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Innovation Incubators, Accelerators and Challenges

Explore the latest innovation opportunities offered across the ecosystem including incubators, accelerator programs and challenges. These opportunities are offered by a range of external stakeholders:

Innovation Challenges

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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.

Innovation Catalyst Global

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.

Pre-Accelerator Programs

JCU Startup OnRamp Pre-Accelerator

JCU Startup OnRamp Pre-Accelerator Program

The JCU Startup OnRamp Pre-Accelerator program is for those that have a compelling business idea and aspire to form a startup, but still require some knowledge, skills, connections and confidence to maximise early startup success. Over the course of 13 weeks, face-to-face workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions with JCU Entrepreneurs-in-Residence teach what it takes to move from idea to entrepreneur. The program is offered at the JCU Ideas Lab and program costs are subsidised with a JCU scholarship.

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?’

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