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Curtin Accelerate supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs

Liam Wignell
Liam Wignell
// // The program will be led by the newly appointed Curtinnovation Programs Manager, Dr Geremy Farr-Wharton, with applications now open...

Alumni, staff and students of Curtin University can better transform their products and services into thriving businesses, thanks to the Curtin Accelerate program which is now accepting applications.

With an emphasis on assisting founders in scaling their businesses, the program – which has now expanded to 12 weeks – will be led by the newly appointed Curtinnovation Program Manager Dr Geremy Farr-Wharton, who is an expert in ecological sustainability, information design and consumer behaviour.

As part of the program, participants will have access to Curtin’s Venture Studio, which was announced as part of the successful Resources and Critical Minerals Trailblazer.

Since its inception in 2013, more than 60 businesses have participated in the free Accelerate program.

“The tenth installment of Curtin Accelerate has a greater focus on matching early-stage start-ups with the people, infrastructure, training support and seed funds provided by Curtin to fast-track products to market,” Dr Farr-Wharton said.

Through the Venture Studio model, we take a participant’s innovation, develop the right business model for it, and connect them with a network of founders, operators, investors and customers to help them achieve success.

Dr Geremy Farr-Wharton

Along with the program being extended from 10 to 12 weeks, it is now ATO-recognised, which allows participating companies to offer investors a 20% tax offset.

Along with this, the program offers participants a $5,000 equity-free grant, business start-up workshops, access to commercialisation experts, investors and potential partners, personalised mentoring from specialists in digital marketing, business growth, IP and finance, and free registration to the West Tech fest 2022 conference.

The program will run in Curtin’s new entrepreneurship hub, which forms part of Curtin’s Exchange precinct, an industry-connected innovation hub.

Applications are now open and close on 28 October.

An online and in-person information seminar will be held on 5 October and 14 October respectively.

Visit here for more information.


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Liam Wignell

Liam Wignell

Liam has extensive experience across marketing, procurement and project management roles in both the public and private sector. He contributed to Startup News from 2020 to 2023 and was contracted as Managing Editor in 2022.
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