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Co-working Space

Mondays, 9am to 5pm

Monday 7 January to Monday 23 December 2019

Produced by the City of Sydney

Every Monday, join our space with other like-minded entrepreneurs and startups in a friendly co-working environment.

Come along to meet others on a similar path, no bookings required.

Contact us for more information

Redefine the way you work. Bring your entrepreneurial spirit and laptop to innovate, collaborate, learn and share.


Juanita Nielsen Community Centre, 31 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Key trends from SXSW 2019: What’s next for brands and businesses

Wednesday 1 May 2019 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) is a well-known conference and festival based out of the United States that celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. SXSW has attracted people from an array of backgrounds and provides fresh perspectives on the future of tech and what it means for businesses.

So what are the key trends to come out of SXSW in 2019?

At our presentation, Key trends from SXSW 2019: What’s next for brands and businesses, we’ll explore:

  • five macrotrends and 10 subtrends from SXSW 2019
  • how you can apply these learns to your business direction
  • what music artists are worth checking.


Ground floor/48 Druitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

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After 5 Networking

Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Another After 5 Networking event with a difference. A great opportunity to connect business owners and decision makers at an outstanding location, over a glass of fine Back vintage wine and canapes, among an overflowing collection of Australian contemporary and Indigenous art.

Our host for the event is Ray Aitken, director at Wentworth Galleries. He has been connecting us with some of Australia’s best visual artists for more than 20 years including currently featured artists Pro Hart, Gav Barbey, David Hinchcliffe, Hu Ming and Kathleen Petyarre.

Are you looking to boost the profile of your business?

Here’s a great opportunity to find out how with the 2019 Sydney City Business Awards. Entries open 6 May.

We’ll show you how you can leverage these awards to showcase your business with categories including:

  • Outstanding Young Employee
  • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
  • Outstanding Young Business Leader
  • Excellence in Business
  • Excellence in Micro Business
  • Excellence in Small Business
  • Excellence in Social Enterprise
  • Start up Superstar
  • Excellence in Sustainability
  • Excellence in Export
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Outstanding Employer of Choice.

You’re welcome to be part of this city business community.

Whether a member or guest, being part of this event provides the opportunity to renew acquaintances and make new connections.

If you’re in business and ambitious to explore opportunities for growth by leveraging and growing your network, this is a perfect opportunity.

CBD Sydney Chamber is an engine-room for positive business opportunity and a supporter of business. In-sync with business trends and actively fostering membership that is informed, forward thinking, eager to connect to expand its business and embrace new ways of thinking.

Members: $45 plus GST
Non members and guests: $80 plus GST

1 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

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9 to Thrive Summit

Friday 10 May 2019 from 8am to 6pm

Brought to you by Australia’s largest community for women, 9 to Thrive Summit is the flagship event of the year, filled with rich content, international speakers, networking opportunities, and first-hand access to experts from companies you want to learn from.

Everyone is welcome at 9 to Thrive Summit, whether you own a small business, have a side project, or happy working 9 to 5. Our highly-curated line-up will inspire you to stretch your thinking, expand your networks and empower you to make those big life changes you’ve been holding back on.

On the day, you’ll be hearing from Miranda Kerr; CEO and Founder of Kora Organics, Adam Jacobs; Co-Founder of The ICONIC, Emma Isaacs; Founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks, Kemi Nekvapil; author and coach, and Dominic Price; Work Futurist at Atlassian.

Experts from Facebook, Google and Amazon will be hosting immersive, hands-on workshops showing you how to best leverage their evolving platforms.

Want to know a little bit more about Business Chicks?

At Business Chicks, we know that every woman is capable of achieving amazing things. But we also know you can’t do it alone.

So that’s where Business Chicks comes in.

Despite our name, we’re not only for women in ‘business’ or women who own their own businesses. Business Chicks is about helping all women to play a bigger game. Whether you’re running your own show, surrounded by others in an office, or just missing a sense of connection and support, Business Chicks is all about giving you the tools you need to propel yourself and your businesses forward.

With Business Chicks, there’s not just one woman who has your back, there are thousands.

Employee/employer: Starting at $295

International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

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Earned Media Spotlight

Wednesday 15 May 2019 from 8am to 10am

In today’s constantly changing media landscape, how will your brand ensure they are leveraging the right earned media techniques to build consumer trust and stand out from their competitors?

At this event, our speakers will share their strategies for creating relationships with journalists, story leads, thought leaders and influencers and define storytelling techniques and media packaging tips for the modern age.

