Who We Are

Helping Entrepreneurs Discover Community & Capacity

About the Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast is located at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) campus at Sippy Downs. Opening in 2002, the Centre has quickly become a key entrepreneurial hub for the Sunshine Coast region, regularly hosting events to maintain vital links between business, government, the University and Innovation Centre members. With an extensive network of connections, the Innovation Centre provides a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurs and start ups looking to grow their ventures and thrive in a sustainable way.

With the help of the Innovation Centre’s energetic community, entrepreneurs and startups can take a viable product to the world with confidence. Many successful founders were studying at university during their startup phase and Centre’s like the Innovation Centre have proven that they can make a valuable contribution to entrepreneurial startups and high-growth companies which better ensure a sustainable future.

The team and its network of mentors, partners and supporters has nurtured over 190 resident start-ups and high growth businesses, placed over 200 internships, helped companies raise more than $34 million in early stage capital and employed over 845 people.

The Centre has a strong relationship with the University of the Sunshine Coast which boasts over 15,000 students and sits among a thriving knowledge precinct with over $3 Billion in projects underway within a 7 kilometre radius.

For more information on our membership opportunities, please visit our membership page or contact us.


The Centre can also connect you with USC's Research and Development expertise which includes:

  • University of the Sunshine Coast researchers collaborate with local, national and international governments, institutions and industries to deliver innovative, high-quality research with real impact. 
  • In 2015 the Australian Research Council ranked the University well above world standard in nine key research areas and equal to world standard in five others. 

For more information, visit USC's Research and Innovation page.

The University of the Sunshine Coast also has established a number of well-established research partnerships as part of its mission to increase the efficiency of research outcomes. A range of funding agencies also support USC research.

USC has partnerships with the following organisations, groups, universities and government agencies:

Learn more at USC's Research Partnerships page.