Rare Birds launches conference on entrepreneurship as part of Sydney’s Vivid festival

- March 21, 2016 2 MIN READ

Inspiring Rare Birds has announced the launch of its first conference, on Australian entrepreneurs doing business with the world. Announced as part of Sydney’s Vivid Ideas festival, the conference will draw together entrepreneurs and leaders across industry, government, and academia to discuss how women are doing business globally.

The conference will be held over two days in June, featuring talks from figures including Jo Burston, founder of Inspiring Rare Birds; Geoff Gourley, founder of social impact accelerator One10; Shan Shan Wang, founder of Roam Technologies; Mia McCarthy founder of Yummia; and David Fastuca, cofounder of Locomote.

To be held at The University of Sydney Business School, the conference will feature keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and on the final day a pitching competition.

Sponsored by the NSW Government, Destination NSW, The University of Sydney, and Vivid Sydney, the 2016 conference is the first large scale conference to be held by Rare Birds.

The Rare Birds conference also comes as the second announcement of an entrepreneur and business event to partner with the Vivid festival. Last week Blackbird VC and Startmate’s Sunrise Conference also announced its launch as part of the cultural festival of light, music, and ideas, looking to shine a spotlight on Australia’s growing entrepreneur community.

The Rare Birds and Sunrise conferences will be the first major startup events to be held after the launch of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda last December.

Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the introduction of new legislation that will deliver tax benefits to angel investors, with other recently announced policies including new visas for entrepreneurs, and the opening of global landing pads.

The placing of the Rare Birds and Sunrise conferences as part of the Vivid Ideas Festival will help highlight and explain the importance of the startup ecosystem to the mainstream.

Burston also announced the launch of Rare Birds’ International Ambassador Program earlier this month. Launching with seven women and eight men on board, the program aims to connect women from all over the world, including those who are based in regional and remote communities, to one another with an aim of spreading the Rare Birds message of diversity and inclusivity further.

“From day one, I have said we are not a women’s organisation, we are a global movement which supports women entrepreneurs. That support comes from all genders, cultures, nationalities and politics,” said Burston.

“Progress towards gender parity won’t just impact women, it will have significant impact on the global economy.”

Tickets for Inspiring Rare Birds 2016 Conference are on sale here. For early birds general admission tickets are now available from $780, with discounted student tickets from $250 that will give access to all sessions over both days.

Image: Jo Burston. Source: Supplied