How is iAccelerate different?
Incubation + acceleration
What we do here at iAccelerate is completely unique in the Australian startup marketplace.
We’re the only program of our kind to fuse incubation and acceleration. This means we don’t just help you build skills to flesh out your idea and start up your business – we develop boundless capacity in you and your people to get your product or service to market faster, find and grow your audience and create a culture of long-term, sustainable innovation.
A program like no other
Our iAccelerate Educate program really sets us apart. Yes, you’ll learn the foundational business skills you need to go from initial idea to sustainable business, but it’s much more than that.
At iAccelerate we teach our residents to really think about the impact of their business, supplementing those ‘hard’ skills in business development with a focus on ethics, leadership, working together and building a social conscience into your business model.
“This program gives you discipline; it supports your dynamic entrepreneurial ideas and provides you with the process to take them to greater heights.”
Joseph Amoia, Founder, Tudi
New intakes start with a written application then a pitch to our selection panel. Those who make the cut move to our trailblazing Educate program. Meeting the assessment criteria moves businesses into the seed funding, incubation and opportunities for further funding. The final step is graduation into the local economy as a well-prepared and sustainable business.
Part of a much bigger picture
We’re not interested in churning out companies waiting to cash in and move on. iAccelerate was established with a clear mandate to grow jobs and economic diversity in our region and develop new and better models for doing business.
iAccelerate is invested in the long-term success of our residents because we want your company to continue to grow and contribute to the local economy and community, and help us build the Illawarra’s reputation as a thriving ecosystem of businesses looking to have a positive impact on the world.
Diversity is everything
At iAccelerate, we believe that incredible things can happen when a multitude of perspectives collide. You’ll see our commitment to diversity in all its forms reflected in our resident companies, our team and our broader community at Innovation Campus.
We are part of the University of Wollongong but our reach goes way beyond our walls. We’re open and accessible to all; anyone can apply to be part of this exceptional environment.