What’s on: the Aussie startup scene

In these bi-weekly articles for MYOB we will be taking a look at the startup space and some of the events taking place around Australia. One of the things we all need to be aware of when it comes to the startup space though, is the MASSIVE amount of formal and informal events taking place almost daily, so each fortnight I will highlight a select few that I think are standouts at the time. However some of the places that all entrepreneurs should be looking at for event information for the startup space are:

  • Meetup.com
  • Thefetch.com
  • Shoestring.com.au
  • Linkedin.com

Here are some of the upcoming events that are a MUST in the next few weeks.


The Young Entrepreneurs Unconvention
Saturday 4 August from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Tickets are FREE at www.the-entourage.com.au
The Unconvention is Australia’s largest and most prestigious event for entrepreneurs under 40. Having been run since 2010 The Unconvention has sold out every time it’s occurred. This is your opportunity to rub shoulders with Australia’s best entrepreneurs, while networking with over 500 high-growth business owners. This is also happening in Sydney as well first week of September.

Silicon Beach Drinks
Thursday 2 August from 6.00pm at Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street
Attendance is FREE
Silicon Beach is an informal networking group for anyone interested in the interwebs, technology and the start up space. Events usually occur weekly with around 50-100 people attending each event.


The League of Extraordinary Women Breakfast Series

Tuesday 14 August at Bedlam Bar, Glebe Point Road.
Tickets available at http://leaguebreakfastseriessydney-eorg.eventbrite.com/
They have an amazing guest speaker lined up – Sarah Riegelhuth – who is the Co-Founder of The League and Director of Wealth Enhancers who have offices in Sydney and in Melbourne. This event will be run every six weeks, and its focus is successful female entrepreneurs and business owners. This is a place where they can share stories and journeys.

Sydney Tech Entrepreneurs

Thursday 9 August from 8.30pm at Fishburners, Level 1, 608 Harris Street
Register here http://www.meetup.com/open-coffee-sydney/
Sydney Tech Startup Meetup (formerly known as Open Coffee Sydney) is based on a similar, successful idea introduced in London, and is about creating a regular, informal meeting place for people involved in, or who want to be involved in, the tech startup industry.


Brisbane Co-Founders Forum
Tuesday 31 July from 6.30pm
Price is $30.00 per person, and you must be registered to find out location details. http://www.meetup.com/Brisbane-Co-Founders-Forum/events/71615322/
Are you a business founder with a great idea, but need some technical help to develop it further? Co-Founder Speed Dating is designed to introduce you to potential co-founders to fill in those gaps. You don’t even need to have an existing project to participate! After all, it is just as handy to know the right people when an opportunity does arise.

Code Smash
Sunday 5 August from 10.00am at the Gold Coast Tech Space
Register here http://www.meetup.com/codeSmash/
Any and all developers and programming enthusiasts are welcome to come along to socialise and work with other like-minded people. Developers work together to build a project either pre-defined or of their choice, and will have the opportunity to present their completed (or semi-completed!) project at the end.

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  • Matt

    Here on the Gold Coast we have a great bootstrap operation with space and helpful people available to support local developers. Gold Coast TechSpace http://gctechspace.org/meetings-and-events/

  • Matt
    I guess you know about SydStart Spring 2012 on 12th Sept http://www.sydstart.com/

  • Pete Cooper

    You might want to add silicon beach (1200 people in sydney where it actually started) online and face to face each friday, sydstart (1000 people), fishburners (1000 per week, 10 events+ per week), york butter factory, inspire9, 8sx.co, cooper&co, pollenizer, blue chilli, young entrepreneurs unconvention (700+ people in sydney where it actually started), sydjs (00s), and so many more visibile through the above sites.