An evening of fun and inspiration

The SPARK Deakin accelerator is Deakin University’s award-winning startup program that provides  guidance, funding, mentorship, and access to relevant networks to propel the growth of startups founded by the Deakin  community. 

This year, five Deakin startups have risen against the waves of disruption and showed the world what’s possible! Join us at Demo Day to hear from the founders of Go Kindly, JUC SURF, Lemonade, One Love Australia, and Samytronix as they share their challenges, learnings, and wins from their accelerator journey. Learn more about the teams here.

Accelerator Demo Day 2020 is will be happening live on Thursday 24 September 2020, 6-8pm AEST. 

Expect a fun and interactive night of laughs thanks to our comedian M.C., Annie Louey, and inspiration from our teams and keynote by a special guest speaker. We’ll also be joined by Deakin’s VC Professor Iain Martin to celebrate this special occasion. 

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What happened at Demo Day

SPARK Deakin Accelerator Teams. 2020

Five SPARK Deakin startups

From ethically sourced pillows that are helping women experiencing homelessness to recycled carbon fibre surfboards, this year’s five Deakin startups have risen against the waves of disruption to show the world what’s possible.

SPARK Deakin Demo Day on hopin

A new way of connecting - we hosted it on Hopin!

Hopin is an exciting new online events platform designed to help people connect. On Hopin, you'll be able to directly have conversations with the teams, us, and other attendees.

Annie Louey SPARK Deakin

Comedian M.C. Annie Louey, served up good and wholesome laughs

Last year's Demo Day at the Melbourne Museum hosted by Annie Louey was a huge success, so we're brought her back! Annie guided us through the night with her fantastic humour and fun spirit.

Whether you missed out and want to catch up on the Demo Day fun, or if you attended and are ready to hit replay, enjoy this session recording of 2020 Accelerator Demo Day:

Highlights (but we promise all the other parts are fun too):

  • 00:08:35 — Daizy Maan, SPARK Deakin Program Manager’s welcome
  • 00:12:08 — Deakin University Vice Chancellor Prof. Iain Martin’s address in the format of a startup pitch
  • 00:19:51 — Valarie Kaur (Civil Rights Lawyer & Author) interview with Daizy Maan
  • 00:38:46 — Ajay Bhatia (Managing Director of Car Sales Australia) mini keynote
  • 00:51:00 — Annie Louey comedy

Startup pitches

  • 00:58:55 — One Love Australia 
  • 01:06:03 — JUC SURF
  • 01:12:10 — Samytronix
  • 01:18:19 — GoKindly
  • 01:23:50 — Lemonade Social

There were a number fantastic prizes to be won including tickets to Annie Louey’s comedy show, a dinner night in for two, a Samytronix kit, a surf lesson with the JUC SURF team, and more!

The first 200 people who register will receive a face mask by a group of Deakin international students and alumni determined to help others who are ineligible to receive most of government funding and are unable go back home.  Annie Louey will also be giving away 2 tickets to her virtual comedy show!

The Demo Day Afterparty was hosted on Lemonade Social. More info here.