Past Meetup

Make happiness your business model

This Meetup is past

19 people went

Price: A$10.00 /per person

The Common Room

Level 2, 235-239 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills · Sydney

How to find us

The Common Room is a 2-minute walk from Central Station. Find our entrance on Belmore Lane, our building is on the corner of Commonwealth Street and Belmore Lane.

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Learn the path to a happy life and business by connecting to a group of people who love their work, are making a living and a life, and creating the kind of change they want to see in the world.

Welcome to The Happy Startup School pop-up in Sydney!

This meetup takes the shape of Lean Coffee ( -- a meet-and-greet plus discussion, where you get to ask the questions and we all contribute to the solutions. Some months we'll hear from amazing guest speakers too. Learn from each other, meet great people and build awesome networks.

Join us for the first of our regular Lean Coffee mornings, a place for Sydney startups, solo-preneurs, freelancers and creatives to meet, share knowledge and ask for help.

August's meetup will be on Friday 5th August, kicking off at 8:30am.

Who is it for?

The Happy Startup School Sydney is open to anyone wanting to connect to a group of people who are using their skills to create something they believe in.

Our community includes people skilled in tech, design, sustainability, marketing and business. Some people own their own businesses, and enjoy connecting to a community that can help them problem solve. Others come along because they're passionate about offering their help to a project they can get excited about.

The aim of the morning is to connect, share knowledge and help each other do better through the force of community.

What is The Happy Startup School?

The Happy Startup School ( is a Brighton based, but global community of individuals creating businesses that measure value in more ways than money, with happiness being one of them!

Your Sydney host, Johanna Scott, is part of The Happy Startup Community and runs her own business in Sydney called Make Do Co. ( Make Do helps people reinvent how they live, work and do business, through holistic frameworks. As you can see the two organisations are very much aligned.

What is Lean Coffee?

Lean coffee is a structured but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, democratically choose the topic of discussion by vote, then get talking.

There are dozens of Lean Coffee meetups happening across the world in places like Seattle, San Francisco, Toronto, Stockholm, Edinburgh and Brighton.

We've partnered with The Happy Startup School from Brighton to bring Lean Coffee - happy startups style - to Sydney!

Who else will be at the event?

• Budding startup owners
• Intrapreneurs
• Small business owners
• One man bands
• People with a passion for startups
• ...and anyone who simply wants to learn, or create.

What topics will we discuss?

Community building, sustainability in business, transparency in your company, how to create an amazing culture, how to be more productive, how to be happier at work, how to be well and work, how to test early stage ideas, how to find focus, how to find developers, designers or co-founders, growth and content marketing.

...but we welcome all sorts of startup, business and happiness related topics you might need help with.

Coffee, tea and light snacks provided.

See you there!