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Grants and sponsorship Q&A meetings

Thursday 13 February from 4pm to 7pm
Tuesday 18 February from 4pm to 7pm

The City of Sydney grants team is hosting Q&A meetings.

If you are thinking of applying for any of these grants, and have questions about your project and application you’d like answered by a City of Sydney representative, then these meetings are for you.

  • Community services grant

  • Cultural and creative grants

  • Festivals and events sponsorship – Artform and village and community

  • Business support grants – Live music & performance and night time diversification

  • Environmental performance – Building operations, innovation and ratings and assessment grants

  • Matching grants

Please book your individual 15 minute meeting by selecting the most appropriate ticket type and time-slot for your project.

There are 4 ticket types:

Business projects – Business support grants (Live music and performance and night time diversification) and matching grants (economic projects) Community projects – Community services, festivals and events sponsorship (village and community) and matching grants (community projects) Creative projects – Cultural and creative grants, festivals and events sponsorship grants (artform) and matching grants (cultural projects) Environmental projects – All 3 environmental performance grants and matching grants (environment projects) Community gardens ticket – Matching grants (community gardens projects).

Applications for round 1 are now open and will promptly close at 5pm, Monday 9 March 2020.

Please make sure you review the grants and sponsorship policy and guidelines before applying online.


Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Sydney NSW

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Our house is on fire

Tuesday 3 March from 4pm to 5:30pm

Dr Tanya Fiedler in Conversation with Professor Michael Mann.

In the wake of the catastrophic bushfires that have devastated Australia this summer, a growing groundswell of the population are demanding greater action on climate change and the rapid decarbonisation of our economy. And yet, business as usual goes on, leading many to feel powerless in the face of this existential juggernaut.

So, what can we do? What are the ways in which we – as business students, researchers, educators, administrators and managers – can engage our respective communities to bring about change? How can we, as non-climate scientists, employ the personal and professional skills at our disposal to become agents of change?

Join this inclusive discussion where you can ask questions of why climate change matters to business and what types of changes we can affect, as well as how we navigate the ethical dilemmas we will face on the way.


  • Dr Michael Mann

  • Dr Tanya Fiedler

  • Professor Christopher Wright


Camperdown, 3, Law School Building (F10), Eastern Ave, Camperdown NSW 2006, Australia, Camperdown NSW

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NSCC virtual community

Every day, 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July

At North Sydney Community Centre we have been working hard with our tutors to re-work and re-orient classes to present online, and we’re really excited to bring you the first rollout of term 2 virtual classes.

We have tried and tested a range of formats to bring you: Zoom language classes with Spanish, French, and Italian, Facebook fitness, Zoom yoga, and specially developed online-only photography classes, which come with access to a free virtual camera club.

Our virtual student and tutor community is ‘gathering’ and set to grow. We’ll be rolling out more classes, clubs and events over the next few weeks and throughout the term, so keep an eye out for what’s new.

We will constantly be updating our website with our online classes, so keep coming back to see what’s new. We look forward to having you all join our virtual community!

Share, tag and hashtag us with your virtual experiences on our socials.

Adult : $90.00

Online, See event description for details on how to connect, Sydney NSW

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Branding your business with Canva webinar

Wednesday 29 April from 1pm to 2:30pm

In this 90 minute online workshop we’ll guide you the tools you need to start up your brand. We’ll explore how you can find your brand’s purpose, personality and name, how to design a logo, and more.

You’ll get hands on with Canva, creating designs that showcase your new skills. We’ll start by running through the basics of using Canva and then dive deeper into design principles that will take your work to the next level!

In this online workshop delivered by one of Canva's design professionals you'll learn:

  • How to start with your brand’s purpose

  • How to find your brand’s personality

  • How to design your logo

  • How to connect with color

  • How to select your imagery

  • How to build a brand kit

To assist our communities increase social distancing recommended by health authorities, we’ve made some changes to this event. This event will be delivered virtually on Zoom and registered attendees will be provided a link to join the event via their computer. Book here.

Anyone is welcome to attend but you are required to register. No prior experience with Canva is necessary.


Online, See event description for details on how to connect, Sydney NSW

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FFWD HUB Demo Night

Wednesday 8 July from 5pm to 6:30pm

Join us for the FFWD HUB Demo Night where the top startups share their visions with a panel of judges, mentors, their peers—and you!

More than a hundred budding student entrepreneurs from 33 countries participated in FFWD HUB with just a business idea. Over 6 weeks, they turned their ideas into reality and, for many of them, their first startup.

Meet the FFWD HUB finalists

  • Elvis Gleeson and Mani Seeber Streamlining staff onboarding and training with chatbot technology.

  • Esther Muthuo Reducing social isolation amongst international students and seniors in Australia.

  • Juvylene Ann Ruelos and Amanda Chiu  Maximising the potential of international students in Australia.

  • Jeffrey Lu Reducing supermarket food waste and promoting sustainability.

  • Raditia Haryo Kusuma and Roshan Bharwani Equipping students with the tools to build their careers.

  • Shumaila Khurshid and Arslan Kiyani Building an online forum for Pakistani Higher Degree Research students and academics.

  • Wayne Zhou and John Kim  Connecting learners to valuable insights and experiences.

Note: This event will be live-streamed. The link will be sent to registered guests closer to the date.


FFWD HUB is a 6-week virtual program for NSW students to build their first startup. It is funded by the NSW Government through Study NSW and delivered in partnership with Haymarket HQ and WiseKangaroo.


Online, See event description for details on how to connect, Sydney NSW

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Life after Lockdown: the future of Australian manufacturing

Wednesday 8 July from 12pm to 1pm

Australia’s increasing dependence on overseas supply chains makes us vulnerable in an increasingly unstable world. Is the solution for Australia to do more of its own manufacturing? And if so, what kind of manufacturing should we be focused on?

