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What teams will get out of ON Accelerate

During ON Accelerate, teams are given intensive coaching around business planning, networking, financial acumen, contracts, media management, investment relations, prototyping, effective teams, and pitching from some of Australia's leading experts. The program focuses on business models, market validation, capital raising and storytelling.

All IP remains the property of the team or their sponsoring institute, participation is free and all participants are required to sign non-disclosure agreements for IP protection.

You'll work with specialists in:

  • media training
  • performance coaching
  • IP
  • finance
  • team building.

Which will help you:

  • evaluate term sheets
  • practice pitching to VCs
  • learn about prototyping
  • build your business model 
  • connect with an amazing network around the country.

Who can participate in ON Accelerate

To participate in ON Accelerate, you must apply with a team of two to six people. Only one person needs to be a researcher at an Australian research organisation. The rest of your team may include anyone else you think will add value to your team, for example:

  • your colleagues
  • people from other research organisations
  • community representatives
  • industry partners
  • university students
  • someone from your organisation involved in research services, tech transfer, communications.

If you are a small team, think about who else you could involve in ON Accelerate to strengthen your group. All team members should be based in Australia for the duration of the program.

How ON Accelerate is delivered

ON Accelerate is delivered to the top ten teams emerging from an online application process and two-day selection bootcamp. 

Overview of ON Accelerate delivery

Program participation involves a three-month commitment, with 18 days of face-to-face and virtual workshops or coaching sessions, and the rest working on your project at your home base. The sessions are spread over three months with a full week to start and then two-day level-ups every second week. You'll meet with your allocated innovation mentor between the sessions.

ON Accelerate concludes in a public 'Demo' event where each team showcases their idea to industry and stakeholder guests – including multinational corporations, large Australian enterprises, SMEs, government, investors and universities.

What time commitment is required

The program requires substantial effort and allocation from teams. All team members should be available to participate in the workshop sessions and at least one team member should focus full-time on the project for the duration of the program.

Next session

Applications for ON Accelerate are currently closed. To be notified of upcoming rounds please subscribe to our mailing list.

How to apply

Applying to participate in ON Accelerate is a multi-step process:

  1. Submit an online application
    Each team is required to register via the online application portal then submit an application. Access to the portal will be made available when applications open.
  2. Application review and evaluation
    At the closure of the application period, all applications will be reviewed by representatives of their lead organisation. This is to ensure that each team has engaged their sponsoring institute and has full support to participate in the program.

    Each application is evaluated by multiple experts from our extended network. The highest rated applications will be selected and invited to participate in the two-day selection bootcamp.
  3. Participate in selection bootcamp
    The top teams participate in a two-day selection bootcamp, after which a final cohort are selected for ON Accelerate.

Have a question?

If you have questions about ON Accelerate, please contact us on email [email protected]


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