Bright Sparks: pitching better, ocean socials & machine learning – 3 startup events to light up your week

- February 28, 2023 2 MIN READ
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Spark Festival director Maxine Sherrin

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.

She picks out 3 things worth putting in the diary 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, which comes out every Monday. 

Pitching Better

Tue Feb 28, 1pm AEDT


Pitching Better is a workshop to help underrepresented founders overcome bias in fundraising. This workshop is adapted from the research of Dr. Laura Huang, a professor at HBS who spent five years studying gender parity in the startup world.

She found that women founders were often asked preventative questions when pitching to investors, while their male counterparts were asked promotional questions.

This challenge is not unique to women founders but all underserved communities, including people of color, people with disabilities, and individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+. This workshop will help underserved founders recognize biased questions and arm them with tactical ways to respond.

Healthy Oceans Social Club

Tue Feb 28, 5pm AEDT


How can Australia play a key role in transforming global ocean health? Join Ocean Impact for an evening of networking, drinks, nibbles, and an amazing panel discussing one of the most important issues in the world: improving ocean health.

Startups, investors, industry representatives, and ocean lovers are all welcome to come along and connect, learn, and be inspired by the opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to lead the charge in improving ocean health.

Sydney Machine Learning: Beyond (Chat)GPT Special Edition

Thu Mar 2, 6pm AEDT

Microsoft Reactor, Sydney Startup Hub

Whether you’re a seasoned AI expert or just starting to explore the field, this talk is sure to be both informative and thought-provoking.

Learn all about the latest addition to the Generative Pre-trained Transformers family: ChatGPT. Go on a journey through the history of AI, starting with the early developments and highlighting key milestones that have led to the creation of the latest GPT models.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the future of AI from a ChatGPT perspective.


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