Driving business growth through innovation and entrepreneurship

The I2N fuels the success of innovators and entrepreneurs by connecting them to community, customers, coaching and capital.

No matter your connection to the University, we help people develop their enterprise skills and impact potential, validate ideas and accelerate to market.

71 businesses accelerated and incubated
$6M in funding raised
26 mentors
4400 community of entrepreneurs

Let's make big things happen

Got an idea for a startup? Perhaps you want to take your research to the real world? Or you're looking to take your existing business to the next level? Here's how we can help.

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I2N offers a range of opportunities designed to build your network and develop your enterprise skills. Find out how you can get involved and keep up with the latest news from I2N.

Upcoming events

JTDs pitching

Event • 29 Apr 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join the Dots - Pitching

Hear from founders and business leaders throughout the region as we explore the art of pitching.

Funding Roadmap

Event • 3 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am

Funding Roadmap

Find out first-hand what opportunities are available to bring your new product, process or service through the phases of “explore – experiment – accelerate – scale” right here in the Hunter.

Jennifer Holland

Event • 5 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am

Startup Stories - Jennifer Holland (Throat Scope)

Join us at Startup Stories for an engaging session with one of Australia’s brightest medtech CEO’s and local Newcastle entrepreneur as she shares her insight into building a world-class company and scaling it across the globe.

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Latest news

Bal Dhital

News • 8 Apr 2021

Social enterprise innovators recount story of keeping it simple

University of Newcastle alumni share their innovation journey as founders of social enterprise Borne Clothing at I2N's Startup Stories.

Tricia Martin

News • 4 Mar 2021

Practical founder shares story of combating rising youth unemployment

Tricia Martin shares her innovation journey as founder of the Hunter Region's first online platform that helps students develop their skills through interactive digital internships at I2N's Startup Stories.

Lachy Gray Square

News • 4 Feb 2021

Considered founder shares his insight of helping teams learn faster

Lachy Gray shares his innovation journey as co-founder of uniquely distributed edtech startup at I2N's Startup Stories.

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Check out the stories of the innovators and entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of I2N events, programs and coworking to make valuable connections, build entrepreneurship capabilities and create new businesses.

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