Sydney Genesis StartUp Program


Applications for semester 2 2016 open on the 4th of July from 9am. Applications need to be submitted through the Thinkable website. The program will kick off on the 11th of August. To get involved in different ways, please visit our Getting Involved page.



About Sydney Genesis

Sydney Genesis is the University of Sydney cross-faculty start-up incubator program. We started in 2008 and since then we have supported more than 700 USYD students and alumni to start their business ideas. 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. In 2014 we expanded to South East Asia running 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.

Getting involved

To get involved in our Sydney Genesis program, please visit the page Get Involved. For more information about how to enter the program, visit the page Program Criteria.

If you are an organization interested in hosting the EDNA Genesis program, please contact us at: sydney.genesis@sydney.edu.au. For more information about EDNA, please visit our website, Entrepreneurship Development Network Asia.