Who we are

First and foremost, Three76 is a collaborative network of people working together to develop a thriving and diverse innovation ecosystem. Our aim is to generate increased start-up activity which is underpinned by discovery and research excellence by facilitating close ties between academia, business and industry.

Hub Team

Siobhan Curran - Three76 Hub is supported by a full-time on-site Operations Coordinator to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the hub for members. Siobhan has an extensive background in marketing, events, and programming, most recently at the University of Newcastle coordinating the annual Alumni Awards and graduate speed-mentoring. She's also developed business-skills and community engagement programs for Renew Newcastle, a not-for-profit organisation that activates otherwise empty spaces in Newcastle's CBD with creative projects.

Joining Siobhan on a regular basis in the Hub are Newcastle Innovation's Tech Transfer and Business Development team. They help our members through their combined wealth of past business experience and through their up-to-the-minute understanding of the national funding landscape for start-ups and SMEs.

Mack Saraswat - As Newcastle Innovation's Tech Knowledge specialist, Mack helps our members navigate through the often complex pathways towards Intellectual Property protection. He's also an entrepreneur himself, having been involved with two start-ups, one of which recently successfully exited, so he's travelled this journey before and can provide extensive advice on what to expect during the incubation and acceleration phases.

Greg Ryan - Greg has detailed, first-hand knowledge of the engineering, construction and processing industries and over the past ten years has worked with a range of SME and large clients in Australia and overseas. Greg's analytical and legal skills are particularly useful in unpacking contracts, compliance requirements and regulatory issues. He's also a current member of the BrachVet On Prime team.

Hadi Zulfiqar - Prior to joining Newcastle Innovation, Hadi held operational roles in industrial process plants and project consulting roles in a multinational engineering consulting firm. Through this experience he helps Hub members and researchers to identify IP opportunities and foster relationships with potential commercial partners. Hadi is also a current mentor in the CSIRO On Accelerator program.

The Newcastle Innovation team maintain a regular presence at the hub and members can catch up with them on a drop-in or booked meeting basis. In addition to these specific business development and tech transfer skills, members also have access to the broader UON community of experts.

As a UON site, Three76 also has full access to IT and IFS support via the 17000 and 16500 portals.

Current Members

Our growing membership is drawn from UON's student and staff groups, with a focus on researchers looking to translate knowledge to deliver outcomes and impact. Here's an idea of who you'll find at Three76:

  • Applied Virtual Simulation
  • Rapid Phenotyping - Profile
  • Elite Robotics - Profile
  • Z Index

Partners and collaborators

Three76 Hub draws on UON's broad network of collaborators who share our passion for discovery and research. A key benefit of membership is access to UON's longstanding relationships with our partners in various industries and sectors, as well as our strong Alumni network. The Hub team co-designs events and info sessions with our Hub members to give them access to the advice and funding opportunities they need at the various stages of their development. In addition to these opportunities, we also have more formal relationships with two highly-regarded incubators.

The Slingshot Accelerator program curriculum gives start-up founders the specific information that they need at the time that they need it. UON has been a proud corporate partner of Slingshot since 2014, and a recent colloboration includes the successful Star4000 course. The Slingshot Accelerator program is delivered in a practical format, the curriculum is acquired as knowledge by participating founders as they apply it to their business. Participants gain the knowledge and skills required to build a global startup across all business disciplines including marketing, finance, sales, operations, product development and accounting.

CSIRO's ON program is dedicated to unearthing amazing research and steering it towards high potential innovative ventures. Established by CSIRO in 2015, ON is an accelerator program which specialises in assisting researchers from the fields of science and technology working on projects that have the potential to shape Australia's future.