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What is the i2N Incubator @ DaSH?

The i2N Incubator @ DaSH is a 6-month rolling Incubator program, designed to support entrepreneurs and provide a platform for them to start, scale, or strengthen their early-stage businesses. 

Applications are open to businesses who are less than 12 months old, and billing less than $5000 per month. Unfortunately, due to limited positions, applications are closed to consultants, freelancers, agencies and collectives. However, if you don't fit those criteria but you're working on an innovative business idea, you may still be eligible. Apply at the bottom of this page.

The i2N is the Integrated Innovation Network, a project delivered in partnership with the University of Newcastle and enabled by the NSW Department of Industry. DaSH was the first operational Hub in the i2N - which will eventually include a number of interconnected nodes for the innovators in the community.

Why Join?

Starting and scaling a business is hard. Quite hard, in fact.

Minimising risk, implementing strong systems, acquiring customers and a hundred other priorities are competing for your time, and it is hard to work ON your business at the same time as working IN it.

Joining the i2N Incubator @ DaSH will provide you with support and services to make working ON your business more effective. You'll have access to:

  • Mentoring. You'll have access to 2 hours per month with succesful entrepreneurs from our region. Each mentor is highly specialised, highly engaged, and keen to share their knowledge and help you grow your business.
  • Subsidised membership at DaSH CoWork. You'll have half your membership paid for by UoN, and receive the full benefits of Full-Time Membership at our Charlestown location. Team memberships (2+ desks) are further discounted.
  • Workshops and Business Development opportunities delivered by local professionals, Partner organisations and DaSH Community members. If you'd like to run one yourself, that's encouraged too!
  • Networking opportunities that aren't lame. Not many people enjoy traditional networking events these days. Joining an active, curated Community of entrepreneurs and professionals is a way to make strong connections organically without the cringe.
  • Awesome entitlements to Partner discounts. DaSH and UoN aren't the only ones who want to help you grow your business. Check out the partners below to see a few of the offers available to i2N Incubator members.

Want something else added to the list of benefits? Let us know what you'd like as part of your membership!


i2N Incubator Partners

IBM BlueMix

Integrate high-performance cloud infrastructure and cutting-edge services into your IT environment with the IBM Bluemix cloud platform.

i2N Incubator @ DaSH members are entitled to USD $12,000 in cloud credits in addition to technical mentoring with IBM engineers.


Carry out marketing more effectively and fill your sales pipeline efficiently with HubSpot.

Members are entitled to a 90% discount with the HubSpot Sales Professional and Marketing Professional package. 

Amazon Web Services - Activate

Amazon Web Services provides startups with the low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups, including AirbnbSlack, and Robinhood, have leveraged the power of AWS to quickly scale.

Members are entitled to:

SendGrid Accelerate

SendGrid is a Techstars company founded in 2009. They have developed a cloud-based platform that solves the challenge of email delivery. SendGrid successfully deliver over 1 billion customer engagement emails each day for Internet and mobile-based customers like Uber, Airbnb, Pandora, Spotify and FourSquare.

Sendgrid have partnered with DaSH to offer:

  • $3,000 of credits (or $249.95 per month for 12 months) for free use of the Pro 300K Plan, which provides up to 300K emails per month on a dedicated IP for optimal deliverability
  • 6 months free access to to stress-test web­ apps & APIs with thousands of concurrent connections
  • Gain valuable insights from our experienced global mentors and tap into our worldwide network of accelerators and early-stage VC funds
  • Get up and running fast and at the highest level with our hands-on technical support, ongoing training, and valuable deliverability coaching


Alibaba have partnered with DaSH to offer their cloud solutions to our Startups.

  • Free credits with Alibaba Cloud
  • Architecture support
  • Marketing Assistance
  • A bridge to enter the Chinese market.

Any technology business seeking a pathway into Asia would be well-advised to check out this offer!

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