Entrepreneurship is the 21st century mega trend that has driven a record $900m in new venture funds in Australia this last year. Adding to this the emerging market growth opportunities with our Asian neighbors, Sydney has the capacity to be part of the innovation wave to reshape economies and industries throughout the world.
Sydney's entrepreneurial drive may well become the lifeblood to expand our economy with many exciting initiatives underway as highlighted by YPO's Innovation week in Sydney recently which set unprecendented global innovation discussions amongst its 24,000 Chief Execs and Business Leaders across 130 countires . Only this last month, two HCC members have recently announced exciting new business initiatives;
HCC Executive Member Brad Chan will launch Haymarket HQ in September and HCC Member Vincent Lim's recently launched Start Mesh.
Sydney will soon become home to another startup coworking space, with Haymarket HQ set to open in Chinatown over the next few months. As the location might suggest, the space will be focused on helping startups connect with and grow into Asia.
Set up as a social enterprise by private family investment company Banna Property Group, Haymarket HQ will have space for around 70 desks as well as meeting, workshop, and function spaces; even a karaoke restaurant in the building. Find out more at http://www.haymarkethq.org/
StartMesh aims to empower startups to successfully navigate the stage where most others fail: the time between validated idea and sustainable profitability. The StartMesh Innovation Fund will invest in early stage investments to form a diverse and balanced portfolio of venture capital opportunities. Find out more http://startmesh.com/
HCC's 10th Anniversary Event
2016 marks HCC's 10th Anniversary a landmark year for HCC and Haymarket's 3000 businesses and 16,000 residents. HCC continues to grow year by year thanks to the tremendous volunteer leadership of our HCC Executive team, HCC Members, HCC sponsors; City of Sydney, Westpac, Events Cinema George Street, Chinatown Friday Night Markets and Market City.
A decade ago a few local Chinatown business owners gathered regularly and realised the benefits in working together and creating a network to support each others businesses which eventually became the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce. Today one of HCC's original co-founders, George Wing Kee remains a key leader on HCC's Executive team with second generation Peter Wong, led by HCC President Simon Chan, Jessie Xiao, Brad Chan and Executive team; Jonathan Wong, Linda McCreath, Richard Hughes, Anthony Keirann, Peter Bannister, Stephan Wan, Eva Law, Ryan Tian.
Join us at this exciting event as we celebrate this important year recognising the HCC's 10 years of growth and prosperity.
City of Sydney Lead 100 Delegation to China to Celebrate
30th anniversary of Sydney's Sister City relationship with Guangzhou
City of Sydney's Lord Mayor and Sydney delegation made their first official stop in Guangzhou to meet with Mayor Wen Guohui at the Guangzhou Government City Hall. Mayor Wen extended formal thanks for our support for Guangzhou week in Sydney earlier this month and spoke at length about how fruitful our two cities’ robust relationship has been.
There was keen interest in the work City of Sydney are doing on environmental sustainability and urban planning and grateful for our support of Australian businesses in China. He was also pleased to see representatives from our Sydney universities, remarking on the strength of our higher education sector.
On top of Guangzhou’s generosity through our Chinese New Year celebrations (they sent a delegation of performers and the magnificent goat lantern was located in the heart of Chinatown this year), to celebrate our 30th anniversary Guangzhou presented Sydney with an extensive encyclopedia collection on the history of their city. Mayor Wen also gave the Lord Mayor a picture of 2016 Guangzhou city, saying the encyclopedia was a celebration of their past and the new image a celebration of the present.
Sydney studies help shape successful careers in China
More than 200 Chinese students who studied at Australian universities gathered in Guangzhou this week for the first ever Australian university alumni event in southern China.
Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Western Sydney Universityjoined forces to host the alumni event as part of a City of Sydney-led program celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sydney-Guangzhou sister-city relationship.
Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that over the past 10 years, NSW has attracted one-third of Australia’s 500,000 international students, with the majority of them based in Sydney. Read more HERE
New HCC Program Sponsor 2016/17
Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Transport for NSW as our new Sponsor Partner for 2016-17. This exciting sponsorship will support key programs focused on informing and supporting Haymarket's local businesses and residents during the construction of the Sydney Light Rail along George Street.
HCC is very excited to welcome and work with Transport for NSW in developing key activation programs and events to support Haymarket's George Street businesses during this important period.
CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said “It’s an exciting time as the light rail project progresses through George Street. Haymarket is such a key cultural area of Sydney and we are thrilled to be working with the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.”
Major construction is now well underway and by mid-July, construction will stretch continuously from Circular Quay to Liverpool Street in Haymarket. Find out more below in Planning and Developments.
Market of Lights 2016 First Year a Success
Proudly brought to you by HCC and City of Sydney
Fiery Red Monkey Lights
Photography: Aaron Stathi
HCC and the City of Sydney's Market of Lights earlier this month saw the arrival of more than 38 Red-Fire Monkey Light Sculptures along the 8 trees of Dixon Street and were warmly welcomed by hundreds of local businesses and thousands of visitors and locals. With over 90% of local businesses surveyed supporting the Market of Lights and requesting longer term activation events, we look forward to developing more frequent activation events in 2016.
Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and team: City of Sydney, Westpac, Laboratory of Visionary Architecture (LAVA), Chinatown Markets, Peter Wong, Michael Day from UTS, Finesse Trees and Aaron Stathi.
Architects design ‘sympathetic’ hotel next to Haymarket Heritage Building
A rendered image of the proposed George Street boutique hotel by PBD Architects. Image: PBD Architects
A recent proposal for a boutique hotel development at a challenging location on George Street in Haymarket, Sydney was submitted by PBD Architects.
The proposed hotel is situated next to the three-storey heritage-listed Venetian Gothic Haymarket Library, built in 1875. Heritage restrictions also in placed at the development site.
The architects’ design concept for the northern facade came from the idea of using alternative textured concrete and metal panels inspired by the pattern of the state library bookshelves.
The blank wall on the Haymarket Library side of the building will be cantilevered by 1.5 metres, and has also become important in the design due to the unlikeliness of the library site ever being redeveloped.
The Haymarket Libary will be relocated to the proposed Kengo Kuma-designed civic building in Darling Square. Read more HERE