SPARK Deakin’s Accelerator Program
By the end of its first year, SPARK Deakin’s Accelerator Program for startups was in serious danger of being suspended due to lack of applications of quality candidates. Conscious Agency quickly understood the issue and ideated a plan based on their FunnelLogic™ approach which ended up exceeding expectations, even in the midst of uncertain times such as the global Covid-19 pandemic and its domination across all media and conversations.
SPARK Deakin is a program powered by Deakin University, the Australian public university with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and a progressive and open-minded institution.
The program started in 2015 as an entrepreneurial experiential and startup initiative design mu ed for students, staff, and alumni with a strong focus on building connections within the entrepreneurial community.
SPARK Deakin’s current focus is connecting the outside business community with the university and helping startups grow. SPARK has developed the Accelerator Program to help enterprises get funding, connections, mentorship and expertise while also being supported with a co-working space. Since its foundation, it has managed to engage more than 9,000 people at their regular events.
Supporting 38 startups, and founders, collectively they have generated more than $3.3 million in revenues. At least 108 industry partners have participated to deliver innovative learning and a total of 87 founders have been empowered.
SPARK’s regular events include workshops, talks and panels discussions and inspiring programs. They are aimed at providing knowledge and community connections with the ultimate goal of taking participants’ ideas to the next level. They also offer tailored advice through mentoring sessions.