To engage over 50% of our students in entrepreneurship opportunities by 2023, we are building a solid network of startup, corporate, not-for-profit and government partners to expose our students to real-world challenges - bridging the gap between learning entrepreneurship and living it. One great example of this is our Startup Internships program, featured below.
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Find out more about our valued partners below.
Fishburners is a not-for-profit dedicated to creating highly scalable Australian tech startups, through inspiration, collection and connection to support. Since its inception in 2011, Fishburners has become Australia’s largest community of highly scalable tech startups, Australia’s largest host of startup-focused events, Australia’s largest funnel for new startups, and the largest non-profit in Australia dedicated to supporting startups.
UTS has become the first long-term university partner to come on board with Fishburners.
Overall, the partnership will connect UTS students with established startups so they can learn, collaborate and practice their skills in a real-life environment.
Working with Fishburners will provide UTS students and staff with greater access to the startup ecosystem, as well as opening up more relevant resources to boost UTS’s entrepreneurial programs. It will also give the university a meaningful presence in the Sydney Startup Hub (SSH).
Fishburners’ partnership with UTS is important to the future of entrepreneurship in Sydney. The average age of a Fishburners founder is 38, so we believe that by exposing students to real-life entrepreneurship, we will see a greater number of younger founders.
Collaboration is at the heart of what Fishburners does, so we look forward to welcoming young, entrepreneurial-minded UTS students to our startup community. We know UTS is focused on providing its students hands on experience, and we’re excited that we can assist with bridging the gap between studying entrepreneurship and founding a startup.
- Pandora Shelley, CEO, Fishburners
From student startups to research commercialisation, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is boosting its stake in entrepreneurship by signing agreements with Galileo Ventures and Main Sequence Ventures.
Galileo Ventures’ model combines seed funding of up to $200,000 with six months of structured support, complementing on-campus programs such as UTS Startups as a gateway to later stage funding sources. Activity includes office hours, mentoring, pitch coaching and investor workshops.
UTS, Galileo’s first university partner in NSW, has committed $300,000 over three years. Applications will open once the fund closes, which is estimated to be in 2019 with a target of $20 million.
There is a revolution in entrepreneurship happening across Australia, and UTS is one of the universities at the epicentre. We see UTS Startups as an ambitious initiative to scale student entrepreneurship support and we’re excited to be part of it, helping complete the journey with further support.
UTS partnering with Galileo sends an important signal to students –– if you have a great idea and want to build an impactful business, we help students become founders by offering value-adding support and a pathway to seed funding.
UTS students are helping seed Australia’s startup boom. The more universities invest in entrepreneurship programs now, the more Australia — and the world — will benefit from the compounding benefits they create.
- James Alexander, Co-Founder and General Partner, Galileo
Main Sequence Ventures
Main Sequence Ventures (MSEQ), the CSIRO’s Innovation Fund, will launch its Venture on Campus program at UTS, covering educational modules led by top VCs and aimed at researchers.
Researchers will benefit from VC internships, coaching, pitching preparation and feedback, partnership recommendations and the chance to pilot and/or commercialise research through existing startups. Ready enterprises can then make an investment proposal to the MSEQ fund, which closed at a total of $232 million.
We believe the next great cohort of disruptive companies will come from those scientists, technologists and creative thinkers who are prepared to challenge the status quo.
We believe that mission-driven founders are the key to building the best companies. It’s not necessary to have the right experience, but the right vision and drive, and the Venture on Campus program harnesses those qualities to create the next great enterprises.
- Phil Morle, partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Significant Capital Ventures
A joint initiative launched between UTS, four other universities and one of Australia’s biggest companies, will provide seed investment to ventures translating academic research into applied technology.
Significant Capital Ventures is a partnership between Canberra-based construction and property company Hindmarsh, University Technology of Sydney, The Australian National University, University of Canberra, Deakin University, and University of Wollongong.
The investment fund, which aims to grow to $50 million off the back of investment from UTS and partner universities, was launched by Minister for Education Dan Tehan in Canberra in October.
Significant Capital Ventures brings together entities with a strong record in driving and investing in innovation, enabling them to partner with a network of very capable and promising sources of innovation.
The fund will help encourage the industries of the future, which will provide jobs, investment and economic growth.
- John Hindmarsh AM, Executive Director of Hindmarsh
StartupAUS is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2013 by 50 leaders in the national startup community. Their mission is to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship, making Australia one of the best places in the world to build and grow a tech startup.
Their efforts are focused on trying to get the big picture right for Australian startups – improving the regulatory environment, building a case for the right sort of Government support for a fast-growing sector, and increasing public awareness of the impact of tech startups across the country. StartupAUS collaborates with startups and investors to help governments around the country get the settings right to create successful startup ecosystems.
We’re working with organisations like UTS to identify talent gaps and to encourage the development of entrepreneurship programs focused on getting students into startups to help tackle those gaps. It's important to give students valuable hands on experience with the kinds of products and business environments that startups are building, as we’re doing with our very own UTS intern.
It's imperative that the startup ecosystem works side by side with universities to make sure a high quality level of talent is coming through, ensuring the continued growth of Australian startups. In the short term, we can import some of that talent, but for the long term we have to focus on growing that talent here. Universities like UTS provide a critical pathway for that.
