Mentoring to accelerate early-stage startups and impactful research.
Expression of Interest

ProtoX is a free part-time mentoring program created to support individuals and teams from within the University of Sydney community who are committed to building a startup or delivering impactful research.

Delivered by INCUBATE, the award winning startup program, ProtoX is backed by industry learning and facilitated by mentors with depth of experience in startups and research commercialisation.

ProtoX has two unique specialised programs:

ProtoX: Research to Impact – supporting the translation and commercialisation of research.

ProtoX for Startups – supporting early-stage startups.

Set Goals

Track Progress

Receive Guidance from Mentors

Share Wins and Challenges

Key Dates

Applications are currently closed

Express your interest, and you’ll hear as soon as the next cohort is announced.


  • 12 week program
  • Fortnightly group check-in sessions
  • Goal-setting with the program mentor
  • The opportunity to pitch at the Proto and ProtoX pitch night
  • A strong sense of community
Hear from one of our founders:

“I absolutely would not have made the progress I did without ProtoX. It gave me the confidence, opportunity and motivation to conduct my first customer interviews and get my first paying customers. The program made me accountable, and gave me an opportunity to pitch my ideas and demonstrate my progress.

During ProtoX I was able to ask for support or ideas from the Program Manager and the other founders, who came from different industries, experiences, and stages of life. It gave me a more rounded view than just working alone.”

Victoria Edghill, founder of Relievables (ProtoX Alum; INCUBATE Accelerator Class 15)