What is Textbook Ventures?

We are a student-run organisation that supports all student entrepreneurs and founders in the Sydney ecosystem.

Textbook Ventures is a wholly STUDENT-RUN organisation that supports student entrepreneurs to strengthen the startup ecosystem of tomorrow. We work with student entrepreneurs from all universities in Sydney, but we are not affiliated with any university. This allows us to unite students from all major campus ecosystems in Sydney to share networks, knowledge and talent.

Our Mission

Many of us have heard of student founders like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, or Evan Spiegel who kickstarted Snapchat whilst at Stanford… but what about student founders in Australia?

We believe that universities are the best place to launch your first venture. As university students, our “disadvantages”, are actually our advantages. That’s why we created Textbook Ventures, a student-led organisation dedicated to supporting student founders across Sydney to inspire the next generation of Zuckerbergs and Spiegels.

We are here to make Sydney one of the world’s most supportive ecosystems for student entrepreneurship

Textbook Ventures’ Co-Founders Patrick and David


What we do

Since 2016, we’ve been empowering student entrepreneurs with a support program for university startups. This year, we’re launching our new founder program the “Textbook Academy”, along with a large suite of events, and our “Startup Directory”.

Textbook Academy

A highly valuable programme built for student founders with the aim of turning them into world-class leaders. The program will consist of founder lectures, a CEO apprenticeship, and founder-speed dating.

The Academy will be available in Semester 2.

Student Startup Directory

The student startup ecosystem is a well hidden one, but one that we want to bring more light to. Textbook Ventures is in the progress of creating an online application to map out the student founder and entrepreneurial community.

A Beta of the Directory is expected to be released in May.


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Supported by

Textbook Ventures is supported by an all-star team of advisors who are passionate about giving back to the ecosystem and supporting student entrepreneurs.

Melissa Widner

Partner at NAB Ventures

Dr Martin Bliemel

Director, Diploma in Innovation | Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at UTS

John Henderson

Partner, Airtree Ventures

Benjamin Chong

Partner, Right Click Capital


Student Founders

Daphne Shen

CTO and Co-Founder – V-KAIWA
During the pre-accelerator program, Textbook Ventures gave us that extra push for us to achieve our goals. Their relentless support was crucial when V-KAIWA were having doubts or problems with our milestones.

Andrew Fong

CEO – MiniEpi
Textbook Ventures were pivotal in our growth in the early stages of our startup. They pushed and encouraged us and set reasonable milestones dramatically accelerating our progress. They worked with us to build on our pitching and presentation ability and find necessary gaps and questions that we had previously overlooked. We still continue to work in the Textbook Ventures portfolio, and trust in their advice and ability to assist in the further development of our company.


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