aren't doing as well as we thought), and how every single business, entrepreneur, government agency and individual can align their efforts and achievements to help the global community get closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

13 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

Data Empathy: Building AI Software with Data in Mind

The future is now; and the things we desire for our businesses in the future start with today’s planning and design. As data becomes the new currency, we look to AI to help us exploit this data and generate a new competitive advantage.
How can anyone get started with AI and build AI-driven applications to attain that competitive advantage?
If you are a student, data scientist, entrepreneur, or work for an organisation who is seeking to leverage AI, then it is fundamental you build Data Empathy before you start. Data Empathy is an approach that, once learnt, can kick start and accelerate your initiatives in the right way.
There is no prior knowledge experience or resources required, all you need is to understand the framework that will be explained in this Skillshare Class and “fill in the blank” with your existing know-how.

13 October,
3:40pm — 4:00pm AEDT

The Startup Journey: Size Corner

We are building an AI platform to determine Shopper Clothing Size at online and store. The Clothing Size and fitting can be validated with just a few pictures of the person.

Our solution resolving today's pandemic solution that shopper will able to shop without a trial room and it eliminates the doubt and fear of wrong clothing size choice.

13 October,
4:10pm — 4:30pm AEDT

Find Your Impact: An Interactive Virtual Experience

2020 has left many of us reeling. From devastating bushfires to a worldwide campaign against systemic racism, and a global pandemic that has brought unprecedented challenges to our health system and economy, we’re facing a season of rapid change unlike any other. What better time than now to be working together to develop the world of the future? Find out how you can create positive impact and contribute to Australia’s economic recovery using our Find My Impact virtual experience.

13 October,
4:40pm — 5:30pm AEDT

Catalysr: Building a Nation of Migrapreneurs

Catalysr Co-Founder & CEO, Usman Iftikhar, tells how Catalysr was started to help migrants and refugees in Australia to build tech startups. Joined by Migrapreneur alumni, they'll discuss their startup journey as migrants in Australia.

13 October,
6:40pm — 7:00pm AEDT

The Startup Journey: Binsense

Waste contamination is a global problem and individual, councils/government organisations and private sector are constantly working towards addressing this. But there is a lack of understanding of how to effectively address this and reduce the impact on our environment. Stakeholders at all levels need to address this so we can put measures in place to reduce consumption, improve waste management practice at source be an individual or an organisation and work towards creating a circular economy.

13 October,
7:10pm — 8:00pm AEDT

Murdoch University Think Big Grand Final

Think Big is Murdoch University’s student entrepreneur competition.
Students take part in a 3-month program led by academics and industry covering Lean Canvas methodology. After an internal judging process, we are down to our 6 finalists.
Join us for the Grand Final as these student start-ups present their idea in 3 minutes. Then over to the audience to select the winning team for a prize of $10,000 and continued mentorship!

Wed 14.10.20

14 October,
8:00am — 8:50am AEDT

Startup Stories with Adam Boyle of Pegasus

Pegasus is a software-based company that provides workplace management solutions to companies including Woolworths, BHP, Visy, Lendlease, Aurizon and Ausgrid. Since 2013 Pegasus have experienced close to 25% year on year growth and expanded their database from 20,000 workers to well over 3 million. More recently, the team have raised $28million from Silicon Valley tech investment firm Accel-KKR to take their product to the US, UK, and Europe. Join us for Startup Stories and hear from Adam his story of building a world-class tech company from Newcastle and how they’re scaling their solution across the globe.

14 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

Finding Innovation Funding Opportunities

Does your business need innovation funding? Join Tim Cotter and Natalie Gillam from AusIndustry to explore government innovation program opportunities. Tune in to find out the latest information on government assistance for innovators. In this easy to understand walk through session Tim and Natalie will cover a range of incentives including the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, Tax Incentive for Angel Investors, R&D Tax Incentive, CSIRO Kick-Start and more.

14 October,
9:55am — 10:30am AEDT

Cybersecurity Can Make You Safer, Greener and Richer

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics in tech, but it has an image problem - it's more than addressing fear, uncertainty, and doubt with complicated and expensive technology.
Cybersecurity can make you safer (duh!), but if you do it right, it can make you richer and greener.
This talk will re-frame cybersecurity from a big, bad scary to your BFF.

14 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

Why No Code Tools are Great for Your Next MVP

42% of startups failed because the products they built is not wanted by the market. (CB Insights). In addition, most early-stage founders take months to release their first version of the product to its beta customers. At the end of the day, too many founders could be wasting their time and money to build the things that are not wanted. This trend has got to stop!
I want to share with people there is a quicker and more economic way to get your first version of the product created, which is building your MVP using no code tools! I want to use my segment to share with early-stage founders, especially the ones who do not have a technical background, what could a no-code tool create for a MVP and resources to learn more about using no code tools. At the end of the segment, I hope the participants could feel empowered that they know the tools that could help them validate their product idea quickly and more economically.

14 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

Technology, Wellbeing and Change, Healthy Harold’s Perspective

Moving a 40 year old organisation online is an exciting (and daunting) opportunity to not only support schools and students through this extremely challenging time (COVID), but to also increase Life Educations long term impact, reach and delivery approach for health and wellbeing education. To achieve this though, it was critical that we could bring our staff on a journey of rapid change, rethinking of our business model. At Life Education we believe in the power of engaging kids through face to face learning, but as technology advances there is an opportunity to improve learning outcomes by increasing learning opportunities through online and virtual booster sessions. By focusing on the wellbeing of our staff it allowed us to take the change journey that we have, ensuring Healthy Harold has an even greater impact on the next generation of young Australians.

14 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

Setting Better Boundaries: Why Governance is More Important Than Funding

Deciding what is and isn't ok inside your startup will define every single decision from that moment on. Creating a process to align your business objectives with those decisions / values is the single most valuable activity any founder can undertake.

14 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

Pitching and Preparing

Sydney Angels is very pleased to present this interactive workshop on pitching & preparing as a part of this year's Spark Festival. Come and learn the art of pitching and preparing for an investor with Greg Bryan, Sydney Angels investor and Committee Member. Greg will be joined by a special guest speaker Melissa Pye, UNSW Founders 10X Accelerator Program Manager.

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 discussion with Greg and Melissa.

14 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Binary Shift: Regional Innovation Reimagined

We are seeing a renaissance of regional innovation and startups in the post-pandemic world, with more professionals rethinking where and how they want to live, better support for remote work from employers, and a breakdown of distance barriers with greater adoption of remote collaboration technologies.

The Binary Shift Regional Innovation Conference brought together a community of regional startups, innovators, and national and international thought leaders in a full-day virtual event specifically focused on regional innovation. This session will be a recap of some of the themes from the full-day event, with the goal of showcasing regional innovators, challenging stereotypes around regional innovation, and highlighting how regional innovation can play a crucial role in post-pandemic economic recovery.

