About Us

 

What is an Incubator?

A business incubator brings together support, connections and a community of founders with innovative business ideas. 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 high growth business in our region.

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

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, we also have great relationships with our Mentors and Innovation Partners to be sure we’re working together to continue growing business in our region.

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 new economy business.

Grow in Business, Grow in Life

We’re bringing together 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

Siobhan Smith

Siobhan Smith

Space Manager

ssmit275@une.edu.au

Dimity Smith

Dimity Smith

Community Manager

dimity.smith@une.edu.au

Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan

Expert in Residence

 

Hamish Webb

Hamish Webb

AgTech Gateway Manager

Hugh Taylor

Hugh Taylor

Events & Comms Officer

htaylo29@une.edu.au

Matthew Wysel

Matthew Wysel

Researcher in Residence

mwysel2@une.edu.au

Dorianne Coventry

Dorianne Coventry

AgTech Gateway Coordinator

Elliot Picone

Elliot Picone

Project Officer

epicone2@une.edu.au

Sue-Ellen Hogan

Sue-Ellen Hogan

UNE Tamworth Centre Manager

shogan23@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 to grow business in regional NSW, 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.