Established 2012

Co-founded in 2012 by two entrepreneurial students and developed by the University of Sydney Union, Australia’s oldest and largest student union, in partnership with the University of Sydney INCUBATE has grown to become a leading startup accelerator program in Australia.

What started off as an experiment has quickly become a leading force in Higher Education entrepreneurship. INCUBATE fosters a proactive community of entrepreneurs to meaningfully support student entrepreneurs to launch successful startup ventures on campus.

The dedicated team have now helped hundreds of student entrepreneurs from all disciplines; supported the creation of over 80 startups and built a community of 100+ enthusiastic mentors.

(L-R: Christopher, Jo, James, Lizette & Mike)



Jo is the Director of the University of Sydney Union’s Innovations Department. She has helped INCUBATE grow since its inception and continues to help shape the direction of the program and entrepreneurship support at The University of Sydney.


Co-founder & Program Manager

James founded INCUBATE in 2012 after graduating from Computer Science at The University of Sydney. James helps the startups, design the programs and shape the future of INCUBATE. James also teaches and is a regular guest speaker on youth entrepreneurship at events around the world.


Associate Program Manager

Christopher manages INCUBATE’s pre-accelerator program: proto, helping students navigate the start of their entrepreneurial journey. Christopher also brings startup experience to the main accelerator program and has won many global hackathons.


Marketing and Community Manager

Lizette is our community hustler. She has been instrumental in helping create and foster the vibrant community that is INCUBATE today. From INCUBATE’s social marketing to organising our various events that have attracted 1000s of attendees the past two years.



Resident Entrepreneur

Mike brings 2 decades worth of startup-founder and technology experience to help INCUBATE’s accelerator participants. Mike also works at Main Sequence Ventures and invests in world-changing technology companies.


Resident Entrepreneur

Natasha founded a location-based and mobile marketing start-up, StreetHawk, and has been heavily active in the Australian start-up community including mentoring at INCUBATE and being the CEO of an organisation helping women tech entrepreneurs scaling for growth.