Germinate PLUS

Take your idea to the next level with our Germinate PLUS accelerator program.

Germinate runs for six-months each year and offers a $20,000 equity-free grant to each team. The program also includes workshops, mentoring, partner deals, desk space and introductions to investors. We welcome startups from all disciplines – from robotics to social enterprises. 

Video: Germinate team Math Mate talk about their experience with the program.

Germinate 2019 program will run from early January to July and will be broken down into three stages.

  • Stage 1. Startup Mobilisation
    This eight-week intensive phase will run between January and February.
  • Stage 2.  Startup Build
    This 17-week phase is less intensive than Stage 1. It will run between March and June.
  • Stage 3. Startup Investment Readiness and Pitching
    This four-week phase intensive phase will run between June and July.

Throughout the program your team will have access to:

  • incubator space and amenities 
  • regular seminars supporting early-stage startups
  • mentors, our Entrepreneur in Residence and a network of professionals and potential investors
  • partnership benefits from Google, Microsoft, AWS, Hubspot, Matlab and more.

Each startup accepted into the program will receive $20,000 in equity-free grant funding.

We are looking for passionate and committed founders who have validated their value proposition, an initial sustainable business model and a solution.

When you apply you will need to provide evidence of customer interviews, market research and business modelling. Having a minimum viable product is ideal, but is not required to join the program.  

At least half of your team members must be part of the UQ community by either being a:

  • current UQ student
  • recent alumnus of UQ (10 years or less)
  • UQ staff member 

Participating in the Geminate program is a full-time commitment. 

Founders are expected to participate in at least 90 per cent of the provided workshops and accountability sessions. Lower participation may result in the team losing their grant money and being removed from the program.

Applications for the 2019 Germinate PLUS accelerator program have closed. 

Germinate PLUS accelerator program applications for 2020 will reopen late 2019. 

Application Process

Spots in the Germinate PLUS accelerator program are highly competitive. Founders must complete a three-stage application process to be accepted into the program. 

  • Stage 1. Online application and video
    You will be required to fill out an application outlining evidence of customer interviews, market research and business modelling. Your team will also be required to submit a short video outlining your product or service. 
  • Stage 2.  Selection bootcamp
    Shortlisted candidates from Stage 1 will be invited to participate in a three-day selection bootcamp. Founders will pitch their business to our selection committee of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and judges. 
  • Stage 3. Successful startups notified
    The selection committee will decide on the final cohort based on Stage 2. Successful teams will be required to sign the ilab Germinate Agreement prior to starting the program.