Empowering entrepreneurs at Deakin University

Events to inspire and equip you.

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“SPARK has some of the most phenomenal, down to earth entrepreneurs and big thinkers. It sparks a blazing fire in you to find your passion and work at it and I'm so grateful to be a part of this program!”

Kisalka de Silva


Upcoming Events


Telling your story like a pro: the power of PR

"Storytelling with strategy: Melia knows how to create content that strikes the rare balance of delivering creatively and commercially. Good at demystifying digital channels and metrics, with journalism experience that makes her your go-to for spinning any sort of yarn." — Character + Distinction


Wednesday, 17 July at 6pm

Deakin University, Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Hwy

In this workshop, 'Telling your story like a pro: the power of PR', Melia will take you through:

  • How your own story fits in (the 'why' and who you are)

  • Create/refining your brand's story (brand messaging vs. brand story)

  • Pitching your story (how does it come together, and why should people care?)

  • Getting it out there (how to approach journos, adapting and refining your message etc)

  • Tips, tricks and tools for DIY PR


Startup Venture Crawl

We ran our first Startup Venture Crawl earlier this year and took a dedicated bunch of young entrepreneurs and change-makers to meet with the pros at Google, LaunchVic, Envato, Impact Investment Group, SproutX, CyRise, the 11th Space, Startup Creative, and Blackbird Ventures. Check out what past participants Fiona (here) and Eleanor (here) had to say.


Startup Venture Crawl 2.0, 31 July 2019 from 10.30am

Venue: We’re visiting various Startup HQ’s in Melbourne!

Venture Crawl 2.0 is now coming at you with an opportunity for you to connect with real-world businesses, be inspired by Melbourne’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and gain skills in self-confidence, creative-thinking and leadership. 

Join us to explore Melbourne's top startup, innovation and entrepreneurial hubs.

Apply to join Venture Crawl 2.0 now (applications are open until C.O.B. 20th July 2019).


Demo Day

We invite you to the SPARK Deakin 2019 Accelerator Demo Day where you will hear from our teams at the end of the Accelerator journey. More information on Demo Day will be released soon…


Thursday, 5 September at 6pm

Venue TBC


Dream, Girl: Screening & Panel

Our screening of Dream, Girl, was hosted in partnership with That Startup Show & acmi-X.

Dream, Girl is a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring & ambitious female entrepreneurs that premiered at Obama's White House. The documentary was directed by Erin Bagwell and an all-female crew.

On our panel, we had Anna Reeves (CEO & Executive Director of That Startup Show), Sheryl Thai (CEO & Co-Founder of League of Extraordinary Women and Founder of Cupcake Central), and Sakshi Thakur (Co-Founder of Humanism, a social enterprise on this year’s SPARK Accelerator cohort).


PAST EVENT - Thursday 27 June, 2019

Proudly hosted at acmi-X at 4/2 Kavanagh Street, Melbourne

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