Swinburne Innovation Precinct
Turn your ideas into reality.
Swinburne’s dynamic Innovation Precinct is the university's epicentre of creativity and disruption.
With the aim to fast-track the development and marketing of new ventures, the precinct offers programs, events, creative spaces to students, startups and industry.
Whether your idea is big or small, we want to hear from you. With strong ties to industry, rigorous research capabilities and an approach that encourages multi-disciplinary teamwork, we can help you get real-world impact.
The Innovation Precinct is supported by Design Factory Melbourne, Factory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab.
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Our 2023 highlights
Swinburne and the Menzies Foundation partner to explore new leadership paradigms to bring Australia forward through a series of events.
How to start a startup
This workshop will help you discover your inner entrepreneur and equip you with the skills, knowledge and mindset to kickstart your startup, venture or social enterprise.
Win $5000 and meet investors at this pitch competition open to early-stage ventures.
Are you an early-stage founder wanting to turn your startup idea into reality? Kickstart your founder journey in our six-week program.
Our focus is to prepare new ventures for growth. Find your market fit and commercialise your idea through this dynamic 12-week program.
Deep dive into a topic such as fundraising, startup storytelling or marketing, and hear from experts in their field.
Startup Lean Canvas Workshops
Learn how to take your idea to market and adopt the tools and processes needed to efficiently test and develop your business.
- Research Impact
CAPEX22 is a showcase highlighting the outcomes of more than 200 final year student projects from the Swinburne School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies.Register now (CAPEX22)
The AGSE Oration presents Jefferson Harcourt
The Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) invites you to the Annual Oration to hear from Australian entrepreneur and Swinburne alumnus, Jefferson Harcourt.Register now (The AGSE Oration presents Jefferson Harcourt)
Info Night: Swinburne Venture Cup 2022
Got a startup idea to share with the world? Swinburne Venture Cup 2022 can be the start to commercialise your venture further.Register now (Info Night: Swinburne Venture Cup 2022 )
Masterclass: Key Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
Join us for a virtual Masterclass with Toby Norgate, partner in the corporate and commercial team at Colin Biggers & Paisley.Register now (Masterclass: Key Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs)
Info Night: Swinburne Pre-Accelerator Program
If you've dreamt about becoming your own boss, or have a business idea you want to explore, this is your chance to make it happen.Register now (Info Night: Swinburne Pre-Accelerator Program)
Are you a researcher with a brilliant idea?
We can help you develop it into a marketable product or service through our Innovation Fellows Program.
Are you a student looking for experience?
Learn how to disrupt the good way through our 24-week Innovation Precinct Student Ambassador Program.
Our latest news
Zero-emissions aviation the focus for first Founder In Residence
Hydrogen and battery-powered air travel is on the horizon, thanks to Swinburne’s new Founder in Residence Rachael Barritt.Tuesday 31 January 2023
Global innovator to chair Innovation Precinct Advisory Board
Leading social innovator and entrepreneur Geoff Gourley will be the next chair of the Swinburne Innovation Precinct Advisory Board.Tuesday 07 December 2021
Meet the startups from the 2021 Swinburne Accelerator Program
The Swinburne Accelerator Program welcomes five new teams to participate in a 12-week intensive to grow their startup with the help of experienced mentors.Tuesday 22 June 2021
Global expansion for Swinburne Venture Cup in 2020
This year’s Ventre Cup pitching competition for start-ups featured nine teams from Melbourne, Sydney, Sarawak and Hanoi.Wednesday 16 December 2020
New members appointed to Swinburne Innovation Precinct Board
Swinburne welcomes its newly appointed Innovation Precinct Board members.Monday 05 October 2020
Study innovation with us
Swinburne offers cutting-edge courses and study streams tailored to help you think, act and succeed like a true entrepreneur.
Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship
The Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship is Australia’s first dedicated entrepreneurship school. Our suite of postgraduate programs are co-created with industry to provide vital, up-to-the-minute, real-world knowhow.
Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The first course of its kind in the world, our Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation course teaches how to successfully launch and scale a business idea, whether as a startup or within a company, and become a leader of innovation.
Minor in innovation!
Did you know? You can study a minor in innovation as part of your bachelor's degree. Through this specialisation, you’ll develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skills in ideation, creative problem-solving and personal agency. Units include Lean Startup Springboard, Toolbox for Prototyping and Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Innovation Challenge Project.
Professor Karen HapgoodDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Abhay SethDirector, Commercial Innovation Programs
To learn more about our dedicated Innovation Precinct team and advisory panel, visit our people page.
Start-up and spin-off companies for research translation
Learn more about our successful spin-off companies, formed through research partnerships with businesses and industry.
How you can reach us
Book a space to innovate
Located in the former Fire Station dating back to 1910, the Innovation Precinct boasts an impressive event space and areas for collaboration. You can book these spaces for activities that align with our goal of supporting innovation and developing an innovative ecosystem.
Swinburne Innovation Hub (The Fire Station),
66-68 William Street,
Hawthorn VIC 3122
(Enter from McLeod Lane.)
Ready to innovate?
If you have any questions, need more information or want to know how we can help turn your big idea into a real thing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.