14 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

Why All Investors Should Now Be Impact Investors

The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing environmental and societal challenges. In Australia alone, the impact investing market has grown by 250% in the last 2 years, reaching an estimated value of $19.9 billion*.
But as we design a new world Post-covid-19, impact investing imposes itself as the new smart investing.
Join this session to discuss the benefits impact investing brings and why the growth opportunities that come with purpose-led startups should be on all investors' agenda.
*Source: 2020 Benchmarking Impact Report & From Values to Riches 2020

14 October,
3:40pm — 4:00pm AEDT

Breaking into Asia with your Australian Made Product

Asia is hungry for Australia’s products, but with so much competition it can be a minefield. This interview will provide some insights, tips and tricks into the world of exporting to Asia to get your business prepared for take-off. Learn directly from someone who has done it, Arianne Sackville, founder of Bell & Bone, and hosted by Lady Brains co-founder Caitlin Judd.

14 October,
5:10pm — 6:00pm AEDT

Data Buzz 2020: Growing Your Busines With Data

Data Buzz will support small businesses to innovate by helping them to develop relationships with their customers, understand their existing customers, collate customer data from a range of sources, manage and action customer data, and understand options for customer relationship management systems.

14 October,
6:10pm — 7:00pm AEDT

Tech Talk: Internet of Things

With the increasing roll-out of IOT gateways and infrastructure in public spaces, this panel discussion introduces communities to how (and why) the Internet of Things may be used by individuals and organisations alike.
IOT is becoming increasingly prevalent— embedding new sensors within the fabric of our everyday lives. Technologies like LoRaWAN offer low-power, long range wireless networks, that span over 40 Australian cities and 700 gateways locally.
What is the potential of this emerging technology? How will it change our interactions with each other and the built environment?
This panel is hosted by The Learning Space, part of the Library Services of Canada Bay Council - committed to making emerging technologies accessible to the public.

14 October,
7:10pm — 8:00pm AEDT

Adelaide Is The New Gateway to the Stars

From developing space-based applications for industry, to manufacturing of satellites, to launching rockets and deploying spacecraft, South Australia is the new gateway to the stars. Hear more on the space opportunity from the entrepreneurs who call it home. Flavia Tata Nardini, founder of Fleet Technologies and Lloyd Damp of Southern Launch are just some of the panelists to join Christian Thaler-Wolski of Stone & Chalk to explore the opportunities Adelaide and South Australia have to offer ambitious space tech entrepreneurs.

Thu 15.10.20

15 October,
8:00am — 8:50am AEDT

Making Brands a Force for Positive Change

Businesses today need to be crystal clear about the value they bring. More than ever, they need to help people achieve their own ambitions – not just deliver on corporate goals. Particularly in the trying times we live in right now, there is a greater appetite for creating positive change. Start-ups are in a position to create new ways of doing things that enhance feelings of optimism and a sense of community while looking to the future.
Enduring businesses truly empathise with the people they are designing for, make complex decisions simple and help people connect to what really matters.
In short, they build brands that thrive.
Join us in this LIVE interactive session where we will explore how to build enduring brands that thrive. Using real-life examples, we will walk you through a selection of different exercises using a seriously imaginative approach where you will learn how to draw on culture, context and empathy to truly understand the people you are designing for, the key questions you need to ask, and the elements you need to define to build not just a better brand, but a better business that becomes a force for positive change.

15 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

Tools for building a simple website to validate your idea

Got a great idea for a business and want to see if there's a market for it? Tune into this segment to learn:
• A methodology and tools anyone can use to design and build a custom single page scrolling website in a day. No design or coding experience required.
• How to validate website designs with prospective visitors: A practical walkthrough of some tools that can be used to validate the designs created through the methods described above by performing usability testing with prospective visitors.

15 October,
9:55am — 10:40am AEDT

Get it Right the First Time and You Won't Need to Look Back

As a solicitor of many years experience, Shauna Jarrett is here to tell you that the most important thing a startup, new business, entrepreneur-to-be or innovator should do is get their legal structure right. By setting up an appropriate legal framework at the beginning, you can protect yourself, your assets, your IP and your reputation from the vicissitudes of the start-up/innovation roller coaster. Get the framework right and you can get on with the fun stuff.

15 October,
10:50am — 11:10am AEDT

Action, Adventure, Danger and Romance

Our studio Emdash–signalling an interruption or amplification of an idea—loves research & design, and works across all tech industries.
All hot new products and startups successfully 'surprise and delight' their customers, and though this saying holds merit it's a tired old trope. It's time for a new narrative.
Introducing Action, Adventure, Danger & Romance. A new framework that founders, product owners, or in fact anyone can apply to amplify their big idea.
This keynote aims to present attendees with the tools they need to walk away with a fresh, new take on the customer-first approach.

15 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

Patience Kills (Innovation)

The CEO of Australia’s leading tech and innovation hub, Farley Blackman, will discusses why patience, in business, isn’t a virtue to embrace. While patience is important, when driving change to create value, it’s a showstopper. This fireside chat will centre around the mindset and leadership style needed to challenge the status quo, innovate and create sustained value.

Farley will share anecdotes from his varied experiences – growing small businesses to being an executive at some of the world’s largest companies (BP, Motorola, GE). He will deliver advice on how to lead innovation with an action and ROI-based mindset, share when it is right to exercise patience and break down when patience is definitely not good for business.

This talk is perfect for any founders and leaders within the startup, scaleup and corporate innovation landscape, in Australia and from around the world. Farley hopes, attendees will leave with an urgency to propel their businesses forward through action and innovation by challenging the status quo.

15 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

Crazy Works – Startups have more impact than papers

Academic research investigates big questions and can solve global problems when new knowledge is taken to market. Meet some of the researchers who’ve started a business from scientific and technical research and are scaling its impact with impressive results.
Whether by tracking wildlife using radio technology and drones or developing new bone implants, Dr Debbie Saunders and Dr Maryam Parviz are having a positive impact on people and the environment with their research driven businesses. They will be interviewed by ‘Research for What’ podcast creator and host Rom Bouveret. If hearing from their experience gets you thinking about starting your startup; Natasha Rawlings, investor at Uniseed and Rupal Ismin, Director of the Sydney Knowledge Hub will be presenting the pathways available for your next step on this journey.
Learn how they overcame some of academia’s most notorious barriers, from IP, balancing their University career with business demands to the financial implications of their decision to pursue a startup.

15 October,
1:00pm — 1:20pm AEDT

Research and Commercialisation is Interchangeable

My research has led to two start-up companies iFix Medical and Health61. Commercialisation was thought to be the “dark side” of research; and there are two main limiting factors preventing researchers to commercialise their findings: publication and fear of losing “genuine” research. However, what I found is that having start-up company and experience is really inspiring. It also help you to attract more funding and to spend more time on research. I would like to share my experience and to encourage more researchers and research students to consider the start-up option.

15 October,
1:30pm — 1:50pm AEDT

The Startup Journey: DetectED-X

DetectED-X provides medical imaging test sets and intelligent interactive platforms which are designed to improve the diagnostic efficacy of radiologists and other clinicians all over the world. Clinicians who regularly participate in test set technologies improve performance in test sets by a mean value of 34% and our activities are accredited globally. The company is directed by Prof Patrick Brennan (the most published Medical Radiation Scientist globally), Prof Mary Rickard (who pioneered breast screening in Australia) and Dr Moe Suleiman (expert in radiologic optimisation) and is part-owned by the University of Sydney. Its COVID-19 solution has been used by clinicians in 150 countries. On our journey to date, there have been challenges and successes, but keeping an open mind a keeping sight of the long term goals is essential at all times. This session will explore some of the lessons learned.

