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Development of a Digital MVP

Kirrawee / ANSTO / 10.30-11.30AM

An insight into development, cyber security and social marketing. 

Startup Metrics and Dashboards to Drive Your Business

Sydney Startup Hub / Stone & Chalk / 12.30-2.00PM

The 5 key metrics to drive your startup + how to build a dashboard to track them. 

Courageous Conversations Masterclass

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 6.00-8.00PM

Courageous conversations take skill, strategy and a sincere desire to do good. They also call for courage. Your ability to speak up about issues that weigh you down is crucial to your success at work and in life.

Entrepreneurs hour: Sean Wise

Armidale / UNE Business School / 12.00-1.00PM

Join the UNE SMART Region Incubator for Entrepreneurs Hour to hear Dr. Sean Wise speak on ‘Why is now the best time to be an Entrepreneur?’

MiniSparx + BigSparx Makers of Change

Merewether / Tantrum Youth Arts / 5.30-8.00PM

You're invited to join creative problem-solvers young and old and partake in an introductory engineering and electronics workshop. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival.

Meet Antler

Sydney Startup Hub / Tank Stream Labs / 5.30-7.00PM

Antler helps entrepreneurs find the right co-founders and connects them to a top tier network of advisors and experts worldwide. 

Supercharge Your Sales: Define and Effectively Communicate Your Business

Sydney CBD / Academy Xi / 6.00-8.00PM

How do you articulate your business value proposition in a way that is clear and succinct, and most importantly, converts customers?


Humans Vs Robots

Newcastle / NeW Space, The University of Newcastle / 7.30-9.00AM

The Hunter Innovation Festival is hosting a Q and A style event, with a dynamic line up of experts talking job security in the region. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival.

Proto: Meet Customers

Darlington / Sydney University / 12.00-2.00PM

In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll learn about customer development, identify your first customers, and you’ll conduct real customer interviews. 

Entrepreneurs Hour: Sean Wise

Tamworth / UNE SMART Region Incubator / 12.00-1.00PM

Dr. Sean Wise specialises in helping emerging and high growth potential organisations jump on the trajectory and turn a profit. An expert on startups and venture capital, he will conduct an intensive investment pitching masterclass that is strictly limited to 12 spaces.  

CyRise Demo Day

Darlington / University of Sydney / 12.00PM

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!


Global Series: From Wantrapreneur to Entrepreneur

Ultimo / Sydney School of Entrepreneurship / 5.30-7.30PM

Bring your burning questions and big ideas for this interactive and thought-provoking presentation on the promising state of global entrepreneurship.

Augmenting Newcastle

Newcastle / Newcastle Library / 12.30-1.30PM

Hear from Kerrie Shaw, Newcastle Libraries' Heritage Collections Digitisation Specialist, about forthcoming Augmented Reality (AR) projects including AR content to the ANZAC memorial walk and another project in development around the 1989 earthquake. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. 

Mars Rover Challenge

Newcastle / Newcastle Region Library / 3.30-5.30PM

Budding young innovators are invited to take on the Mars Rover Challenge in this fun workshop. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. 

Launch Plus Incubator Program: Start-up Legal

North Sydney / ACU North Sydney Campus / 4.00-6.00PM

Find out how to avoid the key legal pitfalls that can ruin your business. 

Protecting Your Business - IP for Startups

Sydney Startup Hub / The Studio / 12.30-1.30PM

Two leading intellectual property advisers will present a session on IP law and how it affects start-ups. 

Transport for NSW Digital Accelerator - Free Human Centred Design Workshop

Coffs Harbour / Southern Cross University Innovation Hub / 10.30-1.30AM

Come learn how to better understand your customers and start building and testing that new idea. 

Last Mile Freight Innovation Challenge Launch Event

Sydney Startup Hub / Main Event Space / 3.00-4.30PM

With the rise of e-commerce and population growth increasing congestion in the Sydney CBD, Transport for NSW has identified Last Mile Freight as a space that is ripe for innovation.

