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If you’re a Curtin student, staff member or graduate looking to get an innovative business idea off the ground, take part in Curtin Accelerate – a free, 10-week program where you’ll be provided with the support and guidance you need to commercialise your idea.

Applicants that align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be favourably reviewed.

What does the program offer?

If you are selected for entry into the program, you’ll receive:

  • a $5,000 equity-free grant
  • business start-up workshops designed and delivered by an experienced program manager
  • access to key industry contacts and networks, including commercialisation experts, investors and potential partners
  • 10 weeks personalised mentoring from specialists in digital marketing, business growth, intellectual property and finance to help build and improve your idea for commercial success.
  • free registration to the West Tech Fest 2021 conference, and exposure to the Extreme Tech Challenge and associated global community of investors and entrepreneurs.

Curtin Accelerate will run from February to April 2022.

Applications open on Monday 6 September 2021 and close on Monday 1 November 2021. 


Previous teams

Over 50 businesses have participated in Curtin Accelerate, moving on to launch products, win awards and receive investment funding.


Hyprfire is a cyber-security company developing software solutions to detect and mitigate against malware transfer and denial of service attacks. The products are based on cybersecurity research at Curtin that took out the overall Curtinnovation Awards prize in 2017. Curtin phD candidate, Stefan Prandl participated in Curtin Accelerate in 2018 to develop thinking around the business model and go to market strategy for the products. A company was formed in 2020 and raised $2.25 million and is now actively selling the software solution.

Find out more about Hyprfire here.

More information

For more information about the Accelerate program please email Curtin Accelerate.