Sydney Social Innovation Hub Become a change maker

Sydney Social Innovation Hub

The Sydney Social Innovation Hub was established in 2016 to provide a facility for undergraduate and postgraduate students from all faculties across the University to co-create and innovate with other students, academics, alumni, industry and community. 

Our aim is to help students, staff and alumni of the University of Sydney transform their ideas into high-potential startup businesses. The Hub provides an approachable, collaborative and supportive environment for early stage startups. 

Startups gain access to:

  • custom designed space for technology-enabled collaboration
  • team working and meetings
  • experts in residence
  • expert helpdesks
  • professional development seminars
  • industry roundtables
  • mentoring and advice
  • seed funding.

Our purpose

The future of business is in creating shared value. Our aim is to help University of Sydney students, staff and alumni, who are aspiring entrepreneurs, see their ideas transform into reality. Knowledge is the University’s greatest resource and we have an unparalleled capacity to foster innovation between researchers, industry, community and students.

We pride ourselves in supporting commercial and social ventures that have a for-good purpose.

Founding a startup requires enthusiasm but it also requires targeted support. The Sydney Social Innovation Hub provides early stage ventures with the enabling knowledge resources, physical infrastructure and financial support to develop high-impact innovations and create high-growth enterprises.

Our program

The Sydney Social Innovation Hub provides a five-stage program for those who have an interest in startups and innovation – whether you want to attend a panel event, enter an innovation competition, prototype a product or launch a startup.

If you are interested in finding out more about the support available to you come by and meet one of our friendly team members at a drop-in session. We love meeting new people and hearing about your ideas!

Drop in sessions

  • One-on-one, 30 minute sessions with a Hub facilitator.
  • Available to staff, students and alumni of any faculty or department at the University of Sydney.


Insights into Startups: Panel series

Confident, creative and conscientious - these are the qualities that describe a successful startup founder. But what qualities determine a successful startup?


Introducing Sydney Social Innovation Hub

Universities have an essential role in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Entrepreneurship and innovation requires enthusiasm but it also requires targeted support.


Virtual assistant to change the way women shop

With the help of the Sydney Social Innovation Hub and her sister Lidia Bolla, current Master of Commerce student, Antonia Bolla, is developing an online fashion platform that could change the way busy women shop.