Calling Parent-repreneurs: Spark Festival’s Guide For Parents In Startups

Calling Parent-repreneurs: Spark Festival's Guide For Parents In Startups

Juggling a fast-paced startup business and being a parent is not easy. This Wednesday (October 31, 2018), the Spark Festival will bring together a panel of successful entrepreneurs who talk about how they navigate the work life balance.

“The average age of a startup founder in NSW is mid-thirties and frequently that aligns with founders starting a family,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said.

“Parent-repreneurs are not only looking for opportunities to secure their future but to ensure flexible working conditions to support their families.”

Founding, running and growing a startup business is a huge job and it can be a massive challenge,  but in many ways being a parent is excellent preparation for startup life.

Jobs for NSW will host the event as part of its sponsorship of the Spark Festival, with free on-site childcare offered for startup parents and ‘babes in arms’ also welcome. The panel includes:

  • Carrie Kwan, Co-founder and Managing Director of Mums & Co, a networking hub for Australian women entrepreneurs, who will share her passion and insights on how working parents can realise success in their startups and businesses.
  • Peter McConnell, Executive Chair at Commtract, a marketplace for communications professionals, will share his experience of balancing a young family with two successful start-ups (one led by his wife, the other by him). Including strategies for balancing primary care for his two boys and a busy executive role.
Pete McConnell
  • Edwina Sharrock, CEO, and Founder of Tamworth startup Birth Beat, an online platform for antenatal and childbirth classes, will share her experience on the steps she’s taken to launch her start-up while being a mother of two children under six.
The Sharrock Family
  • Victoria Stuart, Co-Founder of Beam Australia, an online marketplace connecting businesses with degree qualified stay-at-home parents, will discuss her personal search for balance and the positive impact flexible work options are making to lives and businesses.
Victoria Stuart (left), Stephanie Reuss (right)

Register for the event here.

Robyn Foyster
Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech. She is CEO of AR Tech and helped develop it new shopping app Sweep. An award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of GameChangers.com.au and TheCarousel.com. Robyn runs her own media business, Foyster Media. She was a judge of the 2018 & 2017 Telstra Business Awards. CEO of AR Tech and helped develop the Sweep app.

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