Who we are
Siobhan Curran - Three76 Hub is supported by a full-time on-site Operations Manager to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the hub for members. Siobhan has an extensive background in marketing, events, and programming, most recently at the University of Newcastle coordinating the annual Alumni Awards and graduate speed-mentoring. She's also developed business skills and community engagement programs for Renew Newcastle, a not-for-profit organisation that activates otherwise empty spaces in Newcastle's CBD with creative projects.
Sahil Harriram - As Three76 Hub's Assistant Sahil supports much of the event activity that takes place in the Hub, in addition to welcoming new members and showing them the ropes. Sahil has a unique perspective working at the Hub because he is also one of the Hub's first members. Elite Robotics is an automation startup that Sahil and fellow UON Mechatronics Engineering and Industrial Design graduates began in 2016.
Joining Siobhan and Sahil on a regular basis in the Hub are Newcastle Innovation's Business Development team. They help our members through their combined wealth of past business experience and through their up-to-the-minute understanding of the national funding landscape for start-ups and SMEs.
Mack Saraswat - Mack helps our members navigate through the often complex pathways towards intellectual property protection. He has also worked as Chief Technology Innovator for ecentre at Massey University in New Zealand, plus he's also an entrepreneur himself, having been involved with two start-ups, one of which recently successfully exited, so he's travelled this journey before and can provide extensive advice on what to expect during the incubation and acceleration phases.
Greg Ryan - Greg has worked on research and commercialisation projects involving novel technologies and has extensive experience in detailed technical and economic assessment of project and product feasibility with some of the world’s largest mining and engineering companies. Greg's analytical and legal skills are particularly useful in unpacking contracts, compliance requirements and regulatory issues. He has participated as a UON team member in CSIRO’s ON Prime and Accelerate programs to convert research into commercial outcomes.
Hadi Zulfiqar - Hadi has held operational roles in industrial process plants and project consulting roles in a multinational engineering consulting firm. Through this experience he helps Hub members and researchers to identify IP opportunities and foster relationships with potential commercial partners. Hadi is also a current mentor in the CSIRO On Accelerator program.
The Newcastle Innovation Business Development team maintain a regular presence at Three76 Hub and members can catch up with them on a drop-in or booked meeting basis. In addition to these specific business development and tech transfer skills, members also have access to the broader UON community of experts.
As a UON site, Three76 Hub also has full access to IT and IFS support via the 17000 and 16500 portals.
Our growing membership is drawn from UON's student and staff groups, with a focus on researchers looking to translate knowledge to deliver outcomes and impact. Here's an idea of who you'll find at Three76:
- Applied Virtual Simulation - Profile
- BestPark - Profile
- HaloSOS - Profile
- Rapid Phenotyping - Profile
- Elite Robotics - Profile
Partners and collaborators
Three76 Hub draws on UON's broad network of collaborators who share our passion for discovery and research. A key benefit of membership is access to UON's longstanding relationships with our partners in various industries and sectors, as well as our strong Alumni network. The Hub team co-designs events and info sessions with our Hub members to give them access to the advice and funding opportunities they need at the various stages of their development. In addition to these opportunities, we also have more formal relationships with two highly-regarded incubators.
The Slingshot Accelerator program curriculum gives start-up founders the specific information that they need at the time that they need it. UON has been a proud corporate partner of Slingshot since 2014, and a recent colloboration includes the successful Star4000 course. The Slingshot Accelerator program is delivered in a practical format, the curriculum is acquired as knowledge by participating founders as they apply it to their business. Participants gain the knowledge and skills required to build a global startup across all business disciplines including marketing, finance, sales, operations, product development and accounting.
CSIRO's ON program is dedicated to unearthing amazing research and steering it towards high potential innovative ventures. Established by CSIRO in 2015, ON is an accelerator program which specialises in assisting researchers from the fields of science and technology working on projects that have the potential to shape Australia's future.