15 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Hardware and AI: New Opportunities Beyond Borders

The current environment (political, economic, or otherwise) has created significant tumult for entrepreneurs. With significant changes in the economy, locally as well as globally, supply chains have been significantly disrupted, and they will remain so for a long time. However, every adversity brings opportunity. Join Sunil Panchbhai (Former Head of R&D, LG Electronics, India), Nathan Plummer (Director of Partnerships, Venture Cafe Sydney) for a discussion around interactions and meaningful connectivity across borders, moderated by Anand Tamboli.
• How small businesses, including startups, can survive and thrive under these circumstances?
• How to find new opportunities beyond borders? What kind of opportunities exists?
• What type of support is available locally to explore beyond border avenues safely?

15 October,
3:00pm — 3:20pm AEDT

Stagekings: World Class Stages to WFH Office Furniture…in 48 hours

Stagekings, an Australian staging company specialising in structures for festivals and corporate events, have gone from facing an indefinite closure due to Covid-19 public gathering restrictions, to becoming one of the biggest success stories of 2020.
Within hours of the restrictions being put in place on Friday 13th March, the company’s bookings calendar cleared of millions of dollars’ worth of work, and Jeremy began the painful process of laying off staff. In a moment of creative ingenuity though, Stagekings changed tack and used the equipment on hand to build flat-packed, no-tool assembly desks for the tens of thousands of people suddenly working from home. In doing so Stagekings has put on more than 70 new employees (all out of work event crew), donated more than $60,000 to Support Act – The Heart and Hand of Australian Music, and produced more than 20,000 pieces of furniture.

15 October,
3:30pm — 3:50pm AEDT

How Swoop Aero is Driving Innovation and Creating the Future of Air Logistics

Swoop Aero transforms the way the world moves essential supplies. We are an Australian born and bred company with a global reach, bringing healthcare logistics into the 21st century by deploying two-way drone networks. Our managed air transport service provides access to the skies to ensure the sustainable, safe and reliable provision of essential health supplies. Unmanned vehicles are at the heart of the next significant shift in supply chain logistics. We are driving this change. From the UN to USAid and the Gates Foundation, we are trusted to create value by sustainably transforming health supply chains across three continents and five countries. We want to close the gap in healthcare access, and our goal is to service 100 million people by 2025.

The presentation address will outline how the Swoop Aero medical drone logistics solution is catalysing the development of tomorrow's health supply chain.

15 October,
4:00pm — 4:50pm AEDT

Moonshot

15 October,
5:00pm — 8:00pm AEDT

From Idea to Scale - How to go from Hardware Startup to Advanced Manufacturing here in Australia

This very special segment will be delivered over Venture Cafe Sydney's interactive networking platform: REGISTER HERE

Learn the tricks and heed the lessons from the hardware trailblazers. From fleshing out your idea with customer discovery through to building your first generation device, what - and more importantly who - do you need to know to build a successful hardware company!

Join Venture Cafe Sydney for an evening of insights and interactivity with plenty of time to ask the tough questions. Agenda includes:

• Keynote: State of Hardware in Australia

• Getting Started

• Prototyping and MVP, ANFF Facilities and Capabilities

• Funding and Crowdsourcing

• Design for manufacture

• Manufacturing: local & international case studies

It's time to get excited about hardware and manufacturing in Australia! Don't forget to Register Here.

Fri 16.10.20

16 October,
8:00am — 8:50am AEDT

Does Place Matter Anymore: Sydney, London, Toronto and Denver Say Yes

Sydney is building an innovation hub at Central Station. London just refurbished Kings Cross. Denver created a beautiful destination at Union Station and Toronto is refurbishing their waterfront. But in a post-COVID world, with increased working from home, and meetings moving virtual, does place matter anymore?

These 4 global cities will argue that creating vibrant exciting places to live and work is still critical in the 21st century. We'll invite the businesses that anchor these developments to contribute also.

16 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

Achieving Scale: Breaking Through Barriers for Female Founders

Since 1991, Female founded businesses have increased by 80%. Women do not lack ability or ambition, however the number of female founders that are significantly scaling their businesses remains low. To capitalise on the investments made to encourage women in business and significantly advance the economic participation and opportunity for women, we need to uncover and understand the barriers to scale for female founders. The Advisory Board Centre, with the support of Australian Government's Landing Pads (AusTrade) and Advance Queensland, has released the Achieving Scale : Breaking Through Barriers for Female Founders research report. Report co-Author and Advisory Board Centre COO, Jan Easton, will lead the session, including a panel discussion featuring successful and aspiring female founders to explore the barriers and ideate strategies to significantly change the trajectory for female led businesses.

16 October,
9:55am — 10:30am AEDT

Innovation Darkside: 7 ideas to drive successful innovation

Participants will fill out our Dark Side of Innovation cards prior to the session. This will be a source of inspiration. We will discuss the interesting 'failures' of innovation during the fireside chat. We then discuss the 7 drivers of innovation - what success look could like. We will provide participants with a tool kit of the drivers

The Strategy Group is Australia's longest established dedicated innovation agency.

16 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

Unleashing the Roar of Human Rights in Innovation

Welcome to the roaring 20s but not how we had hoped: from roaring bushfires to the roaring spread of COVID-19. Start-ups have a powerful opportunity to reimagine our world – braver, kinder and more sustainable. We have a responsibility to positively impact our people and communities.

How can start-ups place people at its heart? How can we embed human rights into entrepreneurship? How can we disrupt ‘business as usual’ to benefit not just our economies but our communities?

This workshop will explore the opportunities for start-ups to respect human rights and maximise social impact, with a case study on the impact of technology on the rights of people. Now, more than ever, we must lead and create a better tomorrow. Let’s ensure the roaring 20s is remembered for our roaring impact.

16 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

Ethical Tech

The internet can be a scary place - a place where people can feel alone, isolated and disconnected. But there's a reason for this. Artificial intelligence (AI) is fundamentally changing the way people interact with each other online. It is controlling what we see and how we see it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. AI has the power to improve our lives and help us connect. But if emerging technologies are employed without a strong sense of ethics, the future of the internet looks bleak. We aim to change that. Our goal is to build tools that subvert the dominant paradigm and create technologies that use artificial intelligence to obscure data and empower people. Welcome to the world of ethical tech!

16 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

The Region's Legion of Stronghearts: A Panel of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Innovating in Australia’s regions is not for the faint-hearted, it takes courage, resilience and a seriously versatile approach.
What are the on-the-ground challenges for regional movers and shakers and how have they turned them to their advantage?
Tune in to get the lowdown from people who’ve been there, done that, still doing it, and winning at what they do.
We are wanting to showcase what its like to innovate in the regions from different perspectives and will be including on the panel, an experienced startup founder paying it forward to regional innovators, an indigenous local start-up, a young researcher using innovative methodology to progress research and to help his peers.

16 October,
1:00pm — 1:30pm AEDT

Resilience at Work for Competitive Advantage

Workplace resilience is “the capacity to manage the everyday stress of work while staying healthy, adaptable and learning from setbacks and preparing for future challenges proactively.”

Being resilient at work means managing the everyday stress of work in a healthy way - rebounding and learning from unexpected setbacks, and being adaptable - preparing for future challenges and change in a proactive way.

