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Accelerator Program

Meet our 2020 Accelerator Program teams and their innovative start-ups.

Update regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of our staff, students and visitors is our top priority. The 2020 Accelerator program will run as planned, but will be delivered online.


The Swinburne Innovation Precinct’s Accelerator Program that supports start-ups to gain early traction in their markets.

The program is open to all startups from social media through to hardware. 

During the program, we'll help you hone your customer acquisition strategies, understand the financial metrics that matter and give you the coaching and mentoring you need to steer your business through these turbulent times.

Participants in the program receive:

  • $30,000 equity free investment in their business;
  • The opportunity to spend 12 weeks working on a business they are passionate about;
  • Master classes from leading Australian startup founders, including Cam Adams, co-founder of Canva.
  • $10,000 free cloud services from Amazon Web Services;
  • $150,000 of foreign exchange transactions for free via Air Wallex; and
  • Intensive coaching from our network of world-class mentors


The Accelerator Program is perfect for you if you’re:

  • A team with a product that is ready to be put in-front of customers.
  • A startup seeking to grow quickly.
  • Looking for experienced mentors to guide the next steps of your startup journey.


Application criteria

To be eligible for our program, one founder in your business needs to be a Swinburne student, staff or alumni.

Why the Swinburne Innovation Precinct?

Innovation is a mindset. One that creates products and services, improves processes, and drives industry forward. In an era of disruption, innovation plays a critical role in developing new ideas that support the growth and success of communities. 

Become a trailblazer at Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct. Our strong ties to industry, agile nature and rigorous research capabilities combine to deliver projects with real-world impact.

Our strength is in our three pillars of innovation – the Design Factory MelbourneFactory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab.


Key Dates 2020

Applications open Thursday 27 February
Information night Tuesday 10 March
Applications close Thursday 7 May
Accelerator induction Tuesday 25 May
Accelerator program 1 June – 26 August