Program to support budding Hunter based entrepreneurs closes soon.

Program to support budding Hunter based entrepreneurs closes soon.

The University of Newcastle is calling on innovators across the Hunter region to take part in its I2N Accelerator program.

The program takes curious problem solvers, with teams of up to three founders to become budding entrepreneurs.

The program, now in its second year, offers entrepreneurs mentorship, networking opportunities, peer-to-peer learning, coworking, and a range of workshops led by founders and industry experts.

Applications for the program close Sunday 30 April 2023.

Delivered by the University’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) and supported by Investment NSW through the Boosting Business Innovation Program, the I2N Accelerator is a three-phase program incorporating a pre-accelerator, accelerator, and incubator, providing founders the opportunity to refine and then scale their big idea.

Assistant Director of I2N, Siobhan Curran says the programs have consistently built capacity and established a strong community of founders, mentors, and facilitators.

“The I2N is seeing a demand from tech-enabled entrepreneurs to not only determine if their idea has market potential and is sustainable, but to take it to the next level and scale their breakthrough products and services globally,” Siobhan said.

Siobhan explained that the I2N Accelerator program will provide access to industry heavyweights and help founders validate, prototype, and then scale their business right here in the Hunter region.

“We connect start-ups to community, customers, coaching and capital to help them accelerate to market,” Siobhan said.

“It’s this support that can make or break the success of a new business idea.”

I2N Accelerator will be delivered out of the University’s purpose-built Q Building in the Newcastle CBD – the epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Founders do not need to be connected with the University of Newcastle to be eligible for the program. However, they do need to be headquartered in the Hunter Region.

IMAGE | Ian Jones and Keiran James

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