Venture Catalyst

Transforming ideas into successful startups

Venture Catalyst is an initiative of the South Australian Government and UniSA encouraging student entrepreneurship and the creation of local startups by providing funding for early-stage ventures founded by UniSA students and recent graduates.

The Opportunity

Current UniSA students and recent graduates and their teams may apply for up to $50,000 seed funding to further develop a product, service or process and take it to market.

Successful companies will also receive mentoring, support and working space in the Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

Application Process

Venture Catalyst will hold two selection rounds annually.

  1. Venture Catalyst applications are now open. Application instructions are detailed in the Application Guidelines. If you are interested, please fill out an Application Expression of Interest Form
  1. If your Expression of Interest Form is shortlisted, you will need to be prepared to submit a brief business plan. If your business plan is accepted, you will then be invited to pitch in front of an Independent Assessment Panel in Adelaide, potentially on short notice. Note that being invited to pitch does not guarantee the approval of any funding.
  1. Shortlisted applicants will pitch their product, service, or process to an Independent Assessment Panel. You will have approximately five minutes to deliver your presentation, followed by questions and feedback from the panel.
  1. The Steering Committee will endeavour to notify you of the outcome of your pitch as soon as possible. Decisions of the Independent Assessment Panel are final.
  1. Funding agreements will be signed with successful projects and startups. Planning and work commences.

Eligibility Criteria for Seed Funding

  • Project teams must include at least one current student or recent graduate (36 months from date of graduation) from UniSA.
  • Applications must be proposing the idea for a startup, which Venture Catalyst defines as a product, service, or process that is both innovative and scalable.
  • The business proposed must benefit South Australia’s economic development.
  • Applicants must own the IP or have the option to acquire it.

Key Dates

Applications open Closed
Applications close (Expression of Interest) Closed
Final Business Plan Submission  Closed
Venture Catalyst Awards Night Thursday, 8 December 2016

This is a great opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills and make an impact in South Australia through new commercial ventures.

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Startups

TCPinpoint

TCPinpoint is a cloud based software management tool for use in the retail tenancy delivery in shopping centre.  TCPinpoint brings all stakeholders involved in the tenancy delivery process to the one platform effectively creating a streamlined, cost and time saving approach to retail delivery system.

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ecoJet Engineering

ecojet Engineering is focused on realising the potential of an innovative Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) design. By redesigning the concept for power generation rather than thrust applications and by developing a supplementary steam reforming unit (which will enable the MGT to burn hydrogen gas effectively creating a zero operating emissions power source). ecoJet Engineering will provide a micro gas turbine cheaper and cleaner to run than current competition and competing technologies.

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Jemsoft

Jemsoft is a computer vision company focusing on the provision of industry leading image and video analysis capabilities to enterprise and developers through its range of development tools, products, and solutions.

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myEvidence

myEvidence is a mobile investigations platform which allows investigators to seamlessly gather digital evidence and package it for consumption by relevant justice agencies.

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Vinnovate

Vinnovate is a beverage innovation company who has developed an innovative new container closure aimed specifically at the wine industry.

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Voxiebox

Voxiebox is a new type of 3D Holographic display. It allows users to view and interact with 3D objects, animations and data without having to wear special glasses.

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