When it comes to events in Australia’s startup ecosystem, one of the premium events that has been operating for the past five years is SydStart – the largest startup and growth conference to ever be held in the country.

The first SydStart ever was founded by Pete Cooper and held in 2012 at Darling Harbour and had over 1,000 startups in attendance. This year the conference will be held at the centre of the city at Sydney’s Town Hall and the audience number is expected to exceed 2,000.

Over the years, the conference has seen reputable figures in the Australian startup ecosystem support the event through sponsorship and by speaking. These include Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes, Anchor’s Andrew Rogers and Investor Dominic O’Hanlon.

Last year in November, Matt Barrie’s outsourcing marketplace Freelancer announced in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) that it had acquired Cooper’s SydStart business. This year will see SydStart team up with Warrior Forum, another company Freelancer acquired, to put on Australia’s largest startup event focused on growth in the digital space.

The speaker lineup this year is both diverse and impressive – many are leaders of companies that are seen as some of the best examples of growth hacking on the planet.

This year some of the speakers include Sean Ellis from Growth Hackers, Cyan Ta’eed from Envato, Ray Chan from 9GAG, Jane Lu from Showpo, and the talk of the event is the very controversial Kim Dotcom who will be making a rare public appearance outside of New Zealand.

The event also includes a large expo with top tech companies such as Salesforce, Microsoft and Softlayer, among many others. There will also be a dedicated “Startup Alley” where Australia’s leading emerging tech companies can get exposure.

Other activities that will be happening at the event include:

  • A two day long hackathon with a top prize of $10,000
  • A dedicated pitching room which will host a competition with a top prize of $120,000 worth of hosting credits from Softlayer
  • An intimate workshop area where attendees will get to participate in  in-depth Q&A with leading experts in CRM, conversion optimisation, customer acquisition and more
  • A Friday night TechWreck Halloween themed party, which is included with all two day tickets
  • Opportunities to have one on one time with investors who are looking to make their next investments
  • A drone demo from GoranStefkovski (CTO at Kogan)

The event is expected to sell out this year again with Australia’s most prolific investors, founders, entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, growth marketers, corporates and small to medium businesses all converging to Sydney’s Town Hall on the 29th and 30th of October. Tickets can be purchased here.


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