Our expert speakers will cover:

  • Threats and opportunities for earned media in 2019
  • Getting your media mix right
  • Leveraging and defining influence
  • Storytelling for the modern age
  • The changing landscape of the media newsroom


  • The opportunity to network with attendees (8:00am – 8:30am)
  • Tea, coffee and a light snack will be served during the networking time
  • The audience will sit (theatre style) to listen to the presentations
  • We will have 4 speakers each presenting for 15-20 minutes
  • Question and answer time will be held at the end
  • All attendees will automatically enter our business card draw on the day to have a chance to win great prizes!


Elizabeth Anderson, Head of PR, THE ICONIC

Liz Anderson is a Communications and PR Specialist who has dedicated the past decade to helping brands master the art of storytelling and create meaningful conversations with their customers.

Ashford Pritchard, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kicker Communications

Ashford has spent the past decade helping people, organisations and brands discover and tell their story.

Lyndsey Gordon, Senior Public Relations Manager, P&O Cruises – Carnival

Lyndsey has a passion for working with consumer brands to build positive reputations through earned media.

Early bird: $65.00
Regular: $75.00

The Podium Building, 1 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000

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Semi Permanent 2019

Thursday 23 May 2019 from 9am to 6pm
Friday 24 May 2019 from 9am to 6pm
Saturday 25 May 2019 from 9am to 6pm

In 2019 we’ll be tackling the theme of truth – What does the truth mean beyond our immediate environment? How might we scale the power of design to a truly global level, instilling positive change in areas we didn’t think it could touch? How we can overcome those forces that seek to blur the line between certainty and truth? Or is the truth always a necessary ingredient on the path to success?

To explore these notions, Semi Permanent will once again be inviting an extraordinary roster of talent within and between multiple disciplines of design to appear on the Sydney stage. If you are joining us for all three days, you’ll be getting three distinct experiences as part of your one ticket – the creative-lead Semi Permanent, the design-business Future State program and the diversity-focused Rare panels.

Keynote speakers include director Alma Har’el; Tom Armstrong, VP of advertising APAC at The New York Times; Carby Tuckwell, creative director of Deus Ex Machina; Erica Dorn, lead designer for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs; and Michael Kobori, VP of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co.; Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram; Katja Hartung, creative director for Toben and Sam Keene, AR/VR lead at Google.

One day General Admission: $375.00

Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2042

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City of Sydney Asia Insights Series

Tuesday 26 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 7pm
Thursday 23 May 2019 from 4.30pm to 7pm

Supported by the City of Sydney

Asialink Business in collaboration with the City of Sydney are delighted to present a three-part China tourism program as part of our Asia Insights series.

This program will feature a series of masterclasses from the China Host program and will provide participants with knowledge and key insights to drive inbound tourism into Sydney and regional Australia.

Throughout this series, expert panellists will discuss how using new technologies can generate new opportunities by showcasing your business to an emergent inbound sector and provide practical advice for businesses to increase in-bound revenue.

This series is proudly supported by Australian Tourism Export Council.

Workshop 2: Getting Products and Services Right for Chinese Travellers
Date: Tuesday 26 March
Time: 4.30pm arrival for a 5.00pm start concluding at 7.00pm
Venue: Barnet Room, The Westin


  • Simon Bernardi, Managing Partner, Australia & Beyond Holidays
  • Sarah Duthie, Head of Sales – Tours & Experiences, Visitor Experiences, Sydney Opera House
  • Additional panellists to be announced

Workshop 3: Chinese Digital Payments and Technology
Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 4.30pm arrival for a 5.00pm start concluding at 7.00pm
Venue: Level 2, Room 3, Hilton Sydney


  • Andy Jiang, Managing Director, Andy Wilson
  • Additional panellists to be announced

Single workshop: $20
Asia Insights Series - Three workshops pack: $50

The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

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Generation Women

Thursday 18 April 2019 from 7pm to 8.45pm
Thursday 23 May 2019 from 7pm to 8.45pm
Thursday 20 June 2019 from 7pm to 8.45pm

April theme: The Skin I’m In

Team 20s: Angelica Osuji was born in Brazil and moved to New Zealand. Angelica has travelled and worked professionally in New York dancing with Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop.

Team 30s: Hannah Rodger moved to Sydney with only a backpack. She is now the regional sales director for a global software company. She’s also the founder of Frankie Loves Lavender, focused on educating and empowering women to use natural solutions for their emotional, physical and environmental wellbeing every day.

