Curtin University has developed a pipeline of support for entrepreneurial individuals who want to transform disruptive ideas into global businesses. Over the past 20 years this pipeline has been the foundation of many new Western Australian products, services and businesses.
Join Curtin Entrepreneurs
Are you someone who thinks outside the box and is looking to connect with like-minded individuals?
Curtin Entrepreneurs is a free, year-long membership available to Curtin students, staff, alumni, and graduates of our Entrepreneur programs Curtin Entrepreneurs that provides budding or established entrepreneurs and startup founders with the support, resources, and network they need to scale global businesses.
To find out more about this exciting new initiative, visit our registration page.
Our team have refined a suite of programs to support innovators and their startup companies, and we continue to develop initiatives to inspire and guide Western Australia’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
To date, these programs have supported the formation of more than 440 businesses that have collectively raised $200 million in funding and sold products and services to the value of $215 million. With the growth in entrepreneurial activity in WA, we aim to increase these outcomes tenfold over the next decade.
The Curtinnovation Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and teams developing new innovations through research, study, or work at Curtin University that could significantly benefit society. Applications for the 2023 awards are now open until Friday 2 June 2023.
Curtin Ignition is an intensive training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and then prepare business ideas for the commercial environment. The program will run from Sunday 3 September – Friday 8 September 2023.
Accelerate is a free, 12-week program that will grow your entrepreneurial capabilities and transform your innovative product or service into a thriving scalable business. Applications for Accelerate 2024 will open in September 2023.
Kickstart offers early-stage funding support for pilot trialling, prototyping, commercial proof of concept, and bringing in experts to help progress your idea to market.
Other Entrepreneur programs
Curtin University hosts an entrepreneur-in-residence program and two annual entrepreneur events, which are helping drive the culture of innovation in Western Australia and our region.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
Mentorship, guidance, and support are critical for emerging entrepreneurs and startup founders. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence provide expert advice on key areas of entrepreneur and business development with Office Hours sessions available to book with our Entrepreneur Experts throughout the year.
West Tech Fest
Curtin initiated Australia’s longest running tech and innovation, West Tech Fest, to showcase Western Australian entrepreneurs and startups to attract greater investment to the state. This is a must-attend event for anyone interested, working in, or building great startup companies. West Tech Fest runs from 4 – 8 December 2023.
Curtin University has been one of Western Australia’s leaders in technology commercialisation for more than 20 years. From new devices for bone surgery and methods for assessing pain in individuals with dementia, to digital resources that empower us to address sustainability issues and climate change, the diversity of our startups reflect the core role of future-focused universities and honour the entrepreneurial mindset of researchers.
If you’re a venture capitalist or business seeking investment opportunities, visit our commercial opportunities to review the available research-based innovations. Then please contact us and we’ll provide you with more information on innovations that interest you. The success of our programs is gauged by our growing list of spinout companies.
We welcome enquiries from investors and industry groups, and from Curtin community members with exceptional ideas for new products or services.
Phone: 08 9266 7208