Resilience is not just about better coping. It is being the best you can be in the current working environment. Learn about the Resilience at Work model and the seven characteristics, and how to apply the model in an entrepreneurial environment.

16 October,
1:40pm — 2:10pm AEDT

THINK Like a System, ACT Like an Entrepreneur

How entrepreneurs can use data science to test the value of their idea because its not always good enough to enter a new market with a “better product” and the world is “getting flatter” (maintaining competitive advantage via asynchrony of market information is no longer sustainable) so that’s why mining data the new way to unearth the nuggets. Even business models can be simulated and probabilities about one business model over another can be determined. How to strategically pivot or launch an idea is possible with data science. Faster, objective evaluation of global investment opportunities has been possible for some time because of data science. And all the above with more accuracy than traditional approaches

We want to help everyone to unleash their systems thinking super-powers!!!

16 October,
2:20pm — 3:10pm AEDT

The Next Generation Needs to Know This

Unprecedented and pivot were two of 2020's most overused words. And the climate challenge was practically forgotten in the COVID crisis. The scale of this change will soon be business as usual for the next generation. So what are the things they need to know right now to help them navigate the future? Careers with STEM founder Heather Catchpole talks to AI, ag-tech, climate, education and industry experts about the essential things tomorrow (and today's) innovators need to know about the changing world landscape and building work and business opportunities in this critical time.

Heather co-founded STEM-specialist media company Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to creating a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they need to make a better planet. Heather previously worked for over a decade as an editor, science news journalist and producer at the ABC, Cosmos and CSIRO. Refraction Media have distributed over 1.5 million magazines to students across the USA, Australia and New Zealand through the Careers with STEM brand. In 2015 the company was awarded as Publish Australia’s best small publisher and was twice shortlisted best startup in the Telstra Business Awards.

16 October,
3:20pm — 4:00pm AEDT

How Gen Z Can Reinvent Their Future and COVID-Proof Their Career

Tens of millions of parents all over the world are realizing how their children’s livelihoods and futures are at risk.
The students of our world today, born between 1995 and 2009, are currently at school and university. They are the children of Generation X, known as Generation Z.
Generation Z is the largest generation ever, comprising around 20% of Australia’s population and almost 30% of the world’s population. Globally there are almost 2 billion of them.
COVID has forced many changes and it’s fast-tracking changes that might normally take 20 years or more to be realized.
Gen Zers would typically be in demand though they now aren't, so how can they respond?, how can they proactively try and take control of their futures? How can parents best support their efforts? Reskilling is likely the best plan and there are certainly plenty of courses available but how do they choose and which skills should they look to develop?
Attend this session to learn how to devise a learning roadmap and discover how to assess if entrepreneurship is your best option. See how Gen Z can add skills that will secure them a job or embark on a program to help find a pathway as an entrepreneur.

Mon 19.10.20

19 October,
9:40am — 10:30am AEDT

The Neuroscience of Change

The Neuroscience of Change workshop is designed to help people and organisations successfully navigate the often complex process of change. Sharing behavioural neuroscience knowledge and thereby behaviours which promote change, we’ll help you learn how to effectively structure change, drive accountability and enhance performance.
To help create this desired change we’ll empower you with, and educate you on, the behavioural tools, neurohacks (quick brain hacks) and a sound change framework to better understand yourself and thereby others.
We'll cover the Neuroscience of Change: how we change and adapt, the neurotools to communicate change in yourself and others, and how the neurotools influence and drive effective change.
By the end of this workshop, you'll have an enhanced understanding of yourself, your colleagues and how to effectively drive change across your organisation.

19 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

Global Accelerators in a Travel Ban World

When asked about the highlight of UNSW's Health10X Accelerator, the 2019 cohort overwhelmingly voted for the immersive startup trip to India. In 2020, this years cohort are (understandably!) not going anywhere. International ecosystem trips are a staple to many of the worlds best Startup Accelerator programs, so how are Accelerators meeting the need to 'broaden the minds' of their participants while staying at home?

This would include three Accelerators who have international components to their programs (eg UNSW Founders, 500 Startups, Haymarket HQ?) discussing how to encourage their participants to 'go global' and change their mindset, whist not traveling and experiencing international markets. This segment will also feature media and videos of their attempts in virtual travel and cultural experiences.

This will help to get the Aussie ecosystem thinking more creatively on how we engage with international partners, whilst 'working from home'.

19 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

PR for Accelerators Incubators and VCs

Accelerators, incubators, and VCs have unique needs when it comes to supporting their portfolio companies and, in turn, their own viability. In this session Hannah Moreno, founder of technology and finance public relations company Third Hemisphere, explores how these "startup clusters" can use the news media to create thought leadership that attracts big-name partnerships and the most exciting up-and-coming tech companies. She also outlines how they can simultaneously support the ongoing growth of their portfolio companies through strategically-targeted media announcements.

19 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

Open Banking - The beginnings of a data economy

Join Fintech Australia as they chat to Gareth Gumbley, Founder and CEO, Frollo; Jill Berry, CEO and Co-Founder, Adatree; Damir Cuca, CEO and Founder, Basiq and Ben Ford, Head of Growth Markets, illion about what the launch of Open Banking means for the Australian market, and where it is leading us.

This segment brought to you by Fintech Australia and Intersekt Festival.

19 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

Innovation and Social Impact with the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Professor Hala Zreiqat and Adam Spencer

With the tumultuous year that is 2020, the University of Sydney is bringing together Australia's best thought-leaders to redefine what innovation is and discuss its inextricable link to social impact.
Join former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Eureka Prize Winner for Innovative Use of Technology (2019) Hala Zreiqat, and duo heavyweight in mathematics and comedy Adam Spencer, in a panel to discuss the future of Innovation and Social Impact in Australia.

19 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Demystifying Term Sheets

Sydney Angels is very pleased to present this engaging workshop on Demystifying Term Sheets as a part of this year's Spark Festival.

Come and join Richard Dale, Sydney Angels and Sydney Angels Sidecar Fund Investment Committee member, speak on how to demystify term sheets.

This session will cover what a term sheet is, what its role is in the investment process, why you should be using term sheets and how you they can be effectively utilised, common terms and why they're included, and term sheets for different situations.

19 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

Build a Culture of Wellbeing

As a community leader, working in the regions ecosystem, running startup events and being based at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast I see teams form, norm and then either grow and shine - or become stale, toxic and even perish. Building a culture from day dot, priortitsing employee health and wellbeing not only improves the bottom line through productivity and a reduction in absentees, but builds employee loyalty and a credible brand. A brand that becomes an employer of choice for the skilled professionals innovative business need to compete in a global marketplace.

19 October,
3:40pm — 4:00pm AEDT

Personalised Ergo and Self-Care for Screen-Intensive Work

This workshop introduces a new tier of health, wellbeing and productivity training by building self-care competencies specific for screen-intensive work.
Prof Hedge's shows over 80% of employees in offices, contact centres, etc. report aches, pains and musculoskeletal discomfort related to their work. Research also shows the WFH shift accompanied by significant increases in complaints, with over half of respondents reporting new aches and pains, "especially in the neck (58%), shoulder (56%) and back (55%)".
This unique PhD backed Ergo and Self-Care workshop, with emphasis on WFH and Laptops, demonstrates how to refine and apply ergonomics to match participants' stature, self-care competencies, including postural mindfulness, dynamic stretches and healthy work patterns, and no-cost strategies to set up the best possible home workstation.
This presentation will include video demonstrations and four illustrated PDF review sheets. Attendees will build new personal protective behaviours (PPB's) to increase comfort and productivity, avoid pain and the need for expensive trips to physics and masseurs.

