Landcom and Western Sydney University partner on startup program for the property sector

Landcom and Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Business Incubator have launched an innovative business program, called Urban Futures, tailored to fast-track property industry startups.


Landcom Executive General Manager Matthew Beggs said the three-month Urban Futures accelerator will not only catalyse innovation within the property industry, but will also support Landcom and Western Sydney University’s shared priority of enhancing urban living in Western Sydney and Australia.


“We are proud to partner with Western Sydney University on this new accelerator program, which will introduce cutting-edge thinking to the sector. Opportunities lie in liveability, sustainability, and compliance and regulation management and our aim is to discover and help scale great ideas,” said Matthew Beggs.


Successful startup applicants will receive full Launch Pad and Landcom support, including networks and mentoring from industry and commercialisation experts, links to researchers and tech-partners, access to co-working and collaborative workspaces, business training, discounted business and legal services and links to funding opportunities and potential customers.


“Landcom and Western Sydney University Launch Pad share the common values of addressing environmental and social development issues within Western Sydney and its communities. This cutting-edge accelerator program reflects the strength of our alliance and working relationship,” said Don Wright, Head of Launch Pad Innovation Program with Western Sydney University.


The Landcom ‘Urban Futures’ Accelerator Program applications are currently open, the cut-off for applications is 2 March, 2020. Visit, for more information.


Media Contact

Clare Patience, senior media officer, Western Sydney University, 0418 958 005.


About Landcom

Landcom is the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation. We are a State Owned Corporation working with government and the private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver exemplary housing projects that provide social and economic benefits to the people of NSW.

Landcom helps the NSW Government achieve its urban management objectives by taking a lead role in improving the supply, diversity and affordability of new housing. Our mission is to create more affordable and sustainable communities.



About Launch Pad at Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University Launch Pad is a one-stop business and innovation support program that provides facilities, assistance and resources for startups and high-growth technology based businesses in Western Sydney.


Western Sydney University Launch Pad plays a pivotal role in transforming the regional economy towards an innovation-driven future.

India opportunity for NSW advanced manufacturing SMEs and startups

Up to eight advanced manufacturing SMEs and startups from across the State are being offered a major business development opportunity in India under the NSW-India Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission, a joint initiative by the NSW Government and Western Sydney University.

Ms Kylie Bell,Executive Director, Trade and Investment at NSW Treasury said “India is fast emerging as an economic powerhouse, a significant consumer market and a global innovator. Building better links between our manufacturing ecosystems and strengthening trade pathways will help NSW businesses become market ready and future-proof our local businesses.”

Delivered by the NSW Government together with Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad, the NSW-India Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission invites NSW advanced manufacturing companies to apply for the program.

The initiative provides an opportunity for select companies to gain unique business insights and meet with potential customers, clients, distributors, technology and industry partners that can help deliver them success in the Indian market.

“The advanced manufacturing trade mission is the final initiative as part of the $1.58 million NSW-India Technology Partnership announced by the Premier during her 2018 visit to India. The program has been highly successful in helping NSW businesses access the Indian market and secure commercial outcomes for participants. We are looking forward to seeing similar results for NSW manufacturing companies,” Ms Bell said.

Don Wright, Western Sydney University’s Head of the Launch Pad Innovation Program said, “As NSW builds a new generation manufacturing sector based on Industry 4.0 and disruptive product and process technologies, a wave of global market opportunities are emerging. Markets, such as India, offer innovative manufacturers in NSW potential to diversify and grow their businesses in areas such as medtech, defence and agri-tech. This mission is a key opportunity for local companies to take the first steps in understanding and building connections in the Indian market.”

Applicants will be evaluated against several criteria, including maturity, innovation, and market-fit by a panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs. Shortlisted applicants will receive;

  • An intensive program of collaborative workshops, seminars and networking events at Western Sydney University and in India
  • Mentoring from industry experts
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation for a 10-day visit to India
  • A bespoke business program while in India to meet potential customers, commercial partners and to learn directly from India-based manufacturing businesses and entrepreneurs.

The program launches today, with applications closing on 24 February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be notified shortly after.

To apply, or for more information, visit

Following the Government’s recent announcement of Global NSW, the Government will soon be launching a series of initiatives to take NSW companies to other key markets of China, Vietnam, United Kingdom and the United States.


Federal Election: Labor promises $7.2m Digital Discovery Centre for WSU Bankstown

Western Sydney University’s new Bankstown campus will get a state-of-the-art Digital Discovery Centre if Labor wins the 2019 federal election.

The article was originally published on Canterbury-Bankstown Express, The Daily Telegraph, Author: Lawrence Machado

Blaxland federal Labor MP Jason Clare said today his party will spend $7.2 million on the world class centre at Bankstown, which is home to a sizable manufacturing sector.

This investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.

Jason Clare: I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Picture: Jeremy Piper/AAP

Mr Clare said this sector is seeing a massive change because of technology and automation with the new centre making a big difference.

“I want to make sure that local kids can go to university in the heart of Bankstown and get the skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Mr Clare said.

Western Sydney University will build a new ‘vertical campus in the Bankstown CBD. Picture: Carmela Roche

The Digital Discovery Centre will be part of Western Sydney University’s vertical campus planned for Bankstown CBD .

“Australia’s workforce will continue to change into the future, but the Liberals have done nothing to plan for those changes or make sure workers and local students have the skills they need,” Labor candidate for the marginal seat of Banks, Chris Gambian said.

Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian. Picture: Carmela Roche

Dr Andy Marks. Picture: Damian Shaw

Dr Andy Marks, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, welcomed the funding promise.

“The Digital Discovery Centre will support south Western Sydney’s engagement with digital technologies. It’s an opportunity to leverage, rather than be destabilised by digital disruption,” Dr Marks said.

“It’s not just about digital technology. It’s about community and businesses thinking differently, collaborating, and innovating to solve the region’s challenges.”

Labor said its commitment to delivering the Digital Discovery Centre will support digital technologies and support capabilities enabling, development, prototyping and testing of technologies in areas including:

  • Industry 4.0 and industrial Internet of Things.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Neuromorphic engineering (biology computational and electronic systems)
  • Collaborative robotics and automation.
  • Big data analytics and data visualisation.
  • Virtual and augmented reality.
  • Additive manufacturing.
  • Advanced sensing and haptics.

Flight Path – WSU’s Strategy for the Western Sydney Airport

‘Flight Path’ is a comprehensive strategy that details Western Sydney University’s long-term commitment to maximising the social, cultural and economic benefits of the Western Sydney Airport for our region.

The strategy also illustrates how the thematic positioning of this expertise in accessible and collaborative locations — like Liverpool, Hawkesbury and Westmead — is key to their successful integration with the Aerotropolis.

The University’s Launch Pad start-up/scaleup incubator can activate this expertise by partnering with businesses to distribute the economic benefits of the Airport across the region.

Furthermore, the labour force required to drive new knowledge jobs will emerge from approaches to curriculum that embrace the changing nature of work and digital disruption pioneered by the University’s ‘21st Century Curriculum’ project.

The University’s groundbreaking ‘Western Growth’ program of campus transformation maximises the University’s networking capacity — a network that WSA can leverage to distribute the Airport’s economic transition effects across Western Sydney. No other organisation has the depth, range and intensity of connections across every major Western Sydney centre. No other entity can attract, enliven and engage industry, government and community connections in the way the University can.

Read the full paper here.

Federal Incubator Funding announced as a boost for local tech start-ups

LaunchPad event at Werrington Park – Minister The Hon Craig Laundy MP – Minister for Small and Family business – Scott Holmes, Minister Laundy, Don Wright and Andy Marks pose together after formalities.

Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator has been announced as the recipient of a competitive Federal Incubator Funding grant.

The Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, announced the outcome of the Australian Government’s Incubator Support Initiative at the University’s Penrith campus.

Launch Pad will receive $500,000 as part of the Initiative, which aims to assist Australian start-ups in developing the capabilities to achieve commercial success in international markets.

Minister Laundy visit to Launch Pad
Minister Laundy with Alf Leahy, demonstrating the 360 degree photo technology which is utilised in teaching by the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.

Dr Andy Marks, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University, said the funding will be used to establish a unique business accelerator program at Launch Pad, called “Start-up SydWest”.

“Start-ups in western Sydney experience a lack of local support. Start-up SydWest will fill a gap in this market; unlock the potential for large scale start-up activity in the region; and significantly impact the capacity for innovation in western Sydney,” said Dr Marks.

Working across three university campus sites in Penrith, Parramatta and Liverpool, Start-up SydWest will offer services to 30 start-ups – with a focus on supporting businesses in high-growth sectors such as medtech, edu-tech, agri-business and advanced manufacturing.

Minister Laundy visit to Launch Pad
Minister Laundy with Joel van de Vorstenbosch and Boramy Unn, demonstrating Alta VR technology.

Don Wright, the Head of Launch Pad at Western Sydney University, said Start-up SydWest will expand on the existing services offered by Launch Pad, by upscaling current activities to deliver increased mentoring, training and commercialisation support to develop new high-tech products and services.

“Start-up SydWest will help start-ups to infuse technologies – such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and additive manufacturing – and help tech start-ups access Asian markets, particularly in China, India and Vietnam,” said Mr Wright.

During a tour of the Launch Pad  facilities at the University’s Penrith campus, Minister Laundy commended the University for “cultivating the entrepreneurial flair” of start-ups in western Sydney.