ACCELERATE YOUR TECHNOLOGY STARTUP IN WESTERN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST GROWING REGION

SydWest Global Connections Tech Startup Accelerator Program

Startup SydWest Global Connections is a 6-month duration accelerator program supporting technology start-ups working in high-growth industry sectors or using technologies where there is potential to drive international market opportunities, particularly within the US and Asia Pacific region.

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

Startups are immersed in an expansive innovation network providing easy connections to mentors, potential customers and co-founders, investors, industry experts and collaborators for research and development.

The extended period of 6 months for the accelerator program, as compared to normal 12 weeks programs, provides a much deeper experience, allowing adequate time for technical development and international market connectivity.

The proposed Global Connections accelerator will have a multi-cultural focus to support founders from diverse backgrounds to access localised support that does not currently exist in any significant form across the region. In particular, the program will seek to support founders and teams that have strong qualifications and experience from their home countries but may struggle to gain recognition of their qualifications and expertise in Australia.

Key Program Dates

 

Dec 2020 – Applications Open

26 Jan 2021 – Applications Closed

27 – 29 Jan 2021 – Interviews

1 Feb 2021 – Offers Made

Feb 2021 – Program Kick Off

August 2021 – Demo Day

Application Process


Step 1. Submit your expression of interest and confirm your eligibility

Step 2. Eligible candidates will be invited to submit a full application

Step 3. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a virtual interview with our judging panel

Step 4. Selected candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program

 

 

Who is this program for?


    • You are a founder with deep knowledge in an area that makes you uniquely qualified to solve a problem
    • You are a self-starter, have the inner drive and grit to execute and make things happen
    • You or your business may have a connection with Western Sydney – you either live, study or work in Western Sydney or can demonstrate how your business can operate and thrive in the region.

Requirements

    • You have an MVP or can demonstrate some form of problem-idea validation
    • You or your founding team have the capability to execute quickly
    • At least one founder can provide a strong commitment to participating in the program
    • Can demonstrate a market need beyond the Australian market.

What do you get?

The program will be delivered via a structured and guided process providing a range of supports designed to enable participants to demonstrate their value-proposition, develop innovative business models, access capital, set up their operations and launch and scale their business locally and, or, in overseas markets.
 
Specific supports available through the accelerator will include:

Mentoring

Access to start-up/commercialisation and industry experts

Resources

Access to students/graduates, researchers, co-founders and tech partners

Networks

Connections to industry contacts, investors, mentors and collaborators

Workspace

Access to co-working space, meeting areas, labs and collaborative spaces

Maker Space

Access to a range of prototyping and testing equipment for physical products

Education & Training

Technical development and practice-based business skills workshops

Cultural Awareness

Australian business context, legal, regulation and compliance training

Funding

Links to potential venture capital investment, donors and grants

Professional Services

Access to discounted business and legal services, tools and credit schemes

Markets

Links to potential customers, projects and new market contacts.

Expressions of interest and applications are now open

All applications will be judged by our mentor panel of experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Industry Focus Areas

 

If you are a startup working to solve a complex challenge in any of the following areas, we strongly encourage you to apply. 

As part of the program, we are looking to support 20 startups in the industries including but not limited to:

Our Corporate Partners

Provide program support, mentoring, market understanding, key connections within local & international markets and access to discounted professional services.

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Our Program Support Partners

Our program support partners provide our startups with a range of tools and resources to help build their startup. These include heavily discounted tools and professional services, office hours, workshops and connections. 

Industry Partners

Our industry partners can provide industry specific support such as mentoring and advice, market understanding and key connections within
local & international markets.

MedTech

The MARCS Institute

Liverpool Innovation Precinct

WSU School of Medicine

NICM Health Research Institute

PropTech

Landcom

WSU School of Built Environment

WSU Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC)

Western Growth

CyberTech

Amazon Web Services

WSU School of Computers, Data and Math Sciences

Manufacturing

Western 4.0 Network

Western Maker Space

NTT

Western Sydney University School of Engineering

AgriTech

WSU Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

WSU National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre

EduTech

WSU School of Education

WSU Centre for Educational Research

Practera

Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE)

Gaming & Simulation

WSU Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Games Design and Simulation)

Atla VR

Sweaty Chair Studios

 

Sustainability

WSU School of Science

WSU International Centre for Ocean Governance

Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation

 

Register your interest below (5 mins)

Please submit an EOI if you are interested in this program. We will be in touch to invite eligible candidates to apply. 

If you have any questions in relation to the SydWest Global Connections Accelerator, please contact Rebecca Pham, Program Manager at Launch Pad Western Sydney University at r.pham@westernsydney.edu.au

FAQ's

No. Although we are more interested in the problem you’re solving than the technology itself, we are looking for businesses with high scalability and we recognise that this is difficult to achieve without leveraging technology.

You do not need to have customers before applying. We are interested in what traction you’ve achieved though.

Yes, but be prepared to prove your idea is viable and demonstrate how you will be executing this.

No, this program is delivered as 100% in-kind (this support is valued at $50K) however, we will connect you to a network of investors, donors and grants.

No, the program is free for selected participants.

The program will be delivered through a blend of in-person engagements at our Parramatta and Penrith Incubators, as well as online.