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Spark festival event guides startup parents through challenges of juggling business and bubs

NSW entrepreneurs will hear directly from successful ‘parent-repreneurs’ on how to juggle a fast-paced startup business and parenthood at an event this week.

The ‘Balancing Parenthood & Entrepreneurship’ event on Wednesday 31 October at the Spark Festival brings together a panel of successful entrepreneurs who are parents to discuss the challenges and opportunities of navigating both roles.

The event, held at the Sydney Startup Hub with the support of the NSW Government, will provide free onsite childcare for attendees.

“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.

The panel discussion will involve four successful ‘parent-repreneurs’ sharing advice and tips on how they balance parenthood and entrepreneurship to achieve both family and business goals, with lunch and networking to follow.

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 of successful ‘parent-repreneurs’ will include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.