Introductory workshops to generate real ideas and evolve them into early-stage startups


Proto takes you from discovering startups all the way to building real prototypes.

Workshops are open to USYD Students, Staff and Alumni

You don’t have to take the workshops in sequence, but if you’re new to startups, Discover Startups is a perfect introduction.

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1. Discover

This is for you if you’re excited about startups, you have an idea, or you just want to make an impact!

2. Meet

This is where the magic happens! Discover who your first customer will be and how to build something they really want.

3. Take Your Idea Further

You’ve found a real problem with a market, but now it’s time to test this and discover what a viable solution might look like.

4. Test With Prototypes

You know there is a need, but will your solution satisfy it? The only way to find out is to test with customers. Time to prototype!

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1. Discover Startups

About this workshop

In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of startups, how to validate opportunities, understand lean startup concepts, and discover how to become a startup ideas machine!

2. Meet Customers

About this workshop

In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll learn about customer development, identify your first customers, and you’ll conduct real customer interviews.

3. Take Your Idea Further

About this workshop

In this 3 hour workshop, you’ll use Design Sprint techniques to conduct rapid ideation, develop low fidelity solution concepts, learn about MVP tests and practise communicating your early-stage ideas.

4. Test With Prototypes

About this workshop

In this 3 hour hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how prototypes can be used to validate your ideas, and to build more usable products. You’ll build low-fidelity prototypes and learn about the tools startups use to build great-looking mockups.


Proto is a series of four workshops designed to help students learn about startups and pursue their ideas.

  • For Protons, drop-in mentoring sessions will be available during Semester
  • Proto also enables single founder students to potentially meet their future cofounder through networking opportunities
  • Proto is held in the world-class INCUBATE Hub

Who can join Proto?

  • Proto is open to University of Sydney students, staff or alumni, or others by application
  • You don’t need to have an idea (but we welcome you if you do!)
  • You don’t need to have any experience with startups
  • You can come as an individual or a team