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    Connecting Aussie entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley

    Students. Startups. Internships.

  • Meet your Co-founder

    Connecting Aussie entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley

    Students. Startups. Internships.

  • Internship opportunities

    Connecting Aussie entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley

    Students. Startups. Internships.

What we're about

At The Hacker Exchange, we believe that entrepreneurship is a state of mind.

Our mission is to connect budding Australian entrepreneurs with the opportunities, passion, networks and resources that can only be found in Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world.


Through immersive tours, student exchange programs and strategically placed internships, our participants emerge as a generation of leaders ready to accelerate Australia's economy and culture of creativity.

Our philosophy? To inspire action, pay it forward and never stop learning. 

People with passion
Mentors & Coaches
Our inspiration
Smarter than us

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For the next generation of entrepreneurs

Student Innovation Exchange

Over two inspiring weeks, you'll learn from world-class thought leaders and mentors, apply these insights to your own idea, and work hands-on with Silicon Valley startups.

You'll have thought-provoking workshops and awesome tours by day, meet-ups and social events in the evenings, free blocks of time to network or polish your pitches, and access to some of the freshest co-working spaces in the Valley, 

Experience first-hand the speed and scale of Silicon Valley’s game of entrepreneurship; where you'll genuinely never know which coffee catch-up could change your life.

This program is open to all students and alumni from our select university partners. Academic accreditation and OS-HELP reimbursement may also apply. 

It was an exciting yet challenging experience, and it's a great step to take in figuring out what you want to do next in life.

~ RMIT MBA student, HEX 1.0


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Work experience like no other

Internships & Graduate Placements

Through our university partnerships and relationships with recruiters and high-growth startups in Silicon Valley, The Hacker Exchange provides employment opportunities to the most talented and promising university students.

Learn the culture and attitude from the most elite players in the world. Learn international best practices and take on a global mindset. Come back home and become the future change makers and leaders of Australia.

Steph has been fantastic, we love having her on the team and she is currently leading some of our research efforts into VR testing... thanks!

~ Rebekah, Melbourne (a happy hiring manager!)


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For people with a global vision

HEX for Founders & Intrapreneurs

Founders & Intrapreneurs? It's the perfect mashup.

You are an early-stage startup with the drive and passion to scale beyond Australia or a future-thinking professional, exploring the boundaries of corporate innovation. You have an undying sense of urgency. You believe that if your vision is not global, you’ve already lost the race in such a competitive landscape.

Over 7 days, our HEX Program takes you on an intense and immersive curriculum tailored specifically for Intrapreneurs who are curious about innovation, and Founders that are curious about taking their companies global. It's a chance to learn from immensely scalable businesses, absorb the growth mindset, and to explore collaborative opportunities with businesses in SF and with each other. 



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Some of our partners

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Startup Victoria
Frank, Rimerman & Co
SOA Projects
DLA Piper
Growth X
McCown & Evans
Plug and Play
Silicon Valley Bank
Sutter Legal
Bay Angels