Team 40s: Lisa Rose is festival director of Queer Screen, a not-for-profit that produces the Mardi Gras Film Festival and Queer Screen Film Fest and supports filmmakers creating LGBTIQ+ storytelling. Lisa works tirelessly to advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Team 50s: Marina Go is chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, and The Walkley Foundation, chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, a director of PWC’s Diversity Advisory Board, and author of Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders.

Team 60s: Beverly Baker served as the president of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations (NSW) advocating for parents with students in public schools. She has been instrumental in the establishment and running of several charities.

Team 80s: Eva Cox has been a lifetime social activist because her early experiences taught her the dangers of being an outsider. She was born into a Jewish family in Austria, just as Hitler marched in. She became a refugee in England during World War II and arrived in Australia in 1948. These early experiences influenced a long-term commitment to addressing social injustice.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

The bar and courtyard open at 6pm. Show live from 7pm to 8.30pm with a 20 minute intermission.

Adult ticket: $30
Concession: $25
Group booking 8+: $25

Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern NSW 2016

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World Business Forum Sydney 2019

Tuesday 28 May 2019 from 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 29 May 2019 from 9am to 6pm

Organised and powered by WOBI each year in cities across the globe, the World Business Forum is a 2-day event that brings together thousands of senior-level decision makers from across all industries to learn from and be inspired by some the world’s most renowned business figures.

Learn and be inspired by some of the most influential figures in the business world and beyond. A blend of content delivered by CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and creative minds.

Offering a unique blend of ideas and inspiration, the World Business Forum focuses on the issues most relevant to today’s business people, stimulating new thinking and motivating action, while also offering a great opportunity for high-level networking.

Get equipped for the exponential age at the World Business Forum Sydney 2019 – an age of movements, of possibility, of empowerment, of impact.

For leaders and organisations capable of making the shift from an incremental to an exponential mindset lies the opportunity to drive unprecedented growth.

Are you willing to make the leap?
• Exponential ideas
• Exponential performance
• Exponential companies
• Exponential results

This year’s speakers and topics:
• Jeff Immelt
Chairman and CEO, General Electric (2001-2017)

• Gary Hamel
One of the most influential figures in modern management
New Management

• Marcus Buckingham
World’s leading expert on talent and pioneer on the future of work

• Don Tapscott
Influential Management Thinker

• Susan David
Award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist

• Martha Rogers
Leading authority on customer-focused business strategies

• Juan Enriquez
Life sciences investigator, author and entrepreneur

• Charlene Li
Leading expert on business and disruptive technology
Digital Transformation

• Stephen MR Covey
Organisational trust expert and #1 bestselling author

Early bird offer: $1990.00

14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000

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Customer Contact Sydney 2019 conference

Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 9am to 4pm
Wednesday 5 June 2019 from 9am to 4pm

Customer Contact Sydney 2019 is all about the new and future Contact Centre.

With customers demanding a faster and more efficient level of service, the entire contact function has been uprooted to deliver a more diverse and engaging experience, while also improving convenience and the speed at which customer queries are resolved.

Using the Contact Centre as an anchor, leading organisations are delving into diversified channels, a new criteria for talent, customer data, AI and other emerging technology to up their game in customer service.

That’s where we come in.

Our program has been created around how the best in class are achieving all of the above, and integrating people with technology to exceed expectations!

Special End-User Discounted Pricing (Valid until 1st March): AUD 1950.0
Special End-User Discounted Pricing (Valid until 29th March): AUD 2050.0
Special End-User Discounted Pricing (Valid until 26th April): AUD 2150.0
Special End-User Discounted Pricing (Valid until 17th May): AUD 2250.0
Special End-User Discounted Pricing: AUD 2350.0

Cockle Bay Wharf, Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

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B2B Rocks 2019

Thursday 6 June 2019 from 9am to 6pm
Friday 7 June 2019 from 9am to 6pm

The largest B2B & SaaS Startups & Scaleups Conference in Australia is coming back in 2019 for its fourth edition, with more speakers, more panelists, more attendees, more topics, more startups, more scaleups, more workshops and more networking time, in a two-day event!

The event will take place during the Vivid Sydney Festival, a 23-day long festival of lights, ideas and music shows, and one of the major events of the country, attracting each year millions of tourists.

This year, we will be receiving 500 attendees gathered around 40+ top speakers from companies such as Carthona Capital, LendLease, IBM, Dell for Small Business, Upwire, Whispli, Dearin&Associates, Stripe, Core Logic, The Launch Group, Mail Plus, AutopilotHQ and many more.

