Bright Sparks: Early-stage fundamentals, R&D, & startup confessions – 3 events to light up your week

- March 13, 2023 2 MIN READ
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You won't believe what I confessed back when I was a young founder... Photo: AdobeStock

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. 

Early-stage startup fundamentals masterclass

Thu Mar 16, 12:30pm AEDT

Fishburners, Sydney

How do you take your early-stage concept and turn it into a real startup business? This intense half day masterclass presented by AWS Startups will dive into the key building blocks you need to get your startup moving forward.

From legal and accounting basics, to business planning, to how to get your first customer or make your first hire, you’ll get to learn from those who have been there, done that.

If you’re a co-founder or solo entrepreneur taking your first steps toward building an MVP, launching in market or planning your first fundraising round, clear the diary and get ready to get started.


Take off with R&D Tax and the EMDG

Thu Mar 16, 1pm AEDT


Looking to fund your startup? The R&D Tax Incentive is one of the most popular startup funding sources out there.

R&D Finance is a unique source of funding that’s like a sister to the R&D Tax Incentive, and a smart strategic way to access capital without diluting your equity.

And then the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) is the main Australian Government support available for companies planning to or already exporting their products and services. Standard Ledger brings together a group of experts to talk you through what’s best for your business.


UTS Startups Confessions

Fri Mar 17, 3:30pm AEDT

UTS Startups + Online

Ever wonder how they really did it? Every Friday at UTS Startups (and online) you can hear stories from founders exploring what really helped them, how they got there and how you can too.

If you’re lucky enough to be there in person you can follow up the interview with Friday Drinks, where you can meet other entrepreneurs, find a co-founder, a mentor or just relax after a big week. 


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