venture catalyst

For Regional startups

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100% equity free

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One program. Three categories. Offered Regionally.

Venture Catalyst is a six-month program to develop founders with innovative ideas.

Participants accepted into the program will receive a tailored program of support designed to help early stage startup founders, plan and successfully execute their journey towards building a globally scalable and investment ready business.

Participants will also receive one-to-one mentoring from the ICC's three Entrepreneurs in Residence; Kirk Drage and his company LeapSheep; former Techstars Adelaide Managing Director and Co-Founder of Gold Systems, Terry Gold; and serial entrepreneur and founder of Regency Food Services, Regency Staffing and Zen Energy, Richard Turner.

The Venture Catalyst program is open all year round to regional startups, so we're here when you're ready to apply.

General

supported the University of South Australia

The General category is open to any industry sector and supports startups with the potential for high growth, who are developing new services, markets or business models that compete in global markets. Accepted applicants will receive a tailored program based on their current needs as well as the benefits mentioned above.

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Space

supported the South Australian Space Industry Centre

The Space category, supported by the State Government's Space Innovation Fund, is the state's first program designed specifically for startups who are developing new services or products for the space industry. The program gives founders the support and tools they need to plan and successfully build a scalable and investment ready business.

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Social Enterprise

supported by the Pank Family

The Social Enterprise category is supported by Pank Family who support social innovation and enterprises developed by UniSA students or alumni. Through the Venture Catalyst program, the Pank Family have ensured that new ideas that come out of the University have the support and mentoring needed to set up a new and innovative social enterprise in South Australia.

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Program features

Frequently asked questions

Regional applications will be accepted all year round.

If shortlisted, you are likely to be asked to attend a short (45 min) informal interview to expand on your idea and allow the Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) to meet the key members of your team. This may be in person or online.

For regional startups, the program can be done at either the regional ICC in Whyalla or online. They will also have access to the metro ICC as part of the program.

The program is offered at the ICC Adelaide and the regional ICC. Regional applications will be accepted all year round.

This program is based on individual support and mentoring to help you get your idea off the ground. This is not a grant program.

This program is 100% equity free. You retain any and all of your equity and IP as a participant of this program.

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What our regional startups are saying

Geoff Rayson

"(The program provides) a chance to work with like-minded people and receive professional mentoring and tuition at a reduced cost and help us avoid the lethal pitfalls of startups and give our new business the best possible start."

Geoff Rayson
Director, True Algae

About the Regional ICC

The Regional ICC was opened in early 2019 at the University of South Australia's Whyalla Campus underpinned by a grant through the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

The new innovation hub provides a dynamic pathway for innovative startups to reach their global capacity by providing educational workshops combined with fast gigabit network speeds and injecting expert mentors.

The Whyalla business community will benefit from a suite of training forums led by professionals with a track record of driving a local innovation into an international market. In addition to startup activity the centre will provide support to local businesses looking to grow by providing a hub for their activity, with access to a global network and a series of workshops and other activities to support those businesses.

Supported by the Australian Government through the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

whyalla city council

whyalla city council

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Meet your Community Manager

Denni Russell has 10 years’ experience engaging regional communities. She has managed a range of programs including collaborating with not for profits, schools, local and state government, community organisations and Traditional Owner groups. Denni has a passion for regional communities and through her role as the Community Program Coordinator for the Regional ICC she aims to create a space to empower regional innovators to compete on a global scale.

Denni graduated from UniSA’s Bachelor of Sustainable Environments with Honours in 2012. Prior to this role she worked in natural resource management and state government sectors as a result she has lived and worked in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Contact us

Address

Building L/111 Nicholson Ave
Whyalla Norrie, SA 5608

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

General enquiries

Innovation & Collaboration Centre

iccadmin@unisa.edu.au

(08) 8302 7368

Media contact

Georgia Minarelli

georgia.minarelli@unisa.edu.au

0413 314 726

Region contact

Denni Russell

denni.russell@unisa.edu.au

0431 233 679

 

South Australian Government

University of South Australia

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