Bright Sparks: The best of the Spark Festival coming up this week

- October 11, 2022 2 MIN READ
The Spark Festival, Australia’s largest event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs, kicks off today with dozens of events, many of them free, happening over 15 days.

Program director Maxine Sherrin has singled out some of the must-see moments for the week ahead (we’ve put the links to each event so you can book into the titles).

The Spark Festival runs from Wednesday, Oct 12, through to Oct 27.

Get into it for in-person and online events and networking opportunities covering every aspect of how to make your venture thrive. Here’s just a sample of what’s happening between now and the end of the week.


What to Expect When You’re Expecting… (An Investment)

Wed Oct 12, 12:30pm AEDT


Hear a range of perspectives on what it takes and what to really consider when raising capital and the best processes and mechanisms to implement for success


Revealing the “Black Box” of Marketing with Personalisation

Thu Oct 13, 12pm AEDT

Sydney Startup Hub

Email. It’s definitely not going anywhere. Come by for a comprehensive overview for businesses looking to understand and implement the full potential of this powerful marketing channel.


Power your Network

Thu Oct 13, 5:30pm AEDT

EnergyLab Melbourne

Want to meet founders, mentors, advisors, partners, peers and investors in the energy and climate tech space? Join EnergyLab for an evening of Electric Networking!


What the Music Industry can Learn From the Startup Sector

Thu Oct 13, 5:30pm AEDT

Australian Institute of Music

Relationships between artists, managers, publishers and major labels are rapidly evolving. Join music industry and startup sector heavyweights to discuss new business models that have the potential to outperform the existing ones


Startup Yoga & Surf Session

Fri Oct 14, 6:45am AEST

Gold Coast

Dive in with Cake to meet and mingle with an awesome startup crew and hit the waves with a free group surf lesson.


What’s possible with 5G?

Fri Oct 14, 4:30pm AEDT

Sydney Startup Hub

Experience 5G demos showcasing the future of work, remote assistance, autonomous vehicles and gain consumer insights on the role of 5G in business.


Photonics walk through – What can light do for you?

Fri Oct 14, 5pm AEDT


Find out more about what some amazing Australian researchers are doing with microns, nanometres, niche etching and quantum materials at an interactive tour of Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) capabilities followed by a networking event.


Don’t Be A DECK!

Fri Oct 14, 5pm AEDT


A tongue-in-cheek celebration of the creativity of the Australian startup community. Expect rap, haiku, interpretive dance, animation, old-skool posters, TikTok videos and LOTS of laughs.

* There’s so much more happening between Oct 12 and 27: dive into the full Spark Festival program here.