New tours showcase Sydney’s diverse startup scene

New tours showcase Sydney’s diverse startup scene

A day-long program of free events will give Sydneysiders an insider’s look at the city’s tech startup scene.

From a bus tour of some of Sydney’s most unusual co-working spaces, to a walking tour of Ultimo’s tech scene led by a virtual tour guide, the events provide an opportunity to meet the key players in one of Australia’s most exciting new sectors.

The insider events, supported by the City of Sydney, are run by UTS digital creative hub Piivot as part of the Startup Week Sydney festival.

“This is a rare chance to look inside Sydney’s escalating tech startup scene,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This is for anyone who’s ever wondered what a tech startup is or dreamed of setting one up.”

“I hope these tours will inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow to set up and stay right here in Sydney.”

The startup economy2013 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found the Australian tech startup sector could generate more than 500,000 jobs by 2033.

The ‘Get Onboard’ big red bus tour offers the chance to visit some of Sydney’s best-known co-working spaces, incubators and startup businesses.

One key stop on the tour is The Ventura, Sydney’s first co-working space designed specifically for female-led startups. On top of providing professional support and networking opportunities for the female entrepreneurs based there, The Ventura also offers on-site yoga and provides a child friendly environment.

Dr Catriona Wallace said she is very excited to be opening The Ventura’s doors as part of the Piivot bus tour.

“The Ventura offers a sophisticated and nurturing environment that caters to the particular needs, challenges and ambitions of women entrepreneurs,” Dr Wallace said.

“We are looking forward to showing Sydneysiders that the city’s startup industry has spaces suited to everyone.

“Our co-working space targets women in emerging businesses and tech startups. The tour will be a great opportunity to showcase The Ventura to future co-workers.”

For those who prefer a more active tour, the ‘Made in Ultimo’ walking tour offers the opportunity to take in some of Australia’s leading creative industries and organisations and get fit at the same time.

Startup Muster’s 2014 survey found Ultimo had the fourth largest number of tech startups in Australia.

Led by Wunderwalk, a virtual tour guide, the afternoon tour will explore one of the city’s most creative and innovative villages.

Meanwhile, lunchtime seminar ‘The Startup Decoded’ will give attendees the inside scoop on key players, events and meetups to attend, and the hot issues affecting Sydney’s startups and would-be-entrepreneurs.

Kim Kraljevic of Piivot said the project was geared towards bringing new blood into the sector as well as celebrating the achievements of the local industry.

“There’s a lot of interest in Sydney’s tech startup community at the moment and these events will give Sydneysiders a great opportunity to come and see what it’s all about and meet the people involved,” Ms Kraljevic said.

“The events are really accessible and we’re hoping they’ll attract a new audience – and also give Sydney’s emerging tech startup founders the chance to come out from behind their laptops and meet each other.”

For information and tickets to Piivot events, which all take place on Tuesday 27 October, visit startupweeksydney.com.au

As well as supporting the Startup Week Sydney and SydStart conference this October, the City supports a number of other conferences and events for the tech startup community throughout the year including the CeBIT business technology conference, the REMIX summit, and the Global Coworking Conference Unconference.

The City recently produced a Tech Startups Action Plan, packed with ideas for encouraging Sydney’s tech startups – from creating an entrepreneurship centre, to offering ‘how to code’ classes in local libraries and cutting through planning red tape to encourage more co-working spaces.

The draft plan aims to create an environment that enables technology entrepreneurs to start and grow successful global businesses in the city.

The City’s draft Tech Startups Action Plan is available to view and comment on at sydneyyoursay.com.au until 10 November 2015. You can also join the conversation with #startupsyd

For more information on the City’s support for entrepreneurs and tech startups, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Liz Stephens. Phone 02 9265 9333 or email lstephens@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0499 319 385 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au