- Alex McCauley, CEO, StartupAUS
Startup Muster is the largest survey of the Australian startup ecosystem and enables meaningful and timely connections between startups and the businesses that can help them. Over the last four years, 7,611 startup founders, future founders and startup supporters have provided 313,347 answers which are used to produce insights into the startup community.
Startup Muster data has been used extensively by government, private industry, foreign interest, media and members of the startup community to build a greater understanding of how the Australian startup ecosystem is evolving.
UTS is proud to play its part alongside Startup Muster in celebrating the success of Australia’s startups. Having worked with Startup Muster for the past five years, we’ve seen firsthand how crucial it is to get under the skin of what’s driving Australian startup growth, so we can apply those insights to how we’re developing the next generation of founders.
Now in its ninth year, StartCon is Australia's largest startup and growth conference, featuring world-famous keynote speakers from some of the largest companies in the world, 600+ startups, 150+ expo floor, networking events, Pitch for $1 Million competition, hackathon and the annual Australasian Startup Awards. UTS will also be hosting bespoke StartCon student events and workshops
TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects and promotes Sydney’s tech industry. Thanks to partnerships with the likes of TechSydney and our Women in Venture program, UTS is creating an active gateway between our university and our precinct.
UTS is also working with TechSydney on the Central to Eveleigh Technology and Innovation Hub taskforce, which is expected to create 10,000 new jobs by 2036, with startups and UTS students at the forefront of that.
It’s crucial that the tech and innovation ecosystem collaborates closely with universities like UTS. UTS is well positioned to provide essential resources such as academic expertise, world-leading research, and the talented graduates we need to keep Sydney's tech ecosystem at the forefront of global innovation.
UTS has demonstrated its ability to adapt successfully to contemporary requirements of universities - it is these sorts of innovative stakeholders that will ensure the long term durability of our ecosystem.
- Bede Moore, CEO, TechSydney
City of Sydney
The City of Sydney is a key UTS partner in our joint commitment to growing our startup sector. Initiatives like the Visiting Entrepreneur Program provide valuable opportunities to prompt our students to start their own startups or work for one. Not only is UTS inspiring students to tap into the career potential this sector offers as a future jobs growth driver, but is creating a quality talent pipeline to keep our startups punching above their weight globally.
Universities such as UTS not only drive innovation through world-leading research and the commercialisation of research, but also through innovative programs in entrepreneurship that successfully contribute to the growing pool of talented students, academics and graduates who become startup founders.
Encouraging entrepreneurs to solve global problems will create more jobs, boost Sydney’s economy, strengthen global connections and make the city a more desirable place to live, work and visit.
- Victoria Moxey, Economic Programs Manager, City of Sydney
King & Wood Mallesons
Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of over 2000 lawyers in 27 locations around the world works with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.
KWM has worked with UTS on a series of #breakinglaw hackathons, where students work in 10 teams to devise solutions to everyday, real-world problems faced by today’s lawyers. KWM has also provided pro-bono legal advice to selected UTS startup teams.
The future of work is changing not just the type of jobs we will have but how we educate young talent about lifelong learning and the concept of a portfolio career. We believe students with an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset can turn ideas into value, which is increasingly needed in agile organisations.
Working with a forward-thinking institution like UTS has given us the ability to collaborate with talented people who seek to solve problems in diverse ways – and is very much something we’d like to continue doing.
- Michelle Mahoney, Executive Director, Innovation, King & Wood Mallesons
UTS partnered with Reinventure and TechSydney to host 'Women in Venture', an event series to introduce female students to the fundamentals of venture capital and connect them with Sydney's leading VC funds.
The students of today are the founders and investors of tomorrow, and we need to provide them with the opportunities and knowledge to develop their confidence and skill set. Through our Women in Venture event series, we aimed to tackle a lack of diversity in the venture space by offering personal insights from women leaders and a way for them to put their learning into practice.
UTS' initiatives around student entrepreneurship are playing a big role in strengthening the ecosystem and building a pipeline of future founders. Through this partnership, we tapped into UTS' diverse student network, reaching high calibre students across multiple disciplines who are immersed in real world application of their learning. We are excited to collaborate with UTS in the future.
- Lauren Capelin, Head of Community, Reinventure
Cicada Innovations is home for science-based innovation in Australia, with UTS a key stakeholder. Cicada partners with visionary technical founders to provide them with business support from ideation all the way through to incubation. Cicada supports entrepreneurs through its team of business advisors, industry, research and knowledge partners as well a through its curated community of successful founders. Cicada is also supporting our Startup Internships program.
This Week in Startups Australia
UTS is a proud sponsor of season six of this popular podcast, hosted by futurist, inventor, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and UTS Adjunct Professor Mark Pesce. This Week in Startups Australia (TWISTA) features interviews with the leading founders, investors, and thinkers in Australia's rapidly growing tech startup community.
Mark interviewing UTS Director of Entrepreneurship Murray Hurps on TWISTA
- Mark interviewing UTS Startups mentor Alan Jones on TWISTA