Charles Sturt University Innovation Hub

Leader of Regional Innovation

Supporting the regions' innovators for over four years, the Charles Sturt University Innovation Hub has a range of initiatives offered across the University's footprint of regional NSW. The Innovation Hubs' programs work to develop ground breakers: from a flicker of an idea to full blown startup phase. The Innovation Hub offers pre-accelerator programs, founder events, innovation and entrepreneurship programs for university and high school students.

  • Our Purpose

    The mission of the Innovation Hub is to support the development of the start-up ecosystem and SME business innovation in regional NSW by:

    • Supporting human capacity and infrastructure development
    • Supporting other regional development, government and business agencies working towards similar goals
    • Collaborating with local businesses actively supporting start-ups and SMEs.

    The Innovation Hub will achieve these goals through:

    • Tailored incubator programs
    • Offering specialised innovation programs supporting university and high school students

How to get involved

If you would like to participate in one of our pre-accelerator programs, founder events, innovation and entrepreneurship programs for students, or simply learn more about the Innovation Hub, contact us.

The Ready To Launch Program

Ready To Launch: Charles Sturt’s Pre-Accelerator Program

The Ready To Launch program will help you take your business, product or service from idea to execution in 10 weeks.

This program is suited to emerging entrepreneurs across regional NSW from all industries and sectors.  It's a hands-on, immersive and practical experience that uses Lean Startup principles, to bring your idea to life.

Starts: Monday 21st February 2022

Applications now open!

The Founders Collective

The Founders Collective is a warm and supportive online community for startup founders, entrepreneurs and business owners in regional Australia, and provides a community to which founders can share, connect, evolve and grow with others who get the rollercoaster journey of the founder.

With the first Founders Collective event taking place in Wagga Wagga in early 2020, the onset of COVID-19 saw the program of events shift to the online space launching the Founders Collective Facebook Group. The Innovation Hub run a number of online and in-person events for business owners and startup founders through the Founders Collective, accessible to people across regional NSW and beyond. The online Founders Collective boasts hundreds of members from across the region with a diverse range of backgrounds.

Emerge Series

Charles Sturt University Innovation Hubs brings you.... The Emerge Program 2022: Building Skills for the Future. 

*This Program is for Wagga Wagga High School and University students.

The Emerge Program is a fully funded opportunity offered to Wagga Wagga high school (Y9-11) and university students to gain valuable skills identified as critical to the future workforce: design thinking, coding and developing a growth and entrepreneurial mindset.


Join us for our exciting events, that will help you up your business/startup game, sharpen your mind and make you think!​

Stan Grant in conversation with leading water advocate and one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world, Mina Guli. Click here to watch this thought provoking and inspired video. Available for a limited time only.

What people are saying

Leanne Sanders

The Ready to Launch Program lit that fire in me to reconnect with my ‘why’ and build that into the business model. Also, discovering how to share Visual Dreaming as a story rather than a business, and learning to pitch that in a way that people could understand, was incredibly confidence-building.

Leanne Sanders Founder of Visual Dreaming Visual Dreaming

Our community

NSW GovernmentThe Scale Institute Henty Machinery Field Days

Our team

Siobhain Howard

Siobhain Howard

Project Officer

Michelle Shearer

Michelle Shearer

Communications Officer