ICC Sydney x The University of Technolgy Sydney partnered to deliver UTS Startups Summit

Learn how to enrich events with entrepreneurs through ICC Sydney’s Legacy Program

13 Jul 2023

At ICC Sydney, we know that building a bright future lies in the hands of the next generation. That’s why supporting development opportunities for young people across Sydney and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow is a high priority. 

We support this through our industry leading Legacy Program, actively collaborating with academic institutions, industry experts and community leaders to create a space that supports the entrepreneurial spirit of Sydney’s future talent.

As part of this commitment, ICC Sydney was proud to host the inaugural UTS Startups Summit in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney last month. Building on the premise that “you can be what you see”, over one full day, 2,500 high school students discovered how desirable and accessible tech entrepreneurship can be and learned from the inspiring stories of  young people that started their successful businesses by following through on an idea or interest that later became a passion and a career. 

Designed to connect the next generation of entrepreneurs with real life founders, mentors, and potential employers, the Summit forms part of our long-term investment in building a more resilient talent pipeline.

Empowering the Younger Generation

The brainchild of Director of Entrepreneurship at UTS, Murray Hurps, the event was endorsed by the NSW Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, The Hon. Anoulack Chantivong and opened by ICC Sydney CEO and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC), Geoff Donaghy – all lending their support by encouraging young talent to make the most of this opportunity to connect to industry and community during the event. 

Attendees heard from entrepreneurs including Angelique Wan, co-founder and CEO of Consent Labs, on founding a youth-led not-for-profit at just 19 years old, and Nakisah Williams, founder of Australia’s fastest growing craft ecommerce platform, Craft Club. Both speakers shared their stories and lessons they have learnt to inspire, educate and encourage attendees to think about their own potential and pathways. 

Innovating Together 

This Summit is the latest instalment of our ongoing partnership with UTS, Australia’s highest-performing university under 50 years old*, which neighbours ICC Sydney and is also a contributor to the knowledge, economic and cultural economy of NSW. 

By tapping into the university’s incredible network of emerging entrepreneurs, and leveraging our position as the nation’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment centre, together we hope to help students to recognise the wide range of possible career paths open to them to realise their full potential.

Through our industry leading Legacy Program, we’re able to connect event planners with exceptional minds by collaborating with local startups and the startup ecosystem, government entities, academic institutions and industries to enrich their delegates’ experience and extend the positive social impacts long after the conclusion of the events. By doing so, our Innovators & Entrepreneurs stream can facilitate the growth of local businesses and introduce them to the upcoming generation of business leaders.

Importantly, feedback from attendees to the first ever UTS Startups Summit at ICC Sydney was overwhelmingly positive. Teachers and students have built connections that will extend far beyond the one day event – planting a seed of endless possibilities within them. After a successful inaugural event, we look forward to making this an annual Summit, continuing to support the next generation of great innovators. 

*QS Top 50 Under 50 2021 and THE Young University Rankings 2022.

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Samantha Glass
Director of Corporate Affairs, Communication, and Sustainability