Australia’s largest event for startups, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators Spark Festival has named not-for-profit ticket platform Humanitix as its official ticketing partner.

The company, which directs 100 per cent of the profits from booking fees toward education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls, is reportedly on track to become the first “charity unicorn”.

Spark Festival 2019, which will run from October 10-27 in Australia, will feature workshops on AI (artificial intelligence) run by Microsoft, a ‘Feast of Strangers’ run by the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, through to robot building classes run by TinkerTank.

The festival hosts a programme of 17 days with more than 130 events, many of them free, for entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, innovators, students, or executives.

Maxine Sherrin, Spark Festival Program Director: “The Spark Festival is about building the ecosystem of entrepreneurs. We want to see more startups succeed. One of the reasons we switched to Humanitix is to make sure that girls from communities around the world get a chance to finish school and be entrepreneurs too.

“With 160 events to coordinate, the ticketing platform we choose is a big deal. I was impressed to see that Humanitix has features not found on other platforms. It’s a more advanced platform, as well as a charitable one.”

Adam Long, chief growth officer at Humanitix: “Humanitix has already funded 20,000 days of education for disadvantaged girls since we started two years ago. We’re so excited that Spark Festival switched to Humanitix, because it means we’ll be able to do more to close the education gap around the world.”

Last month, Humanitix hit a milestone of Aus$300,000 (£168,200/€183,400/$203,300) in sales, and claims to be the “fastest growing ticketing platform.”