Where to meet entrepreneurs in Sydney

So you don’t want to get a job, but would prefer to start your own thing? Way to go! Here’s the secret hangouts of Sydney’s tech entrepreneurs. Like the jobs page, I’ll update this as I discover more.

Last update: April 2011

Silicon Beach

The community of technology entrepreneurs in Sydney. Join the mailing list and head along to the weekly drinks on Friday evenings at The Grace Hotel. Silicon Beach members run a number of start-up events, and this is the place to find out about them (there’s even a calendar).

Sydney OpenCoffee

A casual fortnightly meeting over a morning coffee/breakfast for people involved in, or who want to be involved in, the start-up “industry”. The first Open Coffee started in London as an attempt to encourage developers, entrepreneus and investor to meet in person. There are now 73 worldwide and counting. The Sydney group is healthy and growing.

BarCamp Sydney

“A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.” The Sydney event is a clone of successful events worldwide. A gathering of about 200 “creative tech brains” interested technology, the Internet, and related topics. Runs approximately twice a year, depending on un-organiser motivation.


A regular, informal conference on the latest web technologies. Presenters get three minutes to talk about a site or technology or whatever they want.

Web Directions South

A more formal (and expensive) web conference.

Ignite Sydney

Not start-up specific, but a great gathering of creative people to watch presentations at their best. If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Old or obsolete

I haven’t seen much from these recently.

Dinner 2.0

A gathering of entrepreneurs and investors over dinner. The first two were held at Cafe Pacifico in February and August of 2007. The first looks and sounds like a success, and I had a great time at the second. This one was organised by Martin Wells from Tangler, who’s now moved to California, so with luck someone will organise another.

Beer 2.0 (and on upcoming)

Beer and startup geeks getting together. Also a Martin Wells production.


A clone of the very successful STIRR entrepreneurs network in Silicon Valley. The first was in December of 2006 and the second in March 2007. Presentations from startups, networking with VCs, and beer. Bliss!

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