The event saw entrepreneurs who are working to address global challenges and capitalise on new business opportunities address the student audience at ICC Sydney’s Aware Super Theatre.
The event was opened by the NSW minister for industry and trade, innovation, science and technology, Anoulack Chanthivong, while ICC Sydney’s CEO Geoff Donaghy also spoke.
“This Summit will allow students in years nine and ten from across the state to build connections and be inspired by young entrepreneurs who are already on their startup journey,” said Chanthivong prior to the event.
“This is a chance for young people to better understand the benefits of entrepreneurship on the wider economy as they consider the career pathways ahead of them.”
Donaghy said the centre was delighted to host UTS as a long-term partner of ICC Sydney.
“Through ICC Sydney’s industry leading Legacy Program, we have built a strong partnership with UTS – helping our clients to enrich their events and connect with brightest minds who help to solve global challenges as they engage with the next generation of leaders.
“Living up to our ambition to be more than a venue and highlighting the strength of our Legacy Program, the venue’s talented corporate social responsibility, AV technology and events professionals have been able to creatively promote, plan and present this event – helping to open the minds of Sydney’s young people to consider the great value of entrepreneurship – both for them individually and our broader economy and society.”
Ahead of the event, UTS Startups Summit convenor and director of entrepreneurship at UTS, Murray Hurps said ICC Sydney was the “perfect venue for this kind of large scale impact”.
This day would not be possible without them, and their drive to create a genuine legacy and inspire the next generation is awe-inspiring,” he said.
“The future is here, but it’s not distributed fairly. Technology is providing individuals with the opportunity to create and distribute solutions to the world, and more young Australians need to see and understand realistic role models in this space that they can follow.
“On the day students will see people like themselves, doing things they can do, and getting results and impact they want to get. The curtains will be lifted on what really happened to enable these entrepreneurs, helping thousands to take their first steps in the right direction.”
Through the Innovators and Entrepreneurs stream of ICC Sydney’s legacy program, the venue connects event organisers with startups that UTS supports.