What do you get when you take a pitch competition, a cool new space to host it in and a royal guest to oversee proceedings? The official opening of our Macquarie University Incubator!
On Monday 25 September HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York visited the Incubator to officially launch the space and open the NSW leg of the inaugural Pitch@Palace Australia tour.
Founded by the Duke in 2014, Pitch@Palace has given some 400 tech entrepreneurs the kick-start they need, exposing them to some of the most powerful CEOs, influencers, mentors and business partners, and as a result, supporting their growth and connection onto the global stage. This is the first time Pitch@Palace has come to Australia, with rounds hosted by RMIT University, Bond University, and culminating at Macquarie.
John Shi-Nash, Director, Incubation and Entrepreneurship explained the Incubator’s mission is to create a globally-recognised program that enables entrepreneurs to innovate, build and implement impactful solutions to the world’s problems.
“Back in 2016, we realised that there was an under-tapped demand for incubation facilities on campus. Students and researchers were beginning to ask for support in starting businesses and finding out about entrepreneurship as a potential career path. There were also several student groups like MQES (Macquarie Entrepreneurship Society) starting to emerge. The Executive Group decided that a bold plan was needed and committed funding to building an Incubator and associated support programs,” he said.
The Incubator offers start-ups and entrepreneurs the chance to develop their ideas in an inspiring space with hot desks, meeting rooms, conference facilities and a jam-packed calendar of events and training programs. Start-ups are also able to connect with established businesses to help accelerate this process and gain exposure to open up more opportunities.