Dream big

Join us for the launch of Venture Cafe Sydney

21 February 2019 - 3-8pm

58 Waterloo Road Macquarie Park



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




From 3-8pm

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!