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Curtin Accelerate

Grow your entrepreneurial capabilities and transform your innovative product or service into a thriving scalable business on this free 12-week program. Accelerate is available to Curtin alumni, students, staff, researchers and Curtinnovation alumni.

The Curtin Accelerate program is tailored towards Curtin University’s next generation of startup founders. It will give you the tools you need to take your innovation to market quickly, effectively and sustainably.

Running one day a week, each day comprises four sessions designed to address a fundamental aspect of building a startup from the grassroots level.

You’ll receive detailed instruction from our network of world-leading entrepreneurs, innovators and investors. Previous cohorts have had the chance to learn from high-profile Perth-based venture consultant Larry Lopez, Kanopy founder Olivia Humphrey and Silicon Valley–based investor Bill Tai.

After the program, you will be invited to present your innovative idea to WA’s business leadership community at our Accelerate Demonstration Night. Amongst a range of benefits, you will receive a $5,000 equity-free grant, access to Curtin infrastructure and resources, networking opportunities, and the capability development to build great products and services.

Important information

2023 program schedule

The next Curtin Accelerate program will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 1 February to 19 April 2023. Following the program, you will have the chance to present your innovative product or service business at our Accelerate Demonstration Night on Thursday 20 April 2023.

The full 2023 program with information on facilitators and weekly topics will be released towards the end of 2022. For an idea of what to expect, download the 2022 Accelerate program.

Information seminars

Sign up for an information seminar to hear from Curtinnovation Programs Manager Geremy Farr-Wharton and Curtin Accelerate alumni. The information seminars will outline what you can expect and, more importantly, what you can gain from the experience.

• Online information seminar: 1pm, Wednesday 5 October 2022. Register here
• In-person information seminar: 1–2pm, Wednesday 19 October 2022. Register here

Program details

Success stories

More than 60 businesses have participated in Curtin Accelerate, moving on to launch highly innovative products, receive substantial investment funding and win industry awards.

VetChip

VetChip is a world-first smart technology providing accurate, real-time analytics and health monitoring for animal owners and veterinarians.

Curtin engineering graduates Ross Khambatta and Zyrus Khambatta participated in the Curtin Accelerate 2021 program along with co-founders Garnett Hall and Maxwell Hall to finetune their innovation. Later that year, the team submitted their innovation to the Curtinnovation Awards and won the Science and Engineering Prize.

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Fibre Economy

Fibre Economy is a social enterprise working towards a world without textile waste. The organisation established a workwear recycling program that provides donation systems at remote mine sites across Western Australia along with community workshops addressing textile waste through education and awareness.

Curtin fashion design alumni Molly Ryan and Claudi Janse Van Rensburg and co-founder Shannon Itzein have trialled their system for the past two years, collecting more than 700kg worth of mining uniforms.

Hyprfire

Hyprfire is a cyber-security company developing software solutions to detect and mitigate malware transfer and denial of service attacks.

Its products are based on cybersecurity research at Curtin, which won the overall Curtinnovation Awards prize in 2017. Curtin PhD candidate, Stefan Prandl then participated in the Curtin Accelerate 2018 program to build the business model and go-to-market strategy. The company has now raised $2.25 million and is actively selling its software solution.

Get in touch

Can’t make an information seminar and want more information about Curtin Accelerate? Please contact us.