Apply now: New Hunter Cleantech Accelerator Program starting soon

The University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) is accepting applications to the I2N Cleantech Accelerator program, aimed at supporting tech-driven entrepreneurs in the Hunter region.

I2N Accelerator All Industries and Cleantech Info Session

The I2N Cleantech Accelerator program is open to all, regardless of any formal affiliation with the university, and focuses on various sectors including clean energy, clean water, recycling and waste, supply chain, built environment, air quality, and transportation.

Program Structure and Support

Participants in the program will benefit from hands-on learning experiences and high-quality support. The program includes startup workshops delivered by subject matter experts to help validate business ideas and solutions. Founders will also receive mentoring from industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs, alongside weekly coaching sessions from a dedicated climate-focused Entrepreneur in Residence.

In addition to mentorship and coaching, the program offers seed funding opportunities and access to investors for those in the Accelerator phase. Entrepreneurs will also gain access to a network of peers and enjoy benefits from I2N’s perk partners.

Schedule and Phases

The Cleantech Accelerator is divided into several phases:

  • Bootcamp: Scheduled for 29-30 July, it marks the initiation of the program.
  • Accelerator Phase: Running from 21 August to 13 November, this phase includes weekly workshops on various business development topics such as marketing, branding, product strategy, growth hacking, sales and negotiation, financial management, capital raising, pitching, leadership, and hiring. Participants will also attend Lunch & Learn sessions featuring experienced startup founders and will have the opportunity to present their progress at a Demo Night.
  • Incubator Phase: Commences in November 2024 and concludes on 30 June 2025.

Eligibility and Application Process

To apply, startups must be headquartered in the Central Coast or Hunter Region and address issues in the specified cleantech sectors. Applicants must leverage technology to offer new market products or services. Companies need to be Australian registered Pty Ltd entities at the pre-series A funding stage with full ownership of their intellectual property. Founders should be committed to growth, open to feedback, and capable of attending the program's workshops, office hours, and mentoring sessions. Agencies and consultancies are not eligible to apply.

Deadline and Additional Information

Applications are open until Sunday, 30 June.

Prospective applicants can prepare their submissions using the provided guidelines and may book a 15-minute Zoom consultation with I2N for further assistance.

For more details and to watch the information session recording, visit the University of Newcastle's I2N Cleantech Accelerator webpage here.

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