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Western Sydney University’s accelerator programme supports Australian startups

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Eligible entrepreneurs in Western Sydney will have a chance to enrol in the ‘SydWest Global Connections Tech Start-up’ accelerator programme for free, early next year.


By U2B Staff 

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Eligible entrepreneurs in Western Sydney will now have an opportunity to enrol in Western Sydney University’s ‘SydWest Global Connections Tech Start-up’ accelerator programme for free, early next year.

This six-month intensive programme is funded by a $250,000 grant awarded to Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator.

This new accelerator programme aims to boost the development of technology-based start-up companies and will support talented entrepreneurs in the region through a focus on multi-cultural founders in the region and by connecting them with training, mentoring, and business development opportunities.

This programme will not only benefit participants but will also contribute to the regional economy through uplift and smart job growth.

This new accelerator programme is open to startup founders who have knowledge in niche areas and possess the qualifications to solve problems and is one of five projects recognised through the Australian Government Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

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Launch Pad was established in 2015 and was designed to enable the growth of a startup community in Western Sydney and drive the development of a sophisticated innovation ecosystem for the region.

The accelerator programme, delivered through Western Sydney University’s highly successful Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator, provides a range of support activities designed to help start-ups establish quickly, hone the value proposition, rapidly develop technology, access markets and scale effectively.

Through the programme, startups will have access to deep domain and business start-up mentoring, enjoy exposure to markets and key customers as well as develop links to capital for investment.

Startups will also benefit from connections to Western Sydney University’s, schools, institutes, and research groups.

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Don Wright, said the programme taps into Launch Pad’s extensive skill base as an innovative hub for start-ups and high growth technology-based businesses.

Launch Pad is already home to many diverse entrepreneurs and will provide access to localised support that does not currently exist. The programme will provide support to startup founders and teams that have strong qualifications and experience from their home countries but struggle to gain recognition in Australia.

Wright said, “Western Sydney is home to a diverse, creative business community. This programme will allow us to nurture start-ups in the region with a particular focus on supporting innovation that aligns with Western Sydney’s key growth areas including health, education, Agri-business and advanced manufacturing,”

This programme will not only benefit participants but will also contribute to the regional economy through uplift and smart job growth.

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The Launch Pad team will work with 20 qualifying start-ups over the course of 2021 to help them develop and scale their business solutions at no cost.

Through the six-month intensive programme, participants will have the opportunity to unlock innovative business models, access capital, refine their operations, and explore local and overseas markets.

They will also have access to co-working spaces, the University’s Maker Space — a 3D printing hub and fabrication lab, and professional training.

Candidates interested to enrol in the programme will have to submit their expression of interest to confirm eligibility before submitting a full application.