19 October,
4:10pm — 4:30pm AEDT

The Startup Journey: iyarn

Lockie has a fireside chat sharing his journey being an Australian athlete to Non-For-Profit founder, to EY Entrepreneur of the year and now leading iyarn which is an app expanding globally addressing the needs of people around the world to be connected when forced to physically distance.
Lockie is a trained Rites of Passage facilitator and will go through the importance of Vulnerability to build connection and how important it is to maintaining a resilient mindset to get through these volatile times.

19 October,
5:10pm — 6:00pm AEDT

Young People Designing and Learning for the Future

Education has to be more about preparing young people for the future, it's about them shaping the here and now. Through illuminate Education Australia challenges, we've stretched and inspired +4800 students in 2019 and +12000 since our founding to not only become the confident, creative and capable people they have the potential to be, but also putting young people in the centre of decision making and shaping the direction of their region. We've covered many sectors in our time - tourism to tech, education to employability, social enterprise to sustainability - all with the focus on empowering young people to be problem solvers and entrepreneurs for today.
In the session, Adam Mostogl (Founder of illuminate Education Australia, Finalist for 2015 Young Australian of the Year) will share about the power of putting young people in the centre of solving problems in the region, how to engage and support them and unlock the most precious resource in our communities - passionate young people!

19 October,
6:10pm — 7:00pm AEDT

FOMENT: Australia’s Wine and Tourism Revolution

How can tech make magic for the Australia’s wine and tourism industries? We already have a dominant wine ecosystem, we’re home to the highest standard of businesses, research, marketing and maintain an impressive record of technical innovation. We house unique experiences everywhere you turn, which encourages our booming tourism industry. Then there’s the import and export, which sees us develop the economy and relationships between our international counterparts.
This opportunity is why we need FOMENT – a comprehensive program that targets the growth and then the adoption of technology in wine and/or tech. Find out how we engaged the people who need new tech to grow, and then helped them connect with the people driving innovation. Join the revolution!

19 October,
7:10pm — 8:00pm AEDT

The Future of Wine

The agtech group, led by Oli Madgett of Platfarm, will run a session on the latest wine technology, collaborations with regional South Australia, France & the USA and what the future looks like.

Tue 20.10.20

20 October,
8:00am — 8:50am AEDT

The Sustainable Path to $100M: Lessons from ActiveCampaign's Growth

Many people believe startups must be high-risk, high-reward, and that the chase for big valuations and unicorn status justifies "moving fast and breaking things" at the expense of employees, customers, and long-term outcomes. But what if you could grow a successful $100M business in a more sustainable way? Join Jason VandeBoom to hear how he scaledActiveCampaign to 100k customers across 161 countries, without sacrificing business optionality, employee loyalty or customer retention. Learn the secrets to making customer experience the #1 priority, and what unexpected strategies helped ActiveCampaign forge its own path to success.

20 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

Business Driving Social Change: Social Enterprise

Social enterprise and BCorps are the next frontier in business. Learn about how social enterprise is supporting the change in the world, and taping into a new consumer - the Gen Z's -who want their purchases to support a better world.

20 October,
9:55am — 10:30am AEDT

The Startup Journey: charityBay

Join us to hear the story of 2 young social entrepreneurs applying technology for social change and environmental sustainability.

Many people wish they could help those who are less fortunate, but the majority of us simply rely on charities to do their job. However, the reality is charities often find themselves focused on getting funding rather than pursuing their causes, due to the fact that cash donations are a challenge to most. What if we can solve this problem?

charityBay is the world's first and only online marketplace that converts items/services/time into cash donations, where the proceeds are directed to the charity of choice as chosen by the donor, allowing the charities to focus on their social causes.

Tune in to learn how the social entrepreneurship journey looks in Australia.

20 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

The Art of Feminine Leadership

The Art of Feminine Leadership is not about gender. It is a new way of leading and has nothing to do with power, authority or being No.1. During this talk we will look at the traits of successful female leaders and the role of meditation and mindfulness in the work place. If the way you are running your business is not working, this may be exactly what you need.

20 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

R&D Tax Incentive: How it Works

Are you currently requiring extra funds to help develop innovative technology? Your venture may eligible for a number of different government grants on offer from $10,000 to $500,000+.

Get grant ready, learn best practices about how the R&D Tax Incentive works and what you can do to improve your eligibility.

We will cover how you can become eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive, what the current legislation is around the R&D Tax Incentive and your tax obligations, how the R&D Tax Incentive is calculated, what the R&D Tax Incentive procedure looks like, seeing what the R&D Tax Incentive looks like in regular practice and the differing benefits available, and the best practice around maintaining records in anticipation of any future reviews.

20 October,
12:00pm — 12:30pm AEDT

Financial Empowerment for Millennials

Join Anthony Nantes, CEO of Wisr as he discusses the importance of financial literacy, and how we can empower the next generation of Fintech users.

This segment brought to you by Fintech Australia and Intersekt Festival.

20 October,
12:40pm — 1:25pm AEDT

Neobanking - A new perspective on the future of banking

Join Fintech Australia as they chat to Dom Pym, Co Founder of Up, Travis Tyler, Chief Product & Marketing Officer at 86 400 and Soumya Srinivasan, Director, Product and Payments at Xinja, and discuss their journey to market as banking disruptors, the challenges they faced and how they see the banking and finance industry evolve and adapt in an increasingly changing global market.

This segment brought to you by Fintech Australia and Intersekt Festival.

20 October,
1:35pm — 2:20pm AEDT

Bootstrapping Governance

First it’s market testing, then proof of concept, then you actually have to launch it, find people willing to work for you, pay them, find investors, find accountants … the list goes on. At the bottom of the list (if at all), is doing it all within a framework of good corporate governance. We get it, it’s not a priority right now. However, there will come a time where it’s at the top of your list.
Whether it’s your first capital raise or a dispute between shareholders, having good corporate governance will get you through to the other side. We know, setting up a governance framework sounds expensive and time-consuming, when money and time are the two things startups do not have!
In this seminar, we will show you how to tidy up your past practices and give you some tips going forward that won’t break the bank or take you days to implement.
Giselle Finnane and Fee Lal are corporate lawyers at Marque Lawyers and podcast hosts of Subtitles On. Join them in this seminar to learn some tips and tricks of how to implement and maintain a good corporate governance framework.

20 October,
2:30pm — 2:50pm AEDT

The Startup Journey: Sobah

Based on the beautiful Yugambeh country (Gold Coast), Sobah is leading a conversation surrounding Australian societal issues with alcohol consumption and breaking down the stigma of socialising sober. Born with the desire to provide a better choice for those who are not drinking, for whatever reason at whatever time, Sobah encompasses many traditional Aboriginal philosophies and beliefs as well as having a strong stance on social responsibility, giving back, sharing knowledge and experiences, creating opportunities for others, encouraging sustainable and healthy ways of living, and assisting in bringing about positive changes. Sobah promotes healthy lifestyle choices and wellness, social equity, sustainability, raises positive awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, smash stereotypes, unite people and, of course, the NA beers quench thirst.

