Empowering entrepreneurs at Deakin University

To create a thriving society built by entrepreneurs and innovators

We support startups founded by Deakin University students, staff, and alumni at all stages of the journey


Highlights from Demo Day 2019


Create your future with SPARK Deakin

With SPARK Deakin, you will meet like-minded problem solvers, connect with motivated change makers, and support each other regardless of where you are on your entrepreneurial journey.

We’re here to support and mentor Deakin University’s students, staff and alumni through events, workshops and a world-class Accelerator including up to $10 000 seed funding and co-working space in the CBD for startups ready to take their business to the next level.

Kayla Cartledge, Co-Founder of Our Songlines from SPARK Deakin Accelerator 2019 cohort

Get Involved

For the curious
Attend one of our monthly events. Learn more.

For current students who want to dive into the startup world
Apply for our Work Intergrated Learning (WIL) unit Startup Ideation where you’ll learn what you need to get started (Melbourne only), the next round will be T1 2020.

Want to take your startup to the next level?

Apply for our Startup Accelerator , you’ll received $10 000 funding, mentorship and access to our CBD co-working space to take the next big leap in your startup. Learn more.


Important answers to important questions


I'm a Deakin student - how can SPARK help me?

SPARK hosts regular events to help provide you with the knowledge and community connections to take your ideas to the next level. You are firstly welcome to attend events, apply for The Startup Weekend Hackathon and are eligible to apply for The Accelerator.

I'm a Deakin alumnus - how can SPARK help me?

We host events where you can learn from and contribute to the community, The Startup Weekend to get you started on your entrepreneurial journey, and The Accelerator to take your business to the next level. All of these are open to Deakin students, staff & alumni.

I’m not studying business, should I attend SPARK events?

Absolutely! If you are interested in solving problems and using business as a vehicle, our events will prove to be useful to you. We have different events on throughout the year and head to our YouTube channel to see testimonials from participants across faculties. Entrepreneurship is not limited to business or IT students.

I’m a cloud student and can’t physically attend events, what can SPARK offer me?

Depending on where you are on your business journey, we can connect you with a mentor via Skype. Also keep your eyes peeled for webinar events. In terms of the Accelerator, you do need to be in Melbourne or Geelong as it is an intensive 3-month program.

I'm interested in being a SPARK mentor - how do I do that?

Being a mentor means you voluntarily contribute your time to empower other aspiring entrepreneurs or help scale existing entrepreneurs' businesses. You can fill out the 'Contact Us' form, tell us a little more about yourself, why you’d like to mentor and your availability.


Meet this year’s Accelerator Teams

From 3D printer attachments that allow you to close the loop on plastic waste, to a global network of locations to store your bags and personal items, these promising startups received in-depth training and financial support as part of this year's SPARK Deakin Accelerator program. The teams have went through an intensive three-month journey centred on a series of masterclasses and mentoring sessions designed to boost their growth.

Read all about them here.

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