Regional Incubator Program

A collaborative regional project, developing a “virtual innovation incubator” for the Hunter region, is being established. The Regional Incubator aims to accelerate the successful development of start-up and fledgling companies, as well as more established innovative businesses or those wishing to become more innovative, by providing entrepreneurs with a wide array of targeted resources and services.

The lead organiser is Hunter Founders Forum Ltd, with an impressive list of financial supporters which includes the City of Newcastle, the University of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW Department of Industry, Newcastle Now, Hunter New England Local Health District and CSIRO.

This is further backed by a group of supporters including Hunter Angels, Slingshot, DiGiT, TAFE NSW, the Lunaticks Society, the Business Centre, eighteen04 and the AiGroup. The Regional Incubator is reaching an important milestone, with an Expert in Residence (EIR) application being submitted to AusIndustry.

The Regional Incubator is set to officially launch in early 2018 based on recommendations by the EIR. The lead-in Hunter regional incubator pilot program was officially launched on 27th April 2017.The EIR will work intensively with the pilot program organisations in a mentoring and advisory role.


The inaugural intake of local innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses involved in the program:

  • Elite Robotics
  • itsFOUND
  • Corridor Insights
  • Andrew Clark / Melissa Kilkelly
  • Blue Tail
  • Henry Harding
  • Eduardo Estrada / Manish Agarwal
  • Scrubit
  • Rescue Pod
  • Obelisk Systems
  • Optim Controls
  • The Cipher Set
  • Mobito

The cohort of innovators will undertake an intensive series of early stage commercialisation activities under the guidance of the Hunter region innovation eco-system support team and the EIR.

 The second cohort includes:

  • Chezleon
  • Furmech
  • HDock
  • Richard Hall
  • Sansdresso
  • Chad Ramage
  • Ember
  • Virtual Perspective
  • Let's Go For Zero
  • Zambezy
  • Hunter Subs
  • Rapid Phenotyping

Apply for the next intake

Complete your Regional Innovation System Application Online or Download the Application        

Expressions of interest for the second intake is now closed.

Expert-in-residence EOI

See Expert-in-Residence EOI Document for information


Project Partners

Newcastle City Council Lake Macquarie City Coucil University of Newcastle AusIndustry Business NSW Department of Industry Hunter New England Health Newcastle NOW CSIRO