We help Deakin University staff, students and alumni give their business its spark.

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Light the spark in your start up


Once a year, SPARK Deakin open applications for startups who want to take their business 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.


“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 have an idea that you’re ready to bring to life, SPARK is the accelerator for you.

The winners of each year's pitch get the experience of a lifetime, with:

  • Free access to Deakin Downtown's co-working space for 6 months
  • $10,000 equity-free funding
  • $7, 500 Amazon credits
  • Structured mentoring
  • Priority access to the Deakin Venture Law Clinic
  • Access to a network of the best corporate partners, advisors and experts
  • Regular workshops to accelerate your growth

What you need to know to get started


Am I eligible for the accelerator?

To be a part of SPARK Deakin, your team 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.

What’s the minimum number of team members you’ll accept?

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

What if I already have my own office or prefer to work at home?

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.


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Key dates for your application


January 28: Applications open

April 10: Applications close

April 17: Pitch workshop for shortlisted teams

April 23: Pitch to judges

April 23: 2018 Accelerator Teams announced


Start your application for Deakin SPARK now