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We’re Sydney (right) and Viv (left), two students in our final years of university passionate about tech, finance and startups. ✨ Alarmingly, only 22% of startup founders in Australia are women while the tech and finance industries are still male dominated. 🚀 We wanted to start Sprout to take you with us as we find our place in these worlds after uni and document the things that we learn and inspire us along the way. 🌱 We hope to inspire young men and women to fearlessly pursue the things that inspire them.

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#20: The Secret Ingredient to Creating Impact: How Initiative Took a Case Competition Idea to Implementation, with Bianca Lao

Often when young people want to make an impact, the default advice is to work at a startup. In this episode, we chat to Bianca to show that if you have the drive, you can make an impact wherever you go. Bianca holds a role as a Culture and Engagement Advisor at Transport for NSW.Continue reading “#20: The Secret Ingredient to Creating Impact: How Initiative Took a Case Competition Idea to Implementation, with Bianca Lao”

#19: Young, Driven and “Busy”: Balancing between Working Hard, Being Productive, and Personal Satisfaction with Byron Dempsey, Founder of Driven Young

We live in a hustle culture world where we are young and we are driven and we want to change the world. But what does it mean to be young and driven and just how “busy” should we be? In this episode we chat to Byron Dempsey, the Founder and Host of Driven Young aboutContinue reading “#19: Young, Driven and “Busy”: Balancing between Working Hard, Being Productive, and Personal Satisfaction with Byron Dempsey, Founder of Driven Young”

#18: How to Figure Out the Real Problem When Everyone is Lying to You: Nailing Market Research and Building Better Solutions with Leanne, Customer Experience Design Lead at Sydney Water

If you’ve tried to identify a problem before, you might’ve found that this process is actually really hard – especially if people tend to tell you what you want to hear rather than the real truth. In this episode, we chat to Leanne Wei Yi Ng, Customer Experience Design Lead at Sydney Water and learn aboutContinue reading “#18: How to Figure Out the Real Problem When Everyone is Lying to You: Nailing Market Research and Building Better Solutions with Leanne, Customer Experience Design Lead at Sydney Water”

#17: Solving a Problem in Health with HealthTech and Overcoming Barriers with Persistence, with Nicole Liu, Founder at Kin Fertility

In this episode, Nicole shares her journey, from working in Venture Capital, to Management Consulting at McKinsey and founding Kin Fertility. We chat about her story, the problems she identified in reproductive health and why she decided to do something about it. We hear about Nicole’s founder journey in the Healthcare space with its higherContinue reading “#17: Solving a Problem in Health with HealthTech and Overcoming Barriers with Persistence, with Nicole Liu, Founder at Kin Fertility”

#16: How to Design Great Products and Career Advice on Working in Tech with Jürgen Spangl, CXO at Atlassian

Ever wondered what makes a good product or experience, or what you do at the C-suite level in tech? We debunk this with Jürgen Spangl, Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Atlassian. In this episode, Jürgen provides his perspectives on what makes a good product or service, and explains why some are designed better than others.Continue reading “#16: How to Design Great Products and Career Advice on Working in Tech with Jürgen Spangl, CXO at Atlassian”

#15: Tackling Fast Fashion, Circular Economies and Behavioural Change with Victoria Edghill, CEO at Relievables (Part 2)

In part 2, we chat to Victoria Edghill, founder and CEO at Relievables and Citizen of the Planet about the unsustainable nature of consumption. We chat about the problem with fast fashion and the need to transition from a linear to circular economy. We also talk about whether fashion can ever be considered sustainable, whatContinue reading “#15: Tackling Fast Fashion, Circular Economies and Behavioural Change with Victoria Edghill, CEO at Relievables (Part 2)”

#14: Sustainability & Responsible Business: What is it, Why it’s Hard for Businesses to Change & What this Means for You with Victoria Edghill, CEO at Relievables (Part 1)

