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Proto: Discover Startups

The University of Sydney / Wentworth Building / 3.00PM

In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of startups, how to validate opportunities, understand lean startup concepts, and discover how to become a startup ideas machine!


Opportunities in ICT for People on the Autism Spectrum

Sydney CBD / ACS Technology & Innovation Hub / 12.00-2.00PM

ACS NSW in conjunction with DXC Technology, Xceptional and CBA will hold a “lunch and learn” event to showcase some of the initiatives, programs and opportunities in ICT for people living with autism. Many people with autism have an eye for detecting patterns in data and an ability to sustain superior levels of concentration, making them uniquely qualified to make exceptional contributions to tech and data teams. Use the code SPARKACS to get ACS member pricing!

WIX Workshop: Design Your Business Website (For beginners!)

Pyrmont / Academy of Entrepreneurs / 5.30-7.30PM

Academy of Entrepreneurs hosting Kate Bradshaw – Wix's Sydney Ambassador and Online Presence & Business Coach – for a free workshop on how to create your own website.

Smart City Expo 2019

Sydney CBD / Australian National Maritime Museum / Two Day Event

Smart City Expo combines the power of co-located conference with state-of-the-art expo floor in order to educate people towards smart cities and urban planning technologies, strive for innovation, promote business and connect thousands of attendees from around the globe.

Cache Invest-challenging the traditional banking model

Sydney CBD / Tank Stream Labs @ Bridge St / 5.30-8.30PM

Is there an alternative to traditional banking? We chat with Caleb Gibbins, Founder of Cache, about his vision for a world without the traditional banking model, and how fintechs can disrupt the incumbents.

Synbio Sydney: featuring Hugh Goold and Gordon Black

Eveleigh / Cicada Innovations / 6.00-8.00PM

Whether you are a scientist, entrepreneur or somewhere in between this meetup is for you. Synbio is a new meetup that's all about bringing together scientists and entrepreneurs to make the world a bit better using synthetic biology.


Speaker Series @ The Studio: Archetypes: A map to read life

Sydney Startup Hub / The Studio / 12.30-1.30PM

In this session Kristina Dryza, a speaker, author and archetypal consultant, will explore the archetypal patterns that influence those involved in the startup world.

Launch Plus Incubator Program: Selling and telling

North Sydney / Australian Catholic University / 4.00-6.00PM

Entrepreneur and entrepreneurship academic, Dr Hormoz Ahmadi, will share how a start-up’s management team can improve their personal selling skills (including face-to-face sales and negotiation) in order to create and grow a business more swiftly.

Leading With Meaning: How to Create Meaning and Happiness at Work

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 12.30-1.30PM

Work can be awesome for everyone. To discover how you can find meaning and happiness at work, please join RISE consultancy in a fun and interactive session.

Build Your First Website - Coding for Non-Programmers

Pyrmont / WeWork / 6.30-8.30PM

In this course, you will learn a little about what programming is, from what powers the web to your first website.

Pizza & Code

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 6.00-8.00PM

What's better than learning how to code? Eating pizza while learning how to code!

The Market Playbook - How Domain (OneFlare) bought UrbanYou

Lavender Bay / WorkInc / 6.00-8.30PM

Elke will tell the story of how she/they built and scaled UrbanYou, a site to easily "book reliable household help", and why they decided to exit instead of taking on more funding to grow further.

More Human Than Human

Newtown / Dendy Cinemas / 6.30-8.30PM

Filmmaker Tommy Pallotta builds his own robot to see if it can replace him as a filmmaker. He and his team design, build, and program the robot to think autonomously and test if it can direct and interview him. Leading them to question, “Can AI replace us as filmmakers and storytellers?” This movie is part of Transitions Film Festival.

Happy Hour & Code

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 6.00-8.00PM

What's better than learning how to code? Grabbing a drink while learning how to code!

Software Engineering Immersive Info Session

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 10.00AM-5.00PM

Are you curious about General Assembly’s upcoming Software Engineering Immersive Course?


Venture Cafe Sydney: Thursday Gathering

Macquarie Park / Venture Cafe / 3.00-8.00PM

Venture Café Sydney connects innovators and entrepreneurs through high-impact programming and interactive experiments. Happening every Thursday, this is an exciting opportunity for individuals and organisations to connect, share, learn and grow...together. Drop into the Thursday Gathering at any time for a range of social activities, educational sessions, workshops and experiments.

How do you innovate in a risk-averse society?

Sydney CBD / Academy Xi / 12.30-1.30PM

With security breaches across social media platforms and financial institutions facing massive fines from the Royal Commission, how do you drive innovation in a society that is seemingly becoming more risk averse?

Networking in Nature

Sydney CBD / Royal Botanical Gardens / 7.00-8.45AM

Networking In Nature is a monthly guided morning walk for professionals and business owners in Sydney's stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. The morning provides rich connections with like minded people and an opportunity to start the day on a healthy and inspired note. New comers always welcome.

Launch Plus Incubator Program: Selling and telling

Strathfield / Australian Catholic University / 4.00-6.00PM

Entrepreneur and entrepreneurship academic, Dr Hormoz Ahmadi, will share how a start-up’s management team can improve their personal selling skills (including face-to-face sales and negotiation) in order to create and grow a business more swiftly.

Sydney Onboarding Meetup / Efficient & Enticing Employee Onboarding

Sydney Startup Hub / Tank Stream Labs / 8.00-10.30AM

Join HROnboard & leading HR leaders Sally Park from Krispy Kreme, David Meere from Life Without Barriers, and Peter Forbes CEO & Founder of HROnboard.

The Alumni Chapters - Business Development Workshop with Spotcap

Sydney Startup Hub / Stone & Chalk / 5.00-7.00PM

Alex Scandurra in Conversation with Matthew Bright, Head of Business Development at Spotcap.


NSW cyber vouchers for SMEs - launch event

Sydney Startup Hub / Stone & Chalk / 10.30AM-12.00PM

The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) is pleased to announce a new program that can help you innovate on a small business budget, with the help of leading university researchers from our network.

Commercialising Business Ideas

Sydney CBD / AusIndustry Sydney / 9.30AM

These free half-day workshops will demystify Intellectual Property (IP) and provide a few basic strategies for you to consider when attempting to commercialise your IP.

Purpose Discovery Bootcamp

Balmain / Coywolf Coworking / 9.30AM-12.00PM

Gain the clarity to start leading with purpose, make decisions and take action that supports your business growth and success while positioning your brand with genuine uniqueness that stands out.

Vibewire's #Hack4Homelessness

Sydney CBD / MNM Institute / Multi-Day Event

Join Australia's leading technology, engineering and social impact students, social entrepreneurs and startups together to tackle the challenge of homelessness.


Launch into Product Management

Sydney CBD / Academy Xi / 10.00AM-4.30PM

Learn how to lead and negotiate strategic discussions, drive the product vision, live in the mind of your customer, and increase revenue.


Launch into Mixed Reality

Sydney CBD / Academy Xi / 10.00AM-4.30PM

With high-energy, hands-on applications, MR offers users within the worlds of VR and AR the opportunity to craft real-world, immersive experiences within industries such as retail, entertainment, health, finance, and government just to name a few.

Launch into Digital Growth Marketing

Sydney CBD / Academy Xi / 10.00AM-4.30PM

Learn the fundamental techniques to unlock scalable and repeatable hockey stick growth as a growth marketer or entrepreneur.

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