Applications open for SPARK Deakin 2019 Accelerator Program

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. Our pipeline programs include regular events, startup bootcamps and a Startup Ideation program for students.
Since inception in 2015, we have backed 45 ambitious founders whose 20 startups have provided value to over 11 000 customers generating over 3 million in revenue and created 143 jobs.
We are now accepting applications for our 2019 Accelerator Program.

For the first time ever:

  • It’s now 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.

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

Key Dates

Now – 29th April: book in a mentoring session
29th April: Applications Close
8th-11thMay: 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.


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 $3600)
  • 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.

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