Humanities Startup Workshop

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 09:00 am — Friday, 30 June 2017, 03:00 pm

Location Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High St Maitland

Calling all budding entrepreneurs!

Humanities  Startups - starting small but thinking big about the  Humanities in the 21st Century.

A 2-day workshop for humanities PhD students and researchers will be held at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on June 29 and 30.

Presented by the Centre for 21st Century Humanities and Maitland City Council, this workshop will introduce participants to the fascinating world of the startup. Participants with a culturally and linguistically diverse background, and those with a Maitland connection, are especially welcome.

In today’s increasingly digital world there are boundless opportunities for new enterprises across various industries. The humanities, with their special understanding of history and language, and of the cultural and imaginative dimensions of life, offer an intriguing source of inspiration for these new enterprises. This workshop is about identifying opportunities and developing helpful solutions that can also become viable business ventures.

A similar workshop was held last year with several startups awarded funding including My Year as a Fairytale which is a year long performance by Helen Hopcroft who is dressing as Marie Antoinette 7 days a week to promote Maitland as a creative city and tourist destination.

Melissa McCabe’s startup Corethics Consultancy is also a result of last year’s workshop. She is now empowering and supporting Asset Based Community Development in Indonesia to alleviate the detrimental effects of the tourism industry, namely water depletion, pollution and land rights.

Dr Simone O’Callaghan’s start up project is a design research consultancy that connects those who have design work and design research to be done to University students and staff with the necessary talents and expertise to carry out the work and the research.

Over two days, with the help of industry experts and a short course on business models, workshop participants will take their fledgling ideas and nurture them into possible business projects.

Some will go away with funding support to move to the next stage but all attendees are guaranteed to leave with something new to think about and with vital information about the practicalities and possibilities of the startup world.

Day One begins with a short business model course, followed by a panel discussion with current startup members and IT specialists, and concludes with a facilitated brainstorming session to finish.

Day two (finishing after lunch) will start with team and / or individual pitches to a judging panel, followed by discussion of the pitches, and an announcement about further support for the ideas judged to be the most viable.

Day 1 - June 29 9:00am - 5:00pm

Day 2 – June 30 9:00am - 3pm

This is a free event, to participate you will need to register as spaces are limited. Catering included.

Please remember to BYO laptop.


Maitland Regional Art Gallery

230 High St Maitland