INCUBATE Accelerator Program

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Apply to launch your startup with INCUBATE’s premier 14-week Accelerator Program.


The next INCUBATE Accelerator will start in February 2022.
Applications are now open: click here to apply.
Not Sure? Attend an Info Session by clicking here.
Become the next INCUBATE success story and receive:


development

Workshops and events by
leading innovators



accelerator

$5000 equity free
seed funding



mentoring

Mentorship from Australia’s
leading entrepreneurs



co-working

14 weeks of co-working
space on campus



Are you eligible?

To apply for the INCUBATE Program, at least one startup team co-founder must be:

  • Currently enrolled at Sydney University or
  • A current researcher or staff at Sydney University or
  • An alumnus of Sydney University
Before applying, we recommend
reading our FAQ first
Read The How To Apply Guide Read the FAQ

Want to find out more about some of our amazing INCUBATE alumni? Watch the latest INCUBATE Demo Day below.

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We’re looking for

Global thinking, talented and motivated students, researchers and alumni.

INCUBATE funds up to 15 high-potential startup teams. This means your business idea will:

  • Help solve a problem
  • Be a scalable solution
  • Will have a big impact on your target market

You will be required to develop your idea into a first-version product or platform, and obtain your first customers within the 3-month program period – all in time to pitch at our Demo Day. Check out our previous startups for an idea of what we have funded in the past and remember: the crazier your idea, the better. Both early-stage and later-stage startups are welcome to apply.

Applicants will ideally be able to define:

  • The problem you are trying to solve
  • The technology or process you will use to solve this problem
  • Who you think your customers will be
  • The competition and market size, in Australia and around the world
  • How you will go-to-market and what you will achieve in the 3 month period

 

INCUBATE 2022 Dates

Applications Open – 3 September, 2021
Information Sessions: 7 September, 22 September, 4 October, 15 October
Register here
Applications Close – 18 Oct, 2021

Screening Process:
First Stage: Applicant Workshop – Tuesday 2 November, 2021
Second Stage: Interview – Tuesday 9 and Friday 12 November, 2021
Offers made – Tuesday 16 November
Induction for 2022 Class 17 Cohort – 23 November, 2021

INCUBATE Accelerator, 2022 Class 17 Program Dates: 4 February 2022 – 13 May, 2022


Applications Assessment

All applications will be judged by our mentor panel of experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs, all of whom have either started their own business or have funded a successful startup business.

Stages in the judging process:

  1. Screening: applicants will be screened online by the mentor panel and selected for an interview
  2. Workshop: finalists will be invited to attend a half-day workshop to meet the INCUBATE team, pitch their startup & demonstrate their vision.
  3. Interview: selected startups will be invited to a 15-minute interview with a panel of industry mentors
  4. Selection: Selected INCUBATE startups will be notified

We will use the primary email address you provide in the application form to contact you.

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