Bright Sparks: 3 things you need to see this week

- May 25, 2021 2 MIN READ
The Queens of the Drone Age team: Angharad Yeo, Rae Johnston, Amanda Yeo and Tegan Jones

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

Every Tuesday 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. 

Here’s what’s hot this week:


Pitch Night: AgTech & Future Food

Tue, May 25, 6PM AEST


Consumers are increasingly demanding ethical and sustainable food and fibre products, and Victorian farmers contribute a whopping third of Australia’s total food and fibre exports. Increasing pressures of climate change mean we need AgTech and future food solutions now more than ever.

There is a whole raft of interesting startups and innovations happening in this space, including the use of robotics, satellite imagery, sensors, food science, alternative food systems and products. Join Startup Vic to hear more and learn about four startups saving the world in this exciting sector.

Thanks to today’s lockdown news, the organisers have hustled and turned this into an online event, so you can tune in wherever you are.


Fundraising for global ventures

Wed, May 26, 1PM AEST


Fortress Australia has saved us from a lot of the devastation of COVID19, and it looks like it  could remain in place for quite a bit longer.

Meanwhile, in China, Europe and the USA, the vaccine is rolling out at pace, Summer is coming, and the global economy is starting to come to life. We may remain cut off until well into 2022, but, Australian startups can’t afford to disconnect from the big wide world that is out there.

If you’re ready to start looking beyond our shores (hint: you need to be thinking about this from day 1), catch this event to find out the important considerations you will need to take into account when looking at fundraising to expand globally.


How Inclusive Podcasting Can Shape the Future of Tech Landscape

Thu, May 27, 12PM AEST


Queens of the Drone Age is a new, inclusive podcast providing an insider look at the latest topics of conversation on the tech landscape.

And after just 18 weeks, it’s already the top technology podcast in Australia. The four ‘Queens’ – Rae Johnston (Science and Technology Editor, NITV and SBS), Angharad Yeo (Presenter, Good Game Spawn Point), Tegan Jones (Editor, Gizmodo AU), and Amanda Yeo (Mashable’s Australian Reporter) – deliver behind-the-scenes tech insights in a welcoming and inclusive format.

Find out how they’ve done it in this conversation with Rae Johnston.

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