Empowering entrepreneurs at Deakin University



Accelerate your startup

SPARK Deakin’s Accelerator 2020 round is starting soon.

Applications close, 5pm 20 March 2020
Launch Day, 9 July 2020
Demo Day, 17 September 2020

Launch Day and Demo Day is open for all to attend. If you are interested in applying for the 2020 round, we highly encourage you attend to get a head start by seeing what the Accelerator is all about. See highlights from the 2020 Demo Day here.

SPARK Deakin is now accepting applications on an ongoing basis for our Accelerator program. Apply now for the 2020 program if you're ready to take your startup to the next level. 

We fund startups from all categories and help passionate teams with a commitment to pursuing their business full time, get the help they need. We reserve one place for a social enterprise and are keen to see more applications from female and culturally and linguistically diverse founders in 2020. Start your application now.


“Being a part of SPARK has given us so much more than mentorship, a phenomenal support network and funding. We’re backed by SPARK and Deakin University which has helped increase our credibility and land new customers.”

Shahed Kamal, Co-Founder of Collabhero


More than just funding

If you’re an ambitious, curious and dedicated founder working on a scaleable startup, we’re here to accelerate your growth.

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 for the Cloud platform 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 experts

Hear from past founders

What you need to know to get started — Key Dates for the 2020 Round:

Information Sessions + Application Workshops
5 March
Melbourne CBD Application Workshop & Information Session
6 March Online Information Session

STAGE 1: Applications
Anytime applications open online throughout the year

20 March Applications close (5pm)

STAGE 2: Interviews
TBA Interviews with Shortlisted Teams
3 April Final Teams Notified (for Accelerator and Bootcamp)

STAGE 3: Intensive Bootcamp
15-17 April Intensive Bootcamp for up to 20 teams.

Full Program Kicks Off

15-17 June (3 Full day) On boarding, Mentor Mania, Legals & Pitch Coaching
23 June - 24 September : Accelerator Program
9 July Launch Day (open to all)
17 September Startup Demo Day (open to all)
Accelerator concludes on 24 September 2020.


Am I eligible for the accelerator?

  • At least one co-founder of your team must a be Deakin student, staff or Alumni from any area of the university.
  • Minimum 2 co-founders
  • Preference will be given to those who can committ full time to working from our co-working space in Melbourne CBD
  • Your startup must be scaleable - no small businesses, consulting or agencies will be considered. A startup is a business with high impact potential that uses innovation and/or addresses scalable markets

Meet Our Alumni


Start your application for the 2020 SPARK Deakin Accelerator now

Need help with your application?

We’re here to help. Book in a mentoring session today to get feedback on your application, to book one simply contact us at spark@deakin.edu.au with ‘accelerator application mentoring’ in the subject and we’ll send you dates.

Learn more about free mentoring at SPARK Deakin here.