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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