About Us

 

What is an Incubator?

A business incubator gives support to startups with innovative business ideas by providing the resources a new business needs to succeed. Be it work space, expertise in the form of experience or research, data or information on funding opportunities, the UNE SMART Region Incubator is equipped to assist with the development of businesses in our region.

Safe to Fail + Safe to Grow

The UNE SMART Region Incubator is built on the understanding that success for our region comes from collaboration and shared resources, which is why we’re not only home to our startups or Founders, we also have great relationships with our Mentors and Innovation Partners to be sure we’re working together to continue growing agribusiness and agetch in our region.

We’re supported by the Department of Industry’s Boosting Business Innovation Program, developed to accelerate innovation in NSW by supporting greater collaboration between research organisations like University of New England and their business communities.

Come with Ideas, Come with Skill

With spaces in Tamworth and Armidale and connections across the state, the UNE SMART Region Incubator is the place to jump into the work of building the next generation of smarter AgTech.

Grow in Business, Grow in Life

We’re bringing together remarkable data collected with cutting edge technology, internationally-renowned researchers and our business communities, with a common goal to cultivate a thriving regional economy.

Meet the Team

Lou Conway

Lou Conway

Director

mconway@une.edu.au

Dorianne Coventry

Dorianne Coventry

AgTech Gateway Coordinator

Siobhan Smith

Siobhan Smith

Space Manager

ssmit275@une.edu.au

Dimity Smith

Dimity Smith

Community Manager

dimity.smith@une.edu.au

Hamish Webb

Hamish Webb

AgTech Gateway Manager

Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan

Expert in Residence

 
Sue-Ellen Hogan

Sue-Ellen Hogan

Community Manager

shogan23@une.edu.au

Hugh Taylor

Hugh Taylor

Events & Communications Officer

htaylo29@une.edu.au

Matthew Wysel

Matthew Wysel

Researcher in Residence

mwysel2@une.edu.au

We Are Founders, Mentors & Innovation Partners

It all starts with Founders. Fresh Start-ups, grow into Established SMEs. If you want to be part of the community, but can’t relocate, join us as an Affiliate Founder. There’s a place for you at the UNE SMART Region Incubator.
Mentors guide Founders through their growth journey. Old hands and domain experts from business and academia. We’re always on the look-out for more Mentors; connect with us, and help Founders build their business while you excel yours.
Innovation Partners give back time and opportunities. They keep their eyes on the bigger picture and keep Founders and Mentors on track. Bring your Corporate opportunities or your community connections.
Engage other members with your network; tap into theirs.