October 12-23: We Are Agents of Change

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MONDAY AUG 31

AgileAus Circles: Alexandra Stokes

ONLINE / AgileAus / 12.00PM AEST

Attend this Circle to explore how to boost collaboration and autonomy and adapt with speed!

Founder Stories: David Lukas

ONLINE / Tank Stream Labs / 12.00-12.30PM AEST

David founded SMART after leaving the law to stop writing about doing things, to start doing some things. He is passionate about energy and sustainability and their context in the modern and rapidly changing age.

Grand Challenge Workshop: Build an All-Star Team

ONLINE / University of Newcastle / 5.00-6.30PM AEST

This year the Grand Challenge has focused on a complex problem that has both local and global significance – controlling mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can be a major annoyance, but also present an increasing threat of disease.

TUESDAY SEP 1

AgileAus Circles: Sherif Mansour

ONLINE / AgileAus / 12.00PM AEST

Sherif Mansour, Distinguished Product Manager at Atlassian, will share stories where his teams have learnt (the hard way) of what happens when you’re too data driven. Come and be equipped with practical tips to avoid common pitfalls and learn how to bring balance to your team’s conversations. It’s time we shifted our mindsets from bring driven by data to being informed by it.

The Story of Seljak

ONLINE / Macquarie University / 12.00-1.00PM AEST

Seljak Brand was co-founded by two sisters who imagine a world without waste. Karina and Samantha Seljak are finding new ways of making and using beautiful things that are regenerative by design. Seljak Brand's award-winning closed loop merino wool blanket is proving how small business can accelerate the transition to a circular economy and design for limiting global warming. Both sisters recently participated in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training to develop Seljak Brand’s contribution to climate justice.

5 Tips for Managing Investment in a Down Market

ONLINE / Hub Australia / 12.30PM AEST

Has the recent market roller coaster left you wondering what’s what when it comes to the share market and investing? Join Fox & Hare co-founder Jessica Brady for an in-depth discussion on practical strategies for investment success in uncertain times.

Future Work Summit / Melbourne 2020

ONLINE / Australian National Exhibitions / Multi-Day Event

The rules for the way in which we now work are being re-written... in real-time. With the 'New Reality' comes opportunity. Standing still is moving backwards!

WEDNESDAY SEP 2

Why a Downturn is the Best Time to Hire Your A-Team

ONLINE / Innovation Bay / 7.58-9.30AM AEST

Now is the right time to be recruiting and founders can take advantage of this window to find and engage talent.

Startup Stories - Phoebe Breckell (Happy Skincare)

ONLINE / University of Newcastle / 8.00-9.00AM AEST

Hear the experiences of an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the inside story.

Running Lean - with Ash Maurya

ONLINE / Dream Talks / 8.00-9.00AM AEST

Learn from a master on how to build the right products faster with less effort and money.

How to Get Your Business to Stand Out

ONLINE / Marketing Entourage / 8.45AM-6.00PM AEST

This one-day event brings together business leaders from across regional, rural and outer metro communities to share stories of inspiration combined with practical actions that you can implement immediately to help your business grow.

Growth Capital Forum

Sydney CBD / Ivy Sunroom / 9.00AM-5.00PM AEST

Attend the Forum for a window on the future of Growth Capital! The Forum will canvas economic, technical, overseas and demographic trends to keep in mind for the future. Over a full-day, the program will call on the expertise and experience of investors and entrepreneurs who will candidly share their experiences through presentations, panel sessions and fireside chats.

Grand Challenge: Ask Me Anything with UN Foundation & Nothing but Nets

ONLINE / University of Newcastle / 10.00-11.00AM AEST

At this Ask Me Anything you'll have the opportunity to pick the brains of people at the forefront of mosquito interventions to help you develop and refine a potential solution for submission to the Grand Challenge.

Creative Problem-Solving

ONLINE / General Assembly / 6.00-7.30PM AEST

It can be handy to hear how other creative folks respond to change, whether it’s a plan that didn’t pan out exactly like you thought, or an unlikely solution to an unpredictable problem.

Product Marketing Fundamentals

ONLINE / General Assembly / 6.00-9.00PM AEST

This interactive 3-hour session provides an introduction to product marketing for anyone interested in learning how product marketing can add the most value at every stage of a product’s lifecycle. Students will learn the fundamentals of research design, positioning, and launch strategies.

