Startups begin with an idea or a product. Founders are the entrepreneurs that move from idea to founding a business. At the UNE SMART Region Incubator we support our regional startups by providing the space and resources that they need to succeed in taking their idea and creating a successful business – one way to do this is to hear from those who’ve already trodden this path.

At our August conversation, held at the Gold Fish Bowl Bakery in Armidale, we heard from SRI Founder Dave Rubie of Smart Shepherd, who spoke to us on ‘Hows’ and ‘Whys’ of getting a product designed and made.

Dave came through the HAX Accelerator in China with his product – he shared the journey of finalising his prototype and the direction given by the accelerator advisors, who offered key insights and advice throughout this process on manufacturing, supply chain management and distribution.

Our conversation series is for UNE SMART Region Incubator Founders, or anyone who’s thinking of starting their own business, or for someone who has an existing business but is keen to innovate or just like to rub shoulders with entrepreneurs and startups!