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INCUBATE is the first startup accelerator program at the University of Sydney, provided by the University of Sydney Union.
INCUBATE supports a community of entrepreneurs on campus, providing professional mentoring and accelerating the growth of high-potential startups.
INCUBATE is real life business building. Spend time growing your startup, building your contacts, knowledge and skills.
The variety of ideas that have come through the program is huge. From ‘ebay for cows’, babysitter apps, vertical gardens, project management apps, clever keyboards, health and well being aids and event planning tools, we welcome applications from technical and non-technical founders.
Two incubation cycles run during the year: Winter (Jul-Sep) and Summer (Dec-Feb).
Each startup receives:
$5,000 in seed funding
Co-working space over the 3-month incubation cycle
Mentoring from some of Australia’s most recognised innovators
To apply for INCUBATE, at least one team member must either:
Be a current
Be currently enrolled or a current researcher at the University of Sydney
Be a recent alumnus of the University of Sydney
Successful startup teams are expected to:
Devote a significant amount of time (more than 20 hours per week) during the incubation period to developing their startup
Use the mentoring available through the program
Attend regular workshops and events
Work at the dedicated co-working space in the Wentworth Building
Workshops and Events
INCUBATE offers free workshops and events to the general public.
Become a Mentor
INCUBATE relies on a vast network of Sydney University alumni and experienced industry leaders who volunteer to be involved in the program. Our current mentors have backgrounds in:
Consumer web-based services
Mentors from all backgrounds are always welcome.
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