The events are attracting a mix of startup founders & tech entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, and others including government & diverse medias.

B2B Rocks is powered by Australiance, a startup assisting international companies to establish in Australia, and his CEO Leo Denes.

Get your Early Bird tickets now and save the date!

Early Bird Startup 1 day: $199.00
Early Bird Startup 2 days: $349.00
Early Bird Corporate 1 day: $249.00
Early Bird Corporate 2 days: $399.00

F14 International Towers Exchange Place Tower Three, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000

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Creative Engagement with Education

Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 5pm to 7pm

How do we best prepare young Australians for the workforce for the future? Learn from Business and Education leaders in the business of building creativity on how to form strong and sustainable relationships to benefit young Australian’s in Primary and Secondary school.

Creative Engagement with Education brings together representatives from Business and Education to share their wisdom in creating active and mutually beneficial partnerships to support young Australians. Through a panel discussion and an engaging workshop we will share a framework to establish and manage these relationships, programs and resources effectively.

Business’s role in Education – How do businesses maximise their engagement with Primary and Secondary School Education? How do effective Education and Business sector relationships get established? What are the key aspects of program and resource design that will maximise business objectives? Many businesses struggle providing appropriate and timely programs and resources for school education. Business leaders will share some of the opportunities and challenges their Education Programs have faced when engaging with Schools.
Education’s role in Business. It is an interesting time in Education. Preparing our students for the workforce of the future throws up some exciting opportunities and also challenges. Increasingly, Education is seeking support and advice from Business on how best to shape the learning in schools to maximise student’s participation in a rapidly changing world. Education leaders will share their priorities when it comes to school education and preparing students for the future.

Workshop outcomes

  • Listen to Head of Education and Business leaders on their sustainable partnerships on topics such as mentoring, work experience, program design, development, and implementation.
  • Network with Educators and businesses that are establishing or have already established working partnerships
  • Take away a framework that you can use to support your School engagement programs

Early Bird - Adult (Sale ends on 10th May): $28.00
Early Bird - Concession (Sale ends on 10th May): $20
Adult (Sale ends on 12th June): $35
Concession (Sale ends on 12th June): $20

level 12/99 York St, Sydney NSW 2000

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Aperture Australia Photography Conference 2019

Saturday 22 June 2019 from 9am to 6pm
Sunday 23 June 2019 from 9am to 6pm

Aperture Australia is an event that deserves a spot on your 2019 calendar.

Hosted by television icon and avid photographer, Ray Martin, we celebrate the collective experience and advice from some of our industry’s finest talent. Even if you’re not a photographer, the TEDx-style format delivers inspiring stories of personal challenges and business insight. The trials, the triumphs and a bit of comedy thrown in the mix. You’ll be blown away, motivated, educated and entertained.

Hear from our 6 high profile keynote speakers. The weekend also provides unrivaled networking opportunity, industry trends, panel discussions, tech talks, workshops, break out sessions, giveaways, trade and more.

2019 Speakers:
Ami Vitale – National Geographic photojournalist
Jasin Boland – Film stills photographer
Christian Fletcher – Australian landscape icon
Tamara Dean – Photographic artist
Stephen Dupont – Conflict photojournalist
Ray Collins – Oceanic photographer

Want to bring a friend or partner along to the conference? Use the code 2FOR1 to claim 2 tickets for the price of 1.

General admission: $495.00
Student: $195.00
2FOR1: $247.50
Premium VIP: $990.00

ICC Sydney Theatre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

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Leadership course for women

Monday 5 November 2018 from 9am to 5pm
Thursday 14 February 2019 from 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 17 April 2019 from 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9 July 2019 from 9am to 5pm

This leadership course for women focuses on empowering women leaders with the specific skills needed to lead strategically and operationally.

With a focus on creative leadership, this leadership course will equip you with the strategies and techniques that will enable you to inspire, challenge and drive your people and the wider organisation to the next level.

Being creative may be considered a leadership attribute but it’s more likely to occur through a process of engagement with others. Creative leadership is about the people, the activities and the processes of leading. All of these aspects contribute to a creative and innovative culture. Creative leadership is also about the leader’s brand and reputation – their presence, what they stand for, the values they hold. All people face challenges in aspiring to lead and attaining a leadership role. Once attained, the challenges that leaders face, continue. Women leaders face a range of different challenges. This leaderships course will prepare you to lead through those challenges with creativity, intent and vision.

Fee: $459.00

55 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018