The University of Newcastle, Australia

Entrepreneurship programs

I2N cohort-based Entrepreneurship Programs are open to researchers and entrepreneurs from across the entire community. Our programs cover four stages of the innovation journey: Explore, Experiment, Accelerate and Scale.

Explore

Entrepreneurship 101 (for entrepreneurs)

Online. February, April, August and October.

Entrepreneurship101 is a 5-week online course designed by Canada's world-renowned MaRS Discovery District. Now available for emerging entrepreneurs of the Hunter region, this program provides a mix of materials and the tools you need to understand startup fundamentals and create your business all in one place. Complimentary weekly I2N Immersives dive deeper into startup fundamentals with industry experts and can be viewed via live web stream or in person at I2N Hub Hunter Street. More info.

I2N Business Bootcamp (for SMEs)

I2N Hub Upper Hunter. February, April, August and October.

I2N Business Bootcamp is a series of three 3-hour workshops that deliver practical tools and insights to help ambitious Upper Hunter businesses accelerate growth. Participants identify bottlenecks and opportunities in their business, learn how to best address these to hit the ground running with a clear direction and plan of action. Plus, ongoing coaching is offered via group and one-on-one sessions for up to six months after the bootcamp. More info.

LaunchCamp (for researchers)

I2N Hub Hunter Street and I2N Hub Williamtown. On request.

LaunchCamp is a two-day experience designed to help researchers take the first steps towards understanding the market for their research idea. LaunchCamp develops skills to facilitate customer discovery, discover how lean innovation can be used to chart pathways to impact, introduce teams to tools and the mindset required to start the process of "proof of problem". After completion of LaunchCamp, participants can then consider ON Prime or even ON Accelerate to take an idea forward. Email your interest to i2n@newcastle.edu.au.

Experiment

ENGG2200: Lean LaunchPad (for entrepreneurs)

Callaghan campus. Each Semester.

In an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process by Steve Blank, this 12-week program provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup. The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Many startups fail by not validating their ideas early on with real-life customers. In order to mitigate that, participants will learn how to get out of the building and search for the real pain points and unmet needs of customers. Only with these can the entrepreneur find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model. More info.

ON Prime (for researchers)

Various locations. May and September.

Purpose built for researchers, this free 8-week program provides the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the people who could benefit most from your research and sharpen skills to communicate with that audience. Across six full-day face-to-face sessions, expert facilitators and mentors support teams to build evidence for the impact of research. Time is carved out in the sessions for teams to work on a project and connect with potential beneficiaries, new partners or industry. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, teams find opportunities during the week to have conversations with potential customers to gain insights from people outside the program. More info.

Accelerate

I2N Accelerate (for entrepreneurs)

I2N Hub Hunter Street. Date to be announced.

Startup teams that have identified a problem-solution fit and a market to sell to can apply to I2N Accelerate. This structured 12-week program assists teams to define/refine their product and a go-to-market strategy and provides early hire and advisory board advice, plus the opportunity to engage the University of Newcastle's 125,000+ strong alumni network from across the globe to acquire customer introductions. Startups participating receive reduced rates for coworking space and complementary Office Hours and I2N Venture Mentoring Service. I2N Accelerator culminates in a Demo Day. Email your interest to i2n@newcastle.edu.au.

ON Accelerate (for researchers)

Australia-wide. February.

ON Accelerate is a structured full-time 12-week Accelerator for research teams to validate and develop high potential innovative ventures. Through ON Accelerate we work with you to shorten your path to impact, by focusing on your business model, market validation, capital raising and storytelling. During this program, researchers are provided with frameworks and coaching from world-class mentors and facilitators to develop and test the most suitable commercial model to achieve impact. Teams are also given intensive coaching around effective storytelling, networking, business planning and pitching. ON Accelerate concludes in a public 'Demo Night' where each team has the opportunity to showcase their ideas to industry and stakeholders – including multinational corporations, large Australian enterprises, SMEs, government, investors and universities. More info.

Scale

I2N Incubator (for entrepreneurs)

I2N Hub Hunter Street & I2N Hub Williamtown. Ongoing.

Startups coworking or renting office space from I2N Hubs receive complimentary services, including Office Hours and I2N Venture Mentoring Service, providing expertise, promotion, global connections, team and individual development support and a great community of founders. Email your interest to i2n@newcastle.edu.au.

ON Runway (for researchers)

Various locations. Ongoing.

A diverse suite of services to complement and extend the skills and connections teams have developed through an ON experience to further support and grow ventures. More info.

Connect

Complementing I2N Entrepreneurship Programs are a range of Connect initiatives to engage everyone in the innovation ecosystem. Stay up to date via Eventbrite.

Immersives

I2N Hub Hunter Street. Weekly through Feb/Mar, May/Jun, Aug/Sep & Oct/Nov.

Coinciding with the commencement of Entrepreneurship101 our free weekly Immersive sessions with industry experts cover a range of topics relevant to innovators and entrepreneurs in the early stages of their startup journey.

Startup Stories

I2N Hub Hunter Street. Quarterly.

At our regular free speaker series, startup founders talk candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey for founders to share and learn. See tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region at Startup Stories. The talks are also filmed and available for viewing here.

Join the Dots

I2N Hub Hunter Street. Last Wednesday of the month.

Join like-minded and curious business people, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs to stay informed and connected. A short and sharp series of pitches from entrepreneurs, SMEs, and researchers within a particular sector kick off the event followed by informal networking to help you join the dots for future collaboration.

Ideas Collider

Various locations. On request.

Ideas Collider is for students, researchers, industry sector workers, and community curious about ideation and entrepreneurship. Participants are split into mixed teams of 3-5 people and set the challenge of developing a potentially commercial solution to a big problem in under 60 minutes. Each team is then invited to pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges. This event provides attendees with the opportunity to work with diverse teams, build communication, problem-solving and presentation skills in a fun and judgment-free environment. Ideas Collider can also be run at schools and large organisations.

Hackathons

New Space and Callaghan. May and August

I2N Hackathons are time-bound responses to challenges for people of all backgrounds and experience who share a passion for technology, design, innovation and making the world a better place. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work. More info.