It's warming up here in Australia and I'm not just talking about the weather!
With so many rocking startup events cropping up across the country, we thought we'd share a few with you so you don't miss out on them! We've handpicked a range of events from free workshops to paid seminars, we're certain you'll find something to check out.
Quickly jump to your area by clicking on the state below:
The best thing about all of these events is that it shows the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Australia is thriving and growing from strength to strength. So we're sending a big thank you to all of those event organisers hustling to get their shows live, your contribution is appreciated!
NEW SOUTH WALES EVENTS
Spark Fest: 11-13 October 2017
Running for 13 days, Spark Festival has a host of wicked events and activities which showcase NSW's startup and innovation ecosystem! Most of the events on the program are organised and produced by the community, for the community. With so many events, we couldn't list them all here, however, we've picked out a handful of events to check out. Click here to see the full program.
The Best Tools & Services to Run your Startup
12.30-1.30PM, Friday, 20 October 2017 @ Tank Stream Labs | Tickets FREE
We may be biased, but our FREE Spark Festival event is one not to be missed! With zipMoney recently wrapping up a tidy $40M raise and Airtasker processing over $75M marketplace revenue, come and learn from the best about how they drive massive growth. Recomazing Founder, Marc Cowper will be chatting to tech leaders Adam Finger, CIO for zipMoney and Simon Reynolds, Marketing VP for Airtasker over lunch about the best tools and services to drive growth.
We will be broadcasting the event on Facebook so all of our members can watch! We'll post the link on our Facebook page 15mins before the show starts!
Fishburners Public Pitch Night
6PM, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 @ Fishburners | Tickets FREE
Join the Fishburnerscommunity for their Public Pitch Night. Three startups will be hand-picked to pitch on the night with an amazing panel of judges providing feedback. If you are interested in pitching, please e-mail event organiser, Jane, (email@example.com) your elevator pitch and she will let you know if you have been selected to pitch on the night. This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch, get invaluable feedback and meet likeminded people!
The Neuroscience of Confidence: Nailing your Pitch by Shelley Laslett
7.30-9AM, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 @ Tank Stream Labs | Tickets FREE
In this session, not only will you learn the common confidence knocking mistakes everyone makes, but also the brain-based tools you can use to counteract these effects. Brain-based coach, Shelley Laslett (Co-Founder & CEO of Vitae.Coach, startup advisor and investor) will teach you how to use your brain to create all the confidence you need to deliver the killer pitch, you want to give and investors want to hear.
On Purpose: Social Enterprise Start-up Stories
6-8PM, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 @ Bay Ten Espresso | Tickets $20
Join the Work inc team as they bring you three amazing female founders to talk about social enterprises and their incredible journeys. Speakers include:
- Kathy Wong a social entrepreneur who is making a difference to children in poverty with her business Moeloco.
- Aminata Conteh-Biger, the first Sierra Leonean refugee woman in Australia, is the Founder of The Aminata Maternal Foundation. Her foundation was established to improve maternal mortality outcomes for women and babies in Sierra Leone.
- Zoe Edema is the Co-Founder of Muralisto, a co-design public art enterprise. Muralisto creates socially engaged public art through community participation.
Tickets will also include drinks and some amazing food supplied by fellow startup Chefin.
Triangles for Women (& men): Start Your Side-Hustle Workshop & Breakfast
7.30-9.30AM, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 @ Tank Stream Labs | Tickets from $24.08
Triangles help women (and guys that want to collaborate!) take the first step into entrepreneurship. This practical workshop helps you to understand your values, beliefs, skills and motives of why you think you want to be an entrepreneur and start your own business. It also helps you to validate your business idea (don't worry if you don't have one yet, we can help with that!).
6-9PM, Thursday, 19 October 2017 @ WeWork George St | Tickets from $25
Learn from the follow four amazing entrepreneurs and their inspiring stories over wine, beer, cheese and nibbles!
- Shanil Samarakoon, Zuwa Energy: A social enterprise addressing energy needs in Malawi through affordable access to Pay-As-You-Go Solar Household Systems.
- Mahir Momand, Thrive Refugee Enterprise: Having lived 2/3 of his life as a refugee, Mahir Momand is the CEO of Thrive Refugee Enterprise which provides micro-finance and business support to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia to start new businesses and grow existing ones.
