Accelerate your startup

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What do you get


Gain access to a network of the best mentors, advisors and experts readily available to share their experiences and knowledge.



Attend regular workshops on various topics to help accelerate your growth during the 6-month program.

Lifelong Community

The SPARK Accelerator isn't over after the 6-months. On Day 1 you'll be invited to the private Slack channel where you can meet and network with the exclusive alumni, and future cohorts.

$10,000 Funding

Each team will receive $10,000 in equity free funding to help you on the way.

Exclusive Perks

Freebies, discounts, and benefits from corporate partners to help you succeed. 




Legal Advice

Priority access to the Deakin Venture Law Clinic that offers premium pro-bono legal services including free legal aid regarding founders’ agreements, corporate structuring and issues around intellectual property to assist entrepreneurs navigate rapidly changing areas of law.


One Week Intensive

A special international entrepreneur who has advised and worked with multiple startups at WeWork, University of Oxford, Microsoft Ventures and Techstars will deliver a one week intensive for selected teams.


key dates

17 Jul - Applications Open                    
17 Aug - Accelerator Information Session
31 Aug - Applications Close
13 Sep - Compulsory Pitch Workshop for shortlisted applicants
27 Sep - Pitch to Internal Panel of Judges
2 - 6 Oct - Induction & 1 week intensive
25 Oct  - Launch Event



Teams may consist of non-Deakin community members, however at least one team member must be Deakin student, staff or Alumni from any area of the university.

You will be required to have a minimum team of two members to ensure that you have complementary skills.

At least one member of your team must be willing to commit to a minimum of 2-3* days a week in our co-working space.


Deakin Downtown | Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3008

Applications for the SPARK Deakin Accelerator Program have now closed
We are extremely passionate about education technology and we thought our passion and hard work would have been enough for making CollabHero successful but we quickly realised how challenging it is to run a startup. SPARK has been a crucial milestone in helping us get where we are today by providing us with mentorship, a phenomenal support network and funding. Moreover, being backed by the SPARK and Deakin University has provided us the necessary credibility and backing for further customer acquisition.
— Shahed Kamal, Co-founder Collabhero