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 115 startups and built a community of 100+ enthusiastic mentors.


Program Specialist

As Program Specialist, Rebecca is facilitating the redevelopment of our program for creative arts projects, while also working with Proto and ProtoX. Rebecca has worked at the USU in varying capacities, with previous experience running and revitalising the Clubs & Societies Program, and working as Innovation Projects Manager. She has recently completed a Master of Marketing at the University of Sydney.


Community and Events Manager

Nina is our operations, marketing and events extraordinaire. Having joined the team after managing marketing with one of Australia’s largest performing arts organisations she brings a wealth of experience to helping INCUBATE manage and foster our startup community.


Innovations Operations Coordinator

Persis is our Operations Coordinator. With a big smile and a can-do attitude, she manages our day-to-day activities and operations and makes sure all INCUBATE and Proto events run smoothly. Persis troubleshoots daily issues and works hard to support the INCUBATE team, community, and anyone that comes through door.


Innovations Project Manager

Lizette is the University of Sydney Union’s Innovations Project Manager. She has been instrumental in helping create and foster the vibrant community that is INCUBATE today and now manages internal innovation projects across the organisation.


Entrepreneur in Residence

Emily Chang has led the design and execution of pre-accelerator and acceleration programs in Australia, including CSIRO ON. She is an organisational and capability development professional with experience working across private industry, government and the research sector. Her core strengths are in facilitation, experimental learning program design and management, leadership development and change management. Emily is also a founder and director of Stoke, a startup focusing on creating experiential learning opportunities in the global research sector.

A huge thank you and acknowledgement to our previous Resident Entrepreneurs that include Matthew Childs (2019), Elyse Danields (2019), Liz Kaelin (2018), Mike Nicholls (2017), Natasha Rawlings (2017), Shane Herft (2016).