Empowering entrepreneurs at Deakin University


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Accelerate your startup


SPARK Deakin is now accepting applications on an ongoing basis for our Accelerator program. Apply now for the 2019 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.



“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

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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

  • 12 weeks of regular workshops on topics around customer development, sales & marketing and pitching.

  • Access to CBD co-working space for 6 months at Deakin Downtown that offers the next level of sophisticated, technology-rich, flexible spaces for meetings and workshops.

  • $10,000 equity-free funding

  • Legal advice through our partnership with Deakin Venture Law Clinic

  • Mentorship

  • $7, 500 credits from AWS + official partner for Google for Startups

  • Free CRM + 90% off Hubspot marketing, sales and customer service software.

  • Access to a network of the best corporate partners, advisors and experts

What you need to know to get started - Key Dates


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

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Start your application for SPARK Deakin now