Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC)

Eastern Innovation Business Centre

Accelerate Your Business in Mulgrave

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Eastern Innovation Business Centre
5a Hartnett Close, Mulgrave

Call 1300 462 822 or visit www.eibc.net.au

The EIBC holds regular events for business - visit EIBC events for more information

Eastern Innovation Business Centre Ltd Board

Read more: www.eibc.net.au

At its 11 December 2018 meeting, Council appointed Councillor representatives: Cr Brian Little, Cr Lynnette Saloumi and Cr Stuart James.

More information: call Sean McNamee, Manager Strategic Planning and Economic Development, on 9518 3229 or email Sean.McNamee@monash.vic.gov.au.

Update September 2017

Council has officially named the second building at the Eastern Innovation Business Centre the Jessie Tait Building in honour of Mrs Jessica Tait, a pioneering businesswoman in Mount Waverley in the early 1900s. It is the first Monash Council building to be named after a woman.

The Eastern Innovation Business Centre is a unique business centre that provides crucial support services to start-up small businesses in Melbourne's east and south east. The Eastern Innovation Business Centre opened in late-August 2015 in Hartnett Close, Mulgrave, next door to the Tom Morrissey Building.

Mrs Tait opened the first shop on land in Mount Waverley (now the north corner of The Highway and Stephensons Roads). The shop sold sewing items, stationery, postcards, sweets, newspapers and knickknacks and was located some distance from the family homestead “Waimarie”. The shop remained open until 1944 and was managed by Jessie’s daughters Blair and Lillie after her death in 1928.

Completed in 2015, the Jessie Tate Building at the Eastern Innovation Business Centre was created to act as a small business incubator, particularly focusing on providing incubation and acceleration services to founders of accelerating ventures, future-focussed professional service providers and corporate innovators.

Sustainable design

The building provides a highly innovative, sustainable and comfortable base to facilitate, inspire and grow innovative small businesses and start-ups to achieve great success.

The building and site integrate ecologically sustainable design in the form of renewable energy, passive solar design, integrated water cycle technology, indoor environmental quality, water sensitive urban design and advanced sustainable material and equipment technologies.

The project aimed to integrate sustainable design throughout the building and surrounding landscape. Modelling was undertaken during the design stage to achieve NABERS 5 star across Energy, Water and Indoor Environment.

Optimisation of the Building Management System (BMS) is ongoing to achieve continued operational savings. Council continuously analyses data to determine the building’s operational performance.


  • Provide the base to facilitate, inspire and grow innovative small businesses to achieve great success.
  • Accessible 24/7
  • Accommodate different types of working environments including:  Hot Desks, Collaborative areas, Break out zones, Work Stations, Laboratories and Private Office Spaces
  • Provide common facilities including:  Reception, Printing Amenities, Shower, Kitchen, Meeting Spaces and will provide opportunities for gatherings


The facility provides vast networking opportunities, perfectly located in the heart of the hi-tech, scientific zone and Monash National Employment Cluster which contains:

  • CSIRO Australia
  • Monash University
  • The Australian Synchrotron facility
  • Monash Science & Technology Park
  • Monash Medical Centre
  • The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication

Monash Council expects the centre to build on the success of the Monash Business Incubator, with business at that centre recording an average growth in jobs of about 250% in its first three years of operation.

For more information please visit the website Eastern Innovation Business Centre or contact Coordinator Economic Development, on 9518 3587.


Monash Council built the centre using $4.75 million of Federal Government funding from the Regional Development Australia Fund. The State Government also provided $245,000 towards the project from its $50 million Living Victoria Fund.

Former Monash Mayor Geoff Lake  said the centre would help small businesses develop their products and grow their businesses.  The centre is expected to create 100 extra jobs in small businesses within the first 16 months of operation.  More than 100 jobs were generated during the construction phase of the project.

"Start-up and micro businesses will be offered ongoing support through expert mentoring, training and education, and there will be the opportunity for collaborative projects," Cr Lake said.

"These businesses will benefit from being in the heart of Melbourne's hi-tech scientific zone, near CSIRO, Monash University and the National Synchrotron, to name a few local organisations.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy but research shows that 59% of small businesses fail in their first three years. That's why this centre will be of so much benefit to the businesses themselves and the local economy."

The centre is open 24/7 with different types of working environments to suit all small businesses. Laboratories, 25 hot desks, collaborative areas and private office spaces, as well as meeting spaces and printing & reception facilities, will be available.

The centre features many environmentally sustainable features including an outdoor space with a vertical plant wall, grey water recycling, rain water harvesting and bio-filtration ponds.

It  will act as a business incubator for all types of businesses particularly science, technology and research-based businesses.

We're keen to hear from business interesting in using the EIBC for their business.  Please review the information below:

Eastern Innovation Business Centre Information (pdf, 148KB)

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Last updated: 23 June 2019