WE INVITE YOU... TO DREAM BIG.
Venture Café connects over 100,000 people across the world each year. Our spaces and programs nurture collaboration, ignite creativity and catalyse human action on a local and global level.
Will you join us at Venture Cafe Sydney?
What’s planned for the night
We have plenty of fun planned for the launch - we just need a special ingredient to make this moment matter for Macquarie Park’s entrepreneurial community … you!
From 3 to 4pm
We launch with a smoking ceremony to ward off bad spirits and to make pathway for a bright future. We follow with a welcome to country that recognises the significance of the land we meet on to the Darug people.
You’ll get to connect to Venture Cafe’s all over the globe and celebrate the occasion with our founding partners Macquarie University, City of Ryde, EY, Konica Minolta, NAB, NSW Department of Industry, Orix, Stockland and Visionary Group.
David Wilkinson - Deputy Vice Chancellor Engagement Macquarie University
Hon. Victor Dominello MP - Minister for Finance and State Member for Ryde
Mayor Jerome Laxale - City of Ryde
Travis Sheridan - President Venture Cafe Global
Zara Crichton - Executive Director Venture Cafe Sydney
From 4 to 7pm
Get a taste of what the Venture Cafe Sydney experience has to offer. We reached out to inspiring leaders in Sydney’s innovation community to join in the celebration.
4pm: It takes a village
Explore the role community plays in accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship... and what do koalas have to do with it?
Travis Sheridan - President Venture Café Global Institute
Belinda Fairbrother - Manager Community Conservation - Taronga Zoo
Josh Flannery - Director the Sydney Startup Hub
Julie Chai - Founder and CEO, Asian Leadership Project
5pm: Re-thinking entrepreneurship
An entrepreneur, corporate innovator and venture capitalist walk into a cafe...
Anna Grocholsky - Director, Commercialisation and Innovation at Macquarie University
Elle Syrrou - Expert in Residence at the Sydney Startup Hub and co-founder of Activate Health Clinics
Daniel Murray - Founder Empathic Consulting
Stas Gayshan - Co-founder and Managing Director, Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC) Boston
6pm: Help! I’m on a rock floating through space
The value innovation and blue ocean of Big History: a case study in megatrends, disruption and strategic evolution
Andrew McKenna - Executive Director, Big History Institute
SEE FULL PROGRAM HERE.
Make yourself at home. Come willing to learn and be ready to build a respectful community of innovators with us.
On arrival you’ll be welcomed to try our wonderful signature cocktail produced by local startup Buffalo Vale or sample a range of beers, wines and softies from our custom made Venture Cafe Bar.
Fun and games will abound with live music, collaborative art makings and conversation corner.
We’ll feed you with some snacks. And there’s an ice-cream truck loaded with cool treats for all those dessertaholics out there.
And if that is all too much then you can chill outside under an umbrella!