Whilst reading widely about entrepreneurship is important, the team here at Aeona believe that entrepreneurs really need to get involved in the startup community. From building networks to learning from experienced founders, there’s a wealth of opportunities out there in the Sydney startup community.

So we’ve decided to compile a list of startup events happening this month that you should highly consider attending. For your benefit we’ve also tried to include as many free events as we could in the list below! Get your calendars ready…

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Tuesday March 8th

1:00pm: Free Legal Advice

TiE’s sponsoring lawyer is providing four one-hour long sessions to give you personalized legal advice. Get all your questions together about company formation, shareholder issues, registration of IP concerns, protection from litigation, etc. and ask our lawyer for the best solutions. He will give you an hour of advice and tell you about other things you should consider when starting, running or growing your company. A session not to be missed.


Wednesday March 9th

6:15pm: The rise of FinTech and the Future of financial services

We have Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain.com and we have Jonathan Perkinson, Partner at Deloitte Australia coming together to discuss the future of FinTech.


Friday March 11th

9:00AM – 5:00PM: Office/Desk Space – Open day @ Aeona

Aeona is inviting entrepreneurs to an Open day on Friday to check out our space and use our facilities free of charge for an entire day.

So if you are looking for a space to work or want to meet some new and friendly entrepreneurs feel free to pop down and say hello.

We’ll give you a desk, internet access and a temp pass for the day and at 5:30pm you are more than welcome to come and join us up at the pub for a few beers!


Wednesday 15th March

5:00pm – 8:30pm: Boards as a Business Growth Secret Weapon [Fireside Chat with the Experts

In the jungle that is accelerated business growth there are a lot of untamed animals to face. If you haven’t been before you most likely don’t know which way to go.

Capital raise – how much and when? Is it just a matter of going to the bank?

How can you use a board (bouncing board / advisory board / board of directors) to, in an uncomplicated manner, drive massive growth?

We typically see people start with all these questions, and while they’re great questions, they’re meaningless unless you have the right team.


7:00pm – 9:00pm: Learn To Be Comfortable With Public Speaking

Come along to this warm, friendly environment and learn how to be comfortable speaking in front of others. Whether it’s a group of friends or a keynote in front of 1000 people, these skills, techniques and principles will assist you in being at comfort and easy (you might even pull off cool), whilst delivering your message.

We’ll even cover a few techniques for our business owners, coaches, network marketers, personal trainers that I guarantee will increase the amount of people you convert into your business from a presentation. That’s always worth while.


Wednesday March 16th

8:00am – 5:30pm: GrowthCon 2016

GrowthCon is a 1 Day event for entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to achieve sizable growth within their organizations.

The conference brings together a dynamic program featuring some of Australia’s leading business experts, and best-selling authors who share actionable information and proven strategies on all facets of growing companies.


10:30am – 12pm: Expanding Your Startup to the United States

Interested in becoming more cyber-secure? Keen to expand your business to the United States? Or tossing up what visa might fit your move? The U.S. Government is here to help!

BlueChilli, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Sydney, will host an informal panel discussion for startups interested in expanding operations to the United States.

The U.S. Consulate General Sydney will be represented by: Karen Ballard, U.S. Commercial Service; Shawn Tenbrink, Consular Section; Andrea Aquilla, Political and Economic Section; and Craig Goldstein, Regional Security Section.

BlueChilli CEO, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin will moderate the event.


6:00pm – 8:00pm: Personal Branding

This month we’ll be putting on a panel event on personal branding – how to build your online presence across Twitter, LinkedIn and creative portfolio sites, plus strategies to help you offline.

We’re also organising a photographer to come and take professional headshots for attendees. Stay tuned for tickets and speaker details!


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM: New Finance Inaugural FinTech Open Mic Night

In this session we’d like to introduce the NewFinance group to the Sydney FinTech scene, and to explain more about our global vision and how we see Sydney FinTech developing as a global player.

The session will also provide opportunities to catch up with your peers, to see what’s going on in the International FinTech scene and to tell us all about yourself and your own work.


Thursday March 17th

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Sydney Lunch’n’Learn: The Power of Publishing for Entrepreneurs

In a world where everyone is marketing in the same way, and there are more people in the market than ever before, how can you get noticed?

The entrepreneurial market is busier than ever, with more people than ever freelancing, consulting and building small businesses with nothing more than an internet connection.

But, while the internet is a great tool to launch your business, everyone else is using it too.

You need a point of difference, something more than just another flash website or 1,000 Likes. Like in a job interview when an employer asks you what makes you different to all the other candidates, your potential customers and partners are looking for what makes you different to everyone else in your field.

And what better way to stand out from the crowd then by becoming a published author?


Friday March 18th

4:30pm – 6:30pm: Startup Meetup at Stone and Chalk

This will be our first meetup of 2016, looking forward to seeing everyone and chatting about anything and everything startup!

We’ll be hearing from Ben Jackson, CEO of Group Organics, about his experiences building a startup and what advice he has to give to anyone on the same journey.

Looking forward to chatting with you all over some pizza and drinks – if you’re coming, please RSVP so we can cater 🙂


Tuesday March 22nd

5:45pm – 8:30pm: INCUBATE Demo Day Summer 2016: Class 7

The University of Sydney Union is proud to invite you to the seventh INCUBATE Demo Day at The University of Sydney.

INCUBATE is a leading student startup accelerator and Demo Day showcases the top startups selected from Sydney University for summer accelerator – a 14 week intensive startup program that includes a $5,000 grant, co-working office space and mentoring from leading entrepreneurs and early-stage advisors.

Demo Day is your opportunity to see new products, find new investment opportunites and connect with our entrepreneurs and industry leaders.


Thursday 31st March

7:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast Club: Entrepreneurial Women in Conversation (Ft. Monica Wulff)

UTS: Hatchery and ACES UTS (Entrepreneurial Society) invite you to attend the inaugural Breakfast Club: Entrepreneurial Women in Conversation. We will be joined by Startup Muster’s co-founder and CEO Monica Wulff for a one-hour conversation discussing why we need more women within the startup world, and from a statistical perspective where the trends are headed as we strive for a more gender balanced founder ratio.

The breakfast series will showcase inspiring and empowering entrepreneurial women, as well as exploring how the attributes that you as young women innately possess, and how these qualities will put you in good stead for founding and leading, and beyond in your startup journeys.


What next?

Go open your calendar and block out the dates of the next startup event! You never know  who you’ll meet and the opportunities that may come if you just walked into the community and tried something new. See you there!


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