Over the past 30 years, Australian production and consumption has become increasingly reliant on the ‘just-in-time’ philosophy. Just-in-time was a term coined by the manufacturing sector: a strategic approach to cut costs and eliminate waste by receiving supplies only as they are needed. The just-in-time method reduces inventory costs and requires producers to forecast demand accurately – but it also comes with risks, particularity when so many critical supplies are made and shipped from across the world.

Should we be using this moment to invest more broadly in Australian innovation and advanced manufacturing to create an industry that creates competitive, high-quality products and provides valuable employment opportunities for Australian workers?

Chair: Tim Schork, Associate Head of School, Architecture


  • David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, IMCRC

  • June Lee Boxsell, Head of Marketing and Innovation, Street Furniture Australia

  • Simonne Bailey, Global Head of Strategy and Managing Director, JAHAMA - GFG Alliance

  • Roy Green, Special Advisor and Chair for UTS Innovation Council

  • Berto Pandolfo, UTS Product Design Senior Lecturer, Designer


Online, See event description for details on how to connect, Sydney NSW

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Malcolm Turnbull on the importance of entrepreneurship

Thursday 9 July from 11am to 11:30am

Post-lockdown, Australia has a choice of how quickly we recover from our recession.

We can do what we’ve always done, or we can shift our mindset to support the growth of new companies. The extent and kind of entrepreneurship we can stimulate will be a critical factor in the speed of our recovery.

Famous for his consistent strong advocacy for Australian innovation and entrepreneurship, former Australian Prime Minister and entrepreneur Malcolm Turnbull will be joined by UTS’s Director of Entrepreneurship Murray Hurps, for a frank conversation on what needs to change in Australia and how we can all help drive this change.


Online, See event description for details on how to connect, Sydney NSW

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Tools for Change webinar

Monday 13 July from 5:30pm to 7:45pm

Are you overwhelmed by change in your business?

Constant change in business is inevitable, and this workshop will help you harness change positively, and manage the people issues that arise during business changes.

About your event facilitators

This series of events is facilitated by Wonder and Wander for the City of Sydney. Your expert facilitators for this session are Steve Pirie and Martin Nally.

Steve Pirie, a passionate entrepreneur and pilot who spends time bringing ideas to life across different sectors. Steve has founded a number of successful companies- the key, he believes, is to be excited and motivated by change. Steve is a talented creative strategist who activates change and encourages people to think outside the square.

Martin is a passionate HR practitioner for 30+ years, spanning experience across large organisations including Coles Myer, Mayne Health, Kraft Foods. He also founded HRAnywhere, before selling this business to AB Phillips.

Martin has extensive experience in the areas of change, negotiation and mediation. An accredited mentor with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Martin also lectures for the University of Melbourne.

More about the event series itself

This is the fifth workshop event in a series of 5 focused on helping entrepreneurs and business owners to innovate and evolve as part of the “Doing Business Better” series.

This workshop series fuses practical learning and inspirational content designed to leave attendees with strategies, tools and actionable ideas that will add value to their business.

“Doing Business Better” refers to continuous improvement: innovating, upskilling and doing better by customers, workers and the environment It also refers to connecting with those in the know, and tapping into the latest data and insights to inform future decision making.

To assist our communities increase social distancing recommended by health authorities, we’re making some changes to this event series. This event will be delivered virtually, and registered attendees will be provided a link to join the event via their computer from the comfort of their own home.

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Other events in the series:

Your Innovator's Mindset - 2 March 5.30pm

Your Social Marketing Strategy - 20 April 5.30pm

Branding your business with Canva - 29 April 1pm

Your Design Thinking Skills - 4 May 5.30pm

Your Business Relationships - 22 June 5.30pm


Online, See event description for details on how to connect, Sydney NSW

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In Conversation: Innovation and Sustainability

Saturday 22 August from 10am to 4pm

Join us for a day of inspiration, innovation and conversation as entrepreneurs, advocates, thought leaders and changemakers take to the stage to present ideas to take us beyond 2020 and into the future of design, sustainability, architecture and food.

Standard Ticket : $50.00

North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, North Sydney NSW

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NoVacancy Hotel and Accommodation Industry Expo

Every day, 10am to 5pm
Thursday 24 September to Friday 25 September

NoVacancy is Australia’s largest and most important conference and exhibition for those who own, manage and operate hotels, motels, resorts, serviced apartments and other accommodation properties.

Covering the whole supply chain and delivering the latest trends and ideas, NoVacancy brings together more than 5,000 decision makers annually with a unified focus on modernising their properties, enhancing the guest experience and maximising profits through free education, networking and innovative product and service solutions.

NoVacancy is co-located with Hospitality Design Fair, Australia’s premier trade exhibition for those who design, specify, buy or supply design products and furnishings for renovations and refurbishments of hotel, restaurant and bar projects.

With 300+ quality suppliers, non-stop business education and the hottest networking - NoVacancy is the industry’s most important event of the year. 2 events, 1 venue, all for free!


ICC Sydney Theatre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000, Sydney NSW

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TEDxSydney 2020

Friday 6 November from 8am to 6pm

A TEDxSydney event is a local gathering where live TED style talks are shared with the community.

The content and design of each TEDxSydney event is unique and developed independently. TEDxSydney is a day of short, curated talks, and performances that are idea-focused, and cover a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

The theme for 2020 is REAL. How do we know what is real and truthful amid the noise we live in every day? How can we separate reality from fiction? And what is genuine versus imagined? In a world beset by challenges that span cultural, social, political, economic, environmental and existential concerns, seeking the truth has never been more critical to our survival.

Admission : $365

ICC Sydney Theatre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000, Sydney NSW

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018