Today we’re talking about sustainability and all things responsible business! In part 1, we chat to Victoria Edghill, founder and CEO at Relievables and Citizen of the Planet about the social and environmental impact of businesses. We understand what it means to be a responsible business and why it’s so hard for businesses to changeContinue reading “#14: Sustainability & Responsible Business: What is it, Why it’s Hard for Businesses to Change & What this Means for You with Victoria Edghill, CEO at Relievables (Part 1)”

#13: Side Hustling, Team Dynamics and Building a Successful Community with Earlywork’s Co-Founding Team

Earlywork is the home of tech and startup careers for young people in Australia. In this episode we chat to the co-founding team from Earlywork: Daniel Brockwell, Marina Wu and Jonathan Herman about how Earlywork started, how it evolved and the key challenges along the way. We also hear about their experiences of working onContinue reading “#13: Side Hustling, Team Dynamics and Building a Successful Community with Earlywork’s Co-Founding Team”

Climate Finance: The Role of Finance in Tackling Climate Change with Michael Lebbon, Founder of Emmi

In this episode, we chat to Michael Lebbon, founder of Emmi, about what climate finance is and the important role the financial sector plays in addressing climate change. We also discuss why carbon pricing hasn’t worked so well, carbon risk, and what this means as the world moves towards net zero. Michael also provides hisContinue reading “Climate Finance: The Role of Finance in Tackling Climate Change with Michael Lebbon, Founder of Emmi”

Building and Marketing your Personal and Business Brand with Vanessa Li, Content Creator and Founder of Ness (Part 2)

Vanessa Li is a content creator, creative director, consultant and founder at ness, with a following of 99k across Instagram and TikTok. Alongside her personal endeavours, Vanessa is also currently a Comm/Law student at USYD and works at a law firm called Gilbert and Tobin. Find Vanessa on Instagram and TikTok (@vanessaa_li) and her websiteContinue reading “Building and Marketing your Personal and Business Brand with Vanessa Li, Content Creator and Founder of Ness (Part 2)”

Pursuing your Dreams: Smart Persistence and Low Risk Decision Making with Vanessa Li, Law Student, Content Creator, and Founder of Ness (Part 1)

Vanessa Li is a content creator, creative director, consultant and founder at ness, with a following of 99k across Instagram and TikTok. Alongside her personal endeavours, Vanessa is also currently a Comm/Law student at USYD and works at a law firm called Gilbert and Tobin. Find Vanessa on Instagram and TikTok (@vanessaa_li) and her websiteContinue reading “Pursuing your Dreams: Smart Persistence and Low Risk Decision Making with Vanessa Li, Law Student, Content Creator, and Founder of Ness (Part 1)”

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Jamie Beaton on Building a Multi-Million Dollar EdTech Company in his 20s and Supercharging Students’ Opportunities for Success

It was Jamie’s entrepreneurial spirit that led him to pioneer pathways to top colleges others thought inaccessible, and into the world’s most competitive careers, through co-founding global edtech company and personalised education and mentoring brand, Crimson Education. We all have moments when we look in the mirror and think back to who we used toContinue reading “Setting Yourself Up for Success: Jamie Beaton on Building a Multi-Million Dollar EdTech Company in his 20s and Supercharging Students’ Opportunities for Success”

Identifying, Valuing and Growing Great Brands with Adrian Johnston, Co-founder of Una Brands

Featuring: Adrian Johnston, Co-Founder of Una Brands Adrian is the co-founder of Una Brands, which is an Australian startup that has just raised 50 million Australian dollars to acquire and grow e-commerce businesses in Australia. Prior to starting in a brand’s agent worked at Goldman Sachs for three years and Boston Consulting Group for anotherContinue reading “Identifying, Valuing and Growing Great Brands with Adrian Johnston, Co-founder of Una Brands”

Money 101: Managing and Investing your Money as a Young Person

In this episode, we sit down with Abhishek Maran, Investment Analyst at Folklore Ventures, to discuss the fundamentals of personal finance. We talk about how to save, how to invest, how to think about portfolio allocation across assets as a young person, and how to start today.


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