Take your business to the next level

Wollongong is an emerging centre for entrepreneurs looking to start a new business or scale their start-up.

Home to an active business community with a proven track record of start-up and scale-up success, you can join a supportive environment with like-minded peers. Coupled with cost-effective operating costs, access to a large talent pool, and a research-intensive university, Wollongong offers the ideal location to grow your business.

Accelerate your growth in Wollongong

Whether you want to explore a new business idea or you’re looking for the right place to scale, Wollongong offers a supportive environment to help you reach your goals.

Take a look at some of the reasons why:

Find the right talented professionals

We know that having the right staff on board will play a huge role in your scale-up success. Whether you’re looking for a work-ready graduate to train or a seasoned professional to hit the ground running, the talent pool in Wollongong can help you gain a competitive edge.

Scale-ups based in Wollongong have the perfect conditions to help source the right staff. Cost savings from lower operational costs and lower staff turnover can be channeled into more competitive salaries. Coupled with the lifestyle benefits of living in Wollongong and the work-life balance it has to offer, and local scale-ups often find they are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the right talent.

If you’re after experience, you can tap into the large commuter pool that includes a broad mix of educated and experienced professionals. With thousands commuting to Greater Sydney every day for work, offering an opportunity close to home often means you’ll have your pick of new recruits.

“From a hiring perspective we don’t have the competitive noise of Sydney, and we find the calibre of tech talent incredible.”

– Nick Muldoon, Easy Agile

Entrepreneur support

Home to the region’s business incubator and accelerator, iAccelerate offers support for entrepreneurs looking to turn their ideas into high growth companies.

State-of-the-art research

UOW’s SMART Infrastructure Facility is one of the largest research institutes in the world. Through partnerships and collaboration that bring together experts across different fields, the SMART research team looks to solve some of our biggest challenges.

Industry connections

UOW Advantage SME is an in-house industry match-maker program that helps businesses and researchers find the right partners to explore their ideas.

Testing new technology

Supporting Wollongong’s Smart City status, the Digital Living Lab has developed LoRaWAN technology and partnered with the Internet of Things (IoT) network to test real-life applications of new technologies.

“Being part of iAccelerate has just been really helpful for our business in terms of the contacts, the mentors, and advisors.”

– Monica Knight, Managing Director Ecoheat

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