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Education Ventures

These ventures are the glue that link our teaching and research activities. Major initiatives include the Sydney Genesis startup program and the Remote and Rural Enterprise program. These initiatives focus on the geographies of Sydney, Australia, and South East Asia.


The RARE Program (Remote and Rural Enterprise Program) focuses on research (profiled in E&I Research) and student learning.

We connect students with remote and rural enterprises in Australia to collaboratively complete action-research projects. We select our best students (based on their academic performance, experience, skills and motivations) and match them with enterprises that require assistance to resolve difficult problems such as business start-up, challenges of growth, sustainability and social impact.

RARE projects aim to deliver practical and accessible recommendations, backed by rigorous academic literature, and market relevant data and information. Emphasis is placed on community consultation, reviewing local markets, researching best practice internationally and locally, and adapting business models to suit Australia's challenging remote environments, and socio-cultural differences. Students share their skills, expertise and time with the enterprise, while learning to manage uncertainty, multiple stakeholder demands, and the human and economic influences affecting businesses.

If you would like to learn more about the RARE program, or its current offerings for this semester, contact Jared Harrison at

Sydney Genesis

Sydney Genesis is the University of Sydney's start up program that aims to encourage and develop student entrepreneurial activity across all faculties of the University. Founded in 2008, it has helped more than 900 students and alumni develop their commercial and social enterprises.

Each semester, more than 50 students enrol in the program, gaining access to weekly workshops, one-on-one mentoring with established entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as pitching opportunities to secure resources and support. The program helps teams create a viable business plan, develop a working MVP/prototype and gain market traction with their startup. Select teams present their ideas at our final pitch each semester, where judges award additional mentoring and support as well as cash and in-kind prizes. Since 2014, The Genesis program has expanded to Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.

If you would like to join us as a mentor, judge, speaker or financial donor, please contact Jared Harrison at