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Webinar – The Ins and Outs of Incubators and Accelerators

26 May@10:00 am - 11:00 am


Many local governments are exploring the potential of establishing incubator spaces and accelerator programs to activate local economies and town centres. This webinar provides the learnings from our guest speakers who have established and operated Incubators and delivered accelerator programs in both a metropolitan and regional setting.

Find out what to consider in your exploration including what is the difference between incubators and accelerators, what are the business considerations in establishing these resources and how do you make their operations a viable concern.

This webinar is delivered by the NSW State Practitioner Network of EDA.


Sam Avitaia, Project Manager, Bega Valley Innovation Hub, iAccelerate Innovation Network
Working in the tertiary education sector for over 25 years, Sam is the Manager of the University of Wollongong’s regional campus in Bega NSW and project manager for the Bega Valley Innovation Hub, one of Australia’s first small‐scale regional Business Accelerators launched in 2018. Sam is current Vice President of SPERA, The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia.


Daniel Murphy, Business Development Manager, Department of Regional NSW
Daniel has over 15 years’ experience in various corporate and government roles. Daniel has worked in regional economic development for the past 4 years and was intimately involved supporting the delivery of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. Throughout 2020 he worked in a region heavily impacted by bushfires and supporting business recover – despite the impacts of Covid 19. Daniel has developed and delivered greenhouse action programs for various organisations, including the NSW Green Globe winning Tathra Community Solar Farm – one of Australia’s first community backed solar farms.


Tim Boyle, Director, Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO
Tim has led the development and implementation of ANSTO’s strategic initiatives working collaboratively with ANSTO stakeholders, industry, community partners and government. This includes the ANSTO Innovation Precinct and the Nandin Innovation Centre. He also co-ordinates ANSTO’s knowledge transfer and commercialisation initiatives. Tim is also the Chair of ATTP – (formerly The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals) a global peak body for Research Enterprise and Innovation. Representing over 20,000 individuals through an alliance of 14 international peak professional associations.


Michelle Long, Associate Director, Sydney Startup Hub
One of the largest innovation spaces of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Accommodating up to 1,800 people across 11 floors, the Sydney Startup Hub provides startups with access to mentoring, networking and investment and brings together leading incubators, accelerators and innovation programs in one central location. In this role, Michelle provides high-level advice relating to the Hub and its operations. She manages key stakeholders and tenants, and designs and implements programs which are aimed to strengthen and support the ecosystem and make NSW the most effective place to grow a startup.





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26 May
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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