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StartupWeek Sydney launches to celebrate and strengthen the city's startup ecosystem

- September 29, 2015 2 MIN READ

Just two months after Sydney fell four places to 16th in the latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report rankings, StartupWeek Australia has announced the launch of the inaugural StartupWeek Sydney, a series of 50 events aiming to strengthen and celebrate the city’s startup ecosystem.

The festival, to be held across Friday October 23 to Friday October 30, will feature conferences, hackathons, workshops, pitch nights, panels, exhibitions, and other events looking to celebrate the efforts of those in the startup ecosystem and encourage others to learn more, with a particular focus on exploring how women can play a greater role in tech and getting more kids involved. 

It will also seek to facilitate deeper engagement between startups and investors, government, and corporate organisations, with organisers expecting 5000 attendees across 22 venues including NSW Parliament House, UNSW and UTS, recently opened FinTech startup hub Stone & Chalk, and Fishburners.

Michelle Williams, national manager of StartupWeek Australia, said the event will showcase a Sydney startup community “which has never seen this level of energy and momentum.”

“Global economic uncertainty is contributing to a new focus on innovation and entrepreneurialism here in Australia. As whole industries face digital disruption, now is the time to catalyse existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to build and grow Australia’s innovation and growth opportunities,” Williams said.

With startups a hot topic with governments around Australia at the moment, StartupWeek Sydney will be supported by the NSW Department of Industry and the City of Sydney. 

Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, said, “We want the thriving talent and long-term benefits of a fertile tech culture for Sydney, with local startups that lead their fields. Our support for StartupWeek is part of a long term strategy to help build the skilled and connected community we need to make that happen.”

Events include a breakfast and panel discussion on impact investing, a HealthTech hackathon at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Darlinghurst, a networking event for startups interested in the Chinese tech scene, and a Code Club Australia session at Town Hall, with a keynote speech from Code Club director and muru-D cofounder Annie Parker.

StartupWeek Sydney comes after the second successful Startup Week Melbourne was organised by Startup Victoria earlier this year, and follows on from the Startup Spring festival held around Australia this month.

StartupWeek will be looking to expand across Australia next year, with events in regional areas on the agenda.

Find out more about StartupWeek Sydney here.