Below we have tools and links to network opportunities, interesting events, news, industry information and various other resources you may find useful.

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CIE tools


Business development & industry information

Local networking events & conferences

  • Silicon Beach Australia, bringing the Australian technology community together

  • SydStart, startup businesses meet talent, investors and startup partners

  • Tech23, offers 23 of the best innovative companies a five-minute timeslot to show off their business model to an audience of 400+ potential investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and customers

  • Mobile Monday, an open community that promotes the local mobile industry, fosters co-operation and networking among industry people and their companies by providing opportunities for personal and virtual contacts

  • Pitch Club, a forum to Pitch ideas to quality advisors and business angels with tools and templates to manage and syndicate ideas
  • Pollenizer, building and investing in web businesses in Australia


  • NSW Enterprise Workshop, a mentor-based business development program designed to help motivated people grow an existing business or start-up a new business
  • Australian Technology Showcase identifies innovative, market ready Australian technologies with global market potential, and provides support through seminars, networking and showcasing to local and international markets

Angel/Seed investment & mentoring sources

  • StartMate, helping technically focused founders get started
  • Sydney Angels, providing capital for innovative, high-growth, early stage businesses based in Sydney

Outsourcing production or services

  • Alibaba, directory of manufacturers, suppliers, exporters and importers
  • Global Sources, directory of manufacturers, suppliers, exporters and importers

  • oDesk, hire, manage, and pay a distributed work team as if everyone were in your office
  • Elance, hire and manage workers online
  • Guru Employer, find freelancers at the world's largest online marketplace
  • DesignCrowd, graphic design services
  • Freelancer, outsourcing for small business

Software as a Service

  • Salesforce, CRM and cloud computing

  • ZohoCRM, affordable on-demand CRM software

  • SAASU, online business software

Academic centres

Social innovation sites

  • The Academy of Business in Society, a unique alliance of companies, business schools and other institutions committed to putting business in society issues at the heart of management theory and practice
  • Centre for Social Impact, bringing together the business, government, philanthropic and third (not-for-profit) sectors, in a collaborative effort to build community capacity and generate social innovation

Other resources