Supporting entrepreneurs

Supporting entrepreneurs

Fostering collaboration and learning

In December 2013, Council adopted the economic development strategy – our 10 year strategy that aims to strengthen the city economy and support business. In line with this strategy, we support entrepreneurs by aiming to create an environment that fosters collaboration and learning.

In June 2016, Council adopted the tech startups action plan. The plan details how we will work with industry and government partners to create an environment that enables technology entrepreneurs to start and grow successful global businesses.

Through the knowledge exchange sponsorship program we support initiatives that:

  • encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge
  • support the showcase of local expertise
  • encourage dialogue on local and global issues.

These might include events that promote the sustainable development of cities and programs that deliver mentoring to new and existing businesses. Other initiatives might include, networking events designed to bring people together to learn from each other and business programs that build skills and expertise in not-for-profits, social enterprises or for-profit businesses.

Find out more about the City’s knowledge exchange sponsorship program, or follow the links below to other programs.

City of Sydney supported programs


CeBIT Australia is the largest and most extensive business technology event in Australia. It focuses on the latest in business information communications and technology, and key industry trends.

Generation Entrepreneur

Generation Entrepreneur aims to provide high school students with opportunities and resources to start their own ventures. This provides invaluable skills to students and fuels an entrepreneurial spirit among young people to ultimately drive positive change in our world.


SBE Australia is a not-for-profit expert online community helping female founders gain the skills, knowledge, confidence and networks to take their business further.

Spark Festival

Spark Festival is Australia's largest yearly event for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs.


Where tech startup founders and enabling businesses get hyper-connected, inspired, educated and meet co-founders, talent, investors and partners. Get actionable insights from the world’s best to help accelerate your company through highly-measurable growth and marketing tactics.

Tech Ready Women

Tech Ready Women’s mission is to empower women globally through providing industry leading technology, leadership and business training classes online, giving them the tools and support networks to become the leaders of the future.

Tech Sydney

TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects and promotes Sydney's tech industry.


Zambesi connect learners to experts for short, exceptional, face-to-face courses in everything. Whether you want to keep ahead at work, you’ve found a new challenge or simply want to know more, Zambesi has a course for you.

Last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018