Collaborative space Three76 throws open its doors to innovation
A brand new innovation space run by the University of Newcastle (UON) will officially open its doors to welcome its first clients this week, marking an exciting step for the Hunter as part of the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) announced earlier this year.
The Three76 innovation hub, based on Hunter Street in Newcastle’s CBD, has been designed to provide a dynamic, co-working space to support start-up activity across various phases including incubation, acceleration and potential commercialisation.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Kevin Hall, said the opening of Three76 marked an exciting time for regional transformation.
“This purpose designed space will allow us to harness the University’s reputation for research excellence to facilitate close ties between academia, business, industry and the community.
“By hosting Three76 on Hunter Street, Newcastle is nurturing the growth of an ecosystem to promote innovation and collaboration,” he said.
With support from a state government Boosting Business Innovation grant, Three76 will offer a communal space initially for UON staff and students, with the view to open to the general public in 2017.
“With the space set to provide the bright minds of the Hunter with the skills and resources to develop their concepts and business plans, the big ideas in our region will have the opportunity to flourish,” Professor Hall said.
Along with the recent $9.8 million commitment from the NSW Government through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF) to support the Hunter Innovation Project (HIP), the I2N offers training, networking and business support for staff, students and external entrepreneurs to encourage and enable new enterprises find their feet.
The goal is to seed an ecosystem that draws talented people in and harnesses their collective potential to produce a new generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders and inventors.
“Three76 will draw on UON’s proud history of world-class research and innovation to facilitate the creation of novel products and services that benefit business and the community,” Professor Hall said.
As well as providing a space for emerging leaders, Three76 will facilitate workshops and activities to promote the ongoing development of a collaborative network in the Hunter. Programming will be developed in consultation with stakeholders, including students, local businesses and industry partners across all four I2N hubs.
Anyone interested in the Three76 collaboration space can find out more at: www.newcastle.edu.au/three76