Join in the fun!

Welcome and thank you for being part of the growing Venture Café Sydney community. To help you make the most of your session at Venture Café check out the useful information below:


Visit us!

Join a Venture Café Thursday Gathering as a guest to see what it's all about. It helps you understand what the whole event is about and how your content can contribute to the community. It's not only the "no sales" philosophy that we stick very closely to, but it's also about what makes this community stronger, smarter and more innovative.

Choose the right session for you


Inclusive and innovative lectures, panel discussions, talks or pitch sessions focused on providing substantive insights, learnings, lessons and a platform for sharing ideas

Usually an hour long session, with shorter panels and presentations welcome

Encourage audience participation; meant to spark ideas, lead to discussion afterward and spur action


Workshops, ideation sessions, design thinking exercises, hackathons, community conversations and all manner of interactive opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from each other

Sometimes in the form of focus groups, think tanks or just roundtables


One-on-one coaching, advising or mentoring services offered by investors, experienced leaders and entrepreneurial support organisations

Participants usually sign up ahead of time in 10, 15, 20, 30 minute time slots

The aim is to give participants useful information in their time slot, not as a way to sell a follow up session


Info and demo tables featuring information about innovation community organisations, service providers, upcoming events or conferences

Not a breakout session, but a table manned by an organisation trying to reach the Venture Café community

No sales are allowed, but organisations can have people sign up for their mailing lists



Tell us about your session and we will get back to you within one working day.

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Note: We love to include creative and new formats. Some popular sessions include: panels, hackathons, pitch events, unconferences, roundtables and workshops.
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Promote your session!

Promote your session on your own site, newsletter, social media by linking/sharing your event listing - please mention that it is happening at the Venture Café Thursday Gathering

Feel free to tag/mention Venture Café on social channels.

  • Twitter @VentureCafeSYD

  • Instagram @Vencafsyd

  • Facebook @VentureCafeSydney

Great hashtags to use are:

#venturecafesyd #vencafsyd #vencaf #thursdaygathering #venturecafe #innovation #startups #entrepreneurship #sydney #tech #community


How to find us

58 Waterloo Road
Macquarie Park, NSW 2113

We are located on the ground floor of Building 2, 58 Waterloo Road - just follow the Venture Café flags and signage. When you arrive, be sure to check in 15 minutes early with one of our Ambassadors, who are super friendly; they will show you where to go after registering at the kiosk.

public transport

The Sydney Metro is now open! Macquarie Park station is 350m flat walk - plan your trip now.

Keoride or cohop

Being the innovative bunch that we are in Mac Park why not try the Keoride on-demand bus service or try Cohop Connect’s very own on demand carpooling app - make it a date every Thursday!


There is limited reserved parking available outside of 58 Waterloo Road entrance (Goodman building) - please let hello@venturecafesydney know if you require this particularly if you have special mobility requirements. Alternatively, there is paid council parking available on Giffnock Avenue behind Venture Café.


What makes venture cafe So special?

  1. Venture Café is NOT a "networking" event nor a "Happy Hour"  

    We call it a Gathering so that people can feel safe to come and connect with others without the pressure of a sale (or getting asked out). Our Golden Rules: Don't sell too much, don't drink too much.

  2. The sessions are about learning and expanding our ideas, not a chance to sell a service

    Guests should be able to leave with knowledge they didn’t previously have, or an idea that sparks action or a new way of thinking. They should foster discussions and get people thinking. This is a test kitchen, a place to try new ways of enlightening people.

  3. We do not share our lists with any group

    If you would like to connect with participants in your session, you will be responsible for collecting names and emails.

  4. We are professional and friendly

    Sessions are not about attacking or criticising each other; it should be a safe space to discuss ideas. We encourage helpful and constructive feedback, but if guests are being rude or pulling conversation too far off course, please remind guests that this is not the place to air personal grievances.


Our Spaces


Cafe Space

This is the heart of Venture Café Sydney! Primarily a social space, complete with bar and lots of comfy seating, this space is also great for sessions. Demo tables, activations, conversation corner and even panel sessions and discussions can take place here.


150+ standing

Assorted tables, chairs, lounges and bean bags

Whiteboard walls

Projectors and screens

Microphone options


Our auditorium provides the perfect space for a panel session, discussion, talk or anything else you can dream of. With space for a large seated audience, this room is also great for large interactive sessions.


70 seats plus standing space

Whiteboard walls

Dual projectors and screens



Microphone options

workshop spaces

We have two smaller workshop spaces, perfect for intimate discussions, creative idea workshops and info sessions.

Workshop 1 Features:

8 seats plus standing space (25 people)

Boardroom table

Whiteboard wall

LCD screen with HDMI connection

Workshop 2 Features:

7 seats plus standing space (20 people)

Boardroom table

Whiteboard wall

LCD screen with HDMI connection


Our three office hours spaces provide the perfect one-on-one meeting spaces for in depth discussions about any topic at all!

each room Features:

4 chairs

Small table