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Discover how we can help commercialise your idea, solve your business problem or find an innovative investment opportunity.

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Our programs and events are designed to take your idea to the next stage.

Whether you’re a student, a startup, or an established business, your next great success can be built with the resources we offer:

  • incubator support
  • co-working and co-creation spaces
  • startup programs
  • workshops and topic specific masterclasses
  • Venture Cup competition.

We welcome Swinburne staff, students and alumni, along with industry professionals, to get involved. Contact us to see how we can support your venture.

About our events and programs


The pre-accelerator program is an intensive two-day workshop that gives you practical skills to evolve your ideas into an early-stage startup. Learn about marketing, legal fundamentals, how to pitch and fundraising.


A 12-week program aimed at accelerating Swinburne startups, the accelerator offers a range of masterclasses, workshops and mentoring opportunities.


Our hackathons embody the spirit of the Innovation Precinct, bringing together a diverse range of people to solve complex problems. They’re open to both the Swinburne community and industry professionals and run for one or more days.

Startup Lean Canvas Workshop

Discover the Swinburne startup ecosystem. Learn how to take your idea to market, and adopt the tools and processes needed to efficiently and cost effectively test and develop your business.

Venture Cup

An annual pitching competition, Venture Cup is open to current Swinburne students, staff and alumni. Shortlisted teams receive coaching and then pitch their business idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win seed funding.

Open Mic

Open mic nights are casual pitch events where students, staff, alumni and business leaders share their latest ideas. They’re a great opportunity to meet entrepreneurially minded people who may have the skills and experience to support your business idea.


Masterclasses are a chance to deep dive into a topic, such as fundraising, startup storytelling, marketing and more, and hear from an expert in their field. These run throughout the year and are open to all.

Innovation Fellows program

Got an idea? Need time to innovate? Our Innovation Fellows program supports Swinburne staff in developing an idea and engaging with the innovation ecosystem. 


Got an idea? Need time to innovate?

Our Innovation Fellows program supports Swinburne staff in developing an idea and engaging with the innovation ecosystem. The call for applications is in October and November each year.

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Student Ambassador program launching in 2019

This 24-week paid opportunity is a great way for students to engage with the Innovation Precinct and have access to Swinburne startups. Three ambassadors will be selected, one from each faculty. Applications open in late-January and close in mid-February.

Contact the Innovation Precinct

Discuss with us collaboration, investment, learning or mentorship opportunities.

Call +61 3 9214 3700