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Launched in 2013, this annual event is based on the Ignite format, where 12 speakers get 5 minutes to tell their story and 'ignite' the audience.  This has fast become the 'go to' event to meet and hear about innovative projects from a diverse range of well known and emerging entrepreneurs.  The Festival has a theme each year and speakers are sourced from a range of different industries.

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Festival of Ambitious Ideas: Female Innovators

Thursday 1 June 2017, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Festival of Ambitious Ideas showcases some of the innovative businesses and initiatives in Canberra across a variety of sectors.

The theme for this event will be 'Female Innovators'. We will be celebrating some of the female CEOs, founders, inventors and innovators working on interesting projects in the ACT region.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where twelve speakers only have 5 minutes each to present their ideas and 'ignite' the audience. In a little over an hour, guests are treated to a range of different ideas and perspectives.

The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun with opportunities to network and explore topics further after the presentations.

Our speakers for this Festival of Ambitious Ideas are:

1. Dr Naomi Mathers, ANU Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics

2. Caterina Giorgi, For Purpose Australia

3. Hala Batainah, Microsoft Australia

4. Lorinda Wyatt, Zoo Group

5. Dr Joy McCann, Senior Researcher & Historian

6. Professor Sudha Rao, EpiAxis Therapeutics

7. Lana Mitchell, The Nest at Gundaroo

8. Sheryle Moon, Spinify

9. Monica Penders, ScreenACT

10. Priya Katti & Nastaran Nemati, Seeing Machines

11. Erica Hediger, The Creative Element

12. Alison Plevey, Australian Dance Party



$55.00 (General Admission) and $35.00 (Students) - ticket price includes entry to the event, canapés and drinks.

Spaces are limited so please register as soon as possible.


The Festival of Ambitious Ideas is proudly sponsored by the Canberra Airport


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