Bright Sparks: 3 things you need to see this week

- April 13, 2021 2 MIN READ
Image: SheEO

Welcome to our weekly column on the important things the startup to see and do for the ANZ startup community, brought to you by the director of the Spark Festival, Maxine Sherrin.

She picks out 3 things worth putting in the dairy for the week ahead. If you’d like to know more, sign up to the Weekly Sparks, Maxine’s roundup of all that’s on in Australian tech and startups. 

You can also catch Maxine on the Startup Daily show on ausbiz every second Tuesday at 2pm talking about the latest startup news. 

Here’s what’s hot this week:

SheEO Australia Year 3 Launch

Wed Apr 14, 8:30AM AEDT


SheEO is an international organisation with a unique model for funding and supporting women working on the World’s To-Do List.

Their ambition is big: they’re working on raising a $1B perpetual fund. As a global community they practice radical generosity through sharing capital, resources and connections to build a more equitable and sustainable world. Whether you’re an activator, a venture or just curious to find out more, join them for the SheEO Australia Year 3 Launch.

If you’re a radically generous woman in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, or Mackay, drop by in person. Or if online is more your thing, you can join the zoom call here.


How Founders Can Make Progress on the SDGs

Thu Apr 15, 10AM AEDT


The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Sounds pretty lofty, unattainable and expensive, right? So what could it mean for your average startup?

The good news is that the SDGs are not just something for governments and big corporates to pay lip service to. Catch this interactive workshop and learn how to identify impact metrics for your business that are actionable and attainable, no matter what size of company you are.

Find out how your startup can be part of a movement making genuine progress on these important goals.


Startmate Demo Day

Thu Apr 15, 4PM AEDT


The first Startmate cohort was way back in 2011, when there was a lot of creativity and potential in Australia, but no venture capital or accelerators to support it. Since then they have invested in more than 110 startups, with a total valuation of $1B+.

So a Startmate Demo Day, which happens only twice a year, is always worth tuning into. From boat-cleaning robotics and biodegradable stretch wrap, to next-generation battery technology and resources to help gamers monetise their content, their latest cohort is one to watch.


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