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ON Accelerate Program (closed)

CSIRO's ON Program
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Tags: Government, Public, Innovation, Acceleration, Market validation, Capital raising, Venture, Start-up
Audience: Businesses, Start-Ups, Students, Researchers, Other
Anticipated Funding: Up to $25,000
Applications close: September 20, 2019
Last Updated: September 22, 2019 11:06 PM
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The Challenge

ON Accelerate is a structured full-time accelerator for research teams to validate and develop high potential innovative new ventures. We work with you to shorten your path to impact, by focusing on your business model, market validation, capital raising and storytelling.

All IP remains the property of the team or their sponsoring institute, and all participants are required to sign non-disclosure agreements for IP protection.

Program participation involves a three month commitment, with 18 days of face-to-face workshops in different locations around the country, and the rest working on your project at your home institution. There is no application or participation fee, and we cover your travel costs.

ON Accelerate concludes in a public Demo event where each team showcases their idea to industry and stakeholder guests – including multinational corporations, large Australian enterprises, SMEs, government, investors, and universities.

Key dates

  • Applications open: 29 July 2019
  • Applications close: 20 September 2019
  • Selection Bootcamp: Late November
  • Program Start: 17 February
  • Program End: 20 May

For full details visit the ON Accelerate Program site.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for ON Accelerate, your team must include at least one researcher from a publicly funded institute. This includes:

  • Australian universities
  • Publicly funded research agency (e.g. CSIRO, ANSTO, etc.)
  • Medical Research Institute
  • State or Federal Government department, where the person is employed in a research capacity (e.g. Department of Primary Industries)

Master’s and PhD students are invited to apply for ON Accelerate.

Your team must have between 2-5 people, with a minimum of one researcher. We recommend you include a diverse skill set in your team such as business development, marketing, etc.

For full details visit the ON Accelerate Program site.

Terms and Conditions

For full details visit the ON Accelerate Program site.

How to Apply

For full details visit the ON Accelerate Program site.

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