Empowering entrepreneurs at Deakin University

We're empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs.

 
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Who are we?

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SPARK Deakin is an entrepreneurship program powered by Deakin University. Through our offerings and community, we are creating a thriving society built by entrepreneurs and innovators.

We are entrepreneurial experiential and startup program designed for students, staff, and alumni of Deakin University with a strong focus on building connections with the entrepreneurial community outside of Deakin.

For those teams who are ready to take their startups to the next level, SPARK Deakin's Accelerator Program provides funding, co-working space, connections, mentorship and expertise to accelerate the enterprise. We create an outlet for creative talent to collaborate together and take ideas to market.

For early stage explorers of entrepreneurship and innovation, we also offer regular events, free mentoring sessions, and Startup Ideation in partnership with Deakin University's Work Integrated Learning program

The team that make SPARK Deakin possible

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Svetha Venkatesh   Program Sponsor

Svetha Venkatesh

Program Sponsor

Eleanor Harel    Operations and Community Manager

Eleanor Harel

Operations and Community Manager

Lisa Galbraith    Entrepreneur in Residence (Melbourne CBD)

Lisa Galbraith

Entrepreneur in Residence (Melbourne CBD)

Daizy Maan    Program Manager

Daizy Maan

Program Manager

Isaac Jeffries    Startup Ideation Coach (WIL)

Isaac Jeffries

Startup Ideation Coach (WIL)

Thomas Szmidel    Entrepreneur in Residence (Geelong)

Thomas Szmidel

Entrepreneur in Residence (Geelong)

Diletta Legowo    Growth Marketing Associate

Diletta Legowo

Growth Marketing Associate

Neha Nagaraja    Student Entrepreneurship Consultant

Neha Nagaraja

Student Entrepreneurship Consultant

Madeleine Bong    Yogi in Residence

Madeleine Bong

Yogi in Residence

 

Meet your SPARK Mentors

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...mentoring is the only proven form of time travel you can really access. During a catch-up over coffee with your mentor, you can learn one piece of wisdom that may have taken that person 20 years to discover
— Daniel Flynn, Co-Founder, ThankYou
Vincent Wilson   CEO Deakin Residential Services

Vincent Wilson

CEO Deakin Residential Services

Pawan Lalwani   Founder and CEO Language Your Way

Pawan Lalwani

Founder and CEO Language Your Way

Dr Murray Height   CEO HeiQ Australia

Dr Murray Height

CEO HeiQ Australia

Tanya Dontas   Co-Founder Vollie

Tanya Dontas

Co-Founder Vollie

 
Kevin Murphy   Executive Director at Deakin University

Kevin Murphy

Executive Director at Deakin University

Kathy Reid   President of Linux Australia, Tech Consultant

Kathy Reid

President of Linux Australia, Tech Consultant

Isaac Jeffries   Finance Analyst at Business for Development and Business Model Consultant at The Difference Incubator

Isaac Jeffries

Finance Analyst at Business for Development and Business Model Consultant at The Difference Incubator

Lucy Bloomfield   Co-founder Trefiel

Lucy Bloomfield

Co-founder Trefiel

 
 
 
 
 

“Having mentors who are experts is crucial to your businesses success and with SPARK, you have access to industry leaders. I wish I had of had them in my business from day one.”

Lucy Bloomfield, Trefiel

 
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