Newcastle Connections

There are many network groups, social events and urban growth organisations in Newcastle.
Here is a list to get you and your business connected.

Network groups:

The Lunaticks Society of Newcastle is a society of prominent Newcastle digital and social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, creatives, app developers, film producers, investors and others wanting to encourage creative thinking and new ideas in a digital world.

Hunter Young Professionals provides opportunities for young people to network in a business environment, gain new management and leadership skills, interact socially together and support the local community so that they can develop as the business leaders of tomorrow.

Film Republic helps connect local screen professionals through social and industry events. We, Film Republic, set out to assemble an inclusive and dynamic body of creatives who together will grow in skill and influence as we give life to new and exciting stories and tales on screens of all sizes.

Hunter Business Chamber Hunter Business Chamber is an advisor, a forum, a source of information and a point of access for its members, who drive one of the powerhouse economies in Australia.

Hunter Business Women’s Network (HBWN) HBWN was established in 1995 by a group of enterprising local business women that wanted to support each other. Members represent a wide range of industry sectors including finance, law, retail and wholesale, professional services, hospitality, transport, communication, public relations, health, education, manufacturing and government organisations.

Hunter Business Centre At The Business Centre we believe in developing business by developing people. We are your local not-for-profit Business Enterprise Centre, supporting micro, small and medium business.

Hunter Virtuals Calling all business owners who work in the “cloud” in the Hunter region to meet-up once a month where we’ll discuss business solutions and ideas, engage in professional development, learn from one another; and at the same time you’ll be developing networks and making friendships.

Festivals & Events:

Hunter Innovation Forum Newcastle’s leading innovation event

DiG Festival Featuring a series of Keynote Presentations, Panels and Workshops by international, national and local industry leaders. There is a strong emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and ethical business.

This Is Not Art‘ is an alternative arts festival held annually in October.

Real Film Festival  An initiative of Screen Hunter, RFF is a holistic 3-day event created to foster & develop the art of telling true stories through film.

Urban growth + Information:

Newcastle Now We work to create a positive, active environment that stimulates economic and social life in the City Centre.

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Olive Tree Markets is part of the renaissance currently taking place in Newcastle’s artisan community. Started in 2008, The Olive Tree Market is the leading art & design market in Newcastle and the launching pad for over a hundred and twenty creative minds!