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Innovation Incubators, Accelerators and Challenges

Explore the latest innovation opportunities offered across the ecosystem including competitions, incubators, accelerator programs and challenges.

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A different way to study: The JCU Cup brings student ideas to reality and replaces an elective subject for undergraduate participants

Innovation Competitions

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JCU Students, turn your idea into reality with the JCU Cup program! Why only study when you can create your first venture?

The JCU Cup is an annual competition-based program across all four JCU campuses, helping to turn new student ideas into awesome projects.

Who is the program for?

The JCU Cup is for undergraduate and postgraduate students currently enrolled at JCU

Key details

  • 5 weeks of workshops & mentoring, starting 28 September and finishing 2 November 2022
  • 2 hours/week on Wednesday afternoon 2-4pm AEST12-2pm SGT plus approx. 30 min of mentoring
  • Semi-final pitches on 22 November and pitch grand finale on 24 November 2022
  • Cohort-based program. Learn with others…. and from others
  • Apply in teams of 2-5; the team leader must be a current JCU student
  • Upon successful completion of the program undergraduate students can select an elective subject and substitute it for this program, for free
  • Connect to the JCU Innovation ecosystem and meet other founders, leaders and innovation supporters

What will you learn?

  • Actively learning how to apply creative design thinking
  • Actively learning how to create a product prototype / or minimum viable product
  • Actively learning how to take your idea to market
  • Actively learning how to present with impact & sell your idea
  • Connecting with and leveraging mentor expertise & insights

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

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Innovation Challenges

Innovation Challenges Data Base


To tackle pressing challenges, governments and businesses need innovative solutions. These programs support innovators to solve problems and develop new technology, products, services or business models aligned with government or industry priorities. Funding amounts vary. Some programs offer training or networking in addition/instead.

Click Here to explore the range for Government and public challenges.

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Innovation Challenges Global

This marketplace aggregates challenges, matching them to relevant experts. Contribute your expertise or get your challenges solved in innovative ways.

Click Here to explore the range or opportunities collated by IC Global.

Accelerator Programs

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ON Prime Virtual

ON Prime is a program for emerging and pre-existing projects, as well as the exploration of new technologies and projects for development. This program helps teams ensure they are working on the right problem, provides frameworks to create and test assumptions about their idea with customers and provides recommendations towards next steps.

Our new virtual format of ON Prime will be delivered over a series of live facilitated sessions over eight weeks, with teams also assigned weekly homework. All up the program will take approximately one day per week of your time.

Click Here to explore On Prime Virtual.


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Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls is a global symposium held at Berlin every November. Inspired by the changes generated by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the global conference encourages creators, researchers and other innovators to ponder the question: ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’

Click Here to explore Falling Walls Lab.