Swinburne’s dynamic Innovation Precinct is the university's epicentre of creativity and disruption.

With the aim to fast-track the development and marketing of new ventures, the precinct offers programs, events, creative spaces to students, startups and industry.

Whether your idea is big or small, we want to hear from you. With strong ties to industry, rigorous research capabilities and an approach that encourages multi-disciplinary teamwork, we can help you get real-world impact.

The Innovation Precinct is supported by Design Factory MelbourneFactory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab

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Programs

From pitch competitions and masterclasses to longer-term collaborative programs that help fast-track the best up-and-coming ventures, our calendar is jam-packed with ways to help you take your idea to the next level. So think big and get involved.

  • Venture Cup

    Win $20,000 and meet investors at this pitch competition open to early-stage ventures.

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    Pre-Accelerator Program

    Set yourself up for the Accelerator Program by testing your idea to see if there’s a viable market.

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    Accelerator Program

    Our focus is to prepare new ventures for growth. Find your market fit and commercialise your idea through this dynamic 12-week program.

  • Masterclasses

    Deep dive into a topic such as fundraising, startup storytelling or marketing, and hear from experts in their field.

  • Startup Lean Canvas Workshops

    Learn how to take your idea to market and adopt the tools and processes needed to efficiently test and develop your business.

  • Open Mic Nights

    The high energy event for budding entrepreneurs. Share your latest ideas and meet like-minded people who want to support them.

Upcoming events

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    Venture Cup 2020

    Register to watch Swinburne's most innovative startups pitch for $20,000 in pre-seed funding.

    Thu 26 November
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Online
    Free
    Learn more (Venture Cup 2020)
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    • Technology
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business

    Masterclass: The Blockchain Landscape - A National Perspective

    The session will include a wide-ranging discussion about the history of Blockchain in Australia, the priorities of the National Blockchain Roadmap agenda, and the opportunities for Australia to play a key role globally in the development of blockchain technologies.

    Wed 7 October
    7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Free
    Register now (Masterclass: The Blockchain Landscape - A National Perspective)
Are you a researcher with a brilliant idea?

We can help you develop it into a marketable product or service through our Innovation Fellows Program.

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Are you a student looking for experience?

Learn how to disrupt the good way through our 24-week Innovation Precinct Student Ambassador Program.

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Study innovation with us

Swinburne offers cutting-edge courses and study streams tailored to help you think, act and succeed like a true entrepreneur. 

  • Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship

    The Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship is Australia’s first dedicated entrepreneurship school. Our suite of postgraduate programs are co-created with industry to provide vital, up-to-the-minute, real-world knowhow.

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    Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    The first course of its kind in the world, our Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation course teaches how to successfully launch and scale a business idea, whether as a startup or within a company, and become a leader of innovation.

Minor in innovation!

Did you know? You can study a minor in innovation as part of your bachelor's degree. Through this specialisation, you’ll develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skills in ideation, creative problem-solving and personal agency. Units include Lean Startup SpringboardToolbox for Prototyping and Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Innovation Challenge Project.

Our people

To learn more about our dedicated Innovation Precinct team and advisory panel, visit our people page.

How you can reach us

Book a space to innovate

Located in the former Fire Station dating back to 1910, the Innovation Precinct boasts an impressive event space and areas for collaboration. You can book these spaces for activities that align with our goal of supporting innovation and developing an innovative ecosystem.

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Location

Swinburne Innovation Hub (The Fire Station),  
66-68 William Street,
Hawthorn VIC 3122
(Enter from McLeod Lane.)

Ready to innovate?

If you have any questions, need more information or want to know how we can help turn your big idea into a real thing, email us at innovationprecinct@swinburne.edu.au.

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