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.

Team photo at Demo Day

Celebrating 5 years at our Class 10 Demo Day

Ashlea
Wallington

Director Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ashlea is the Director of the University of Sydney Union’s Innovations Department. With a wealth of experience in building leading partnerships, Ashlea has recently joined the team to help INCUBATE grow and expand.

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.

Christopher
Michaelides

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.

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.

 

Liz
Kaelin

Resident Entrepreneur (2018)

Liz is the former founder and CEO of Australian food tech startup Caitre’d which was acquired in 2017. As first-time entrepreneurs, Liz and her business partner Phillip Doran bootstrapped and built Caitre’d from a mere idea into Australia’s first “office catering concierge” turning over $1 million yearly upon their exit.

Mike
Nicholls

Resident Entrepreneur (2017)

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 (2017)

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.