Research at SPARK

Inspiring Australia is working with universities to boost the representation of STEM research in this year’s Spark Festival of Australian startups that will take place from 13-22 October. We’re planning a collaborative forum to discuss commercialisation and how we can get more Australian researchers and businesses working together than they do today.

With a kick off meeting held at University of Sydney attended by representatives from research groups across Sydney and the Hunter, the plan is to bring many more science and engineering researchers into this 10-day startup celebration that is heavily supported by leading businesses, the NSW Government and City of Sydney.

Spark Festival grew out of the highly successful Startup Week Sydney 2015. Now in its third year and run by a not-for-profit entity that represents the startup community, the Festival is committed to putting Sydney on the map as a world class entrepreneurship and innovation city.

Last year’s Sydney startup festival did not feature that many scientific nor medical researchers, despite science being at the core of many of our state’s innovative startup businesses. This is a gap that many in the research sector feel needs to be addressed in order to more fully represent Sydney’s vibrant startup community.

With minimal participation from the research community in the past, this year the Spark program team is excited to see more science and engineering coming into its diverse program as a result of this advocacy.

In the spirit of a Festival built on inclusiveness and diversity, Inspiring Australia is looking forward to working with researchers from across Sydney and the regions to create new opportunities for university research teams to get inolved.

Want to join us?

A Working Group has been established to create a dynamic, collaborative program planned for delivery in the CBD at the Spark Festival Hub on 16-17 October (TBC).

The event aims to:

  • Create a competitive market for investment opportunities
  • Celebrate successful inventions, innovations and commercialisation opportunities
  • Encourage frank coversations about failure and barriers to effective research-business partnerships
  • Improve local, national and global collaboration
  • Invite corporates to nominate problems they want solved
  • Inspire a new generation of researchers.

With a shark tank style investor panel for finalists to pitch to investment ready customers, speed meeting oppotunities for researchers and a commercialisation showcase in the pipeline, we look forward to welcoming a wide range of research teams who wish to profile their inventions/innovations and seek partners.

To express interest in becoming involve in the Working Group to shape the program please email Jackie Randles

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