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How are coal mining regions and communities approaching the future, as much of the world shifts to cleaner energy sources? What kind of transition planning is happening to ensure these communities can survive and prosper as coal mining declines? The episodes in this series explore different aspects of the transition away from coal, in coal mining countries.
 
Spark Club brings entrepreneurs in the energy field together with a common objective, to build energy businesses. We draw on each others experience to support, learn and grow energy businesses. The podcasts are hosted by Grant McDowell and are recordings of our Fireside chat with leaders in the energy transition.
 
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Welcome to the Spark Club Export Podcast series. In this export series Grant McDowell will be interviewing founders and leaders from seven energy tech companies based in Australia. We’ll hear the back story on how they got started, what problems they aim to solve and what the future holds, here in Australia and in global markets. This is program se…
 
Welcome to the Spark Club Export Podcast series. In this export series Grant McDowell will be interviewing founders and leaders from seven energy tech companies based in Australia. We’ll hear the back story on how they got started, what problems they aim to solve and what the future holds, here in Australia and in global markets. This is program si…
 
Welcome to the Spark Club Export Podcast series. In this export series Grant McDowell will be interviewing founders and leaders from seven energy tech companies based in Australia. We’ll hear the back story on how they got started, what problems they aim to solve and what the future holds, here in Australia and in global markets. This is program fi…
 
Welcome to the Spark Club Export Podcast series. In this export series Grant McDowell will be interviewing founders and leaders from seven energy tech companies based in Australia. We’ll hear the back story on how they got started, what problems they aim to solve and what the future holds, here in Australia and in global markets. Our four conversat…
 
Welcome to the Spark Club Export Podcast series. In this export series Grant McDowell interviews founders and leaders from seven energy tech companies based in Australia. We’ll hear the back story on how they got started, what problems they aim to solve and what the future holds, here in Australia and in global markets. This is our third conversati…
 
Welcome to the Spark Club Export Podcast series. In this export series Grant McDowell will be interviewing founders and leaders from seven energy tech companies based in Australia. We’ll hear the back story on how they got started, what problems they aim to solve and what the future holds, here in Australia and in global markets. We kick off the wi…
 
What would a decline in coal demand mean for South Africa, and is there any transition planning underway? We visit the country's main coal mining region, Mpumulanga, as well as Johannesburg and Pretoria to hear different views on what is needed to ensure workers, communities and governments are prepared for a decline in coal production.…
 
In mid-March this year, just days before lockdown in Australia, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Birchy, as he's known, to talk about what he's been building at OpenSolar and SolarApp. In our conversation Birchy shares his views on the mega trends in energy and the work he’s doing on the big levers with the objective to bring about big chang…
 
How our world has changed in a simple matter of weeks. On the 4th March 2020 the Spark Club community came together at EnergyLab in Sydney to hear a panel discussion on the biggest rule change in the Australian electricity market in decades. We are now in a new world and the impacts have stretched to include the 5 minute rule change start date. In …
 
We sat down for a live Fireside chat with Fiona Waterhouse, founder and CEO of Utilitas, to learn about what it takes to be a startup founder in the energy sector. We discuss Fiona’s early life and this formative time was instrumental in building the resilience she would need as a startup founder. We also discuss Fiona’s Four M’s to raising finance…
 
At Spark Club we believe Australia can take our natural advantage in Energy Tech and do the same. Glenn Platt from CSIRO joins us for the Fireside Chat and then the panel shares the stage. Glenn story provides an insight to the challenges in energy, the importance of the work given climate change and a foundation to the panel conversation. Darren M…
 
Energy Tech startup funding Raising investment for a Startup in the energy tech sector is challenging and demands a dynamic approach. Kyle Bolto brings a fresh perspective to the energy sector and with it a unique approach to raising investment. Kyle shares fantastic lessons learned as an industry outsider with experience in the way Silicon Valley …
 
California has set a bold target of powering its electricity grid with 100% renewables. The Californian Assembly passed the historic SB100 bill in August last year setting the Golden State on an ambitious decarbonising journey. SB100 has an initial milestone of 60% by 2030 with the objective of carbon free electricity generation by 2045. We've invi…
 
The Battle of the Batteries event was recorded on the 26th September 2018, just ten months after the Tesla big battery was installed at Hornsdale in South Australia. Spark Club thought it timely to hear from the experts on this fast changing technology. We invited Lachlan BlackHall from ANU in Canberra to represent the Lithium ion technology and Co…
 
Today we're with Murray Hogarth from Wattwatchers sharing his experience competing in two European Energy Tech competitions, Free Electrons in Lisbon and Start up Energy Transition in Berlin. Murray talks openly about the Wattwatchers start up journey sharing lesson learned along the way. Interestingly, returns from Europe with a new found apprecia…
 
Jonathan Englert was inspired by the founders journey and how critical communications is in shaping the start-up destiny. The lines between marketing and communications can be blurred which is why I invited Jonathan Englert onto the podcast to discuss communications and the book he co-authored, No Dead Monkeys. Jonathan helps draw the lines between…
 
ClimateKIC are running the ClimateLaunchPad program, deadline is the end of May 2018. In this short podcast Chris Lee introduces the program, how Australia fits into the global context and provides the detail on the application and the process. The competition is open to any Australian resident – being a start-up, SME, researcher, student, public o…
 
Our Sales and Marketing podcast brings two leading lights to the stage for our Fireside Chat in March 2018. Both speakers draw on deep experience during the tech boom in Silicon Valley and are applying lessons learned here in Australia. Spark Club Members and Elders will learn key Sales and Marketing insights from Joanna and Sidney. More importantl…
 
In the second episode of the Spark Club podcast series, Spark Club co-founder Grant McDowell interviews Paul Fox, investor, strategist, business builder, technologist. Paul offers great insight through his time spent in Silicon Valley and then back here in Australia working at AGL New Energy. Paul shares invaluable lessons learned along the way and…
 
In the first episode of the Spark Club podcast series, Spark Club co-founder Grant McDowell interviews CEO of Solar Analytics, Stefan Jarnason. Grant asks the questions that every entrepreneur ponders, giving Stefan an opportunity to share his knowledge in navigating the difficulties in establishing a startup, and overcoming the common challenges f…
 
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