Launch Pad Western Sydney University

An initiative by Western Sydney University focusing on fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and industry partnerships.

Launch Pad is an initiative by Western Sydney University that focuses on fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and industry partnerships in the Western Sydney region. As part of the university's broader ecosystem, Launch Pad aims to support startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and entrepreneurs through various programs, resources, and partnerships.

Launch Pad is designed to connect the university's resources and facilities with the business community to drive innovation and economic growth in the region. It provides startups and entrepreneurs with access to a wide range of services, including mentorship, networking opportunities, incubation, co-working spaces, and industry partnerships. Launch Pad supports startups through various ways, such as:

  • Incubation and Acceleration: Providing startups with structured programs to develop their business ideas, refine their models, and accelerate growth.
  • Mentorship and Guidance: Offering mentorship from industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs to guide startups through challenges.
  • Networking and Collaboration: Facilitating connections between startups, industry partners, students and academic researchers to foster collaboration and innovation.
  • Access to University Resources: Startups can benefit from the university's research and manufacturing facilities, expertise, and talent pool, creating opportunities for innovation.

Don Wright – Executive Director, Enterprise

Why was Launch Pad set up?

Launch Pad started in 2015 to drive startup activity in the Western Sydney region. Launch Pad aims to support a broad range of industries with the main driver industries being largely around health, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and sustainability. 

Why do you believe it’s important to be based in Parramatta?

Parramatta is a really important location because it’s Sydney second CBD. There is a lot of really strong commercial activity in Parramatta. It is a great base to build the startup community, to access first customers and to access their markets, and there’s a great diverse community in Parramatta, which is really important as well. 

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