Local Innovation Ecosystem

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley are home to a number of clubs, collectives and co-working spaces which cater to every type of idea, helping you to navigate your startup journey.


OrganisationActivity
Eighteen04Incubator and co-working space for clean tech + smart city based startups in the Hunter Region. Located in Newcastle, it provides a physical and cultural space to foster collaboration and networking for tech entrepreneurs.
Hunter AngelsHunter Angels is a group of angel investors who invest in early-stage innovative enterprises with a proven product and a need for capital to fund expansion. Their objective is to help talented entrepreneurs build lasting businesses of significant value and to participate as active investors.
Hunter DiGiTComprises a network of individuals from Government, Corporate, Health, Small Business, Education, the Creative Sector and Digital Entrepreneurs. Hunter DiGiT provides Collective Influence via collective expertise, representation, networks, and knowledge that drives awareness, leadership, facilitation, access and advocacy.
Hunter Entrepreneurs ClubWhere entrepreneurs from all walks of business meet. No vision is too big or too small. The Hunter Entrepreneurs Club meet multiple times monthly with pop-up speakers and members meets.
Hunter Founders ForumA not-for-profit regional innovation support network based in the Hunter Valley, NSW, seeking to turn ideas into successful enterprises.
Hunter Innovation ProjectA catalyst project which will provide physical spaces, data connectivity and smart infrastructure to increase productivity and leverage investment in research and technology in Newcastle and the Hunter Region. A collaboration between UON, NCC, Newcastle Now and Hunter DiGiT
I2N Incubator @ DaSHRun by Dantia Smart Hub (DaSH) which is part of Dantia, Lake Macquarie Council’s economic development arm. The Program involves subsidised work space and a place in the DaSH co-working community, mentoring with successful entrepreneurs and industry experts, and scholarship discounts with HubSpot, IBM BlueMix and more business service providers.
INNXInnx is a space for co-creation and collaboration, a destination in which innovators, creators, leaders and entrepreneurs can come together, be inspired, create and gain new knowledge.
Lunaticks SocietyAn incorporated association dedicated to promoting digital innovation and new ideas in regional Australia. Founded in 2010, the Society has hosted over 50 technology events, including talks, workshops, social events, conferences and awards.
Newcastle IoT PioneersThe Newcastle IoT Pioneers group meets on the first Thursday of every month. IoT Pioneers are looking for hustlers, hackers and hipsters in or around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or the Hunter, who want to take advantage of IoT.
Newcastle NowNewcastle's Business Improvement Association. Runs regular B2B (Business to Business) networking events with the aim of promoting member businesses and creating reciprocal support through referrals.
Newy StartupsAn informal collection of people from various backgrounds involved in the tech and startup scene in Newcastle. Newy Startups want to see Newcastle get more than its fair share of this new economy, so together we’re looking to help wherever we can.
Regional AngelsA network of mentors and members with a wide variety of industry experience and expertise who are  passionate about ensuring the next generation of global business comes from regional Australia.
Regional Incubator ProgramA pilot regional incubator program providing expertise and support to Hunter Region innovators. A collaboration between various players in the local ecosystem, led by this local angel investor group.
The Production HubA world class co-working studio and shared office space.
It is the perfect working environment for experienced freelancers and small businesses owners who understand the importance of productivity.
The RoostThe Roost is a community of independent creative people sharing space and ideas. We work autonomously and also collaborate occasionally.