SPARK Deakin is an 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 successfully demonstrate a need and pathway for their startup or business, SPARK Deakin provides funding, co-working space, connections, mentorship and expertise to accelerate the enterprise. An outlet for creative talent to collaborate together and take ideas to market.

 
 

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SPARK is made possible by the following creators and contributors:

Prof. Venkatesh is the Director of Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) and an Alfred Deakin Professor. Her research has led to the development of technologies in large scale pattern recognition that have been exemplified across 346 publications and led to two spin off startup companies – iCetana and Toby Autism Therapy. iCetana is based on intelligent video surveillance to find anomalies in video data which recently raised $8m funding and Toby Autism Therapy which provides a new way to accelerate early intervention for children with Autism utilising an app. Additionally she has filed 9 patents and was recently awarded  the prestigious 2017 Australian Laureate Fellowship for her contributions to the use of pattern recognition and experimental complexity resulting in $3 million funding to expand the capability of experimental optimization underpinning scientific innovation in Australia.

Prof. Venkatesh is the Director of Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA) and an Alfred Deakin Professor. Her research has led to the development of technologies in large scale pattern recognition that have been exemplified across 346 publications and led to two spin off startup companies – iCetana and Toby Autism Therapy.
iCetana is based on intelligent video surveillance to find anomalies in video data which recently raised $8m funding and Toby Autism Therapy which provides a new way to accelerate early intervention for children with Autism utilising an app. Additionally she has filed 9 patents and was recently awarded  the prestigious 2017 Australian Laureate Fellowship for her contributions to the use of pattern recognition and experimental complexity resulting in $3 million funding to expand the capability of experimental optimization underpinning scientific innovation in Australia.

Svetha Venkatesh
Program Director

Daizy manages Deakin University’s entrepreneurship program SPARK. She has also founded Social Enterprise Collective (SeCo) in 2015 which provides a platform for next generation leaders to connect with social entrepreneurs and shifted $75 000 revenue to the Australian Social Enterprise. She is a Director of a publicly listed company, has previously founded Zana Consulting in Tanzania which delivers operational capacity and insights in East Africa to businesses and was awarded Boroondara Young Citizen of the Year in 2015 for her commitment to the local community.

Daizy manages Deakin University’s entrepreneurship program SPARK. She has also founded Social Enterprise Collective (SeCo) in 2015 which provides a platform for next generation leaders to connect with social entrepreneurs and shifted $75 000 revenue to the Australian Social Enterprise.

She is a Director of a publicly listed company, has previously founded Zana Consulting in Tanzania which delivers operational capacity and insights in East Africa to businesses and was awarded Boroondara Young Citizen of the Year in 2015 for her commitment to the local community.

Daizy Maan
Program Manager

Chris is the Director of Operations and Finance of the Deakin Research Office. He is a full member of CPA Australia with 7 years experience within the University sector in senior finance and management roles. Prior to joining Deakin, Chris worked predominantly in the Private Hospital Sector working for Ramsay HealthCare, Affinity Health and Mayne in Hospital CEO, and Hospital business manager and finance manager roles.

Chris is the Director of Operations and Finance of the Deakin Research Office. He is a full member of CPA Australia with 7 years experience within the University sector in senior finance and management roles.

Prior to joining Deakin, Chris worked predominantly in the Private Hospital Sector working for Ramsay HealthCare, Affinity Health and Mayne in Hospital CEO, and Hospital business manager and finance manager roles.

Chris Thompson
Director, Research Operations and Finance

 

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
— African Proverb

 
 

The SPARK Mentor Network