Become a Startup Scout
University of Sydney

Explore the exciting world of startups as a VC Scout. Foster relationships, gain industry experience, and further your career. University of Sydney members, don't miss this unique opportunity.


The University of Sydney ranks among the top educational institutions in the world, and it has nourished a vibrant startup and venture capital ecosystem over the years. It has a vast network of alumni who have contributed significantly to the entrepreneurial landscape globally.

One of the pivotal initiatives of the University of Sydney is the accelerator program, 'Incubate', which has been supporting startup founders from the University since 2012. It provides a 14- week program that assists early-stage startups with seed funding, office space, and mentorship. Some of the programme's success stories include cancer detection company, Kinoxis Therapeutics, and farm management software, AgriWebb.

One of the notable success stories from the University of Sydney ecosystem is the story of Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, the co-founders of Atlassian. Both are alumni of the University of Sydney and started Atlassian in 2002. Today Atlassian is a leading provider of collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams, with over 125,000 customers worldwide.

The University of Sydney has also fostered successful investors. Among them is Danny Gilligan, co-founder of Reinventure, an independent venture capital firm. He graduated from the University of Sydney, and his firm has made powerful strides in the fintech space. Reinventure has invested in successful startups like Society One, Coinbase and HowAboutEat.

The University of Sydney Union is also a prominent part of the ecosystem, encouraging entrepreneurial endeavours among students through its entrepreneurship portfolio, as well as through Running Start, a summit that offers workshops and opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs.

Besides academics, it's the dynamic ecosystem for entrepreneurship, coupled with a constructive environment for startups and venture capital, that sets the University of Sydney apart. This continues to make it an attractive destination for those keen on being a part of a thriving entrepreneurial community.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Discover exciting new dealflow opportunities from University of Sydney (UoS) innovators and startups. Connect with individuals and startups to explore investment potential and be part of the UoS startup revolution.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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