Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)

Your innovation journey starts here

Entrepreneurship means different things to different people. Some imagine tech startups, others see a small business growing at full-speed. Whatever it means to you, the University’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) can help you succeed.

The I2N aims to drive strong economic growth through supporting entrepreneurs and new businesses to make valuable connections, develop their ideas and thrive. It is an initiative of the University of Newcastle and supported by the NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program.

What we offer

Co-working spaces

We believe you should be inspired by where you work. A great workspace is more than just a desk and computer. It should spark new ideas, encourage collaboration and networking, and elevate your start-up or business to the next level. We have two premium co-working spaces available across the Hunter region for globally-minded, innovative, and diverse startups on a mission to drive positive change through tech. And with our flexible packages, you can decide what works best for you. Host meetings and workshops, brainstorm ideas, network with other entrepreneurs and see results.

I2N Hub Hunter Street
376 Hunter St, Newcastle

Located in the heart of Newcastle, I2N Hub Hunter Street is an ideal space to create, test, develop and produce, your services and product to meet market expectations. Over two levels, the Hub accommodates flexible co-working spaces and collaborative meeting zones with the technological and to support startups in the Newcastle region. Membership is open to anyone working on the development of a high-growth potential business.

I2N Hub Williamtown
Building E, 1 Technology Place, Williamtown

A purpose-built co-working space at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre, I2N Hub Williamtown concentrates on research technology applications in the commercial defence, security and aerospace sectors. This is an ideal workspace for businesses focused on cybersecurity, control systems, autonomous vehicles, simulation modelling or propulsion and energy storage and is perfectly positioned to engage with nearby defence industries.

Research and education facilities

UON Upper Hunter
87 Hill Street, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333

In partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Council, the University has established a research and education facility that focuses on the delivery of regionally relevant research and engagement activities to help shape the future of the Upper Hunter region. UON Upper Hunter provides a flexible workspace for postgraduate students to develop applied research skills and enhance employment opportunities across a wide range of industries. The facility also enables the expansion of critical research to generate ongoing social and economic benefits for the region. Additionally, a flexible events space is host to a series of regular business development workshops, seminars and networking events to support regional SMEs.

Entrepreneurship programs

The I2N offers events, meet-ups, talks and workshops designed to support and advance innovation and entrepreneurship across the Hunter region. Learn how to turn a big idea into a successful business, hear from experienced founders, acquire new strategies for scale-up success and make valuable connections along the way. We also partner with Slingshot and CSIRO for the delivery of accelerator programs that take place in Newcastle.

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Innovation & entrepreneurship partnerships

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We know innovation happens when research, business, government and community forge strong alliances. That’s why, in addition to our national and international research partnerships with esteemed institutions, we’ve partnered with a number professional organisations and groups.

I2N Staff

 Siobhan Curran
Manager, Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)
T:  02 4921 6951
 Cris White 
I2N Hub Coordinator (Williamtown)
T:  02 4055 0600
 Richard Berry
I2N Hub Coordinator (Hunter Street)
T: 02 4913 8601