UNE SMART Region Incubator

Connect to an ecosystem of opportunity

A Regional Incubator

A support framework around your startup as it grows.

Imagine working within a network of other Startups a few months, years or decades on from where you are now.

The UNE SMART Region Incubator is a friendly, focused and connected community built to join regional businesses with growth potential together with academic community research, business mentors, corporate and community partners.

New Startups come here to work hard, build smart, fail well and pivot fast.



Jobs Created




Founders develop their skills, knowledge and networks whilst being supported within an ecosystem of opportunities.

Founders are bringing to market solutions for agriculture, health, environmental services and creative industries.

Founders come from diverse backgrounds and with different industry experience with ambition to grow enterprise out of regional NSW.






The UNE SRI team consists of our Director based in Armidale, Dr. Lou Conway. Our Startup Connectors are, Alison Treloar in Tamworth and Anna Harrison in Moree. Our Startup Promoter, Edwina Bach is also based in Armidale. See the Team section for more information.





In Residence

Our more permanent mentors in the SRI are named Experts in Residence and the “EiR” program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Technology.  The Experts in Residence work one to one with founders and have specialist knowledge in strategy and help founders to explore larger markets including international opportunities.








We connect business professionals, industry experts, researchers, venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs with startups. Mentoring can be a key relationship to inspire and support the journey of business growth.




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