About INCUBATE

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
Morrison

Director

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.

James
Alexander

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.

Lizette
Lee

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.

Christopher
Michaelides

Entrepreneur Associate

Christopher manages INCUBATE’s latest pre-accelerator program: proto and helps students navigate the start of their entrepreneurial journey. Christopher brings early-stage startup experience to the team and has won many global hackathons.

 

Mike
Nicholls

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.

Natasha
Rawlings

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.