6. FastBREAK breakFAST
On the last Friday of each month, young “innovators , change-makers entrepreneurs” swarm around Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum to discuss the five Cs of innovation: creativity, connection, collaboration, commercialisation and community.
Experienced business heads also make an appearance at the $10 event, which starts at 7.45am with breakfast, followed by speeches and then networking.
Young entrepreneurs have a healthy choice of options if they aren’t in Sydney, with The Entourage and student start-up group Agents of Change stand-outs.
7. Business Chicks Breakfast
Where? Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide
There are several entrepreneurship meet-ups aimed at women, but Business Chicks Breakfast probably gets the nod due to the calibre of speakers it manages to attract.
In recent years, the networking group has featured speeches from the likes of Sir Richard Branson, surfer Layne Beachley and Li Cunxin, author of Mao’s Last Dancer.
For your $99, you are one of around 1,700 attendees, so if you are to track down the right contact for your business, you will have to be speedy.
8. Startup Club
Those who thought that South Australia was a start-up backwater have been made to look rather silly recently. The famed TechStars incubator model will be applied to an Adelaide company, while an SA innovator has managed to get his invention into US superstore Wal-Mart.
The next big Adelaide success story is probably lurking at the city’s 800-strong Startup Club, which offers beer and dinner for “highly motivated entrepreneurs, technologists, internet marketing consultants and future thinking professionals”.
9. Mobile Monday
Where? Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
One of the leading industry-specific networking groups in the world is Mobile Mondays, which was spawned in Finland in 200.
Now present in 140 chapters across the world, the group, unsurprisingly, meets on the first Monday of the month to talk all things mobile.
The aim of the group is to foster innovation and link start-ups to the big industry players.
If you’re a fan of “no long speeches, no admission fees and no forced networking” then you will appreciate the mantra of Port80, a group for WA tech entrepreneurs.
While physical meetings are the first Wednesday of each month, the group is also in regular contact via an online forum. Port80 is currently looking to expand its brand to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.