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Innovation Hub

Supporting and developing University of Sydney startups

The Sydney Innovation Hub was established in 2016 to provide a facility for University of Sydney students, staff and alumni to create and innovate with industry, community and each other. 

Our aim is to help students, staff and alumni transform their ideas into high potential startup businesses. The Hub provides an approachable, collaborative and supportive environment for early stage startups. 

Startups gain access to:

  • custom designed space for technology enabled collaboration
  • team working and meetings
  • experts in residence
  • expert helpdesks
  • professional development seminars
  • industry roundtables
  • mentoring and advice
  • seed funding.

We offers a range of opportunities to those who have an interest in startups and innovation – whether you want to attend a panel event, enter an innovation competition, prototype a product or launch a startup.

Our programs

HatchLab is an incubator program that provides a supportive environment for early-stage startups to hatch and grow, for up to 12 months. The first 12 months is a critical time for every startup and having expert help, resources and support can maximise your chances of success. Starting a business is challenging, however, working alongside other early-stage startups can help you stay creative and focused.

Program support

  • Access to seed finance
  • co-working space
  • events and networking opportunities
  • experts-in-residence for one-on-one advice
  • helpdesks for accounting and finance, marketing and sales, and legal issues
  • industry and government mentors
  • workshops and professional development programs.

Expert helpdesks

An essential part of the HatchLab program are the Expert Helpdesks. Startup teams admitted to the program can book 45 minute sessions to receive one-on-one expert guidance in the following areas:

  • startup legal
  • finance and accounting
  • strategy, sales and marketing.

Express your interest in an upcoming HatchLab program.

Insights into Startups is a series of panel events hosted by the Sydney Innovation Hub that seeks to educate students about the opportunities provided by startups and the intracaies of running or working for one.

The Sydney Innovation Hub offers one-day workshops to give University of Sydney students real insights into how startups generate ideas and turn them into innovative products and solutions. The workshop is conducted for current students from a range of different backgrounds. You do not require any startup ideas or entrepreneurial background to attend.

What will you learn?

  • Schematic visualisation of the current business environment
  • identification of potential differentiation points with existing solutions
  • assessment of feasible solutions
  • prototyping of concrete ideas
  • pitching to the right audience.

General enquiries

James Meade

Head, The University of Sydney Innovation Hub

Camilla Chau

Program Coordinator