Empowering entrepreneurs at Deakin University


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Accelerate your startup


SPARK Deakin’s Accelerator 2019 round is happening now.

Follow their journey on our social media and make sure you save the following dates:

Launch Day, 6 June 2019
Demo Day, 5 September 2019

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.

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 founders in 2019. 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 2019 Round:


Information Sessions + Application Workshops
21 March
Online 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
26 Mar Geelong in person
28 Mar Burwood in person
4 April Melbourne in person

STAGE 1: Applications
Anytime applications open online throughout the year

STAGE 2: Interviews
4 April - 1 May Shortlisted candidates interviewed on a rolling basis between this period
29 April Applications close (5pm)
3 May Shortlisted teams notified.

STAGE 3: Intensive Bootcamp
8th - 11th May Pre-Accelerator Intensive Bootcamp for up to 20 teams.
22 May Pitch to judges, mentors, investors and key Deakin stakeholders
27th May Final teams notified

Full Program Kicks Off

5-7th June (3 Full day) On boarding, Mentor Mania, Legals & Pitch Coaching
6 June Launch Day (open to all)
5 September Startup Demo Day (open to all)
Accelerator concludes a day after the Demo Day


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.