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 day-to-day SRI team consists of our Director based in Armidale, Dr Lou Conway, our Community & Outreach Manager based in Moree, Dimity Smith, our Space Manager based in Armidale, Elliot Picone, Events & Communications Officer, Hugh Taylor and UNE SRI Researcher in Residence Matthew Wysel.

The SRI also has contractors who deliver the AgTech Gateway Program to support growing and scaling agtech founders across the New England and North West, Hamish Webb and Dorianne Coventry.





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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