- Andrea Myles, China Australia Millennial Project - Camp Summit 2018: The Camp is a 100-day crossborder innovation program that brings together millennial leaders, passionate about designing industry solutions, learning design-thinking and strengthening the Australia-China relationship.
- Axel Peyriere, Emerging Classifieds Ventures: Emerging Classifieds Ventures replicates successful business models in classifieds (real estate, automotive, jobs and general) in the last emerging markets around the world. Currently operating in 40+ countries with 60+ platforms.
DASH Open Day: Free Co-working Desk, Lunch, Workshop & Mentors on tap
9AM-5PM, Friday, 20 October 2017 @ Dantia Smart Hub (DASH) | Tickets FREE
Located in Newcastle, come in and work at the DASH Open Day! There will be on-demand mentors to bounce around your ideas and experts in finance and law in the house. Learn about our i2N Incubator program, meet some of our inspiring startup members and find out if you are eligible for 50% off membership and a whole swag of perks including IBM Bluemix credits, HubSpot Sales and Marketing Professional discounts and free Amazon Web Services.
Creating Your Tech Startup: Hacks to Increase Your Success
6PM, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 @ Tank Stream Labs | Tickets from $15
Join the team at Tech Ready Women to understand what it takes to create your tech business. You will hear from industry experts on how to validate your business idea, different ways you can build your minimum viable product (MVP), understand how prioritising the features for your MVP will help you save time and money and many more insights about creating your tech business.
How to Create "Real" Experiences by Mashay
6.30-9PM, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 @ Work-Shop Sydney | Tickets FREE
Join the Mashay Team for a night of mingling with some of Sydney’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, creatives and the rest of us. It's a chance to soak up knowledge and stories from three of Sydney's leading experience providers: Chester Garcia, Co-Founder of Work-Shop, Steve Thomas, Co-Founder of Maniax and Annie Tsai, Creative at Handpicked Wines. So why not get your boogie on, whilst sipping and nibbling on handcrafted drinks and morsels and enjoying some live art!
1 & 2 December 2017 @ Randwick RaceCourse, Sydney | Tickets From $299
Australia's largest startup and growth conference is back with a bang this year with an incredible lineup of speakers from tech heavyweights such as Pinterest, Skyscanner, Moz, ClassPass and some homegrown heroes like zipMoney, Slingshot and Budding Tech.
Growth Hackers Melbourne: The Channels Less Travelled
6PM, Thursday 28 September 2017 @ Social Garden | Tickets Free
How are marketers using emerging channels to drive growth?
That is the question being addressed at this month's very special 'Growth Hackers Melbourne' meetup. Come along and learn about three emerging marketing channels in a fast-paced environment: Podcasting, WeChat and Snapchat. Presentations by Adam Jaffrey, Podcast expert and Marcus Willis Manager at Eight Clients will cover three things: the channels mechanic (how it works), common strategies for success, and a case study of a past campaign that's nailed it.
Dimension5: AI and the prospects of Artificial Intelligence in the Future
5.30-7PM, Thursday 2 November 2017 @ Dimension5 | Tickets Free
Is singularity really near? With a PhD in philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, join Aleksandra Przegalinska in her talk about the future of AI. Aleksandra will take a look into the exciting and diverse application of AI, Deep Learning and explain what to expect in the coming years. Her current primary research interests include consequences of introducing AI systems to people’s social and professional sphere as well as wearable technologies and human/bot interaction.
Startup VIC: Female Founders Pitch Night
6.30-8.30PM, Tuesday 28 November 2017 | Location TBC | Tickets Free
In the true spirit of collaboration, Startup VIC have partnered with LawSquared in November to showcase four up-and-coming Female Founded startups that are revolutionising and empowering the startup ecosystem. These startups will not only be pitching for $150,000 worth of prizes, they will also be pitching to a crowd of enthusiasts, venture capitalists, and industry professionals from all walks of industries.
The Hub Southern Cross: Overcoming Business Growth Barriers to be Successful
12.30-1.30PM, Tuesday 24 October 2017 @ Hub Southern Cross | Tickets Free
Hitting a brick wall in growing a business can be a complex problem and so what can be done about it? In this session, Green Beaker Consulting (GBCS) will discuss the complexities of growing your business. Be it a startup or an established company, each must overcome its growth barriers to be successful.
