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

With the aim to fast-track the development and marketing of new ventures, the studio 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 Studio is supported by Design Factory MelbourneFactory of the Future and Digital Innovation Lab

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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.

Our 2023 highlights

Pre-Accelerator Program

February–April 2023

Accelerator Program

May–August 2023

Venture Cup

September–November 2023

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    Pre-Accelerator Program

    Are you an early-stage founder wanting to turn your startup idea into reality? Kickstart your founder journey in our six-week program.

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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.

  • Venture Cup

    Win $5000 and meet investors at this pitch competition open to early-stage ventures.

  • Masterclasses

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

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    Leadership Hackathon

    Swinburne and the Menzies Foundation partner to explore new leadership paradigms to bring Australia forward through a series of events.

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    How to start a startup

    This workshop will help you discover your inner entrepreneur and equip you with the skills, knowledge and mindset to kickstart your startup, venture or social enterprise.

  • 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.


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    CAPEX22 is a showcase highlighting the outcomes of more than 200 final year student projects from the Swinburne School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies. 

    Thu 17 November
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    ATC Building, John Street, Hawthorn
    Register now (CAPEX22)
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    The AGSE Oration presents Jefferson Harcourt

    The Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) invites you to the Annual Oration to hear from Australian entrepreneur and Swinburne alumnus, Jefferson Harcourt.

    Thu 20 October
    5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    AMDC 301, Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus
    Register now (The AGSE Oration presents Jefferson Harcourt)
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    Info Night: Swinburne Venture Cup 2022

    Got a startup idea to share with the world? Swinburne Venture Cup 2022 can be the start to commercialise your venture further. 

    Thu 8 September
    5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Register now (Info Night: Swinburne Venture Cup 2022 )
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    Masterclass: Key Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs

    Join us for a virtual Masterclass with Toby Norgate, partner in the corporate and commercial team at Colin Biggers & Paisley.

    Mon 25 July
    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Register now (Masterclass: Key Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs)
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    Info Night: Swinburne Pre-Accelerator Program

    If you've dreamt about becoming your own boss, or have a business idea you want to explore, this is your chance to make it happen.

    Tue 8 March
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Register now (Info Night: Swinburne Pre-Accelerator Program)
Are you interested in becoming a Student Ambassador?

Gain more valuable experience of working in a team, communication skills, networking with entrepreneurs and industry experts.

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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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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.

Study a minor in innovation as part of your bachelor 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 Studio team and advisory panel, visit Our People page.

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Book a space to innovate

Located in the former Fire Station dating back to 1910, the Innovation Studio 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.

Book a space


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 innovationstudio@swinburne.edu.au.

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