Social Startup 48 | Application open until 13 April


SS48 is a weekend event where passionate and like-minded people come together to build and launch enterprises that create a positive social impact. Participants will include developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, creative-minded people and more. Teams will focus on a social issue and develop the business plan and strategy required to solve it. Along the way, teams have the opportunity to build networks and learn new skills, and there will be mentoring and guest speakers to share their wisdom as well. The event is $30 for the weekend incl. lunches, dinners, morning/afternoon teas and snacks. 

Date: 4-6 May

Location: Queen Street Studio,

Applications close on 13 April. For more information, check out


The Sydney Story Factory – Pitch

“The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for children. Volunteer tutors offer free help to tell stories of all kinds. Programs are targeted at disadvantaged children, especially those from indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but are open to all.

“Sydney Story Factory programs are project-based, and every child walks away with a published piece of work. At the end of a one-off, two-hour workshop, children might have a bound and illustrated chap book to take home. At the end of a longer program, they may have produced a book, zine, school newspaper or short animated film. They might have had an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald, our media partner.

“The Sydney Story Factory is dedicated to developing creativity. There is growing global awareness that the ability to think creatively and flexibly is key to preparing children for a future we cannot yet imagine. All programs at the Sydney Story Factory are designed to nurture the creativity that is innate to every child. Programs will increase children’s abilities to express their thoughts and feelings, and give them new ways of understanding the world around them.

“The Sydney Story Factory is scheduled to open in early 2012 in Redfern, but is already running small pilot programs in local schools.

“The centre will include The Martian Embassy and Gift Shop, a one-stop store selling everything a child needs for space travel and inter-galactic exploration. Children have to walk through The Martian Embassy to get to the centre, and the shop acts as a portal, transporting them to a place where the imagination is without bounds. It also generates money for the centre.

“Writers who support the Sydney Story Factory include Geraldine Brooks, Markus Zusak, Peter FitzSimons, Anna Funder, Leigh Sales, James Bradley, Tom Keneally, Malcolm Knox, Gail Jones, Mardi McConnochie, Debra Adelaide and Michael Robotham.”


Come Jam at the Powerhouse Museum! It’s fun and its free.

Global Service Jam Sydney 2012

What is the Global Service Jam?

The Global service Jam is a global synchronised design event that will be held in around 100+ locations around the world. On Feb 24-26th people interested in service and customer experience will meet all over the globe. In a spirit of experimentation, co-operation and friendly competition, teams will have 48 hours to develop brand new services inspired by a shared theme.
You’d be surprised where Jams will be taking place! Check out this map of the world to find out where: 

Sydney Registrations:
Be part of something big! Come by yourself or get a few friends together and register here:
And here’s a little teaser video  

The spirit of the Jam
Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, your open mind.  Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band…

startmate offers mentoring and seed financing: applications for 2012 close soon!

Let’s Get Started

Startmate is a group of startup executives offering mentorship and seed financing to founders of Internet and Software businesses based in Australia. We want to help create world class companies that solve customer problems. Applications for our next program, which runs from January to April of 2012, are now open.