November is nearly over which means two things.

  1. Christmas is nearly here
  2. StartCon is about to kick off

And whilst we are also looking forward to the joyous Christmas holidays, StartCon is ready to start December the right way.

As an attendee, we want to try our best and look after you. So, here’s an information package we’re sending your way to make sure you are ready for a wild 2 days. Buckle up, the ride is about to begin! 

How to get to the Randwick Racecourse

BusFrom Central Station, you can get the following buses from the Eddy Avenue bus stand C: 339, 372, 374, 376. Get off at the stop: Alison Road opposite Doncaster Avenue. The bus ride is approximately 15 minutes and the walk to the racecourse is around five minutes.Cost: $1.79

From Museum Station (short five-minute walk from Town Hall): you can get the M50 from the Elizabeth Street bus stops as well as the 392, 394, 396, 397, 399, L94 buses. Get off at the stop: Anzac Parade at Abbotsford Street. The bus ride is around 20 minutes and the walk to the racecourse is around five minutes.Cost: $1.79

UberWe know the bus may be packed, so if you can’t wait to get to StartCon, catch an uber. The trip will take approximately ten minutes, and cost around $13-18. Cheeky tip: split it with friends and it will only cost $4-5 each!

Download the App for Registration (App soon to arrive on app stores next week!)

We’ve got an app to make sure information is as easily accessible as possible to you. Just hop onto the App Store or Google Play, press download and watch the magic happen. After it’s installed, open it up to find our digital StartCon Event Program, the schedule of demonstrations and speakers, food and drink options, exhibition and sponsor information and to also scan other people’s registration badges when networking! Most importantly, you need to download the app for registration and to be let into the racecourse. Don’t get left behind and download it before the day!


We’ve got three parties this year; the Launch party on Thursday night, the Networking Party on Friday night and the After Party on Saturday night. Get ready to rumble because we’re kicking off and ending StartCon 2017 with a bang!

Launch Party at The Sheaf

We’re kicking off StartCon with our partners Techboard Rankings and MYOB to bring to you the official Launch Party for 2017! Come on down to The Sheaf and enjoy the chill yet exciting vibe with the incredible people you’ll be surrounded by for the next two days!When: 5:30-8:30pm Thursday, November 30thDirections:

  • 15 minute uber or taxi from Sydney CBD (around $20) and a 28-minute bus ride if you catch
  • 28 minute bus ride from QVB York Street, Stand A on the 324 or 325
  • 6 minute train ride from Town Hall Station to Edgecliff Station, and a 9-minute walk to the Sheaf

Day 1 Networking at The Stables

Day 1 will finish with the ultimate networking event of the conference. On Level 4, the Stables at Randwick Racecourse will be filled with casual drinks and set up for some serious networking time. Immerse yourself in the ambience of the supportive startup world and throw yourself out there to meet new people and to forge new connections that wouldn’t have otherwise been made.When: 5:30-9pm, Friday, December 1stDirections: Head up to Level 4 of the Royal Randwick Racecourse – The Stables, Alison Road, Centennial Park

StartCon Annual After Party at the Arthouse Hotel

We’re celebrating the end of our 8th conference with a blast at the Arthouse Hotel on Pitt Street. Grab your old and new friends and grab a drink, the only thing left to do this weekend is to relax! We’ve got drinks set up where you are able to enjoy one last party with speakers, founders and attendees. See you there!When: 7:30pm start, Saturday, December 2ndWhere: Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney

Directions: The Galeries, Pitt Street. Exit Town Hall Station on George Street and walk down the adjacent Park Street. Then, turn left onto Pitt Street and the Arthouse Hotel will be on your left.

Food and coffee

There will be four food trucks where you can buy delicious and quickly-served food for brain power and to keep you sustained! For an extra boost, coffee can be bought at the Australian Turf Club Cafe, the IBM booth and TrueLocal.

The Schedule

The schedule can be found in our app, our website and also in our StartCon Hand Booklet. However, let’s just quickly recap on what is happening. We’ve got different stages which will be where our speakers will be talking, namely Main, Disruption, Fintech, Pitch, Innovation and AI. Our talks will be running throughout both days, as will the Hackathon and various demos of the latest technology (self-driving cars, virtual reality just to name a few!). On the first day, we’ve got our Pitch Competition happening and on the second day, we’re introducing our AI stage. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the schedule so you can be exactly where you want to be!

Now you’re all set for StartCon. Make sure you enjoy yourself, keep an open mind for opportunities and don’t hold back. The future is waiting for you! 

If you haven’t yet bought a StartCon ticket, now’s the time! We’ve got two weeks to go! 

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