Dr Clinton Schultz is a Gamilaraay man and registered psychologist with a keen interest in holistic wellness, particularly the wellness of workers in health and community services. He uses his experience to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and consult on organisational and cultural responsiveness. Originally a professional chef, Clinton also founded Clinto’s Kupmurri food truck in 2016 which was sold 12 months later to focus on Sobah. Between his psychology practice, multiple social business ventures and a young family at home, it is not surprising no day is the same.

20 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

Agile HR: HR for Rapidly Growing and Changing Environments

Innovative start-ups and growing businesses need people practices that keep pace with changing objectives and rapid growth. Impact HR shares its experience of working with SMEs to achieve business results through focusing on the right people systems. This presentation will take you through doing it right in the first place, and avoiding the pain points of retrofitting HR into your business later. Hiring People, Paying People, Managing People (conversations not confrontations), Developing People, Protecting People and Communicating with your People made simple and practical, so you have access to the information you need about your team to run a successful, thriving and scalable organisation.

20 October,
3:40pm — 4:00pm AEDT

How AI and Chat is Changing the Future of Social Media Marketing

Calling all social media strategists, community managers, and email marketers
If you've been hearing about Messenger chatbots and don't know where to start, but you KNOW that 2020 is the year you need to figure them out.
If you want to develop a skill that will be in HIGH-DEMAND over the next 5 years (at least) but can't get your head around the landscape.
If your clients have been asking you for FB Messenger bots, and you're not sure how to approach building them...
This session is for you.

20 October,
4:10pm — 5:00pm AEDT

RealTech for the Real World

We live, work and play in a built environment that has seen almost no innovation over the last 20 years.
‘RealTech’ brings new technologies and innovation to the real estate sector to improve the lives of workers in offices, shoppers in retailers, residents in homes and citizens in public spaces, whilst making our cities smarter, safer and more sustainable.
Join our RealTech for the Real World panel to hear from outstanding founders that are reimagining the future of our built environment and the challenges they face in making these visions into reality.

20 October,
5:10pm — 6:00pm AEDT

Innovation in the Time of COVID-19

It doesn't take time to change the system. Sustainable impact has always been accessible. COVID-19 has demonstrated the possibilities when our minds are open. The crisis has opened up partnerships that were formed in days, not years, and will create generational change.
Hear from two female founders who mapped out a 3 point plan on the back on a napkin the weekend social distancing was declared.
As markets and mindsets opened they forged partnerships with Governments, enterprise, educators and community leaders innovating products and supporting new policy to markets in weeks not months that have led to huge impacts in learning and our methods to change our society for the better.
From the United Nations to Cobargo Public School, Tassie Bourke, Japan and the largest live collaborative festival for 2020 this panel deep talks straight about the journey and how government, startup and innovation need to tackle the next 12 months.

20 October,
6:10pm — 7:00pm AEDT

Smart Cities with North Sydney Council

Stanton Library, North Sydney presents a webinar about smart cities, based on case studies from North Sydney Council.
Tune in to learn more about what smart cities are, the benefits of smart cities, strategies to drive smart city projects, and smart cities in action.

20 October,
7:10pm — 8:00pm AEDT

Sydney Angels Portfolio Showcase

Sydney Angels is very pleased to present this interactive session. Join three founders for a panel discussion hosted by Sydney Angels Committee Members and Karen Farley & David Myers.
The showcase event will focus on the founder's paths to various business successes, including successfully raising capital through Sydney Angels and hitting milestones in their startup's growth.
Don't forget to bring your questions for the founders for the Q+A session.

Wed 21.10.20

21 October,
8:00am — 8:50am AEDT

Startup Stories with Cheryl Gledhill

Cheryl Gledhill has created about a hundred products in her 20+ years in the mobile and digital space, working with brands like Virgin, the BBC and British Telecom. More recently, Cheryl has taken on the role as Head of Product at ZipCo, one of Australia’s fastest growing fintech’s. Join us for Startup Stories and hear from this digital innovator, pioneer, and startup junkie as she shares her experience of helping founders find insightful solutions.

21 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

How Entrepreneurs Can Ensure They're Setup for Success

3 Entrepreneurs will be interviewed by SEVENMmile Venture Lab founder, Greg Twemlow in a deep into 3 vital aspects of a startup organization: Goals, Vision and Journey with Anne McKeown, Mentoring, Guidance and Support with Adam Fazzani, and Team, Talent and Skills with Therese Ravell

This event is perfect for new or established startups that have growth goals.

21 October,
9:55am — 10:30am AEDT

Build a Financial Model That Wins Investment

Looking to raise capital? Investors will want to see your financial model. How many deals with perfect pitches fall over in due diligence once investors look at the numbers - LOTS! So what do investors want to see in a financial model? As an angel investor and having personally built financial models for equity capital markets, corporate financing, hedge funds and lots of start-ups, Guy will walk you through the basics of what investors are looking for in a financial model and the practical steps to building a model that wins you capital.

We are proud to have supported startups close capital raises during COVID using our models.

21 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

Gearing up a startup for the new normal

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need for startups to be resilient and prepared. LegalVision CEO, Lachlan McKnight, will host a live webinar to discuss steps startup founders can take today to gear up their business for the road to recovery and come through stronger on the other side.
Many of the major business decisions founders need to make right now will have legal implications. The webinar will help founders understand those legal implications, so they can act quickly, practically and commercially to protect their startup.

21 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

Startup Stories: Iron Matrix

Why do we work? Why do we innovate? Why are we here? These questions led David Morgan on a journey which involved quitting his 20-year career in the oil and gas industry and resulted in the energy start-up, Iron Matrix. At the intersection of the energy and construction industries, Iron Matrix is on a mission to change the way the world sees and interacts with energy generation, storage and use. Each phase of Iron Matrix’s development has been underscored by the fundamental reality that everything we do and need in life requires energy.

21 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

How to Value a Startup

Sydney Angels is very pleased to present this interactive workshop on How to Value a Startup with Adrian Bunter, Angel Investor and Sydney Angels Committee Member.

Valuation is a complex area, and there are a number of unique challenges in valuing young companies and determining value (price), now is your chance to come and hear from our highly experienced presenter on how to navigate this process.

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

21 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Lifting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Across Southern Sydney

In July 2020, 50 UTS students in a Diploma in Innovation subject collaborated with ANSTO, RDA and six Councils across southern Sydney. These students navigated and visualised the entrepreneurial ecosystems of the six Councils, identified points of leverage, and proposed how to use those points of leverage to lift the ecosystems. This showcase presents their findings and proposals, and progress since then.

21 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

Emerging Tech Leaders: The Rise of the Parramatta Startup

Across incubators and co-working spaces in Parramatta, startups are quietly flourishing. As they begin emerging as leaders of innovation in advanced tech, how can they be supported in their evolution?
What are the challenges for startups in Parramatta and Western Sydney? Join City of Parramatta, Launch Pad, and Grounded Space Parramatta to find out how key players in this space are working to foster collaboration and create a startup ecosystem.

