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Every SXSW Sydney startup ecosystem ‘side event’ you can attend without a badge

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Gemma Clancy
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Boy oh boy is there a lot going next weekend with the arrival or SXSW Sydney to the startup capital of Australia! If you didn't manage to snag a badge (or couldn't quite justify the ~$1k ticket price), you're in luck - there's loads of events going on that you can still attend during the festival week.

We've curated all the events we could find that were relevant to the startup and VC ecosystem for you here - you're welcome!


Aussies Scaling Up to the World Meetup in Sydney

Hosted by: Workforce BluePrint at Stone & Chalk

When: 5:30 - 7:30pm / Where: Stone & Chalk Scaleup Hub Sydney / 💰: FREE

What to expect: Networking, Speaker Panel, Musical Performance, AI-crafted beer


After Dark

Hosted by: AfterWork Ventures, Techstars, Cut Through Venture & Verve Group

When: 5pm - late / Where: Abercrombie Hotel, Chippendale / 💰: $50

What to expect: Mingling, Standup Comedy, F*ck Up Nights, DJ & Dancing

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First Nations Innovators and Entrepreneurs: Breakfast Meetup

Hosted by: NSW Government

When: 8:30 - 10:00am / Where: Collider, Haymarket / 💰: FREE

What to expect: Panel Discussion, Networking


Pause Terra (beta)

Hosted by: Pause Fest

When: 3:00 - 5:00pm / Where: WeWork Pyrmont / 💰: FREE

What to expect: An out-of-the ordinary storytelling & networking experience structured with five “thematic games”.


The Startup Network Sunset Social

Hosted by: The Startup Network, Think & Grow

When: 5:00pm / Where: Think & Grow Office, Sydney / 💰: $20

What to expect: A relaxed evening of networking and good vibes.

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Morning Coffee Startup Mixer

Hosted by: Qapita & Overnight Success

When: 8:00 - 9:00am / Where: Auvers Dining Darling Square / 💰: FREE

What to expect: A free coffee and a casual meet & greet to get your day started.

Register (to get your free coffee!)

Startmate Demo Day (& Afterparty? 👀)

Hosted by: Startmate

When: 6:20pm / Where: ICC Sydney / 💰: $20

What to expect: 13 startups from the Startmate Winter23 Accelerator cohort pitching their hearts out.


Operations Nation's International Ops Festival Networking Drinks

Hosted by: My Startup Gig, Safety Culture

When: 5:30 - 8:30pm / Where: Safety Culture HQ, Surry Hills / 💰: $10

What to expect: Networking & Drinks

Note: To attend, you must work in an operations or similar role at a startup or scale-up.



SexTech Meetup Sydney

Hosted by: Bryony Cole & Garry Williams

When: 8:30am / Where: The Commons, George St / 💰: FREE

**What to expect: **Garry Williams explains it better than we ever could.


Founders Bar #2

Hosted by: LUNA Startup Studio, Kinde, Common Code, Stone & Chalk

When: 6:00 - 9:00pm / Where: Stone & Chalk Sydney Scaleup Hub / 💰: FREE

What to expect: One big ‘happy hour’ to meet industry professionals, creatives, corporates, and career-enhancing connectors.

Note: This is an ‘encore’ event from Founders Bar #1 which will be held on Thursday night, but is only open to SXSW Badge holders. This event is open to all - yay!



Autonomous AI Agents Hackathon

Hosted by: Annie Liao & The Builders Club

When: Friday 5:30pm - Sunday / Where:  9 Castlereagh St, Sydney/ 💰: $15 for non SXSW badge holders

What to expect:

  • Friday: AI mixer + team forming
  • Saturday: Co-working / building + workshops
  • Sunday: Demo to industry leaders (AWS, SuperAGI etc)


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