The Neuroscience of Leadership

Sydney CBD Academy Xi / 6.00-7.30PM

Using the modern principles of neuroscience, Vitae’s Neuroscience of Leadership, equips you with all the tools and neuro hacks (quick brain hacks) to become an impactful and influential leader. 

Content Marketing Throughout Your Customer Journey

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 6.15-7.45PM

You'll leave this session understanding how to build your own content marketing strategy based on your business goals and customer insights, including which platforms work best and the type of content to use for each phase of the sales funnel. 

Artificial Intelligence in Retail / DisruptorsInTech Sydney

Sydney CBD / Deloitte Australia / 5.30-7.30PM

The future of ecommerce through AI, personalisation and chatbots and the application of voice, text and recommendation engine using artificial intelligence.


Fireside Chat with Group Lead at Canva and Founder of Zeetings - Rob Kawalsky

Sydney Startup Hub / Fisburners / 12.00-1.00PM

Join us for our lunch & learn workshop with Robert Kawalsky - the leader of Canva's Presentations Group and Smart Design Group. 

Adrian Stone - Angel investor and a serial entrepreneur

Coffs Harbour / Coffs Harbour Education Campus / 6.00-8.00PM

Adrian will share some insights from the Australian start­up ecosystem and offer a unique opportunity for startups that are in concept stage, assisting them to develop their businesses and investment pitches and provides connections with investors to Australia, Silicon Valley, New York and UK. 

Leading with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Newcastle / NeW Space, The University of Newcastle  / 6.00-7.30PM

Instead of focusing on traditional business planning, this session distills the collective wisdom and insight from hundreds of everyday entrepreneurs into 8 core concepts that anyone can embrace. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. 

Thursday Gathering

Macquarie Park / Venture Cafe / 3.00-8.00PM

Thursday Gatherings are held each Thursday from 3 to 8 pm is the flagship program of Venture Cafe Foundation a non-profit organisation and part of the Venture Cafe Global Institute and the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).

Building a Culture of Entrepreneurship on Campus

Newcastle / I2N Hub / 12.30-2.00PM

Over lunch Dr. Sean Wise, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) will share best practices in Entrepreneurship on campus. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. 

How to Start a Side Hustle with Startup Creative

Sydney CBD / General Assembly / 6.00-8.00PM

For aspiring business owners, ready to validate their business idea, cultivate focus and motivation to take massive action on their business and harness strategic business and marketing tools to get their side hustle off the ground.

The Studio - Pitch to Investors Night

Sydney Startup Hub / The Studio / 5.45-8.30PM

Are you an investor ready to invest in the next high growth startups? Don't miss out. The Studio invites investors and guests to attend our "Pitch to Investors" evening. This quarterly event is an opportunity for 7 market-ready startups and scaleups from The Studio and its community to pitch for investment.

Wantrepreneur No More with Sean Wise

Newcastle / New Space / 5.30-7.30PM

Bring your burning questions and big ideas for this interactive and thought-provoking presentation on the promising state of global entrepreneurship.

Accelerating Commercialisation Info Session

Chippendale / EnergyLab / 1.00-2.00PM

Could your cleantech or energy startup be eligible for a $1 million Accelerating Commercialisation grant? Come along to this info session to hear from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's Allan Aaron about what funding is available and how you can increase your chances of securing it.


Health Tech Pitch Night

Sydney Startup Hub / Fishburners / 5.00-8.00PM

Every Friday night from 5pm, Fishburners opens its doors to host Shark Tank style pitches.

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience

Newcastle / New Space / Multi-Day Event

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the solutions around identification of disasters and mitigating risk to build a sustainable world. This event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. 


Blockchain: Fundamentals, Impact and Opportunities

Parramatta / 24 Hunter Street / 1.00-4.00PM

This seminar is organized so that the attendees can benefit by gaining insight into the field, learning more about the topic and ways in which they can leverage the acquired information. 

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