21 October,
3:40pm — 4:00pm AEDT

The Two of Us: Angel Investor and Founder Edition

A frank and friendly discussion on the nuances of the relationship between investor and founder, between the founder and the investor themselves - both the back story on how the Angel came to invest, and then tips on how to work through negotiations, personality clashes, and differing opinions.

This would be pre-filmed, and the storyline curated to ensure the audiences gets a very authentic look into one of the hardest decisions to make as an early-stage startup.

21 October,
4:10pm — 5:00pm AEDT

So You want to Be an Angel

An introduction to Angel investment followed by a Q&A style panel discussion with Member of the Melbourne Angel group.

What is Angel Investment? How to I become an Angel Investor? Do you need to have a lot of money? At what stage in a company's development do you make an investment? How much do you invest? What is the process for selecting and investing in start-up companies? What is an exit? Can you get a reasonable return on investments in start-up companies?

21 October,
6:10pm — 7:00pm AEDT

Remarkable Australians

2020 has challenged our economy, our health and our resolve, and shown that the world is not as inclusive as we’d hoped.
But there are startups who are creating a world where inclusion is experienced by all, with a focus on solving problems for the one in five people globally with a disability.
Now is the time to acknowledge, recognise and celebrate those achieving remarkableness across the nation in harnessing the power of technological innovation to drive the inclusion of people with disability.
Join Remarkable, Australia's only accelerator which is on a mission to harness technology to build physical, social and economic inclusion of people with disability, for a showcase and pitchfest of these Remarkable Australians.

21 October,
7:10pm — 8:00pm AEDT

The Great Reset: Shaping Trust in Australian Business

The onset of COVID-19 has fractured confidence, stability and trust across all sectors, presenting us with an economy-defining crossroads. The future of business is unclear and ready to be reshaped and it's imperative that we do this with the best interests of our communities in mind.

Join this panel discussion moderated by Global Shaper Sydney Hub Curator, business strategist and leadership coach Taylor Hawkins, to discuss how a Great Reset of trust within our commercial landscape is desired and required to build the thriving businesses of tomorrow. Taylor will be joined by an esteemed panel which will include; Ed Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Lindley Edwards, AFG Venture Group CEO, and Jehan Ratnatunga, VP Growth of Who Gives a Crap.

This event is the second of a three-part “Great Reset’ webinar series by the Global Shapers Sydney, a community of the World Economic Forum to convene multi-disciplinary leaders in Australia to discuss and take action on how to enable better outcomes in the areas of Sustainability and Climate Change, Diversity and Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship and Education. The Great Reset is a global initiative of the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The initiative was launched in response to the political, economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Crisis, and challenges governments and business leaders worldwide to use the pressures and uncertainties created as an opportunity to question and re-design aspects of how our society functions on a micro and macro level.

Thu 22.10.20

22 October,
8:00am — 8:50am AEDT

Feeding the World Sustainably

Startups coming out of Universities can help farmers improve yield and reduce environmental footprint by building new products. Universities equip these startups with knowledge of the best technologies in AI, Robotics and IoT. This allows startups to design solutions with farmers using the latest research. The University of Sydney is partnering with the University of California Davis to showcase the impactful work of their startups who are helping to feed the world more sustainably. The panel will discuss the trends they are seeing in agtech and how entrepreneurs and investors can make the most out of this growing market opportunity.

22 October,
9:00am — 9:45am AEDT

Building A Startup Ecosystem That is Not Not Racist, but Actively Anti-Racist

Culturally and racially diverse teams produce 30% better financial results (BCG). Despite being a data-driven and commercially minded community, we aren't measuring ourselves or performing against this critical metric. This comes at a cost to the ecosystem and raises a number of questions.
What needs to be changed? Who gets a say in that process? Who do you listen to? How do we do it in a way that is respectful, inclusive and meaningful? What do we do when we get it wrong?
These are questions that come up time and time again as the startup ecosystem leans in to try to resolve a problem that has deepened over hundreds of years. What is it going to take to get any closer to answering those questions?

22 October,
9:55am — 10:30am AEDT

Impacting Diversity Through Tangible and Impactful Programs

Show don't tell.
Startmate's focus, impactful community efforts and programming seeks to impact gender parity.
56% of Startmate's latest cohort have at least one woman co-founder. They are currently running their Fellowship program with 100 women (helping 300 women land jobs in startups by the end of 2021).
Tune into this session to learn what you can do to genuinely impact diversity in your organisation.

22 October,
10:40am — 11:10am AEDT

Kick-starting Women Founders

What we've learned from two years of programs dedicated to supporting women founders in cleantech.
EnergyLab is Australia's largest cleantech startup accelerator and network dedicated to the clean energy transition. In 2019 EnergyLab launched our very first Women in Clean Energy Fellowship - a program designed to inspire, educate and support more women to start clean energy and cleantech startups. In 2 years of the program, we've supported 42 women across Australia to take the first steps into entrepreneurship.
This presentation shares why we started the program, what we've learned from 2 years working with early-stage women founders, advice for pre-MVP women founders and insights on how the ecosystem can better support women founders.

22 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

Capital Raising for Regional Australia

Regional Australia might feel disconnected from the largest cities and early-stage companies might find it more difficult to attract capital. Access to grants is becoming more challenging for all, but it's not the only path.
In this workshop, we will be taking the audience through the investment process so that startups from regional Australia can make sure they are fully prepared when talking to investors.
You'll learn the 7 steps to a successful capital raise in Regional Australia, the psychological aspects to the capital raising process, investors and post-capital raise aspects, how to launch your capital raise with investors already interested, the "rolling close" - what it is and why it may be your ideal capital raising strategy, how you can use software to save time, save money and raise capital more efficiently, a simple technique to save you hours of answering the same questions, and where to discover and how to attract potential investors to your capital raising.

22 October,
12:00pm — 12:50pm AEDT

Blended Experiences for Brands

How can you create meaningful and memorable experiences in a Post-Covid, low-touch ‘Blended’ Economy? How do you ensure a seamless transition between the online and offline worlds in ways that ensure you stand out? How can those who relied on face-to-face contact innovate and pivot to ensure they’re delivering new forms of value?

We’ll help you explore the near future of the rapidly merging worlds of digital and physical experience design before looking in detail at what it takes to create a compelling experience proposition. We’ll look at what it takes to engage employees to help shape the customer experience. We’ll share the frameworks and mindsets you’ll need to increase traction and shape the design principles you’ll need as you scale. We’ll help you identify and design meaningful moments in ways that will work across all environments to ensure a seamless end-to-end narrative. Above all, this session will help you create experiences which deliver on your purpose in new, valuable and sustainable ways.

22 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

How to Use Technology to Own Your Finances Post-Pandemic

Join us at Stone & Chalk Live as we partner with experts with Financial literacy knowledge & Tech skills to empower us to earn and manage money more effectively.

The event will be moderated by Marie-Anne, General Manager at Stone & Chalk Sydney. She will be joined by expert panellists including:

Tarek Ayoub, Cheq
Pascale Helyar-Moray, Super Rewards
Paul Feeney, Map My Plan
Marie-Anne Lampotang, Stone & Chalk

22 October,
2:00pm — 2:50pm AEDT

Health 10X: Change for Global Health

Chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injury account for the majority of deaths around the world each year. Health10x is a global health accelerator co-delivered by The George Institute and UNSW, that supports early-stage startups working on solutions to the world's biggest health burdens. Our focus is on affordable innovation, especially for emerging markets and under-served communities. Our event will include a panel drawn from our network of entrepreneurs and global health experts, and a showcase of our top 5 global health startups.

