The Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at UNSW is fostering a community of innovative and passionate startup founders and funders. Our In-Residence Program provides coworking space and resources for up to 6 months to startups that have been through an accelerator program.

Backed by UNSW, it has already seen its first cohort of 16 startups and over 100 entrepreneurs and experts pass through Australia’s first post accelerator program.


The Founders in Residence program is about creating lifelong links with the entrepreneurial community in Sydney and beyond by catalysing entrepreneurs, innovators and makers.

About The FiR Program

Benefits of the program include:

  • The opportunity to participate in a fun and rewarding schedule of networking events, workshops, hackathons and industry presentations.
  • Easy access to some of the best and brightest students at UNSW for interns and hires.
  • Access to the UNSW innovation ecosystem to collaborate and exchange knowledge. Each Founder team has 24/7 access to the MCIC facilities including: • Open-plan co-working office space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Fast Wi-fi
  • Fully-equipped Design Space and Maker Space (limited hours)

Who Are The Founders?

  • Full time startups that have been through one or more incubator or accelerator program.
  • Building a well-defined, innovative product or service.
  • Able to benefit by having access to the MCIC network and UNSW facilities.
  • Passionate about contributing knowledge and experience to our community.

Pay it Forward

The program is based on a pay-it-forward mentality where Founders engage with the MCIC network, UNSW and the wider community through student mentoring, open office hours and contributing to an innovation ecosystem. 

Anyone can book one-on-one time with our Founders for valuable advice. They each have a high level of experience and expertise ready to share. You can book time through their individual profiles.

Want to know more? 

You can contact MCIC's Operations Manager Phil Doran here.