At SPARK Deakin we exist to create a thriving society powered by Deakin founders through empowering students, staff, and alumni to be impactful entrepreneurs. Our Acccelerator program offers funding, mentorship and access to office space for early stage entrepreneurs.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Accelerator Program with $60,000 of perks, and for the first time ever:

  • It’s a 3 month intensive program jam packed with mentors and industry to accelerator your and your startup’s growth

  • We’ll be selecting the top 10 teams BUT also supporting up to 10 additional places for eager startups to receive all the below benefits including access to co-working space except the cash funding.

  • Our accelerator is now officially a Google for Startups partner accelerator meaning startups will receive up to $20,000 in credit* for 1 year.

  • Although this isn’t the first time, we are particularly interested in seeing more female founders apply in 2019.

  • One place is reserved for a social enterprise making the world a better place.

Selected teams will go through an intensive 3-month journey centered around a series of masterclasses and mentoring sessions to boost their growth plus be part of a community of generous, committed and passionate entrepreneurs

 2018 Accelerator Cohort 2018 Accelerator Cohort

Key Dates

Now – 29th April : book in a mentoring session

29th April: Applications Close

8th-11th May: Accelerator Intensive Workshop with experts from the US (20 teams will receive a place in this)

10th June – 30th August: 12-week program with extended access to space.

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Need help with your application?
We’re here to help. We’re running extra mentoring sessions for the next two weeks to help with applications.

Click here to book in a mentoring session.

Who do we fund?
We fund startups from all categories and help passionate teams with a commitment to pursuing their business full time, get the help they need. One team member must be affiliated to Deakin University (student, staff or alum).

Our accelerator program includes:

  • Being part of a community of ambitious, persistent and generous founders – your tribe matters.

  • Up to $60 000 value including $10 000 equity free funding.

  • 12 weeks of regular workshops on the key drivers to grow your startup- customer development, sales, marketing, building your team, investment and pitching.

  • Access to CBD co-working space for 6 months at Deakin Downtown (727 Collins St Melbourne) that offers the next level of sophisticated, technology-rich, flexible spaces for meetings and workshops. 3 months are essential and an additional 3 months is optional (valued at $36,000)

  • Legal advice through our partnership with Deakin Venture Law Clinic

  • Regular mentorship

  • $7, 500 credits from AWS + official partner for Google for Startups which includes $20 000 credit* plus 1-1 office hours with the folks at Google.

  • 90% off Hubspot marketing, sales and customer service software for the first 12 months (average saving $17 000).

  • Access to a network of the best corporate partners, advisors and mentors.

*Credit can be applied to all Google Cloud Platform and Firebase products.