As a CoWorking space and startup incubator focussed on CleanEnergy, Smart Community ventures, we're naturally a bit selective. We want to ensure that our residents are a diverse, contributing community of Founders and Makers, where collectively we can inspire, energise, support and scale the efforts of each of our residents to help them make impact.
With Newcastle, NSW as our base, we're positioned in a beautiful, affordable, abundant and innovative region with a diverse, experienced and capable skills base. That means we're able to focus on things which can prove challenging in other regions - here's a snapshot of what we offer for Startup Support in our beautiful space.
Makerspace facilities + IoT support
Any startup who's worked in the product development space that is integrating hardware and software knows that hardware is hard. We've established a dedicated section of floor-plate in our new co-working facility to support electrical engineering, 3D printing and test benches, with access to some of our regions leading facilities and educators for the big, hard, complex stuff.
We have strong alliances with both University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE to ensure the needs of engineering startups are well catered for, along with emerging manufacturing, product development and global CleanTech alliances. In a region that has advanced manufacturing as a core strength, we're positioning for acceleration of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption by welcoming the early adopters and platform makers building the next generation of connectivity in SmartEnergy, AgTech/FoodTech, CleanEnergy and SmartLiving.
Easy starts, scaled services + legend networks
With a range of experienced entrepreneurs as our founders, we know that in the early days of a new venture, it's important to get traction and visibility with efficient use of precious capital. Accordingly, we offer a sliding scale of involvement, running through the spectrum of:
Virtual Office - for getting a toehold in Newcastles Digital Precinct and becoming part of our community of founders and change-makers;
CoWorking Space - for when you're focussed, growing and needing a strong, flexible base for you and your team, with a variety of spaces, kitchen, showers and conveniences, located in Newcastle West Digital Precinct, where you've got access to great cafes, bars + people;
Networks, Events + Capital - we know that strong startup ecosystems need effective networks to reach out to for the things that matter to every startup (IP, accounting, marketing, incubation + mentoring services) compelling events that help you learn, grow and lead as well as access to funding + acceleration partners who can help you on your journey.
Partner Perks - there are some companies that work hard to make life easier for Startups by providing low cost, subsidised or trial access to enabling platforms. Our residents benefit from access to programs and hardware from Amazon AWS Activate, Thinxtra, SendGrid Accelerate and others. If you're interested in helping our Startups out, we're all ears.
emerging energy platform connectivity
We know from experience that startups in the CleanEnergy space have high hurdles to overcome in their journey, facing hardware + software integration challenges. With innovative residents like SwitchDin and NewieVentures, you have the chance to leverage some of the worlds leading edge SmartEnergy and IoT connectivity platforms for distributed energy and industrial connectivity innovation. This is a game changer, with Eighteen04 based residents and collaborators having access to the combined groups capability of:
SwitchDin’s Virtual Power Plant - this provides both a cloud API (a software interface in the cloud) and an embedded API (a software interface on their Droplet controller) which enables startups to build apps that use energy data or control inverter based systems and loads;
Test inverter, battery, solar and IoT systems with additional access to hardware and software development frameworks, test networks and development kits for rapid prototyping.
CleanEnergy Incubation Alliances - Eighteen04 is one of 3 CleanEnergy Entrepreneurship centres in Australia, recognised for our unique role in supporting advanced manufacturing. As part of that larger group, we have access to the combined impact of a very focussed group of collaborating partners making waves with decarbonisation ventures and innovations.