Sprout Summit 2017
From 9. 45am, Thursday 12 October 2017 @Melbourne & Online | Tickets from $99
Now in its third year Sprout Summit is focused on helping founders of social enterprises and for-purpose businesses flourish by equipping them with the practical tools, processes and insights to build organisations that can drive successful change and create real positive impact in our society.
Featuring an exciting line up of speakers with experience starting some of Australia’s most innovative not-for-profits, social enterprises and for-purpose businesses, this is a must attend event for any social entrepreneur.
And the best part? Everyone can attend! Whether you attend in person in Melbourne or stream the event online, this exciting summit is open to all.
Spark Deakin: Calling your Startup & Legal Structure
5.30-7.30PM, Wednesday 4 October 2017 @ Deakin Downtown | Tickets Free
SPARK Deakin and The Venture Law Clinic have assembled a massive lineup of experts to talk about fundraising - the highs, the lows and everything in between. They'll also take a look at the rise of Chinese investment in the startup scene and what this means for Australian entrepreneurs.
International Day of the Girl Child
6.30-8PM, Wednesday 11 October 2017 @ Fishburners Brisbane | Donation Entry
Join the One Woman Project as they celebrate the young women and girls making a difference in the local community. To celebrate they're hosting a panel discussion at Fishburners with some inspirational young changemakers in the community. Come along to network, indulge in some food and drink and hear stories of young women and girls starting social enterprises, building social movements, and changing their world!
Social Media Course Brisbane: Put social media to work for your business
9.45-5.15PM, Friday 6 October 2017 @ Fishburners Brisbane | Tickets from $544.50
Keen to understand how social media can take your business to the next level? Register for this one-day social media training course which will equip you with the tools and strategy to get the most out of social media for your business. The class is small to ensure you get the most from social media expert Phil Stubbs, Director at Media School, who has 10+ years experience working in advertising and the media, 10+ years teaching at universities, and 7+ years campaigning online.
Global Startup Weekend Brisbane 2017
6PM Friday 17 - 8.30PM Sunday 19 November 2017 @ River City Labs | Tickets from $16.37
Startup Weekend is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Teams organically form around the top ideas (determined by popular vote). Then, it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend wraps up with teams presenting their startup to local entrepreneurial leaders with an opportunity for critical feedback. It’s not about the prize but it helps.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA EVENTS
Open State: Microsoft PitchFest
2-4PM, Tuesday 3 October 2017 @ Microsoft Innovation Centre | Tickets Free
Microsoft PitchFest is about creating a collaborative environment for the Adelaide start-up community to support each other. Guest speakers will share their experiences of running start-ups in Adelaide, as well as their experiences in the Adelaide start-up community. There will also be an opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to do a quick pitch about their start-up followed by a conversation with the forum regarding feedback and next steps. This will include ways in which Microsoft could help the start-up accelerate their business. Start-ups that align with Microsoft's values may also be invited into the Microsoft Innovation Centre South Australia Cohort of start-ups.
Founder Talks: Everyone wants to live in a Smart City but what that means
6.30-8PM, Wednesday 11 October 2017 @ Fishburners Brisbane | Donation Entry
Joe Kochan, the Co-Founder and COO of US Ignite, an NFP devoted to fostering the development of next-gen applications that provide transformative public benefit, using new technologies like software-defined networks and cloud computing. Joe will share his experiences in establishing US Ignite and how the initiative which is funded by the National Science Foundation has helped transform traditional manufacturing-reliant cities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Kansas City in the US, turning them into hubs for tech startups and new industries.
The ICC and UniSA have partnered with the SA Government to form Ignite SA - the South Australian chapter of US Ignite. Learn about the opportunities Ignite SA will bring to entrepreneurs, developers and startups to develop smart gigabit applications that appeal to local, national and global markets, using South Australia’s GigCity high-speed internet network.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA EVENTS
Startup Weekend Perth
Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November 2017 @ Spacecubed | Tickets from $59
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour whirlwind event where you get to be part of building a business in a weekend, Silicon Valley style. It's about pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation all in a friendly and supportive team environment. It is a fast-paced and highly creative event that challenges everyone who attends to make innovative new projects in 54 hours.
So there you have it, an awesome list of events from all