Get Involved

We organise many events throughout the year with the aim of fostering new talent and supporting the efforts of those who are already involved in the start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

If you would like to participate in any of these meetups or events, just sign up for any of them through the links below, and we’ll see you there!

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Startup Weekend Melbourne

The York Butter Factory is the host of Startup Weekend, a global startup movement, here in Melbourne.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

The next Startup Weekend in Melbourne will be held on the 12th of April, 2013. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone from all walks of life to learn what it’s like to see their ideas turn into a tangible business.

Register your interest now, as places are limited, and we hope to see you at the next Startup Weekend!

 

Tech Connect 2013

The York Butter Factory is proud to be a supporter of the Tech Connect 2013 Conference.

From the Tech Connect 2013 website:

TECHCONNECT 2013 is an event to inspire technology entrepreneurs to succeed! Being held in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, TECHCONNECT 2013 will collect up-and-coming entrepreneurs to discuss how to become world class, manage the challenges of growing rapidly, and how to build a successful company.

Australia’s top technology entrepreneurs will share how they have headed out of start-up territory to establish real, solid growth, how they jumped the hurdles placed in their way and navigated the snakes-and-ladders landscape of funding options.

TECHCONNECT provides the opportunity for young companies to hear directly from those who have been successful in raising capital and from those who have the capital to give. Attendees will gain inspiration as speakers share their setbacks, disappointments and successes.

We believe that Tech Connect 2013 is a great initiative to foster entrepreneurial growth in the community. To register for the event, click here to go the Tech Connect 2013 website to register your interest.

 

Supporting the Startup Ecosystem

The York Butter Factory is the proud host of various meet-up groups, one-off events, and recurring events that aim to foster the sharing of skills and knowledge. Members of these events and meet-up groups converge at the York Butter Factory to share, educate, and learn.

The following are some of the recurring meet-up groups that take place at the York Butter Factory.

 

1. Google Developer Group 

Google Developer Groups provide local meet-ups for those with an interest in the use and development of Google services and technologies. GDGs help developers and enthusiasts to better work with the Internet, Google tools and services.

We organize educational events and competitions from lightning talks to hackathons which aims to foster a sense of community here in Melbourne, Australia. You can be part of this movement by subscribing to our MeetUp page for events and discussion or volunteer to present.

 

2. Startup Leadership Program

SLP is a selective, world-class training program for entrepreneurs who want to become top startup CEOs. Melbourne SLP Fellows will build a life-long network with a group of outstanding founders, and connect with a growing community of business partners, experts, advisors and investors.

 

3. Amazon Web Services User Group

The Amazon Web Services User Group (Australia) is a group dedicated to cloud services provided by Amazon. Because we are specific to AmazonWeb Services (AWS), we can go deep into some of the technical services provided by AWS and get some really great insights into how their services work.

 

4. NetSquared Meetup Group (Melbourne)

Do you work in a non-profit? Are you interested in starting or optimizing your social media channels? If so, NetSquared Melbourne is here to help!

Every month, the NetSquared community comes together at events around the world. In 2013, Richenda is planning monthly meetups in Melbourne.

 

5. Startup Grind Melbourne

Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

 

6. Clojure Meetup Group (Clj-Melb)

A meet-up group of people interested in the Clojure programming language.

 

7. Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)

Enter Random Hacks of Kindness Melbourne and join other experts in design and development and volunteers with a broad set of skills in software development and design. The goal is to produce practical open source solutions to development problems related to disaster risk, major crisis (like bushfires, floods and earthquakes), and the challenges of climate change.

 

8. Hack and Tell

This is the Melbourne version of the original NYC Hack & Tell Meetup (strongly influenced by the Berlin H&T from cBase). In short: No pitches, just hacks. If you’ve ever visited Hacker News, you’ve almost certainly seen the “Show HN” or “Ask HN” posts. Well, now it’s time to get off the Internet and tell us about it face to face. We’ll provide you with honest feedback, and you provide us with a great hack, or idea.

 

9. Melbourne Mobile Meetup

This meetup group is for people doing creative things with mobile. This can be anything from mobile-optimised websites to frameworks such as PhoneGap and Sencha to Objective-C and Java. Or maybe you’re purely an interface or icon designer. Or maybe you’ve come up with some other crazily cunning way of utilising a mobile device.

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    5:00 pm

    YBF Community Hour
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    12:00 pm

    York Butter Factory Tour
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    6:00 pm

    Evernote Workshop
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    Salesforce Meetup
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    YBF Show and Tell
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    6:00 pm

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Upcoming Events

  • 24th Apr
    6:00 pm

    Virtual Reality Meetup
  • 25th Apr
    5:00 pm

    YBF Community Hour
  • 28th Apr
    12:00 pm

    York Butter Factory Tour
  • 28th Apr
    6:00 pm

    Evernote Workshop
  • 29th Apr
    6:00 pm

    Salesforce Meetup
  • 30th Apr
    4:30 pm

    YBF Show and Tell
    Show and Tell sessions bring together the YBF community to share their stories and wins.
  • 30th Apr
    6:00 pm

    AWSUG