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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.

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.

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71 businesses accelerated and incubated
$6M in funding raised
26 mentors
4400 community of entrepreneurs
I2N Hub Honeysuckle

I2N Hub Honeysuckle

The epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Hunter.

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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

Damien Mahoney

Event • 18 Aug 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00pm

Startup Stories - Damien Mahoney (Stackla)

Join us for Startup Stories and hear from this local founder as he shares his bright story of taking a company global through to acquisition.

Join the Dots

Event • 25 Aug 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join the Dots - Cleantech

Hear from founders and business leaders as they share how they're harnessing technology to dramatically reduce environmental impact.

NFH Water Security

Event • 15 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 16 Oct 2021 until 8:00pm

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

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Latest news

David Sivyer

News • 3 Jun 2021

Solving food waste, one urban farm at a time

David Sivyer shares his journey as founder of Feedback Organic, a circular economy startup solving the massive problem of food waste at I2N's Startup Stories.

Jennifer Holland

News • 6 May 2021

Healthtech founder inspires audience to believe, act and persist

Newcastle healthtech founder shares her inspiring story of taking Holland Healthcare global at I2N's Startup Stories

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.

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I2N startups and scaleups

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.

Type Strong

Type Strong

Type Strong founder, Ryan Lecchi, is helping Type-1 & Type-2 diabetics live an active lifestyle without disruption.

Compeat Nutrition

Compeat Nutrition

Daniel and Alicia Edge are cofounders of Compeat Nutrition, an online sports nutrition platform, aiming to take professionals out of the clinic and deliver the best performance nutrition advice anywhere, anytime..

MGA Thermal

MGA Thermal

The idea of storing energy as heat is not new, but the metal blend MGA Thermal has invented is. It’s 1/10th the cost of materials of batteries and unlike batteries has the ability to store energy for over the longer term.

Design Nuts

Design Nuts

Kylie Burrett of Design Nuts (formerly Nuts and Bolts Design) believes that most people are capable of drawing in the same way most people are capable of reading.

Diffuse Energy

Diffuse Energy

Three UON Engineers have discovered a way to double the energy production of standard wind turbines and are charging through the commercialisation pathway for their research discovery.



Three years ago, Antony Martin of Hone Agriculture and his team of 12 were just three PhD students in a sorghum field trying to breed the best version of the cereal grain for a biofuels project.



CloudSense Solution Architect, Hrvoje Tutman, is leveraging the I2N's links to University of Newcastle graduate talent to build his R&D team in Newcastle city.



Dr. Gary Ellem, Dani Lloyd-Prichard and their team at iSeeVC are revolutionising video conferencing by hosting digital conversations in virtual worlds

Creatures and Co

Creatures and Co

Yolanda Surjan is the founder of RadVet, a startup which uses proven radiation therapy for humans and applies it to skin cancers for animals. Since 2017 RadVet has been delivering clinical trials for this radiation therapy to horses, cats and dogs in Sydney.



Murray Corbett, Andrew Stace and Kesley Kernes are drastically reducing patient wait times and connecting remote communities to the services they need

Virtual Intern

Virtual Intern

Virtual Intern founder, Tricia Martin, is moving the needle on her startup with Venture Mentor Service (VMS).

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