The Innovation Precinct hosts an incubator program where we grow commercially focused ideas towards industry implementation or spin-outs.


If you’re looking to grow your company the Innovation Precinct incubator is the right place for you to grow. From students to small startups, right through to established businesses and industry partners, our incubator has something to offer.

There are lots of ways we can help incubate your business on campus in different locations, because the Fire Station is just the front door, the Precinct is the whole university.

Innovation Pipeline

We understand that all entrepreneurs have to start somewhere. The Swinburne Innovation Precinct provides a framework and program of activities to assist at any stage in your journey.

From the knowledge-building suite of taught courses at undergraduate and post graduate level to our pre-accelerator programs such as Swinburne Venture Cup and CSIRO Prime, right through to our accelerator programs, we can guide you on the necessary steps to build and test a commercially viable product or service.

Our framework covers the critical stages of development from ideation to commercialisation through three key programs of activity

  • Ignite: Structured innovation and entrepreneurship training experiences for students, building innovative and entrepreneurial graduates
  • Inspire: Innovation skills workshops and co-creation spaces @Swinburne, helping you to turn knowledge into know-how and start your innovation journey
  • Innovate: The Swinburne Innovation Precinct incubator, supporting the journey from pre-seed to scale-up

Startup partners

Every project is different and that sometimes means the best people to help you might not be entirely located in the Precinct. That‘s why we are connected with a range of other startup programs locally and nationally such as CSIRO ON Prime and CSIRO ON Accelerator. Through the Precinct, we are able to nominate participants to compete for places in each round of these programs, which are funded by the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Co-creation space

Embed yourself

Our co-working spaces within the Fire Station enable business partners to fully immerse themselves in Swinburne’s disruptive innovation culture.

This embedding process also allows partners to access the full breadth of Swinburne’s innovation capabilities, including the Design Factory Melbourne, Factory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab, in addition to:

  • a range of accelerator programs
  • participation in workshops and seminars
  • prototyping facilities
  • office space in a co-working environment
  • meeting and function rooms, including a commercial kitchen
  • administrative facilities (e.g. photocopying, Wi-Fi, etc.)

MedCorp Technologies


MedCorp Technologies

MedCorp Technologies is a startup medical device company founded by Swinburne Alumni Jacqueline Savage. It develops wearable technologies for the healthcare industry, such as the wearable patient monitoring and drug infusion device.

Jacqui won the Emerging Leader award at the 2016 Most Valuable Women in Leadership Awards.

Entrepreneurs in residence

Our mentoring program supports entrepreneurial teams by providing students and staff with an opportunity to learn from the best. Our Entrepreneur in Residence program brings leading experts together from international innovation hubs in Israel, the United States and Europe.

Innovation Precinct fellows

The Innovation Precinct appoints Industry and Academic Fellows on an annual basis.

Academic Fellows

Academic fellows are appointed via a competitive application process and retain their appointment for 1 year. The role focusses on:

  • mentoring students
  • providing technical expertise and guidance to startup groups
  • collaborating with external partners through workshops and accelerator and incubators activities.

Being an Innovation Precinct academic fellow provides valuable professional skills and mentoring development opportunities. Fellows are also supported to explore and test possible commercial outcomes from existing research.

The following talented individuals will be sharing their skills and knowledge with us and our partners in 2017:

  • Dr Naomi Birdthistle
  • Associate Professor Philip Branch
  • Associate Professor Chris Fluke
  • Professor Tino Fuss
  • Dr Justin Leontini
  • Dr Chris Mason
  • Associate Professor Jeffrey Pfeifer
  • Dr Nicole Ronald
  • Dr Suku Sukunesan
  • Mr Andrew Trevillian

Industry fellows

As part of our commitment to tangible industry engagement and connection, the Precinct will invite select industry partners to apply to become Industry Fellows. As an adjunct appointment the role will last for 1 year and involves:

  • mentoring startup groups
  • participation in precinct workshops and accelerator and incubator activities.

This valuable appointment provides Industry Fellows with the opportunity undertake their own challenge project in collaboration with Swinburne students and researchers. It also provides access to project prototyping capabilities and precinct facilities.