iAccelerate business incubator
iAccelerate is the University of Wollongong's business incubator program, which aims to help build and grow business.
It is founded on a robust educational program, formalised business acceleration monitoring and one-to-one mentoring.
iAccelerate offers innovative businesses the unique opportunity to partner with a university comprising over 30,000 students, 2,000 staff and a significant portfolio of faculties and business units.
It offers a two stream program with up to a three-year incubation period - unique in the Australian startup landscape.
iAccelerate utilises a multi-faceted approach to accelerating sustainable business growth to deliver the greatest economic impact.
"We are now the leading Accelerator / Incubator in the country based on the number of companies that have come through our program and the headline revenue that our companies have reached $27 million in total for the 2017 calendar year."
> From iAccelerate's 2017 Economic Impact Report.
UOW Pitch caters for UOW students and staff who possess a creative mind and are inspired by innovation.
It targets bright, energetic entrepreneurial-minded people who are passionate about their ideas but may lack the necessary financial resources to pursue them.
The competition is designed to build on the success of iAccelerate and further promote student and staff involvement in entrepreneurialism and the commercialisation of ideas, inventions and research outcomes at UOW.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their ideas, no matter what stage of development they are at.
"Andrew Short, Nathan Larkin and Dr Zengxi Pan took out first prize in the staff section with their idea for software which automatically generates robotic welding programs directly from a 3D model of a part to manufacture."
> UOW Media Release (09/10/17): From a bright spark to reality: UOW Pitch winners announced