How to Network from Your Coach and Build a Global Network

ONLINE / General Assembly / 8.30-9.30PM AEST

Join GA as they talk about how to build not just professional, but authentic connections by tailoring your message in your outreach correctly. They'll discuss the best practices to keep in mind while networking over video conferencing and how to present the best version of yourself digitally.

THURSDAY SEP 3

Networking in Nature

ONLINE / Gone Bush Adventures / 7.00-8.45AM AEST

Networking In Nature is a monthly guided morning walk for professionals and business owners in Sydney's stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. 

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Up

ONLINE / UTS / 12.00-12.30PM AEST

Want to look before you leap? Entrepreneurs often take risks, test assumptions and 'fail forward'. But what if you could trace at least some of your steps, based on those that have gone before you?

Tour of the Studio

Sydney Startup Hub / The Studio / 12.00-1.00PM AEST

What is The Studio? What amazing benefits do you get by being part of our community? What are our different memberships and programs?

Accelerate Your Growth with Google Ads

Sydney Startup Hub / Fishburners / 12.00-1.00PM AEST

This Lunch & Learn is catered to those starting their Google Ads journey, and those looking to advance a basic skillset. Shane Hudson worked at Google for four years as a product specialist and growth consultant. He understands the intricacies of setup and managing a successful Google Ads strategy that doesn't just get you clicks but gets your leads and sales.

Building a High-Performance Team from Zero

ONLINE / UTS / 12.30-1.00PM AEST

Learn how to build a high-performing team from the Talent and Acquisition at Uber Australia & founder of Postcode F.

Zero to 100 Customers

ONLINE / UTS / 1.00-1.30PM AEST

Everyone says your first sale is the hardest. Learn from a UTS Startups founder who shares his strategy on how he got there.

How to Engage Your Customer

ONLINE / WeWork Labs / 1.00-2.00PM AEST

In this webinar Brendan Yell from Twilio takes you through the fundamentals of communication APIs and how Twilio helps brands enrich their customer's experience.

The $1 Marketing Budget

ONLINE / UTS / 2.00-2.30PM AEST

Strapped for cash? Learn from a UTS Startups founder how to market your startup on a budget!

Building Business Strategies in Response to the Shifts of a Post-COVID-19 World

ONLINE / General Assembly / 2.00-3.00PM AEST

Join GA as they discuss the tectonic plates that are shaping the future economy, how to pivot to make your business resilient, and what is needed to bounce back.

Gamification: Nail Your Product Goals by Influencing User Habits

ONLINE / Terem Technologies / 3.00-4.00PM AEST

Gamification is a tool that applies game principles as a technique to help improve behaviours, increase innovation and develop skills in non-game contexts. You probably already know that Gamification is trending, but why is it important? Is it just a marketing buzzword, or the key to unlocking and controlling your user's habits?

Accelerating Onshore Manufacturing with 3D Printing

ONLINE / Venture Cafe Sydney / 4.00-5.00PM AEST

In this interactive discussion, Matthew Hunter, Innovation Product Manager at Konica Minolta Australia will discuss the origins of 3D printing, its evolution from prototyping to a legitimate manufacturing process, and some of the principles that allow designers and engineers to create the perfect part.

NSW Sensing Industry Connect: MedTech

ONLINE / Venture Cafe Sydney / 5.00-7.00PM AEST

Understand how you can assist NSSN’s role in preventing, detecting and treating disease with next-generation smart materials. Connect and collaborate with fellow innovators in the virtual Venture Café.

FRIDAY SEP 4

EnergyLab Scaleup Program

ONLINE / EnergyLab / 1.00-3.00PM AEST

During this event, you will have the chance to hear from the late-stage startups taking part in the program during a live webinar. This is followed by Q&A sessions where you are able to freely move between breakout sessions and engage with the startups you are most interested in.

AI Pitch Night with BDO

Sydney Startup Hub / Fishburners / 5.00-7.00PM AEST

If you're looking for inspiration to start a business, are keen to learn some pitch tips, or just want to find out what startups are new in Sydney, this is for you. It's a great event for current entrepreneurs or anyone interested in entrepreneurship but not sure where to start.

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