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Education Ventures

These ventures are the glue that link our teaching and research activities. Major initiatives include the Sydney Genesis entrepreneurship and business planning competition, our RARE Program, and support for Student Ventures encouraging entrepreneurial students.

These initiatives focus on the geographies of Sydney, Australia, and South East Asia.


The RARE 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.

Sydney Genesis

Sydney Genesis is the University of Sydney start up competition that aims to encourage and develop student entrepreneurial activity across all faculties of the University. The inaugural competition was held in 2008. In 2014 first semester, 40 entries were received, with 8 teams selected to compete in the finals in both social and commercial categories. The finalist teams received workshops, mentoring and consulting before pitching to a panel of judges to compete for cash prizes of $10,000 and in-kind support from top intellectual property and consulting firms. Applications for 2014 semester 2 will open again the 1st of July.

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

The Big Idea

The University of Sydney Business School has teamed up with The Big Issue, Australia’s longest standing and most successful social enterprise, in a unique inter-university social enterprise competition - The Big Idea.

Apply your business skills and creative thinking to develop a social enterprise idea that has the ability to change the lives of thousands of homeless and disadvantaged Australians.

Postgraduate and undergraduate students from all degrees and all faculties are invited to compete against teams at University of Sydney and 11 other universities. Teams will pitch against other postgrad or undergrad students at Sydney with the winning teams in both streams pitching against teams from other participating universities.

For more information, please visit The Big Idea website and Facebook page.