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Launch Pad Launches New Ignition Accelerator Program for Early-Stage Startups

About Ignition Accelerator Program

Ready to take your idea to MVP?  

For the first time, Launch Pad is launching a dedicated program for early-stage startups that will provide them with the extra care and attention they need to set the foundation for their business and “take flight” with us.  The Ignition Accelerator is a 12-week duration accelerator program with a focus to help founders refine their value proposition and business model. There is a strong emphasis on a rigorous approach to problem and solution validation. Participants should exit the program ready to build their minimum viable product. 

Delivered through Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator, the accelerator provides a range of support activities designed to help startups establish quickly, hone the value proposition, rapidly develop technology, access markets and scale effectively. 

Ignition Program

Applications are now open for Ignition Accelerator 2022

Focus: Startup Accelerator (Design & Validate)
Delivery: 12 Weeks, Part Time
Timing: March - May 2022
Entry Criteria: Defined Idea (Business Model Canvas)

The focus of this program is helping founders to refine their value proposition and business model. There is a strong emphasis on a rigorous approach to problem and solution validation. Participants should exit the program ready to build their minimum viable product.

Ignition Info Session

Join us for the Ignition Program Info Session

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, 2nd February
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

Come along to our information sessions to get all the details and information you need about our Ignition Accelerator Program. This is an excellent opportunity to meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence and alumni, and learn more about the program.

Our first round of offers will be made on 10 Dec 2021 so make sure you come along to this December session to increase your chances for early offers.

About Launch Pad Accelerator Programs

Instead of running only one 6-month duration accelerator program a year, we decided to take a more personalised approach to accelerating both you and your business, and run 3 different programs throughout the year for different growth stages of startups.

  • Pre-flight Program: Pre-Accelerator
  • Ignition Program: Startup Accelerator (Design & Validate)
  • Booster Program: Scale Up Accelerator

Our purpose is to develop resilient founders, who create sustainable & innovative businesses, that meaningfully impact society & the community. We do this through founder care, academic rigour, technology support & practical experience.


Hear from our 2021 cohort

  • Megna Murali

    Convert Dial

    The Launch Pad program helped me go from an idea on a page and to MVP. The one-on-one mentoring and structured 6-month framework is personal and tailored to each founder. Unlike other programs that are short term, in 6 months you can achieve significant progress. There were plenty of opportunities to connect with the cohort and the mentors and I have made great friends through this program.

  • Lucas Cox


    The WSU team have provided invaluable guidance into the intricacies of problem and solution validation and capital raise preparation. GeoJob has gained many valuable contacts and resources from legal advice from Frank Law through to eligibility for start up discounts from the likes of HubSpot and AWS.

  • Priyadarshini Das


    The mentors came with rich experience in the start-up ecosystem and had an answer to every question.

  • Belinda Chapman

    Quantal Bioscience

    The Launch Pad program has greatly expanded my understanding of business and start-up processes, introduced me to great mentors (who have introduced me to even more mentors), and opened my eyes to the idea of a long-term entrepreneurial career and better equipped me for this. In addition, the Launch Pad program has introduced me to an interesting group of founders, and a peer support network with whom I anticipate remaining in touch, continuing to learn from, and perhaps even collaborating with as we grow our business in Western Sydney.

  • Andri Selamat

    DigiCity for Kids

    Launch Pad had equipped me with the skills on how to progress an idea into the next tangible steps, and be aware off the common pitfalls. It’s been a program where you can feel welcomed and share with like-minded people, at the same time supported by incredible team and guided by experienced mentors.

  • Wayne Larsen

    PT Blink

    The WSU Launch Pad program was an integral part of the evolution of PT Blink. Throughout the program, we received valuable insights from the mentors and EIR team, which readied our business and founding team for acceleration. We also met and engaged with a community of other startups; the collective passion and enthusiasm was contagious. I would recommend the Launch Pad program to any startup.

  • Sandra Pires

    Yesterday Stories

    Launch Pad gives you insight into the founder's journey from a deeply personal perspective and with founder well-being at the core. The emphasis on the scientific method for all experiments makes you accountable.

  • Gemma Colbran


    Launch Pad accelerator pushes founders through the startup ecosystem, as opposed to "pulling" them like other accelerators. They supply you with the support, knowledge and tools you need to validate (or invalidate), build and grow your business..