Student Ventures

These activities currently include competitions, clubs, talks and other activities:

Sydney Genesis

Sydney Genesis is business plan competition that aims to encourage and develop student entrepreneurial activity across all faculties of the University. The inaugural competition was held in 2008. In 2011, over 60 entries were received, with 8 teams selected to compete in the finals. 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.

Funding and Industry Involvement

Sydney Genesis is funded by the Business School, a donation from Innovation Capital as well as sponsorship from partners.

If you would like to join us as a mentor, judge, financial donor, please contact Julia Di Kang at

Student Participation

If you would like to know more about the competition, the workshops or any other associated events, please contact Julia Di Kang at

Project Edge

Project Edge is an innovation incubator for student entrepreneurs.

It doesn't matter if this is your first time or if you've done start-ups before. Project Edge nurtures creative innovators who are willing to take a step into the unknown and disrupt societal norms.

Throughout the course of a semester, participants form teams and develop disruptive ideas with the guidance of extensive frameworks, mentors and workshops. A 'Pitch Fest' concludes the program, where teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Angel investors, VCs and media may be present - who knows what might happen?

So tell us - are you ready to walk the edge?

Student Participation

To get involved and find out more visit Project Edge and all contact details can be found there.


Interested in starting your own business? Want to learn from the great entrepreneurs? Need to learn how to patent your ideas? Or have a great idea but don't know how to find investors?

Well YESoc is the society for you.

YES Usyd is the society for all budding entrepreneurs! We offer a wide range of events, guest speakers like Tim Pethick (inventor of Nudie Juice) and David Handley (founder of Sculpture by the Sea), seminars focusing on the legal side of entrepreneurship, and competitions that allow you to pitch your business plan to investors.

Student Participation

To get involved and find out more visit our YESoc, or contact our President, Henrietta Ellice-Flint, at or call 0400 082 505.

SIFE Sydney Chapter

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is an organisation managed under the University Union, and focuses on supporting social enterprise activities. The Sydney Chapter has enjoyed recognition and awards for their projects at each of the last three national championships.

The SIFE mission is "to provide tertiary students with an opportunity to make a difference in their communities and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practising and teaching the tenets of their academic discipline to enable others to participate more fully and effectively in the economic and social life of the nation."

The organizations' programs run on over 2,000 campuses in 48 countries.

View the coverage of the 2010 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) event.

Student Participation

To be involved in this international program, please visit SIFE Sydney Chapter or contact:

180 Degrees Consulting

180 Degrees Consulting is an international pro bono student consultancy that helps non-profit organisations to achieve a greater social impact. Teams of university students completing studies in relevant fields work throughout the year with non-profits to identify and overcome specific challenges they are facing. This process is mutually beneficial. Non-profits are assisted in the development of innovative, sustainable and practical solutions. At the same time, students are able to contribute to their communities, apply their university studies in a practical environment, and develop valuable life skills. We work all over the world, and are always looking for bright minds to join us.

More information, including past projects and international branches, are available on our website.

Student Participation

We recruit team members and leaders each semester, and we'd love to hear from you! To get involved, contact Maddy Want (Recruitment Director) at