22 October,
3:00pm — 3:30pm AEDT

Startup Story: Lactamo

The evidence is conclusive: breastmilk is the best nutrition you can offer a newborn. Yet, despite the importance of breastfeeding, most Mothers experience problems.
Lactamo is a ‘lactation aid’ for breastfeeding mothers which addresses the key problems associated with breastfeeding.
Tune in for an inspiring story of a social enterprise success and hear how Lactamo was successful in securing Government grant funding, and has had major partnership and endorsement offers from key industry leaders.

22 October,
3:40pm — 4:00pm AEDT

How we grew Urban Plant Growers while working full-time jobs

The founders of Urban Plant Growers have had full time jobs for most of the company's history. Limited time forged the belief that they shouldn't build anything that doesnt need to be built, leading them to find a range of simple software solutions and develop rock-solid processes that have helped them to run an efficient hardware business. If you're thinking about starting up, but not sure about quitting your day job, this is a session for you.

22 October,
4:10pm — 4:40pm AEDT

Building Your Brand on Amazon: from Australia to The World

Learn about the tools and services available to product-based brand owners through the Amazon Launchpad program, from ensuring safe and authentic buying experiences for your customers, to showcasing your unique story and product features with branded content.

22 October,
4:40pm — 5:30pm AEDT

Building the next generation of Australian VCs

Want to invest in the next Canva or Atlassian? There’s more to being a successful early stage investor than investing the money. Learn why it’s worthwhile doing a dedicated education program on angel investing learning from some of the best globally from the Program Director of the VC Catalyst program.

22 October,
5:40pm — 6:00pm AEDT

Nobody Knows What To Do, So Now What?

Innovating in the context of uncertainty: If nobody knows what we should work on, what do we do now?
Two ways to look at it:
1. We're all lost, I'll go hide.
2. Cool, I know as much as anyone, watch this.
For the first type of person, don't worry we've got you.
For the second type of person, we need to go work it out for ourselves.
It boils down to explicitly constructing information about what to do next, rather than blindly just taking a shot.
This live drawing presentation is relevant to startups, scaleups, corporates, and government alike.

22 October,
6:10pm — 7:00pm AEDT

Startups: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Building a successful business is every entrepreneur’s goal, but startup failures are far more common than successes. CB Insights found that 70% of Startup tech companies fail; and very few entrepreneurs are successful in meeting their goals. Multiple attempts and trials are simply part of every entrepreneur’s journey.

Listen to our panelists as they share their founder journeys and discuss what went wrong along the way, how it affected them personally, how it affected their business, what they learned, what they would do differently, and what they have achieved subsequently.

22 October,
7:10pm — 8:00pm AEDT

Inventions Demo Day/Kickstarter Pre-Sales

Invention is providing the opportunity for any Australian to start a business and have their first customer be anywhere in the world. There are literally thousands of Australians who are designing in their bedrooms, tinkering in their garage, working on their business and dreaming of selling to the world. We’re bringing you some of them as Sydney Hardware Incubator launches

Fri 23.10.20

23 October,
10:00am — 10:40am AEDT

Investment Syndication Between Angel Groups

How to improve seed round raises by syndicating between Angel Groups (nationally and internationally) and how the concept results in more startups getting funded.

Angel Loop groups facilitated 44 investments in 2019/20. A 300% increase in 2 years. Primarily by forming new Angel groups and sharing investment opportunities.

23 October,
11:20am — 11:50am AEDT

How Asking for the Absurd Gets Remarkable Personal and Business Results

If you don’t ask you don’t get: You probably don’t have interest in learning how to unlock doors, get deep discounts and further your personal and business goals. Learn and immediately apply a framework to get what you. This easy to follow framework has helped founders connect with hard to reach decision makers, negotiate over $6M in additional revenue, earn free PR & marketing, get free or deeply discounted goods and services and get comfortable with asking for the absurd. It starts with a simple ask, are you ready to join?

23 October,
1:00pm — 1:50pm AEDT

Kill Your Competition Not Yourself

Why do so many Startup founders assume they need to compromise their physical and mental health, their relationships and even their personal values in order to be successful? Long nights, stress and burnout seem to be accepted parts of the Founders hero’s journey, leaving as many as 78% of Founders worried about their health.

At a time where Australia needs to mature its Startup ecosystem rapidly, how can Founders navigate the complexities of the Startup environment and create successful enterprises at scale - without damaging themselves in the process? We’ll step through the questions Founders should be asking, sharing mindsets and processes for self-preservation in the Startup furnace, with the aim of help Founders design not just a sustainable business, but a sustainable life.

23 October,
2:00pm — 3:00pm AEDT

The Great Reset - Shaping a clean energy recovery for Australia

From solar panels to student protestors, what more is needed to stop climate procrastination? As states shut down and societal efforts unite to fight our immediate crisis, it can be easy to forget: climate change isn’t cancelled. Australia is entering a window of opportunity. Moderated by Global Shaper Darcy Small, Global Shaper and co-founder of Kua, this panel discussion will bring together expertise in climate activism, clean energy technology and policy implementation - Eytan Lenko chairs Beyond Zero Emissions. Building from findings in the recent ‘Million Jobs Plan’, we’ll uncover why now is the time to catalyse a climate-smart recovery. Jess Miller governs as a City of Sydney Councillor. Reflecting on grassroots experiences, we’ll learn how to galvanise action amid a pandemic and answer the question: how do I participate?

This event is the final of a three-part “Great Reset’ webinar series by the Global Shapers Sydney, a community of the World Economic Forum to convene multi-disciplinary leaders in Australia to discuss and take action on how to enable better outcomes in the areas of Sustainability and Climate Change, Diversity and Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship and Education. The Great Reset is a global initiative of the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The initiative was launched in response to the political, economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Crisis, and challenges governments and business leaders worldwide to use the pressures and uncertainties created as an opportunity to question and re-design aspects of how our society functions on a micro and macro level.

23 October,
3:10pm — 4:00pm AEDT

Responsible Business – Taking Imperfect Action, Not Perfect Inaction

Now, more than ever, businesses are facing pressure to act more ethically and responsibly. This has increased exponentially in 2020, with unprecedented challenges being met with intense scrutiny of a company’s response. From bushfires and pandemics to social injustice, business is not only affected by these situations, they are also expected to respond appropriately to an ever-widening range of issues.

Whilst we regularly see businesses making off the cuff statements, jumping on social media bandwagons and preparing well-meaning intentions, there still seems to be much less action. When the news cycle moves on and the response box is ticked, what is the real impact? What will change? What tangible and measurable action has been taken to move the needle forward?

Citizens, customers, investors and employees are all watching more closely than ever before to what a company actually does, not just what it says in the heat of the moment. To effectively face the type of crises that 2020 has been delivering, it is imperative that brands respond with action, not spin. This session will focus on examples and strategies to support businesses in taking meaningful, imperfect action over making perfect statements. Perfect inaction will not fly in 2020 and beyond.