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HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program + Spark Festival

The power of nature + human ingenuity = shaping our future?

Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088

Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 4pm to 5:30pm

How can we combine the power of nature and human ingenuity to create a flourishing future for all?

It’s a critical time for innovators to drive engagement with the ideas and projects the world needs right now.

At the same time, the world we live in today is so busy, so overstimulated and so easily-distracted.

This planet is home to amazing wildlife and wild places. We need to shape a healthy and flourishing world that provides a positive future for both wildlife and people. It’s time to revisit the balance in resource use between humans and all other species.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of entrepreneurs and innovators looking for sustainable ways to approach these challenges. But what does it take to cut through all the noise and give our ideas the engagement they need?

And what’s the role of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in solving the existential problems our planet and all its inhabitants face anyway?

Join Taronga Zoo and a panel of successful entrepreneurs who have breathed life into world-changing ideas for a conversation around the kind of world we want to shape, and the role that everyone can play in shaping that future.

Visiting Entrepreneur

  • Tim Kentley Klay – Co-Founder, HYPR and Zoox


  • Natalie Kyriacou OAM – Founder and CEO of My Green World

  • Ebony Gaylor – Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Decade of Action

  • Hayden Turner (MC) – National Geographic TV Presenter & Taronga Zoo Manager of Guest Experience

About Tim Kentley Klay

Tim Kentley Klay is a creative and technical entrepreneur. He is the founder of HYPR, an A.I. robotics company developing mobility systems that improve as they move. Previously, he was the founder of Zoox, an autonomous mobility company acquired by Amazon. In 4 years, he built Zoox into a company valued at $3.2B, raised $800M in two rounds, hired 500 people, and filed 125 patents across software, hardware and design as he architected the development of a ground-up, vertically integrated autonomous mobility ecosystem.

About Natalie Kyriacou OAM

Natalie is an award-winning social entrepreneur, CEO, Board Advisor, and Environmental and Social Growth Driver at PwC. Natalie is also the Founder and CEO of My Green World, a Melbourne based social enterprise dedicated to addressing global wildlife and environmental challenges through innovative, youth-focused education.

About Ebony Gaylor

Ebony is a sociologist and social futurist interested in the intersections of brands and social issues. She is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Decade of Action, a social cause consultancy driving action and change with brands on the most important and complex issues of our time.

About Hayden Turner

Hayden is a former zookeeper, safari guide, experienced National Geographic TV presenter and now Manager of Guest Experience People and Programs at Taronga Zoo.

The Visiting Entrepreneur Program is produced by the City of Sydney with partner organisations from the local startup ecosystem. The 2022 edition is kindly supported by Tech Central and the Greater Cities Commission.

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HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program + Spark Festival


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