Create your future with SPARK Deakin
We’re here to support take your startup or social impact venture to the next level. Through events, workshops and a world-class accelerator including up to $10,000 seed funding, perks from Google, Amazon and Xero and co-working space in Melbourne.
Meet like-minded problem solvers, connect with motivated change makers, and support each other regardless of where you are on your entrepreneurial journey. If you’re ambitious, curious and committed to making a difference, you’ve come to the right place.Find out more
For the curious
Be part of our monthly events.Upcoming Events
For current students who want to learn about entrepreneurship
Apply for the Startup Ideation Work Intergrated Learning (WIL) program. This is not your standard internship. Expect opportunities to challenge yourself to grow.Startup Ideation
Ready to take your startup or social impact venture to the next level?
Apply for the accelerator for your chance to receive $10 000 funding, mentorship, be part of a supportive community and get access to our Melbourne CBD co-working space.Accelerator
Why join an accelerator program? Here's what our founders said
The Other Straw has sold over 65,000 reusable bamboo straws since 2018, to some of the world’s largest hotels and venues. But when the social enterprise joined SPARK Deakin’s 2019 Accelerator, it had only a relatively small customer base in Australia, and was mostly selling direct to consumers.
That all changed during the Deakin program, says co-founder Jamie-Lee Kay. “Thanks to the support of the SPARK team, our mentors and the workshops, we were able to scale our business model and operations. After completing the accelerator, we entered the US and EU markets and saw our revenue doubling month over month.”
The enterprise is now one of the biggest players in its industry, and Jamie says the SPARK Deakin Accelerator has been a huge part of The Other Straw’s success. “If you have an idea (or startup) you’re passionate about, then SPARK Deakin is for you. You’ll be part of a like-minded community that will challenge and inspire you to achieve the unimaginable.”See what other founders have said
"SPARK has some of the most phenomenal, down to earth entrepreneurs and big thinkers. It sparks a blazing fire in you to find your passion and work at it and I'm so grateful to be a part of this program!"
"SPARK has been a crucial milestone in helping us get where we are today by providing us with mentorship, a phenomenal support network and funding. Moreover, being backed by the SPARK and Deakin University has provided us the necessary credibility and backing for further customer acquisition.”
SPARK Deakin is doing an awesome job with helping students to explore, imagine, create & innovate!