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The innovation of a city’s people fuels the success of entrepreneurs and businesses, which leads to a more thriving city.

This is the ethos behind the University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N), which aims to drive business growth through innovation and entrepreneurship by helping its members connect with researchers, students and graduates and grow their businesses.

I2N mentors and staff have helped business owners and entrepreneurs drive growth through marketing strategies, start-up journeys, internships and general research navigation.

Since I2N began, it has accelerated more than 70 businesses in their journeys, raised more than $6 million in funding and fostered a community of more than 4400 entrepreneurs and 26 mentors. These figures are indicative of the innovative individuals at the heart of Newcastle’s business and entrepreneurship sector, working together to create success and prosperity whatever their position in the start-up business journey.

The I2N’s locations have now expanded; recent developments in the Hunter Innovation Project have included the newly opened I2N Hub, located in the University’s Honeysuckle campus.

Newcastle’s Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes spoke highly of the I2N Hub, saying that it “will be a dedicated space for students, academics, researchers and entrepreneurs to work alongside industry, technical specialists, business advisors and investors… supporting economic growth, jobs and spurring innovation.”

Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network embodies the originality and enterprising nature of our highly reputable university, with its students and staff at the centre.

 

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