Sydney Genesis StartUp Program

Applications for semester 1 2016 open on the 25th of January and are due on the 15th of March. You will be able to submit your application through a form on this page. If you are accepted into the Genesis program, you will invited to the Kick Off night on the 24th of March.

About Sydney Genesis

Sydney Genesis is the University of Sydney cross-faculty incubator program. We started in 2008 and since then we have supported USYD students and alumni to give their business ideas a go. Each semester more than 100 student enrol in the program, getting access to weekly workshops, one to one mentorship with outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders and pitching opportunities. The seven finalist teams present their ideas before a judging panel that awards the winners with cash and in-kind prizes. Since 2014, we expanded to South East Asia and now we run the program simultaneously in three countries: Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar. By the end of 2016 we hope to be established in six countries, leading the way of university entrepreneurship.

Sydney Genesis operates in the pursuit of four key objectives:

  1. To challenge and empowers our students to build businesses that are profitable, smart and have heart.
  2. To bridge theoretical learning in the classroom with real-world applicability to meet the challenges of industry, the government and the broader community.
  3. To extend and enhance the University's entrepreneurship teaching through all faculties and at all levels from undergraduate students to executive education;
  4. To provide practical networking opportunities and bridge the gap between students and entrepreneurial communities, both locally and abroad;

The program is developed through the year, holding different activities such as workshops, start up nights, mentoring sessions and the Final Pitch. For more information see our important dates page.

To join us as a mentor, judge, donor, or to suggest a new method of supporting Sydney Genesis, please contact us at

EDNA Genesis: Start Up Programs Network in South East Asia

The Genesis Program is currently in the process of expanding to South East Asia though a relationship with EDNA (Entrepreneurship Development Network Asia). Thank to the partnerships developed with local organizations, in 2014 EDNA Genesis has being held in Myanmar and Indonesia. In 2015, the program will expand to India and Vietnam.

EDNA Asia group

The main objectives of EDNA Genesis are:

  • Create an international network of young undergraduates and postgraduates students and academics interested in entrepreneurship
  • Promote social entrepreneurship and women in business while teaching business and communication skills
  • Share knowledge, online materials and networks among the programs
  • Encourage partners to engage in sponsorships with local businesses and organizations to make the program sustainable

If you are interested in introducing EDNA Genesis as part of your organization program, please contact us through: For more information about EDNA, please visit our website.