* CSU is a founding partner of Upstairs, the first regional startup hub in the NSW Central West
* Upstairs provides 24/7 access to internet, 32 workstations, meeting conference spaces, mentors, professional development programs, training and access to investors
* Extends the opportunities for research and knowledge partnerships between CSU, regional business and innovative individuals
Charles Sturt University (CSU) with its co-founders the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Bathurst Regional Council, and Reliance Bank, was part of the launch of the Upstairs Startup Hub in Bathurst on Monday 23 April, launched by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Small Business, and Skills, Mr John Barilaro, MP.
CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) Professor Mary Kelly said
support of the Upstairs Incubator Hub in Bathurst is a natural fit for CSU.
“Charles Sturt University is very proud to be a part of a program that will have a real impact on further developing knowledge in our regional communities. The shared commitment of the co-founders to bring this capability to the Central West is inspired by the talent and energy for innovation in our region,” Professor Kelly said.
“We are excited by the pathways to further innovation this program will open up in the NSW Central West. Upstairs will also provide an opportunity for our students and staff to participate and contribute as a key part of this new innovation ecosystem.”
Upstairs is a community-founded startup hub tailored to creating new, innovative businesses in the Bathurst region. Upstairs hosts 32 dedicated workstations for entrepreneurs, as well as hot desks, breakout spaces, meeting rooms, conference facilities and a ping-pong table. The space has 24/7 access, internet, kitchen, and everything else one might need as a start-up.
Professor Kelly said additional value comes from access to expert-in-residence Mr James Triggs and the mentor program which partners start-ups with mentors with relevant backgrounds to help them move their idea and business forward.
“Along with the University’s CenWest Innovate, AgriTech Incubator and Walan Mayinygu, Upstairs is another branch of entrepreneurial opportunities for the wider community and Charles Sturt University students, alumni and academics,” Professor Kelly said.