Monash University Incubator attracts world-class manufacturer

22 Sep 2017

Leading Greek yoghurt manufacturer, Chobani, is the first client to use the new Monash University A$3 million incubation facility.

Chobani will use the Incubator to help start-ups in a bespoke four-month program. Each participating group will receive a A$10,000 grant.

Monash University’s facility is part of their Food Innovation Centre and includes three, high-tech, industrial kitchens, a collaborative lounge and a food grade scale-up lab. It aims to boost innovation in Australia’s food industry by offering companies product development services, research capability, and technology to grow and export into fast-growing markets such as Asia.

Chobani Founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya attended the official opening of the Incubator and said there’s never been a better time to be a food entrepreneur.

‘I love what’s happening with food start-ups here in Australia and want to share we've learned when it comes to scaling and fighting convention, like we’ve done with our other incubator programs. This is a no-strings-attached, grant-based program to support entrepreneurs so we can further fuel the food revolution.’

Monash Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise, Ken Sloan, said the new facility is an example of Monash combining research with industry need.

‘When we bring the needs of industry and society together with the research expertise and state-of- the-art infrastructure of the University, amazing things can happen.’

The $3 million Incubator involved collaboration with the Victorian Government and was co-designed by Monash stakeholders and external partners including Mariljohn and DesignInc.