Accelerators, incubators and other programs: currently open

If you're an Australian startup, there's no shortage of opportunities to find the kind of support you need to grow and scale. Even if you're very early stage, with little more than an idea and a whole lot of enthusiasm, an accelerator program might be just the thing you need to get to MVP.

But there's nothing worse than hearing about these opportunities after they've closed :(.

Well, Spark Festival is at your service. We maintain the listing below and add new opportunities as we find them. We also include reminders in Weekly Sparks, our Monday-afternoon email listing of all the startup and innovation events. And remember, sharing is caring, so make sure you send this on to friends and colleagues who might be good candidates.

Flair Incubator


Looking to take five female-led businesses on a four-month journey to advance their aspiration to run an international operation from regional Australia. The program is designed to support both startups that are looking to be global from day one and existing domestic market businesses considering entering into an international market. Flair will be delivered as a hybrid of in-person sessions held in Toowoomba, Queensland and online. There is no boundary line for participation.

Applications currently open: Closing July 23

Skalata Ventures Seed Investment Program


Five-month program that provides practical guidance and operational support from program coaches, up to $250K in funding and access to the Skalata network of investors, prospective customers and advisors. The program will help you: Develop a growth engine, achieve product-market fit and build a sustainable business model.

Applications currently open: closing soon

Ready to Launch


This program will help you take your business, product or service from idea to execution in 10 weeks. The program commences on Monday 17th August 2020, with a commitment of 3 hours online each Monday evening from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.This program is perfect for all kinds of new founders – including those who have a day job or are studying.  It's a hands-on, immersive experience that uses Lean Startup principles, to bring your idea to life. This isn’t a theory program. You will get out of the classroom and into the real world to validate your idea and achieve a deep product fit. Participants will meet and be paired with some of the regions most experienced mentors and have the chance to become part of the dynamic startup network. You will exit with a business to execute not a business plan!

Applications currently open: Closing August 3

Founder Institute Sydney: Spring 2020


The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas.

Applications currently open: closing August 9

SBE Life Sciences


Designed for healthcare and life science industries, Springboard Enterprises program assists companies in seeking seed and growth funding, while establishing expert connections and resources. Emerging, high-growth companies with women in key senior leadership positions and with significant equity stakes are invited to apply for this program, which serves as the on-ramp to SBE's alumnae network.

Applications currently open: closing August 10



Accelerator in the Food and Agriculture sector in Australia looking for innovators and founders ready to take their startups to the next level.

Applications currently open: closing August 14

Sydney Hardware Incubator


A tailored learning experiences for early stage inventors or founders with ideas for physical products in a wide variety of industries. This 14 week part time program will show you how to segment your market, design and build your product, find and attract the right customers, attract the right partners, utilise support tools to streamline your operations and methods on how to scale to your business.

Applications: accepted throughout the year

Clean Energy Accelerator Program


A three month Clean Energy Accelerator Program that is uniquely designed to support Australian startups that have fully developed solutions, have established product market fit, and are ready for commercialization. The program is supported by Artesian’s Clean Energy Seed Fund to invest in scalable, high growth startups, encouraging innovation and creating opportunities in the development of clean technology.

Applications: accepted throughout the year