Deakin offers $10,000 voucher for manufacturing and design startups

Deakin University is hosting a free 12-week workshop and mentoring program at its ManuFutures innovation hub, with successful applicants receiving a free $10,000 voucher for services.

The Ignite program begins May 18, with the university announcing this week that it is “looking for entrepreneurs, start-ups or young businesses with great manufacturing and design ideas” for the one-day-a-week program.

The lead of the program, Mark Curnow, Director Regional Manufacturing at Deakin Innovations, said the program provided access to the university’s research expertise, industry links, facilities and technology.

“The Ignite program has the potential to become the best advanced manufacturing accelerator program in the market: it’s the doorway to the whole of Deakin University, connecting businesses to a robust network of mentors, academics and researchers and our growing industry network,” said Curnow.

The Manufutures startup hub at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus opened in 2018. It was awarded a $10 million  Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund grant in March last year to expand through a new building.

Application and other information for Ignite can be seen here.

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