Sydney Genesis StartUp Program

About Sydney Genesis

Sydney Genesis is the University of Sydney cross-faculty start-up program where students, alumni and staff can bring their business idea and develop it into a launchable venture. Since 2008, we have supported more than 900 USyd entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life.

Each semester, around 100 students enrol in the program, getting access to weekly workshops, pitching opportunities and one on one mentoring with outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders. The seven finalist teams present their ideas before a judging panel that awards the winning teams with over $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

In 2014 we expanded to South East Asia running the program simultaneously in three countries: Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar. Sydney Genesis is leading the way of university entrepreneurship across South East Asia.

Sydney Genesis operates in the pursuit of four key objectives:

  1. To challenge and empower our students to build businesses that are profitable, smart and have heart;
  2. To bridge classroom theory and real-world applicability to meet the challenges of industry, 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 organisation interested in hosting the EDNA Genesis program, please contact us at: For more information about EDNA, please visit our website, Entrepreneurship Development Network Asia.