Sponsors & Supporters
Curtin has created a pathway for entrepreneurs that starts with early capability building, moves to support for business model development and then investment and scale up. It’s a staged approach that aims to provide the right level of support for the level of development of the opportunity. The pathway starts with Curtin Ignition providing training to assist early stage entrepreneurs in assessing their business. Curtin Accelerate is the next level of support with seed funding and structured mentoring to develop a sustainable business model. Curtin Kickstart can then provide funding for prototyping, pilot trialling, proof of concept and customer validation. West Tech Fest then act’s as a focal point to connect people into the right network at the right time to help them scale. This pathway could lead you all the way to pitching your business on a global stage at Extreme Tech Challenge. Check out opportunities to get involved in Curtin’s entrepreneurship pathway!
DiUS is an amazing team of pioneers, thinkers, investigators, doers, collaborators and changemakers. They believe in creating a positive impact through technology, through their clients and the way that products are built and delivered within the industry and for the communities in which we work and live.
INCUBATOR Macquarie University
The Macquarie University Incubator’s vision is to create entrepreneurship programs that train and nurture innovation, and to support the growth and success of impactful solutions to the world’s problems. We aim to build a supportive community that encourages collaboration and commercialisation, helping people turn their ideas into a tangible asset.
RMIT Activator and RMIT Research & Innovation
Tram, The University of Melbourne
Translating Research at Melbourne (TRaM) is Australia’s premier University-based research impact accelerator program. Since launching in 2016, TRaM has seen over 11 teams complete the program with many going onto commercial success. All researchers employed by the University of Melbourne and affiliated research institutions, along with their students and collaborators. TRaM runs a comprehensive annual program with the aim of giving researchers a toolkit they can use to assess the viability of commercialisation opportunities and ultimately, successfully bring them to market.
Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) is a not-for-profit National Research and Education Network (NREN) – a national resource owned by the Australian universities and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for the greater good.
AARNet is widely regarded as the founder of the Internet in Australia and renowned as the architect, builder and operator of world-class high-speed low-latency network infrastructure and an expanding portfolio of products and services, all designed to meet the unique needs of the research and education sector.
Melbourne Innovation Districts
Melbourne Innovation Districts (MID) is a partnership between the City of Melbourne, RMIT University, and the University of Melbourne, to develop urban innovations in Melbourne, for the benefit of the whole city.
The MID is an opportunity to shape Melbourne’s future through open collaborations that deepen the city’s capacity for applied innovation. It is a foundation upon which a broad community of institutions, businesses, organisations and people can collaborate to enhance Melbourne’s future.