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The Macquarie University Incubator offers a vibrant and accessible space for students, researchers, staff, entrepreneurs and start-ups to work on their research or ideas that can be commercialised. The goal is to foster a growing entrepreneurial community that can share and contribute experience and resources to help foster ideas during their early stages of development.
Work on the new Incubator building and programs began mid 2016 building on the lessons learnt from the temporary pop-up incubator which had been in operation on campus.
The team adopted innovative construction techniques to allow for rapid construction, utilising sustainable materials and high levels of sustainable design, including:
- Primarily made of plywood, the building sits lightly on the ground and minimally impacts the earth and soil below it.
- The building incorporates pavilions that are naturally ventilated and uses the first air conditioning of its kind in Australia, which automatically regulates temperatures in the space depending on where occupants are located.
- Solar panels on the roof offset 60 per cent of power usage.
- There is more than 1 km of LED strip lighting in place.
The Incubator officially opened in August 2017. For more information about the Incubator and to learn more about using the space, visit the Incubator website. You can also stay updated by signing up for their newsletter.
The Macquarie University Incubator was recognised in four categories in the 18th Australian Timber Design Awards in 2017: Innovative Structural Design, Engineered Timber, Timber Panels, and Timber Windows and Doors.